Mandalas are mystical symbols often drawn with colored sand that is blown away once the design is complete. They've been used for centuries by mystics looking to enter the trance state, and require patience and a calm mind. They're also transitory, which makes them all the more beautiful. This Sunday, Dec. 17, the annual Winter Solstice Seed Mandala art-making event celebrates the coming of winter with the creation of a Mandala made of different grains and seeds that can be eaten by migratory birds, composted or will quickly biodegrade. Help volunteers create a masterpiece at this free, all-ages celebration at the Albuquerque Open Space Visitor Center at 11am. (Joshua Lee)
Sunday Dec 17, 2017
Albuquerque, NM 87120
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Create a mandala made of different kinds of grains and seeds to feed migratory birds.
The Solstice Seed Mandala creation is an annual community art-making event to celebrate the coming of the winter season. At 10am, join storyteller Regina Ress for family friendly stories celebrating the Solstice. At 11am, we will gather for the creation of a Mandala made of different kinds of grains and seeds. Each December, the Open Space Visitor Center hosts the creation of a Mandala made of different kinds of grains and seeds. Volunteers contribute to the design and help to build the Mandala. The seeds serve to feed migratory birds such as Canada geese and Sandhill cranes. The Mandala remains in place for one week. Materials for the Mandala consist of seeds and grains which can be eaten by birds, composted or can quickly biodegrade. “A mandala is...An integrated structure; organized around a unifying center” Longchenpa.