HOST AN ECO-ART WELLNESS WORKSHOP
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HOST A NATURE MANDALA WORKSHOP!
My Eco-Art Wellness Workshops are not just about creating beautiful designs. They are about allowing the gentle but powerful voices of nature and art to help us better understand ourselves, our connections, and our place in this world. Each workshop is designed around a specific topic with space for positive exploration with support from nature and each other. All workshops include creative time, introspective writing, and meaningful discussion.
Nature Mandala workshops provide unique, memorable, and positive experiences for learning and connecting. They are great for schools, community groups, clubs, team builds, professional development days, retreat centers, or just friends!
Workshops are flexible, but generally last between one and three hours depending on time allowed and number of participants. (Multiple workshops can be scheduled for the same or multiple days.) All materials are provided by the facilitator.
Understanding that school schedules and class size varies greatly, multiple options for individual or group mandala activities are possible for grades three through high school.
Mandalas are ephemeral and will not be taken home. Photographs are encouraged. High resolution, edited photographs or video can be order separately in advance.
WHAT PARTICIPANTS ARE SAYING
"Very moving. I got in touch with emotions I wasn't aware I was carrying. Loved the community witnessing, too." - Jenny X.
“It felt like a burst of oxygen.” - Patricia S.
“I’ve had a hard time NOT thinking about the mandala class . . . I had no idea what I was getting into . . . no idea what type of emotions this would provoke… seriously! Thanks for offering up a safe space to let it all hang out” - Becky T.
“All I can say is it was magical.” - Sarah D.
ABOUT THE FACILITATOR
Beth Adoette grew up in the Appalachian Mountains with beech trees, hemlock, mountain streams, and chickadees in her hand. Once an editorial illustrator, she now concentrates on writing, illustrating, and photographing what she calls the “Contemplative Sacred Circles” she co-creates with nature. She also
designs and facilitates a variety of Eco-Art Wellness Workshops.
Beth holds a BFA in Fine Arts and has received certification in Eco-Art Therapy through Portland State University, Portland Oregon, and Project Nature Connect.
AVAILABLE ECO-ART WELLNESS WORKSHOPS
Re-centering is a powerful and vital practice done routinely to make sure we are not getting distracted from what is important in our lives. This workshop holds space to explore what is calling us in the present moment through the creation of beautiful, individual nature mandalas. Find support from a group of curious, like-minded people as we explore boundaries and intentions, and allow nature and art to help reset in a creative, intuitive way.
FIND YOUR PATH / FOLLOW YOUR PATH (Adults)
Allow your intuition and the gentle, yet powerful voice of nature help you discern direction for your life. Participants create individual mandalas to discover how they are most comfortable and gifted in navigating their life journey. This workshop is not necessarily about the destination. It is about the path.
THE BIG CIRCLE (Adults, Middle School, High School)
A unique experience where participants create a cooperative mandala to gain a new perspective of their contribution to the whole, as well as gaining appreciation and mutual respect for their peers. A memorable way to see how we are all connected!
BEAUTIFUL YOU. BEAUTIFUL US. (Adults, Middle School, High School)
This multi-step workshop is an extension of "The Big Circle" workshop that gives participants the opportunity to first create an individual mandalas and then contribute to the creation of a large, group circle! Participants explore the beauty of their individual gifts and contemplate their contribution to the world as a whole.
DAY'S EYE (Adults)
Hundreds of years ago, the daisy was called “day’s eye” in England, and “the eye of the day” in Wales. These lovely names are derived from the way this flower pays attention as it opens its petals in the morning, turns to follow the sun’s path, and then closes back up at night. In this workshop, we take our cue from this humble yet wise flower, as we try to identify our daily intentions and create a nature mandala to act as a beautiful and practical reminder of our specific intentions for the day.
FAMILY CIRCLES (Any Age)
This circle workshop is all about acknowledging and honoring the people who make up “family” at this moment, either through blood, love, or kindred spirit. Create a personal work of art that celebrates the people in your life using beautiful nature objects that capture their individual spirits to complete a beautiful whole.
NAUTILUS WISDOM (Adults)
As this ancient sea creature grows, it creates and moves into larger chambers within its shell while continuing to use the old compartments to navigate the ocean depths. In this workshop, we consider the different stages of our lives and see how we might use our past to help navigate the present and future. If you have ever felt you have lived many different lives, this workshop may be for you!
