Cultivating Compassion Mandala Art Weekend

Creating art as a spiritual practice provides us with the gift of stepping out of ordinary time and into sacred space where we create for insight, self expression, and healing. Creating in community furthers this experience; each participant inspires and is inspired by the other participants in a mutually supportive atmosphere.

Working with the four elements in our mandala art, we’ll bring a sweet vigilance to our
thoughts, emotions, bodies, and creative spirit.


The mandala art projects in this program are centered around the intention of cultivating loving-kindness and compassion. Each activity includes a guided meditation that invites your attention to the present moment, opens a sacred conversation with your inner wise self, and gently awakens creative flow.

In our creative practice, we’ll work with the four elements, bringing a sweet vigilance to

  • air: observing our thoughts
  • water: feeling our emotions
  • earth: listening to our bodies
  • fire: awakening our creative spirit

The projects include creating heart chakra mandala art that opens the energy center of love, compassion, and acceptance; the Torus Yantra, a sacred symbol that reflects the expansive energy of the heart center; and a mandala with four gates to illustrate the four elements and four aspects of the self.

This program is for you if you want to give yourself a gift of creative expression that nurtures your body, mind, emotions, and spirit. You’ll go home with new skills, two-three pieces of unique mandala art, a greater awareness of self, and ideas for an on-going creative practice.

All materials and tools provided. You are welcome to bring your favorite supplies.

In this video you’ll learn more about the projects you’ll create in the
Cultivating Compassion Mandala Art Program.
The Torus Yantra is a sacred symbol that reflects the expansive energy of the heart chakra.


  • Intimate setting with personal access to the teacher
  • Clear step-by-step instructions
  • Plenty of spaciousness to get into the creative process
  • Interactive sessions with sharing experiences, questions and answers
  • Guided meditations
  • Option to begin each morning with salutations and silent meditation
  • Delicious all-vegetarian meals with locally sourced ingredients
  • Extensive library of dharma books
  • Expansive wooded grounds with beautiful flora and fauna
  • Option to extend stay on Personal Retreat


There are no prerequisites for this program; it is appropriate for all.

Creating heart chakra mandala art opens the energy center of love, compassion, and acceptance.


Schedule is subject to change

Friday, August 21

3:00 PMCheck in begins
6:00-7:00 PMDinner
7:00-9:00 PMWelcome and Introduction
Opening the Heart Chakra

Saturday, August 22

7:00-8:00 AMMorning Salutations and Meditation, optional
8:00-9:00 AMBreakfast
9:30-11:30 AMMandala Project: Cultivating Compassion with the Four Elements
12:00-1:00 PMLunch
2:00-3:30 PMOpen Studio
3:30-4:00 PMBreak
4:00-5:00 PMReflection, Integration, Sharing Circle
6:00-7:00 PMDinner
8:00-10:00 PMFire Pit, weather permitting

Sunday, August 23

7:00-8:00 AMMorning Salutations and Meditation, optional
8:00-9:00 AMBreakfast
9:30 -11:30 AMMandala Project: Sacred Geometry—Expanding the energy of love with the Torus Yantra
12:00-1:00 PMLunch
1:00 PMCheck out and departure

DATE & TIME DETAILS: Friday, August 21 (check in 3-6 PM; program starts 7 PM) until Sunday, August 23 1 PM

LOCATION: Dharmakaya Center for Wellbeing

ADDRESS: 191 Cragsmoor Road Cragsmoor, New York 12566



CANCELLATION POLICY: Refundable up to two weeks prior to the program (less a $50 processing fee). See our policy to learn more.

PER PERSON PROGRAM PRICE: Prices are per person and include a $205 program fee.

  • Commuter – $305
  • Private Room: Single – $495
  • Private Room: Couple – $385
  • Junior Suite: Single – $605
  • Junior Suite: Couple – $445