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Guest Event: An Introduction to the Mandala (CANCELED)

  • Center for Discernment & Action 666 Dorchester Avenue South Boston, MA 02127 (map)

NOTE: The spring session of this workshop has been canceled.

An Introduction to the Mandala 
with Elissa Melaragno

This two-Saturday workshop (March 29, 2014 and April 5, 2014) will study the history of the mandala and its use as a contemplative practice which has the potential to draw us closer to our selves and thereby, through this deepened clarity, closer to the sacred and to those around us. 

Participants will explore the teachings of modern Western leaders in the use of the mandala such as: C.G. Jung, psychiatrist, psychoanalyst and founder of analytical psychology; Joan Kellogg, a forerunner of the modern art therapy movement; Susanne Fincher, psychotherapist, art therapist and author of many books about the mandala; and Fr. William Jarema, priest, psychologist, Spiritual Director and founder of The Mercy Center, Colorado Springs, CO.

During the workshop, participants will create original mandalas and learn some basics to interpret the messages from our own subconscious. Even without these interpretive skills, the mandala is an ancient journey to creativity and awakening.

Participants will deepen their understanding as to why today many therapists and spiritual directors use the mandala as a means to help others know and heal themselves. Each participant will create many faster healing/ discovery mandalas and one personal meditative mandala which will be created through both sessions.

Elissa Melaragno is a career artist, an art consultant, bringing art into the health care environment, a spiritual director and a fellow in the SAIL program at Still Harbor. For 15 years, she taught art in her private studios near Asheville, NC.

The 60.00 fee for both classes includes art supplies. 10 student maximum.

To RSVP, please email Elissa at


Earlier Event: March 20
Spiritual Directors Group
Later Event: April 10
Spiritual Directors Group