AE21 Creating Nature-Made Mandalas: Collected Elements, Inspired Designs

Friday August 27

1:00 PM  –  3:30 PM


Creating Nature-Made Mandalas: Collected Elements, Inspired Designs

BLENDED* Two sessions: Friday, August 27 (online), and Sunday, August 29 (onsite); 1 to 3:30 p.m.

Instructor: Ameena Batada

$60 Adult Non-member** (**Arboretum Members receive a 10% discount on all classes. Become an Arboretum Member!)


This soulful two-part class invites participants to contemplate and create nature-made and inspired designs, reminiscent of the mandalas of Tibetan Buddhists. After watching a video on sacred geometry in nature and spiritual and cultural traditions of mandalas and their analogs around the world, we will meet virtually for the first session to create a free-hand-drawn design using nature motifs. The second session, optional, meets in-person at the Arboretum to create individual and collective designs using items found in nature. Participants will share and discuss the processes of and opportunities for expression, healing, and wellness while making nature-inspired designs.


Ameena Batada is deeply inspired by nature and the arts traditions of various communities in her parents’ homeland of India. She creates mandalas and illustrations, and is fascinated by connections across art, nature, and health. Ameena is a faculty member at UNC Asheville, where she facilitates courses on community health, health communication, and the art and science of meditation, among others.




*Registrants will be sent a reminder email the day prior to class with the meeting location and additional details. Please add to your contacts to ensure our emails do not end up in your spam folder. We encourage all participants to make conscious, courteous decisions based on your own and others' wishes and needs for safety. Mask wearing is supported but not required of participants for experiences in the field. The online session is a live, interactive class, though recordings of class sessions can be made available to registered participants by request if they cannot attend during the scheduled time.



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