The leaves in New England come to life in their final moments in autumn! The leaves appear in all of their splendor before their graceful descent to the earth. They dance and swirl on crisp, blustery days and make a satisfying crunch underfoot. As they begin to decay, they create a sweet scent that defines the season. Walking through the woods, in a park, or even down a street in the fall is an incredible sensory experience! 

This week, try to get outdoors and enjoy such an experience! While you’re out, consider creating a nature mandala! “Mandala, (Sanskrit: “circle”) in Hindu and Buddhist Tantrism, a symbolic diagram used in the performance of sacred rites and as an instrument of meditation.” (Encyclopedia Britannica)

What You’ll Need:
Found items from the natural world (i.e. leaves, twigs, stones, pine cones and needles, shells, acorns, etc.)

Step 1:
Collect materials for your mandala.

Step 2:
Find a space outside that will act as your “canvas.” You may or may not want to clear a space for your creation.

Step 3:
Arrange your collected items into a beautiful design! Your art might be small and simple or more elaborate like
Tibetan sand mandalas