Virtual Mandala Workshop
Entering the Mystical Mandala:
Centering Oneself in the Sacred Circle
Guest Presenter: Shawn Kafader
Meeting by Zoom
Saturday, January 23rd, 2021
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. CT
Suggested Offering: $35
(includes 3 pre-printed mandala templates,
sent to your home)
We well understand that several who may want to attend may be experiencing economic adversity of one kind or another. We invite you to take part in the retreat at a reduced rate.
This daylong virtual workshop will begin with a conference on the universal symbol of the sacred circle known as the “mandala.” Participants will learn how this symbol is present in all cultures and faith expressions of the world, as well as why we are naturally drawn to this sacred shape.
During our sessions we will focus on how and why entering the creative process fosters physical, psychological and spiritual grounding in our lives, and will explore the significance of color and symbol in creating personal mandalas.
Attendees will be invited to create two mandalas as part of the retreat – one pre-drawn and one free form. The retreat will include two voluntary art sharing sessions where participants will be offered a time to share their experience in creating and their creations. There is no previous artistic ability or gifts needed to participate in this workshop. The only requirement is that you come with an open mind and open heart. (see Schedule below)
Art Supply List
During these unusual times of COVID-19, many virtual art experiences invite participants to use whatever art supplies they have on hand. We would invite you to do the same for this virtual workshop. It is suggested that for this workshop participants use art making materials that are conducive to drawing or coloring – colored pencils, crayons or markers. The following is a “suggested” art making supply list:
• One box of 12 or 24 Crayola brand colored pencils.
• One box of 24 Crayola brand crayons.
• One box of 12 Crayola markers (regular of washable).
These are inexpensive art making supplies that can be readily purchased for a reasonable cost at any big box retailer.
This list of art making supplies is only a suggestion. If you own other supplies, other brands of art supplies or other quality art supplies please feel free to use them for this workshop. Plan to have a variety of colors available in your art making supplies so that you can create as you feel led.
About the Mandala Patterns
Because this a virtual workshop, you will be sent three preprinted mandalas and one mandala circle on special paper. If we were offering this workshop live you would not be given these resources until we were ready to begin each of our art making experiences for the day. We invite you to put these mandala resources aside until the day of the workshop. Do not color them in advance and do not ponder them. You will be led through an experience that will allow you to use these resources as part of the virtual workshop. Set them aside, remember where you put them, then bring them to the virtual workshop along with your choice of art making supplies. We will be creating our mandalas together the day of the workshop.
The Day of the Workshop
On the day of the mandala workshop it is suggested that you create a space where you can feel free to engage in our time together. You may want to choose a room or space in your home where you can be alone, undisturbed and in silence. You should have a table or art making board in your space where you can comfortably have enough room to spread out your art making supplies and be able to create your mandala art. It would be best if the surface of your art making space were smooth so that your art making is not influenced by the texture of the art making surface.
Shawn Kafader is an ordained non-denominational clergyperson, licensed clinical professional counselor, licensed mental health counselor, reiki master, musician and artist with certifications in expressive arts therapy and art for healing. Shawn is a commissioned presenter for Contemplative Outreach, practicing various contemplative practices including Centering Prayer for over thirty years.
His main form of art making is the mandala. He has been creating free form mandalas for over twenty-five years, first discovering the healing power of the mandala while working with a Jungian based spiritual guide. Shawn follows the practice of psychologist Carl Jung who created a mandala nearly every day for fifteen years of his adult life. Shawn’s mandalas have been featured in secular and spiritual art shows and internationally in Karen Abend’s Sketchbook Revival newsletter. Shawn can be followed at @skafader on Instagram.