Mandala: Creating from the Center

The mandala is a symmetrical design that has historically appeared in art forms, architecture and ceremonies around the world. During the retreat individual mandalas are created as a form of self-expression and personal insight. Full attention is placed on the creative experience, in the present moment. A completed mandala can be a source for meditation and reflection.

  • Friday night 
  • Introductions
  • Into to mandala with images: Eastern/Western traditions, architecture, and nature
  • Demonstration: materials and techniques for design of mandala – all art supplies provided
  • Saturday morning
  • Centering meditation
  • Begin mandalas
  • Saturday afternoon
  • Centering meditation
  • Continue mandalas
  • Saturday evening – optional
  • Sharing and reflection /continue work on mandalas
  • Sunday morning
  • Finish mandalas/Sharing and reflection  

Date & Time: Friday, July 12, 2019 @ 5pm – Sunday, July 14, 2019 @ 1pm

Fee: $275


About the Presenter 

Peg Considine is a licensed educator and artist, she holds a BFA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and Master of Education from Elms College. She taught visual art for twenty years, emphasizing the creative process as an expression of self. Peg has found the mandala to be an accessible and transformative art form. She currently leads mandala retreats throughout New England.

A Retreat: Writing Our Relationship with Trees: What This Can Teach Us About Ourselves

A Retreat for Writing Our Relationship with Trees: What This Can Teach Us About Ourselves and Living Within the Sacred

In this weekend retreat, we will explore and strengthen our relationship with trees. We will slow down to listen to what these sacred beings can teach us.

To make this journey, we will use poetry and poem-making as a way to express and describe this relationship with ourselves, one another, and within the larger context of living as stewards of this planet, express it as part of the fabric of the cosmos.

Please bring a story (or poem) about a single tree or a forest, or an orchard, or a grove of trees, whatever is significant to you, that has made a difference to you in your life, somehow changed how you see yourself and the world around you, including the cosmos. This poem can be yours or be written by someone else. You are invited to bring a photograph of a tree.

The weekend retreat is limited to 22 registrations. Please register early to reserve your spot.

This weekend retreat begins Friday evening at 5pm with dinner at 6pm. The Friday evening event,  A Public Talk, Conversation and Mini-Workshop, starts at 7pm.

A Public Talk, Conversation and Mini-Workshop: Open to all, Friday, August 31, from 7pm-9:30pm: Fee: $25 (Friday workshop only)

A Retreat For Writing Our Relationship With Trees: Friday, August 31, at 5pm to Sunday, September 2, at 1pm: Fee: $250 (whole weekend); includes all meals and overnight accommodations.


About the Presenter: John Fox, Certified Poetry Therapist, is a poet and author of Finding What You Didn’t Lose:  Expressing Your Truth and Creativity through Poem-Making and Poetic Medicine: The Healing Art of Poem-Making. He teaches regularly at the collegiate and post graduate level as an adjunct faculty member of the California Institute of Integral Studies, Sofia University (formerly The Institute of Transpersonal Psychology,) and Holy Names University, Oakland.  He taught for twenty years as adjunct at John F. Kennedy University – first through the Graduate School of Professional Psychology and then since 1997 in the Arts & Consciousness Department. For more about John Fox, visit his website

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