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Grand Opening Celebration – Sunday April 14th from 11:00-4:30

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grand opening flyer April 2013

Mandala Art Centre is excited to be having our Grand Opening Celebration on Sunday April 14th from 11:00-4:30. We will be having FREE art activities, face painting, snacks, yoga demos/classes and so much more. Please plan on attending and invite all friends, family and others who would enjoy this kind of event. Our centre is open to people of all ages and abilities! For more information, check out our website at http://www.mandalaartcentre.com

I should also mention that if an event like this could be too overwhelming (which it may be) that I can be contacted to arrange a tour of the Centre on a different day. I would like to keep experiences at Mandala Art Centre positive so please let me know how I can help. Contact me at  jade@mandalaartcentre.com

Looking forward to seeing everyone on the 14th!

WE HAVE WALLS!!

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you have no idea how pathetically excited I was today to open the door to the space and to see real, actual walls!! Holy Moly its been so slow I sure didnt expect to see that today! here are some pics of what it looks like so far!

Walls...real walls!!

Walls…real walls!!

The Dance/Movement/Yoga Studio space

The Dance/Movement/Yoga Studio space

My Office!!

My Office!!

Visual Arts Studio!

Visual Arts Studio!

OMG Im so excited! The plan is to be moved in at the beginning of March…so please keep checking on our website http://www.mandalaartcentre.com or add your name to our newsletter to keep informed on registration for classes.

I am still looking for experienced yoga, dance, movement teachers. If you are interested please contact me at jade@mandalaartcentre. com

So what is a mandala?

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The word Mandala is a Sanskrit word that  means “circle”. Mandalas have been seen in Buddhist and Hindu religious art forms dating back for centuries. Mandalas have been used in various spiritual traditions, to focus the  attention of aspirants and adepts, as a spiritual teaching tool, for establishing a sacred space and as an aid to meditation and trance induction. According to the psychologist David Fontana, the symbolic nature of a mandala can help one “to access progressively deeper levels of the unconscious, ultimately assisting the meditator to experience a mystical sense of oneness with the ultimate unity from which the cosmos in all its manifold forms arises.” The psychoanalyst Carl Jung saw the mandala as “a representation of the unconscious self” and believed his paintings of mandalas enabled him to identify emotional disorders and work towards wholeness in personality. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mandala In my art therapy training I learned all about developmental drawing and learned that it is the circle that children will often draw first. It may not be perfect, but you can definitely see it. People also often circular imagery when they doodle. See if you are doing this unintentionally or try this technique if you are having a stressful day. Im the last person to push techniques on others, but I have found this to be helpful for myself.

For me drawing circular imagery or colouring a mandala can be very relaxing and probably the closest I can come to meditating. I’m one of those people who has a mind that never shuts up, so this technique really helps me, especially if I’m stressed or tense. I always knew that I was going to have a business of my own, whether it was a private practice or an art centre and that I was going to call it Mandala. For my company logo, I bought a program called Mandala Maker and it is a fantastic computer program that actually helps you to draw and create mandalas. http://www.abgoodwin.com/mandalamaker/ If you like to make Mandalas I would absolutely recommend this program to you. Just a warning that it can be highly addictive!

The other day I was at Chapters (another one of my favourite places) and I saw a book called the “The Mandala Book: Patterns of the Universe”. It was graphic representations of Mandalas in everyday life. Circular imagery and form is something that happens constantly in nature. This book had some amazing pictures of very simple, yet complex Mandalas in nature and in civilization. When you start to look for them, you will see Mandalas are everywhere.

The never ending business plan…

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Oh Man … there is a reason creative people aren’t accountants…its absolute torture taking something fabulous and making it one dimensional. So I write what I want to say and then my boyfriend takes it and makes it readable to those who want it summed up in one page. He even wrote in the plan…”boring stuff goes here, Ill do that part”.

So while I’m waiting for the boring part to be written, I’m experimenting with the projects I want to implement with my potential clients. Now that’s where Pinterest comes in…I thought I was creative until I went on there. There are seriously talented people out there reminding me of all Ive missed since being a working stiff for the last 5 1/2 years. Shrinky Dinks, forgot all about them and mixed media art…I’m in heaven. Ill post some pics of what I have done so far.

Getting to be very exciting and scary all at the same time with starting your own business.

the Business Plan…dun dun dun…

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So now that I have the ideas and want to put them into action, I now have to come up with a Business Plan…the very words conjure up images of graphs, financial analyses, forecasts, sales…ahhh…everything I am not. I am an artist, extremely dramatic and able to show my passion when I talk. Trying to get that into a boring one page synopsis is pure torture to a person like me. I feel like Im writing my Master’s thesis all over again. How do you sum up creative on a white piece of paper? Ive sat here for the last three hours and have a page and a half…I know I have to get it done for people to take me seriously but come on…meet me…Ill show you how serious I am…help!