Great Round Series


Did you know that the mandalas that you create have a story to tell?

We can learn a lot from our mandalas from the colors, shapes, and symbols that we use and even how these elements are all arranged within the circle.

Finding meaning in the art that we create isn’t a new idea. Swiss psychiatrist Carl G. Jung kept a daily journal. During a time of crisis, circular drawings with vivid colors and pictures appeared on the journal pages. Jung began to notice patterns in these drawings that reflected on his thoughts, feelings, and emotions at the time he drew them. Sometimes parts of his dreams emerged in the drawings, while other times it was an old story from an earlier time in his life that needed his attention. Jung went on to use this practice of drawing a circle and filling it with color and form with his analysands.

Sometimes we don’t easily have the words to express what we are feeling or experiencing, but working intuitively, it can emerge in our art.

Since the circle drawings reminded him of the sacred art of Asia, Jung called this art mandalas.

There are 12 psychological stages that we all go through in life.

In fact, we experience these stages over and over again. In this series called, “The Great Round,” we explore these stages by coloring, drawing, painting, collaging, and crafting mandalas. No art experience necessary.

What do those psychological stages look like?

Here are a few that you’ll recognize:

Milestones and Celebrations in Life: birth, adolescence, graduation, leaving home, marriage, parenting, caring for aging parents, retirement, etc.

Creativity Cycles: feeling creatively low versus highly productive and energized; unfocused versus focused periods

Life’s Challenges: loss, grieving, falling apart, health issues

Embracing Something New: new projects, careers, relationships


You’re invited to take your mandala practice to the next level this fall.

If you are curious about the meaning in your mandalas, you’ll find the Great Round Series fascinating. Be prepared for many “a-ha” moments as you make connections and glean meaningful insights with each mandala project.

The Great Round Course isn’t about making pretty pictures – it’s about deepening an understanding of ourselves and empowering us to live our best lives.

Here’s what participants experienced going through the Great Round Series:

  • Sally learned how to tap into her INTUITION.
  • Catz experienced the feeling of FREEDOM after planning and taking her dream trip traveling solo by train to the Californian wine country.
  • Jayne identified that her dream job is to teach art classes and felt BRAVE and more CONFIDENT after hosting her first classes.
  • Sandra found creating the mandalas RELAXING and it gave her something POSITIVE to focus on.
  • Carol experienced HEALING as each mandala helped her to express her feelings about the challenges and drama happening in her life.
  • LouAnn OPENED UP to change, new ideas, and accepting her weaknesses without judgment.

Regular price $75.


Great Round Online Course

What’s Included

Course lessons run August 26, 2018 to December 9, 2018
Closing the Circle Celebration: January 2019

Instructor Led Course – Facilitated by Kathryn Costa.

15 Video Lessons – New for 2018! Twelve videos, one for each Stage plus supplemental videos on “How to Interpret Your Mandala” and “Introduction & Overview of the Great Round.” Each week a new lesson is released. Log in when it is convenient for you to watch the video lessons, download resources, and to post your mandala art.

4 Show &  Tell Webinars – We’ll meet live using Zoom to see and discuss the mandala art that you’ve created. This is a wonderful opportunity to connect with other mandala enthusiasts who share your curiosity for exploring the meaning of our mandalas. There is a lot of wisdom shared and everyone feels a sense of community by participating in these events. If you can’t attend live, a recording will be available.

Times will vary and will be scheduled based on the time zones of where participants live to reach as many people as possible. The webinar schedule will be determined after the first week of the course.


Handouts, References, Supplements – Beautifully designed helpful resources.

All this for only $75.


Participant Gallery




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This selection of mandalas are from the lesson called, “Turning Toward the Journey.” It is a time in our lives when we feel we are about to embark on something new in our lives be it career, relationship, project, new home. Projects for this theme include spirals, labyrinths, dream catchers, and more!

Here’s what participants are saying:

“This is the first time I thought about a mandala other than just creating an art piece. Great experience!” ~ Karen Vasudev

“Here’s to manifesting abundance, joy and happiness. May my thoughts and actions spiral out into the universe to allow me to show up in the world as the next best version of me.” ~ Yolanda Darby

“Ever since receiving Kathryn’s book, I have wanted to draw a labyrinth mandala. Thanks for this lesson which was the perfect prompt. Tomorrow is an important day at work for me. Focusing on this mandala helped me accept my fears for an uncertain, but hopefully more joyful future.” ~ Chayla Blum

For many participants when they learned about this stage, they recognized it in their life. It is wonderful to see the a-ha moments and connections that happen in this series.

Meet Your Host

Kathryn Costa

Every time I work through the Great Round I learn something new about myself. I gain clarity and confidence.

I love creating mandalas, but what I love even more is the process of creating them for insight and personal meaning and sharing this amazing experience with others. 2018 will be my third year facilitating this course and each year it gets better and better. This year, I’ve added video lessons for each stage, beautifully illustrated with participant artwork. I’m really excited about the new interactive webinars where we’ll get to see each other and chat in real time through video conferencing. It’s a great way to connect, deepen our understanding of the lessons, and to get inspired.

If you have any questions about this course, please don’t hesitate to reach out and contact me at


About My Training

I’ve had the pleasure and honor to be mentored by Susanne Fincher, a leading authority in using mandalas for healing, insight, and self expression. She is the author of many books including “The Mandala Workbook” that we use as a guide for studying the Great Round and “Creating Mandalas” an indispensable resource for understanding the meanings in our mandalas.

I completed Susanne Fincher’s Mandala Certificate Program in June 2016. This program included two weeks of intensive in person study of the Great Round. Unlike other trainings and certifications where you only have to pay a fee to be “certified.” This training involved extensive study,two weeks of lectures, projects, and interactions with our mentors and other participants, a written test, and final presentation. I have to tell you it was exciting to listen to Susanne’s lectures, ask her questions, and create mandala projects along side others dedicated to this fascinating study.

Let’s explore our mandala stories together in 2018

~ Kathryn Costa, Workshop Facilitator
Author of “The Mandala Guidebook” and Host of the 100 Mandalas Challenge

All this for only $75.