This mandala prompted me to explore a new life path
I have been creating mandalas since February of 2010, when I was gifted a spot in a mandala class. I instantly fell in love with the mandala process and soon became known as a "mandala maniac."
The mandala opened my mind and my heart to new ways of being. These "new" ways are actually ancient - - a part of everyday life for our ancestors that modern life and society have shut down. Mandalas have helped me reconnect with the rhythms of nature, the animal world, the spirit world, and the essences of the people in my life - - both living and passed on.
It was a message received during a mandala meditation that prompted me to undertake a year-long, intensive personal journey of healing and self-discovery through the Awaken Within Medicine Wheel Program.
In April 2016, I earned mandala facilitator certification through Laural Virtues Wauters in the style pioneered by the late Dr. Judith Cornell. This involved 108 hours of facilitating mandala classes (symbolic of the number of beads on a japa mala prayer necklace).
Originally from Sheboygan (Wisconsin), I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, with minors in Humanistic Studies and Spanish. In early 2014, I left my 20+ year career as archives assistant at the UWGB Archives & Area Research Center to pursue a completely new life path dedicated to compassionate service: that of mandala facilitator, as well as personal caregiver to those with daily living challenges. I also care for the congregation at the Green Bay Area Unitarian Universalist Fellowship as the administrative assistant. I recently became involved with the production of a documentary about the search for a cure for Alzheimer's disease entitled Will I Be Next?
I am a misa/mesa (sacred medicine bundle) carrier in the Andean tradition of Adolfo Ttito Condori. Adolfo's heart-centered, ancient spiritual work is the feature of the documentary Wisdomkeepers, Paqo Andino.
In addition to mandalas, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, going for walks in nature (especially along the beaches of Lake Michigan and Lake Superior), gardening, swimming, reading, guinea pigs, British TV, genealogy and history.
In May 2016 I took an online course on fairy lore and legend by Doreen Virtue.