Project Designed for Second Graders Attracts All Ages The first “Community Mandala Collage” (left) was designed in 2004 for The Bushnell of Hartford PARTNERS art enrichment program (CT, USA). The workshops were taught at three Plainville, CT Community Schools every...Read More
— PABLO PICASSO
The healing benefits of making art have been documented as far back as Aristotle, and renowned psychologists and professionals in the health care community have witnessed the benefits first-hand with their patients.
Here at Community Mandala Project, we see healing, transformation and incredible breakthroughs at every workshop we teach.
Art allows us to express thoughts and emotions that are difficult to put into words. Through creative expression, we gain a renewed sense of self and feel empowered. We learn to let go of that which doesn’t serve us, and focus on telling our new stories.
Wisdom of the Elders is a series of arts workshops that give senior citizens a forum to tell their stories, impart wisdom, express feelings and present thoughts and ideas in a fun, respectful, supportive, nurturing and safe environment.
Too often in society our elders are mistreated, overlooked and undervalued. Our goal is to honor seniors by sharing their art, stories and messages in a way that develops empathy and reverence.
Senior citizens have a voice that needs to be heard. They play an important role in our lives, and the lives of our children.
Community Mandala Project comes together around social issues and develops art workshops incorporating words, symbols, art techniques and storytelling to help people process through pain so they can move on to live happier, more productive lives.
We understand that past trauma doesn’t define who we are. It is a part of our past story, but we don’t need to remain stuck in anger and pain.
CMP workshops help us let go of that which doesn’t serve us, connect to our center and tell our new stories — the stories of who we are now, and who we dream to be.
I made this mandala after drawing a self portrait using a pen that wouldn’t make a solid line after a tough week at a job that was making me sick. Read the full story…
I made this mandala shortly after my Dad was diagnosed with cancer. I became extremely sad by the news and was struggling with depression, pain and sadness. I said to myself, “Self…”
People in cultures around the world gravitate to mandalas in times of turmoil. This is because making a mandala promotes healing in the mind and body. Read more…
CMP offers healing art workshops that inspire, educate, empower, strengthen and transform people and communities. Read more…
Wisdom of the Elders is a series of expressive arts workshops that give senior citizens a forum to tell their stories, impart wisdom, express feelings and present thoughts and ideas in a fun, respectful, supportive, nurturing and safe environment…
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…