MANDALA MAKING ART WORKSHOPS
with SALI TAYLOR:

+ Renew Yourself Weekend Retreat for Women
+ Mapping and Mending your Chakras
+ The Healing Power of Art

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Mapping and Mending your Chakras

Eastern religions teach that the human body is made up of seven energycenters called chakras. They are the energy source that fuels our biologyand generates our personal power. Ones' health and well being isinterlinked with the energy flowing through these areas. Each of thesecenters, running from the base of the spine to the crown of the head, isalso said to correspond to a universal spiritual life-lesson.

In this seven-part workshop, you will learn about the seven energy centers of Eastern medicine. Using art, music, sounding and meditation, you will learn how to scan, open, clear and balance each area for optimum health and well-being.

Each week we will focus on a specific chakra and its relationship to your physical and spiritual well-being. You will create a personalized healing image for each chakra and its corresponding body parts. At the end of the seven weeks, you will have made a complete map of your body's revitalized chakras. This work of art will remind you of your ability to empower and heal yourself.

No artistic background is needed.

MAPPING AND MENDING YOUR CHAKRAS

In this workshop you will:

+ Learn about each chakra and its corresponding body /spirit connection.
+ Learn how to do a chakra scan to find out where you are losing energy.
+ Identify what is drawing power from this part of your body.
+ Learn how to infuse each chakra with healing energy through meditation, drawing, sounding, and music
+ Make your own energized mandala Chakra body map.
+ Work within a safe, nurturing and non-judgmental environment.

First Chakra or Root Chakra

Located at the base of the spine, this chakra represents one's origins,sense of security and connectedness to family and to Mother Earth. Itsassociated color aura is Red. Organs: immune system,bones and body frombase of spine to feet.

Second Chakra or Sexual Chakra

Located at the mid-point between the base of spine and the navel. Thiscenter has to do with creative and sexual energy and issues of survival andself-protection. Its' primary color is orange. Organs: sexual organs,pelvis, hip, lower vertebrae,large intestine, appendix,bladder.

Third Chakra or Solar Plexus

Located at the navel, this center represents the moment of individuating,of breaking away from ones clan and becoming independent. Its relatedissues are self-esteem, trust and care of self and others. Its dominantcolor is yellow. Organs: Abdomen, stomach, upper intestines, liver,gallbladder, kidney, pancreas, adrenal glands, spleen, middle spine.

Fourth Chakra or Heart Chakra

Located at the center of the chest where your ribs meet. The heart centeris the door through which one travels from the physical plane toward thespiritual realms. The key to the door is self-love and compassion forothers. Its aura is green. Organs: heart and circulatory system, lungs,shoulders ,arms, ribs, breast ,diaphragm,thymus gland

Fifth Chakra or Throat Chakra

Located at the base of the neck, this center is concerned with strength ofwill and personal expression. Its aura color is blue. Organs: Throat,thyroid,trachea,neck vertebrae, mouth,teeth, gums,esophagus,paraathyroid,hypothalmus.

Sixth Chakra or Third Eye

Located above the nose, mid way between the eyebrows and also called thespiritual eye, the sixth chakra is the gateway to the astral plane. It hasto do with intuition and connection to spirit. It is represented by thecolor purple. Organs: Brain, nervous system, eyes, ears, nose, pinealgland, pituitary gland.

Seventh Chakra or Crown Chakra

Located at the top of the head, from this point the energy travels out ofthe body and connects one to the cosmic realm. It is related to issues ofinspiration, faith and the ability to see the larger patterns in life. Itscolor is indigo. Organs: Muscular system, skeletal system, skin.


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The Healing Power of Art

Mandala making is a sacred art form that has been used for centuries as a meditative focus for healing and personal transformation. These circles, filled with inspired and symbolic imagery, trace their roots back to ancient spiritual traditions common to Native American, Hindu, Tibetan and medieval Christian religious practices, as well as to the contemporary psychoanalytic work of Carl Jung.

Introduction

+ Learn about the history and healing effects of making andcontemplating mandalas.
+ See examples of circular art forms from different Eastern and Western spiritual and psychotherapeutic traditions.
+ Learn ways in which you can use the process of making and meditating on mandalas for your own health and well-being.

Making Mandalas

+ Access your own "inner knowing" to create luminous healing andempowering imagery for yourself, your relationships, your work, your world.
+ Create visual aids to open and harmonize the chakras (energy centers) to increase the flow of chi throughout the body.
+ Increase your creative expression and self esteem while experiencing the benefits of working within a protective, non-judgmentalenvironment.
+ Access unconscious blocks and artfully energize your intentions.

Process Includes:

Art (drawing, painting, collage), music, movement, and guided visualizations for self-healing.No artistic background is necessary.

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Instructor: Sali Taylor

B.F.A. Art Education, Skidmore College, University of Denver;. M.A. Art History, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Ms. Taylor is an artist and practicing Buddhist who has been teaching and using art as a vehicle for meditation and healing for the past 25 years. Her artwork has been exhibited in galleries in New York, New Jersey, Colorado and Vermont. Ms. Taylor has been teaching Mandala Making Workshops since 1994. She has worked with visionary artists Judith Cornell, Alex Grey, and Zen artist/teacher Frederick Franck; studied Chakra Healing with Shyam Bhatnagar and Dr Caroline Myss, as well as Insight and Mindfulness Meditation traing with Thich Nhat Hanh, Christopher Titmus, Ram Dass and Jon Kabat Zinn. Sali is a mother of two and currently lives in NYC with her husband.

For more information about Chakras and Healing , here are some excellent books with links:
Anatomy of the Spirit by Carolyn Myss www.myss.com and www.heall.com/mind/myss.html
Pathways to Radiance by Kathy Pike www.PathwaystoRadiance.com
The Sevenfold Journey by Anodea Judith and Selene Vegalinks www.Sacredcenters.com