Art workshops that give our elders a forum to tell their stories, impart wisdom, express feelings and present thoughts and ideas in a fun, respectful, supportive, nurturing and safe environment...Read More
On January 28, 2012, we gathered at Jitters Cafe to present a new music & art program we offer to promote peace, empower people and strengthen communities...Read More
Mandala projects can be customized to any community. If you don’t see a theme that speaks to your community or cause, contact CMP to discuss how we can customize a Community Mandala Project just for you! Here are some...Read More
— PABLO PICASSO
Mandala (pronounced: mahn-dah-lah) is Sanskrit for “circle” and a symbol of wholeness and community. People in cultures and religions around the world are drawn to this ancient art form in times of crisis, and doing so is a natural attempt to self-heal. The art of making a Mandala creates order among chaos. Meditating and concentrating on the shape’s unified center helps to create a sense of inner peace and calm, and can ground people who are in turmoil.
There are many benefits to using art as a tool for healing. Creative expression helps people express and process through difficult emotions, and in turn, heal from trauma such as domestic violence, addiction, disease and loss. Communities benefit from a person’s growth — often we develop empathy and passion to help others who have suffered as we have — and the people around us benefit from our improved mental, physical and emotional health.
Read more about the Community Mandala Project.
The Community Mandala Project combines the transformational and healing powers of the Mandala with art, music and storytelling to inspire, empower and strengthen people and communities.
CMP’s founder, Donna Gentile, has her own personal story about overcoming domestic violence. Music and the mandala came to Gentile at a time when she was experiencing trauma from abuse. During some of her darkest years, she used music and art to help process through the very difficult and complex emotions, and from her creative explorations in these areas, grew a growing suite of expressive arts programs including our Thriver Recovery Mandala.
We use mandala (circular) forms in many of our workshops because they create a sense of wholeness, peace and calm, but we have other programs and formats outside of the mandala structure that are just as exciting and beneficial.
Thriver Recovery Mandala
Recycled Arts & Community Initiative (RACI)
American Heritage Quilt
We’re making 365 mandala art pieces as part of our Mandala 365 Project and we need your help! Mandalas are designs inside of a circle that radiate out from a center. They represent wholeness and inspire healing and transformation.
Below are the mandalas we’ve made so far. Just think how cool it will be to see your mandala online and in print!
We’d like to give you back something for your contribution so we’re making a digital book of all 365 mandalas (including yours). You’ll get a free PDF of the entire book. Maybe down the road, we’ll raise money to print the book. How exciting…!
Donna Gentile to teach Wisdom of the Elders Watercolor Mandala workshop to residents and their families at River Ridge of Avon, a Benchmark Senior Living Community. Across the nation, June 21 is recognized as the “Longest Day.” Gentile has been asked to teach her Wisdom of the Elders Watercolor Mandala Workshop in honor of this special day. The event is about patience, strength and endurance...
Unlock the natural healing powers and creativity of your soul with mandala art! Join us at the Avon Senior Center Wednesday, June 12, 2013 from noon to 2 pm for "Wisdom of the Elders" Watercolor Mandala Workshops for Seniors. This event is FREE. No experience necessary. It's fun, easy, inspiring and healing...
Roger Fernandes, an educator for over thirty years, uses the structure of what he calls, "The Hero's Journey" to teach health and wellness. He acknowledges our elders as a primary source of wisdom and guidance, helping us along in our journey. Fernandes explains The Hero's Journey in terms of archetypes and describes the process of transformation that occurs...
We’re making 365 Mandalas and we want your help! Mandalas are designs inside of a circle that radiate out from a center. They represent wholeness and create calm for the artist...
Community Mandala Project is a series of deep, rich and meaningful art projects that connect us to our purpose and strengthen our spirit and communities. Through group workshops, using the ancient...