Monday, November 12, 2012

"Wisdom Circles" Giveaway

"There is a wisdom of the head, and a wisdom of the heart."

~Charles Dickens

"The Circle has been universally accepted as a religious image of perfection, a shape of total symmetry, hermetically closed off from its surroundings. 
It is the most general shape, possessing the fewest individual features
 but serving at the same time as the matrix of all possible shapes." 
~Rudolf Arnheim.

Wisdom Circles is a beautiful, gentle, self-nurturing workshop that allows you to explore what limits and drives you through the ancient art of mandalas.  In Wisdom Circles we  journey into the sacred circle using myth, meditation, and creativity to help us connect to our very deepest dreams and desires.

I am so pleased to announce that this beautiful workshop is now open for registration as an independent class.  This is the class that was part of 21 Secrets in 2012.  It will be running throughout 2013 and registration is now open.

For so many of us, creativity lies in light, texture, and color, rather than life-like reproductions of the world around us. Free drawing is central to our artistic journey and is an indispensable tool which allows us to use symbols, shapes, and colors to journey deep into own creativity.

In Wisdom Circles, we use storytelling and visualization as a way to help us explore our dreams and desires. We create circles of wisdom, or mandalas, using our own symbols, color, and images. It's a powerful artistic expression, and one I've been practicing for many years.

To create a mandala we need have no 'skill' for drawing. On the contrary, we set aside any awareness of how we are drawing, and to a large extent, what we are drawing. It is the process of creating a mandala that allows us to follow the urge to make a mark--no matter how obscure it might seem.

This is what participants have said about Wisdom Circles:

"I am completely addicted to this. You were so right Dion. This has been the most creative and inspiring workshop I have ever taken. I don't know why, but the mandalas speak to me so deeply."
"Thank you Dion.  It has been such a powerful exercise getting to know the sacred art of mandala making."

"Dion, I have to tell you when I first saw the mandalas I thought I could never do that, But I am going through a lot of stress right now with my adult children so I thought I would give it a shot. I have to tell you it has helped the stress soooo much!!! I just got into a meditative state while I was doing this, I shocked myself when it was done! It calmed me down and helped me organize my thoughts. I still can't believe I was able to do this. I colored it in the colors of the 7 chakras. Thank you so much for your wonderful lesson! I enjoyed this so much and you really did a wonderful job of teaching it.So much wonderful information!! I plan on doing more, this was my first one. Namaste, Julie"

"So much fun.  Thank you for this introduction into the world of Mandala's.  I will definitely do this over and over."

"This has been so amazing and inspiring! I think I am hooked on more, more, MORE!! mandalas! You have taken the pickiness out of making them and kept the meditation."

"Thank you Dion. I have a quick story... I am an elementary school teacher and yesterday we started state testing. It's usually quite stressful for everyone. After the kids started testing, I started making Mandala's. It was quite amazing to feel the stress leave me, transformative really. I am going to show my students how to make simple Mandala's so that when they are done testing and sitting quietly waiting for the rest of the class, they too can make a mandala. Thank you for this great class"

"I go through phases with doing mandalas, especially when things seem a little up in the air. I find them centering, calming and organizing.  Thanks for this workshop. Its just so inspirational!"
 "Thank you Dion.  I have been having so much fun.  You are great inspiration."

 "I know I haven't posted much but it's because I'm too busy making mandalas!!! Dion, this is an addiction!! I have a small sketchbook that I've carried with me for years and never did much with but I am filling it with mandalas. When I feel angry or frustrated, I get out whatever's close at hand and start drawing. It is the best tool I know of!! Spent the day with my BFF recently and we worked on mandalas for nearly four hours!! Just the best, thank you!!"

To celebrate the launch of Wisdom Circles as an independent class, I am giving away 3 places to three lovely followers. If you would like to join me for this beautiful, self-nurturing, restorative, and gentle program, all you need to do is leave a comment below telling me what you do to nurture your artistic soul.  For a second chance to win, please blog, tweet, or share this giveaway on Facebook, then come back and leave me another comment.  Be sure to include your email so I can contact you when you win.

I will be drawing the winners next weekend. If you'd like to know more about Wisdom Circles, or would like to register, please click here. And don't forget, it's Art Every Day is everything.

Thanks for checking in. xx