"WHAT SHALL I PUT IN THE HOLE THAT I DIG?" (Adults)
Take a different look at a popular 1963 children's book (written by Eleanor Thompson, illustrated by Aliki) that tells us what we can and cannot plant. It just might be time to plant your own dream seed and visualize what you need to do to help it grow. Be bold. Be creative. No holding back. No limitations. You decide what dream seed to plant.
GETTING UNSTUCK (Adults)
There are times in our lives when negative emotions, legitimate or understandable as they may be, can take root in our lives and inhibit us from moving forward. They may come and go, or they may simply linger. Getting unstuck involves both the recognition of these strong emotions and seeing them in perspective. In this eco-art wellness workshop, we look to the beauty and power of water to gain perspective on our lives, find a place to leave these inhibiting emotions behind, and visualize the possibility of breaking free.
AIR ELEMENT / THE GREAT CONNECTOR (Adults and High School)
Come contemplate and celebrate the AIR element as we create individual nature mandalas to explore and honor this element that connects each and every one of us. Learn, discuss, and even challenge yourself with the support of other curious, creative, and open-minded people as we consider how this element powerfully connects us all. A meaningful workshop!
FIRE ELEMENT / CHASING SPARKS (Adults)
FIRE can represent our passions and our dreams. In this workshop, we create space to brainstorm about our hopes and aspirations. We will identify, examine, and honor them. In our nighttime sky where dreams live, stars may appear very small like tiny sparks. They are, however, powerful forces of energy. In this workshop space, we will try to see our dreams as sparks and consider what they are trying to say to us, what we can learn from them, or perhaps how we can begin to bring them into our lives.
WATER ELEMENT / WATER IS A VERB (Adults)
In this workshop, participants contemplate the WATER element in its all its different forms and discover which most closely relates to our own, individual lives. We consider calmness, energy, depth, patience, focus, joy, strength, and other gifts, as we look at water from the earth and from within. Participants create individual nature circles to dive deeper into understanding and celebrating how we live our best lives like water.
EARTH ELEMENT / ROCK STORIES (Adults)
Rocks often hold powerful stories in our lives. In this workshop, participants bring their own rock(s) to the event to celebrate the EARTH element. Then the rocks are combined with other nature objects, provided by the facilitator, to create a story circles to honor their journey. The everyone has an opportunity to tell their story. Listen to the rocks speak through art and through words!
INTRODUCTION TO NATURE MANDALAS (Middle School and High School)
This workshop offers young people the opportunity to unplug and be in the moment while exploring beautiful nature objects. Participants will be introduced to nature mandala art by viewing selected artist photographs, and then they have the opportunity create their own individual circle. The workshop also includes short, descriptive and introspective writing. Participation in this workshop can count towards the Girl Scout Art in the Outdoors or Art in Nature Badges!
FOR TEACHERS AND SCHOOLS
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAY WORKSHOPS
Nature mandala workshops are a great way for teachers to connect, encourage, and create during professional development days. Teachers can not only get ideas to use with their students, they can also strengthen their professional relationships through discussion, encouragement, and self-reflection.
ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE SCHOOL, HIGH SCHOOL, AND HOMESCHOOL
Nature mandala workshops can be tailored for middle school, high school, or homeschool students. These workshops create space for memorable experiences and opportunity to be in the moment, observe, and interact with nature and each other. Art, nature, and sometimes introspective writing prompts invite self-reflection, respect, and inclusion. Workshop options allow students to create individual mandalas, group mandalas, or both.
Third, fourth, fifth, and sixth grades may include an introduction to different designs in nature (i.e. circle, spiral, bilateral symmetry, radial symmetry), mandalas, and beauty, all while encouraging observational skills. Junior high and high school classes may include introspective writing and contemplation of how they individually relate to nature and each other. Optional group mandalas emphasize how no one is more or less important than any other, and how each is necessary to the whole.
Artist Talk: Co-Creating with Nature - The Nature Mandalas of Beth Adoette
Artist Talk: From Paying Attention to Transformation - Nature’s invitation to Authenticity and Change (Talk and Cooperative Mandala Experience)
WANT TO SCHEDULE? E-mail me!
Images from a teacher professional development day, private eco-art wellness workshop, fourth and fifth grade art classes, and co-operatve mandala from a women's retreat.