We are in times where we do most things mechanically without thinking, and repetitively working on default mode because the pace of society demands this of us.
We are bombarded with information everywhere we look. We consume ourself in concerns about finances, future, relationship, etc. Searching for the perfect moment, perfect friends, perfect parents, perfect sons, or a perfect job.
We live avoiding the present by distracting ourselves with memories of the past or projections and fantasies about the future.
As a “modern society” we are proud to say that “we are developed”, but in reality we are lacking and forgetting about our true essence. We are driven by cravings and needs, not realising our true potential as humans. Even though we have very comfortable lives, materially speaking, yet our essence is dying inside.
Mental illness and suicidal rates keep increasing, depression and anxiety are crippling younger generations and yet we don’t wake up to the fact that we have forgotten as a society what is essential for a happy and content life.
Are spaces created with the intention to enhance a safe, caring, non judgmental environment. Where likeminded people come together to explore states of being that enhance self trust, serenity & creativity.
Mindfulness is the simple, yet complex act of being aware of oneself. One can cultivate mindfulness in order to know and accept the state of ones mind, emotions and body. This is the key ingredient to cultivate a balance and coherent life.
One experience sound vibrations of specific instruments, together with the making of arts & crafts in an inviting and soft environment. As a result, these three main aspects of oneself , mind, body and emotions, come to be in one line of attention, opposed to scattered and distracted.
Slow pace, relaxation, inclusiveness, joy, connection with others, creativity, acceptance, curiosity, spontaneity, empathy are some of the qualities that are enhanced and developed in creative ways.
At Golden Thread Sound & Mandalas we unite the ancient knowledge of sound healing and sacred geometry as wonderful tools to activate a mindful state.
When you become part of these events or workshops, there is no expectations, on the contrary, one is encouraged to simply notice ones state of being.
This is through guided relaxation exercises meanwhile releasing anything that is stopping you from feeling at ease and at peace. Even though it can be challenging sometimes it is also a beautiful process to engage in. It is in this very process where we discover aspects of ourselves and we reunite the pieces that are scattered around caught in the ‘doing.’
“Art is the language of our heart which connects to our truth”
If you are looking to get out of your daily routine, express in a creative way, eager to share with other likeminded people in a simple and wholesome way.Also if you enjoy harmonic sounds, sacred geometry or even if you constantly tell yourself, “I am not creative enough” then this is for you!
The following workshops and activities encourage and develop an overall sense of wellbeing, effortless concentration, clarity, emotional balance, serenity, heightened attention and awareness in the present moment. By quietening the mind and opening the heart we enter into a space where creativity becomes endless and you can feel a real sense of peace and wonder.
One of the main techniques which I began working with 9 years ago is mandala weaving. The process of weaving in a spiral, concentric figure using ones hands to tie knots and trace patterns, while using a variety of colours is a very meditative and relaxing process.
The 5 best sound Mindfulness workshops
I invite you to look at our 5 best Mindful Workshops at Golden Thread.
Understanding the symbology of weaving an eight point God’s eye mandala also called Ojo de Dios. Setting intention from the heart and learning the meaning of mandalas and God’s eye in the Native American cultures. Weaving is a symbol of coherent connection and strength which enhances a connection into the heart centre.
Creative, nourishing, explorative and relaxing drawing, tracing, painting and colouring mandalas based on sacred geometry principles. Learn how to draw the sacred and well known flower of life and many more geometries that will bring harmony and order into the mind and heart.
It is a unique sound experience. Through the use of sound vibration of special instruments and tools, you receive a cleansing, harmonising, re-balancing experience. Sound baths relax our nervous system and activate right brain activity, this is the creative and intuitive side. Meanwhile the left brain in charged of logical and rational thinking relaxes, resulting in less mind agitation.
Learn about the many benefits of sound Healing
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Using weaving and the loom (structure used to weave) as a metaphor for life, we aim to explore creatively our inner state of being by weaving an amulet. It is a process of recognising, receiving and living in harmony with our own values. Weaving a loom embodies a language of transformation, therefore weaving a tapestry as a sacred amulet can be seen as the key form of conception and birth of a new life. As a practical framework, which refocuses our awareness in order to transform how we envision our lives.
You should read –> Mindfulness Workshops Blue Mountains
For the deepening in family bonding & celebrate life creatively. This is a unique and delightful experience to celebrate the life of a newborn weaving a symbolic Ojo de Dios Mandala with the best intentions you all wish for the baby.
Learn more about the Ojo de Dios Mandala and the use in Native American traditions.
Creating a mindfulness workshop environment and tips.
Holding a space for people to become comfortable within the group and within themselves requires much focus and as a facilitator a clear intention is essential. An intention is short and concrete, consistent and positive and it can be accompanied with a visualisation that supports the intention. An example of this would be” “I become serene and welcome everyone with trust so that all words and sounds will be a guide into the heart space”. This is an intention set for a group sound bath or sonic massage.
"Respect & Sacredness"
The atmosphere is another very important aspect. A clean and decluttered room is essential. For me is important to place an altar in the room as a symbol of a sacred space. In the altar I place a candle and some incense to cleanse and beautify the atmosphere. An altar sets a sacred space in which the invitation is to celebrate and honour the invisible part of ourselves.
Cushions and pillows are very important to bring a sense of rest and comfort. Also sitting on a chair or on the floor is optional. The most important is to have a range of possibilities, inviting flexibility and welcoming all tastes and forms of expression. Usually any event I hold begins with simple and gentle relaxation, bringing all attention into the body and the present moment. Tibetan bowls are a great instrument to assist an agitated mind to come into stillness.
Coming to a mindful workshop is about stimulating our sense of wellbeing through the encouragement towards deep trust in the inner voice. We can acquire an inner stillness and quiet mind by using an array of sound healing instruments. This is the most crucial aspect, the familiarity that one gains with ones intuitive heart and therefore intuitive action.
A mindful event is always closed with gratitude and the sharing of experiences that people may have had during the workshop. What learning outcomes or feelings are the result of the experience. This is ultimately what we take with us into our daily life. The most valuable aspect is not material object as a result from the workshop, but rather the engaging in the process and what we have learnt about ourselves during this time. This is what will continue to ripple out.
To conclude, the art of mindfulness may sound simple yet like any skill we have to be persistent. We have to understand and remember all the benefits we acquire in the long term. Maybe one day after a workshop we feel relaxed and calm, but the more we expose ourselves to these environments with intention, we will realise that there is a battery inside of us that recharges and replenish. This realisation becomes the motor that pushes us to reconsider our old habits and little by little substitute them for more caring ways of living.