Mandalas of the World
with Daniel Docherty
27 - 31 March 2023
Emerson College, Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18 5JX, UK
Mandalas, in essence, can be understood to be diagrams, patterns and pictures that are distillations
of cosmic wisdom and harmony; repositories of archetypal intelligence.
Mandalas offer a potentially powerful means of deepening one’s spiritual and contemplative practice. This is especially true when they are constructed - using the traditional tools of compass and straightedge - in a considered and contemplative manner. Our primary focus will be on the construction and comprehension of Mandalas from the Western esoteric tradition; this will include the developing of a portfolio - an alchemical 'tool-kit' - of diagrams and sacred geometries with significant numerological
and symbolic implications which will enable participants to develop their own
meaningful and original mandalas.
During this week-long course, Daniel Docherty will guide participants through the construction of a number of mandalas from different traditions including mandalas that embody significant planetary patterns. We will explore their inherent symbolism and cosmic correspondences. Participants will also make their our own paints from various minerals such as malachite and azurite in order to colour and ensoul certain designs.
'The higher purpose of geometry is to participate, body, soul and spirit in the objective universal laws that govern and cohere our universe. This activity can lead us directly to the centre of our own understanding which unifies us with the whole.'
Keith Critchlow (Hidden Geometry of Flowers/Floris Books)
What a wonderful course!
I cannot believe how much we got through (and we got to do Venus’s mandala too!). It was a mind stretching, heart warming and soul inspiring week. I am so very grateful ...
Sara Hall Nov. 2021
"This course has been a total joy, and it has been full of spiritual and cosmic revelation. The way Daniel teaches perfectly fits the way that I learn best. He treats the material with such reverence and poetic beauty. I feel this week has opened up a path for me, and I feel it will play an important part in my life from now on. I always felt barred from the artistic world, not feeling in any way that I possessed artistic talent but this course has given me access to an artistic passion. I only wish I had been introduced to this way of understanding and practising sacred art earlier! Thank you so much. "
John Wadsworth: Mandalas of the World (May 19) course participant; PhD research student at CCCU and author of Your Zodiac Soul: Working with the Twelve Zodiac Gateways to Create Balance, Happiness & Wholeness