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February 29 @ 13:00 - 17:00CHF110 – CHF120
My story started some time ago in Romania, where I was born in a family of 3 different cultures: Greek, German and Ukrainian. Soon after I had finished my engineering education, I left Romania and I lived in different countries as a global nomad. At some point in my life I had a regular office job and eventually a bore out. I saved myself quitting it and retreating into Hindu and Buddhist philosophy. A 2 year stay in an Ashram followed. This altered not just my world views and my beliefs but also influenced the way I express myself in art. I paint with my hands but my feelings, emotions and my intuition are in charge; the hand is just a tool. I never know how a paining is going to look like in the end. It is always a surprise to me. All I am doing is to stay as much as possible in a meditative, no-thought, neutral state of mind and let the intuition do the work, pick the right color, move the canvas, stroke the brush in the right direction.
Ana is organising Painting Retreats in Italy and Switzerland every year. You can find out more details here: https://www.
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The meaning of a Mandala depends on color, geometric elements and culture. The goal of the Mandala is to serve as a tool on our spiritual journey as it symbolizes cosmic and psychic order.
In many spiritual practices, a Mandala represents the entire Universe. In more modern Jungian psychology, the symbol stands for an effort to reunify the self.
The “sacred circle” of the Mandala is found throughout nature and in most aspects of our lives. The universe is permeated with circles and spirals – from the plants, the sun and its orbital/spiral nature, the cycle of the seasons, flowers, seeds, trees, and so much more – even down to the cell itself and the orbital nature of the atoms.
Drawing and painting your Mandala is about connecting with your inner being and letting yourself guided by whatever wants to get into the light.
Designing your own Mandala is a beautiful way of entering an altered state of consciousness. Benefits include an increased sense of wellbeing, calmness, clarity, emotional stability, wholeness, creativity and understanding. Mandalas are also said to carry their own special kind of vibrational energy. Therefore, they can be used for the enhancement of mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health.
Additionally, it is said that the Mandala has a healing energy that it gives off and can be measured 10 feet out. Many people state, “I don’t know what it is – I just feel a calmness in looking at this (Mandala).” Perhaps that is the part of connection to “wholeness” within. Some Mandalas are specifically for the ‘concentration’ or ‘focus’ on them – a form of meditation, which is, once again, for the quiet and healing aspects that come from reconnection to one’s true Self.
Learning how to draw your own Mandala is a deeply absorbing, meditative practice. Not only does it unleash your inner artist, but creating your own Mandala can produce deeper insights into your life.
Learn how to let go of preconceived ideas about what your Mandala is supposed to look like, and simply allow your intuition and curiosity to lead the way.
Drawing and Painting, use the Compass /Zirkel, Create Patterns, choose colors
Learn how to start end develop a Mandala design
Learn how to apply golden leaf on your Mandala/paintings
Connect with body, mind and spirit before we start painting
Explore the intention behind your Mandala
Express your feelings and emotions through symbols
Create your personal and unique meditation tool
This is not a typical “guided event”. There will be no step-by-step instructions for a particular painting. Instead, Ana will show you some techniques and tricks and encourage you to paint intuitively and freely.
No prior Painting experience necessary
1 canvases (40x40cm) and all other painting materials are provided and included in the ticket price. Additional canvases & paint are available at the studio (15-30CHF per canvas)
Do you like shiny things? We’ve got pearly, silver, copper and golden acrylic Paint!
Among other mediums, we use premium acrylic paint by fleury-art.com
Language of Instruction: English
Tea & Coffee included. BYOB (“Bring your own beverages”) if you would like to enjoy a beer or wine while painting.