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Working the circle of life

Wednesday, 29th April, 2015

Marion Halliday at work exploring the mystical magic of the mandala at what turned out to be a very popular workshop conducted by Lifeline Connect yesterday. Marion Halliday at work exploring the mystical magic of the mandala at what turned out to be a very popular workshop conducted by Lifeline Connect yesterday.

The first of the workshops being hosted by Lifeline Connect has been hailed a success.

The mandala workshop was led by Mia Faux who trained at the School for Initiatic Therapy. 

“A mandala is a circle with a centre. In nature they are a given structure and are reflected in millions of versions in the micro and macro cosmos,” Ms Faux said. 

“They appear in the Buddhist Wheel of Life, in Hindu Yantras, the Christian monstrance and in many church windows,” she said. 

“A mandala provides and evokes focus, structure and boundaries. 

“All circular structures with a centre are mandalas. ‘Mandala’ is Sanskrit for circle. Mandalas appear in all world religions and reflect the underlying structure in all nature.”

Yesterday in the mandala workshop there was the opportunity for personal contemplation, group decisions, negotiating boundaries and the enjoyment of accomplishing something as a group.

“It was a great group - well done all,” Ms Faux said.

“As a group we agreed upon the centre image and then each participant created her way towards the centre using cut out imagery. 

“Cut out imagery, or collage, is a medium which stimulates a lot of thinking. Some participants chose to leave empty space on either side of their images, others chose to blend in with their neighbours’ images.

“It was a personal and community experience and I think the group is quite proud of their work.”

The mandala workshop was the first of a number of “pop up” activities at Lifeline Connect in Chloride Street. 

In coming weeks there will be a laughter group, relaxation workshop, and an introduction to happiness and well-being session.  

The next workshop on laughter and will be held next week. Ring 8087 3409 to book.

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