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I’m 53 and live about 40 minutes west of Boston, Massachusetts in the U.S. having grown up in Southern Maine. I’m an Assistant Manager in retail at L’Occitane, which is now a B Corp and have worked in many different retail companies.

I have been married 23 years and have no children by choice, though I am an Aunt many times over. I practice many types of art and try to be creative in some way every day. I also write poetry. I love to read & recently started a banned book club with various friends.

I enjoy cooking and sharing meals with friends. I also volunteer for the Alzheimer’s Association in a few different ways. My mother is in the late stages of Alzheimer’s.

I strongly believe that community, creativity, education, family, caring for each other and the environment, self-care, and human/civil rights are important

In 2020 during the pandemic, I worked through the Artist’s Way with a small group of women using Zoom, and finally claimed myself as an artist and poet. Later, I came across a link for the Mandala Magic free course that fall on Instagram.

Since I had been interested in mandala design and also learning more about the 8-fold year, as well as loving both written and visual journaling, the Alignment course combination of all of the above got me hooked. I love how it shows me the parallels between the rhythms of the year, and the rhythms of life and the questions help me unearth realisations and record where I’m at.

I love how the Alignment course overlaps and augments my journaling, art, self-help/care, and spiritual explorations.

I have found that when I want to record visually what comes to me during a visual meditation, or even to record some realisation, I often picture it in mandala form. I also find it a great container for play in art in general.

I had never tried making my own mandalas before taking the course. The course showed me that mandalas are a container and can be structured, elaborate, or abstract and free form. I like to switch back and forth. I enjoy using them often in prompts from other artists and meditations, or just as a nice way to be creative and relax, creating my own design with shape and colour play.

At the same time that I started the Alignment course, I started an online women’s course based on the book Warrior Goddess Training with Heatherash Amara (which also works around the 8-fold year). I found the themes overlapped and increased my awareness, self-knowledge, and personal growth through each one. The themes and ideas of both continue to challenge me to look deeper and persist in a stronger way toward my goals.

I have a simple compass set & use a 9 X 12″ mixed media wire-bound notebook and various types of media. I most often draw my mandala in pencil first and then go over it with a Micron pen. I often use coloured pencils to finish it as I often work on them after dinner in front of the TV.

This helps me with my goal to create each day and also leaves time on days off to work on my long list of other art projects I want to work on and try.

In the first year, I took notes from all the videos and researched more on each season of the year to understand it better and how it might relate to where I live, and my ancestry.

The next year I usually worked from the notes to challenge myself to create using my own interpretation and now I wing it even a bit more, feeling into where I am when I review the season’s notes.

Once I make my notes, I start thinking about how it all relates to me and where I am at, at this time.

Using mandalas for introspection, as a way of relating to the time of year, and art exploration/play keeps me motivated, consistent and inspired.

I love the techniques we learned in Mandala Secrets. It has encouraged my playing with designing mandalas just for exploration.

The Mandala Magic School came at the right time for me in my mandala growth. All the different courses and techniques have contributed to my continued inspiration by giving me design confidence and more choices and ideas.

My advice to someone new to the Mandala Magic School is that there are no rules. I can be a rule follower at times and like to take classes, so going in-depth at the start worked for me.

It’s more about journaling than art, though I love that for me it can be both. I find all types of journaling helpful in moving through life.

Sharing my mandalas helps keep me on track with completing them. Seeing everyone else’s challenges inspires me, as well—I just love seeing all the art. Getting feedback and encouragement inspires me as well.

I see myself continuing to use Mandala Magic to record where I’m at in the cycles of the year, as well as my own cycles.

It’s also been a goal to start and be consistent with a daily visual journal. I see it being varied in how it presents from day to day but mandalas will definitely have a place.

Let’s connect on Pinterest and Instagram.

18 Comments

  1. Laurie Patterson

    I love your commitment to your art and of course i love all your art work.

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    • Beth Welch

      Thanks Laurie for being such a good friend & art pal!

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  2. Penny Lamnek

    Thank you for sharing your journey with us Beth. I admire your focus. Like the others, your weave collage caught my eye. We have a bit of the magpie in us-ooo, something pretty, must have that! I also love your boiling cauldron! Julie often refers to the mandala as a contain or vessel. I believe i will now think of it as a magical cauldron.
    Penny Lamnek

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    • Beth Welch

      Thank you so much Penny. I love calling it a magical cauldron, I think that’s perfect.

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  3. Maxine Bainbridge

    Thanks for sharing your story. It’s always inspiring to see how others interpret things in different ways. I also love the collage mandala and I might try this technique myself for Beltane 😊

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    • Beth Welch

      Thank you so much!

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  4. Nathalie Dale

    Thank you Beth for sharing with us how you use mandalas as a self discovery tool and creative outlet. I especially love your collage weave mandala.

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    • Beth Welch

      Thanks 💗 😊

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  5. Roseanne Sabol

    Thank you for sharing your path and EXPERIENCE with us, Beth. Reading this PROVIDEs me with ENCOURAGEment for following my own path.

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    • Beth Welch

      Thank you. I am so glad it supports your discovery!!!!

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    • Kazza Butler

      Thanks for sharing your journey and mandalas Beth. It’s so fascinating to hear other people’s creative process. I’ve just started the artist’s way and really interested to see what effect it has on my mandala magic journey. Thanks also for the Warrior goddess tip!

      Kaz x

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      • sandie

        Thanks Beth, for your inviting us all into your creative space. I was intrigued with your statement that you’d worked through the Artist’s Way in a zoom group. I live in a tiny red-neck town where half of the women are out in the woods hunting deer. Admirable to supply yourself with food, but i haven’t met anyone who would be into mandala work, etc. I’ve been here 11 years now, moved away from the navajo reservation after 35 years. I would love to be a part of a zoom group doing the artists way. as a quilter and having spent so much time with rug weavers, i too loved your weaving piece mandala. thanks for your inspiration

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        • Beth Welch

          Thanks Sandie! I hope you find a group to explore The Artist’s Way together.

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      • Beth Welch

        Thank You as well. I hope you enjoy them both as much as I have.

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  6. Lina Newstead

    I really love the mandala that is a collage with very intricate weaving of cloth which reminds me of how women have always used sewing as a meansof self expression

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    • Beth Welch

      Thank you so much ❤️

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  7. Kathleen Steelandt

    I love reading how people arrived at mandala magic. It seems lockdown for many of us was an entry into this community, silver linings! I really enjoyed hearing your story Beth and am also interested to find out more about the warrior goddess. Thank you so much for sharing your art too.
    Blessings to you x

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    • Beth Welch

      Thank you so much ❤️ I SO appreciate everyone’s comments

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