As prescribed by Paulina Constancia

Mandala Inspirations (4) – Floating Floral Mandalas

During a recent visit to my hometown, I discovered that most of my family have a new found passion for making mandalas. My family is always looking for new adventures for mind, body and spirit. Thus, it doesn’t come as a surprise that the world of mandalas landed on their doorstep, or should I say, that they found themselves knocking on mandala’s door. This week, from March 19-24 we will explore the world of mandalas and other Mandala-inspired works of art.
As I was looking at my family’s completed mandalas, I remembered the floating floral arrangements of Ubud, Bali and realized that they were indeed mandalas. Below are photos taken by my sister while we were on holiday in Bali last year. Believe it or not something this spectacular is a common sight in Ubud. This is part of the daily ritual offerings made by the Balinese people, particularly the women. 
Floating Floral Mandalas
Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Floating Floral Mandala in Ubud
photo by Larry Oien on Flickr

Today’s Activity: Making Floating Floral Mandalas

You’ll Need:
glass bowl
stems, twigs, sticks 
*Scout your yard or garden for other elements you can add to your floating mandala. If it floats, feel free to use it.

Here are the steps:

  1. Fill glass bowl with water.
  2. Arrange the plant elements that you have gathered from your garden into various patterns and designs. If possible, have a central/focal point.
  3. If keeping the floating mandala indoors for more than a few days, make sure you replace water regularly to avoid breeding mosquitoes.
A simple floating floral mandala –
spotted at our hotel’s restaurant in Shanghai, 2007
Here are some samples from
Restore Your Nature workshops
“Connect with Nature, Restore Yours”

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This entry was posted on March 21, 2012 by in Connect, Create, Imagine, Teach.
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