SAIIER 2019:Mandala Practice

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SAIIER 2018-19
Mandala Practice


by Rosalba


This project aimed to help students increase their awareness and rebalance and realign their whole being, following a system discovered by Carl G. Jung and his followers.

Description of project:

This year I offered the experience of drawing and coloring mandalas at Udavi School, Last School, TLC, Life Education Centre and as an open class at Baraka.

At Udavi School I held two courses, one for the kids of first grade and the other of the kids of fourth/fifth grade. In this case it only lasted for the first three months of the school year. I found the situation too difficult, because of the language and cultural barrier. The teacher told me that the kids were very happy to work with mandalas the way I was guiding them, but I felt I should stop.

At Last School I worked with mandalas and gave Bach flower courses. There it was very nice. The students were very receptive and they joined my classes with enthusiasm. At a certain moment I saw the number of students for mandala class increase, and some of them started participating also in the course that I run regularly in Baraka community, which is open to everyone.

I worked also at TLC, where in the same way as Last School the kids got involved with a lot of interest. So the facilitator asked me to continue next school year with more hours.

I offered a workshop on mandalas at Life Education Centre, and the women there enjoyed it so much that our class stretched almost one hour longer than planned.

I made an exhibition of my mandalas at the Pavilion of Tibetan Culture, from December to the end of January. This received a very good response, including several proposals to go out of Auroville to give seminars and workshops (but this I didn’t do yet). The regular course of Exploring Mandala became so full that I was not able to receive all the people booking because the physical space is not big enough.

Outcomes:

An amazing collection of mandalas was created by many people. Participants say it feels like meditating when they are working with mandalas. The benefits are visible in many students: they are more aware, more focused, more centered, more mature… in a word they are much more grounded, aware, conscious. This is what Jung discovered about the mandala practice.

Reflections:

From my side I found it really enjoyable to see people young and old transforming into the better version of themselves, which for me is the real goal of the activity I am offering. It is great any time I see someone get a surprise by what appears on the paper – surprised by their own mandala. I know this is a way to integrate all those elements kept in our unconsciousness which are pushing to be brought into the conscious level.

Conclusion:

I experimented with one workshop of three days at Last School, which got a really interesting response from students and teachers as well. I would like to offer this workshop again in different places, along with continuing my regular classes in the schools.