Mandala Magic : a 12-month online program for artful self discovery Lessons delivered monthly from January – December 2015

Mandala Magic

You are a soul seeker, in pursuit of Life’s Great Mystery.
Being creative is a therapeutic exercise for you.
Mandala art attracts and fascinates you.
You believe in something beyond the mundane – and in a little magic.
You wish to learn the symbolic language of myth, dreams and archetypes. 

If any of those statements resonates with you, I’d love to extend to you an invite to join me on a journey towards wholeness, as together we explore the twelve archetypal stages of the Great Round of Mandala, in a 12-month online program en route to the centre of Self.

Intuitive Deep

The vehicle we’re going to use is our art journal, but you don’t have to be an experienced art journaler to accompany me on this journey. In fact, this series will be especially helpful to you if you;

    • Are a wannabe art journaler but not sure where to begin.
    • Don’t identify with being an artist, but want to cultivate a creative response to your personal development work.
    • Would like to join a structured creative program but don’t want to over commit.
    • Want to explore art therapy as a self help technique.
    • Wish to explore the psychology of self in a creative environment.
    • Know that you’re ready to deepen your art journal practice, but would welcome some guidance and group support.

You don’t need to be an artist

Don’t worry if you don’t consider yourself an artist – this program is for creative women of all kinds, however experienced – and you do know that you are creative, don’t you?

You don’t even need to have a truck load of artist’s supplies to join in. As long as you have a journal to take notes in and a pen or pencil, perhaps some Crayolas, then you can get started.

Your welcome pack will contain a list of basic  supplies that you’ll need to take full advantage of each of the exercises. If you do have a truckload of supplies – and know how to use them – you’re going to have a ball! 

No Wrong Answers

Another Tool

What will you do in this 12 month programme?

You are about to begin a journey of meaningful personal revelations.

The Great Round of Mandala is an exploration of the cycles of Self, and through this journey you will uncover and connect with your unique collection of and attraction to symbols and archetypes  – your personal mythology.

The language will be revealed in the form of mandala. When you can understand this mythical language (that of the psyche, itself) your connection with the greatest mystery of all (your very existence) will deepen.

From this state, you become truly empowered and will discover that the choices you make are grounded in true psychological freedom.

According to Carl Jung, a mandala is the psychological expression of the totality of Self. During this programme you will learn how to interpret the mandala and engage fully in your symbolic life.

It has always been the prime function of mythology and rite to supply the symbols that move the human spirit forward. ~ Joseph Campbell

The project will focus on developing your art journaling process and divining meaning from your mandalas and the pages in which they rest. (This project is not about teaching mixed media art techniques, although I will share my approach and techniques in the art videos.)

Together we will

          1. Explore the 12 archetypal stages of the Great Round of Mandala
          2. Create (at least) 12 individual Mandalas
          3. Activate our unconscious wisdom
          4. Uncover our personal symbology
          5. Reveal the patterns and designs of our emerging Self
          6. Learn how to interpret our creations
          7. Explore the psychology of self
          8. Connect with our intuitive creativity
          9. Establish a monthly art journal practice
          10. Inspire our journey towards wholeness
          11. Participate in a private Facebook group (optional)
          12. Gather together for virtual circle time (optional)

This journey promises to offer you an opportunity to bring your unconscious into the light (at least once each month!) Dive Deep

Why should we undertake a journey into our unconscious?

This work is utterly transformational. It affects every facet of your life – from your most important relationships to how you deal with the checkout assistant at the supermarket. Each time I work with it, my understanding of the world – and my place in it – deepens. It is true to say that since beginning this work …

      • I am happy with my self most often.
      • I experience more psychological freedom than ever before.
      • Most of my behaviour is rooted in love.
      • My capacity for compassion has multiplied.
      • I am at peace with how I look in the mirror.
      • I am creating a business that is truly in line with my values.
      • My body is stronger and healthier.
      • I am able to stop the stress response in its tracks before it sees me pay the price.
      • I have the courage to experience true vulnerability.
      • My marriage is stronger, and grows better every day.
      • I am much quicker to forgive others – and myself.
      • My parenting is improving (at a traditionally difficult time of transition.)
      • My creativity has soared!

I have used as a guide on this journey my understanding and interpretation of the work of Carl Jung, the seed of which was planted by working alongside my husband Martin in his personality profiling company PeopleMaps.

Exploring the psyche was not something I set out to do with my life, but when I came to blend that inner work of understanding Self with my interest in creative pursuits, everything seemed to fall into place for me. I came to realise my dharma, my life purpose.

There is also the question of seeking something more out of this life experience. A hero’s journey. A spiritual quest.

Hero Quest Poster

I don’t think I could say it any better than Jungian expert Jolande Jacobi,

To deepen and broaden consciousness by raising unconscious contents to consciousness is an ‘enlightenment’, a spiritual act.

But here’s the crux of things – and it’s really quite simple.

When I better understand myself – when I am more awake to my place in the greater scheme of the cosmos – then I am better able to navigate my everyday existence. Tough times become easier to handle and good times even more so. Those times in between, they become even more meaningful.

What is the Great Round of Mandala?

The Archetypal Stages of the Great Round of Mandala is a concept developed by art therapist and founder of the MARI® (Mandala Assessment Research Institute), Joan Kellogg. She developed her studies of Jung’s theories in parallel with her own work as a mandala artist to form the basis of significant psychiatric therapy research. The Mandala Magic 2015 programme will follow Kellogg’s cycle of twelve archetypal stages, in which all of our life experiences are said to be experienced. As we fulfill our potential towards wholeness, we revolve around the twelve stages of this cycle, meeting our true Self stage-by-stage;

        • Stage One : The Void
        • Stage Two : Bliss
        • Stage Three : Labyrinth/Spiral
        • Stage Four : Beginning
        • Stage Five : The Target
        • Stage Six : Dragonfight
        • Stage Seven : Squaring the Circle
        • Stage Eight : The Functioning Ego
        • Stage Nine : Crystallisation
        • Stage Ten : Gates of Death
        • Stage Eleven : Fragmentation
        • Stage Twelve : Transcendental Ecstasy

The initial prompts for our journey together are provided in The Mandala Workbook by Susanne F. Fincher. (You don’t need to purchase the book for the purposes of undertaking this journey. The program is designed to be self-contained and to encourage your unique, personal creative response.)

Each Month You Receive

        • Introduction to the archetypal stage for the month
        • Introduction to an aspect of the psychology of self or art therapy
        • Art video (30 mins – 1.5hrs)
        • Downloadable PDF (approx 2o page, full colour) with mandala exercise instructions
        • Alternative mandala exercise instructions
        • Before and after journal prompts for reflection
        • Audio playlist to correspond with each stage
        • Students are invited to an hour-long online Gathering four times a year
        • Corresponding list of additional/recommended resources.

The material will be delivered via the Julie Gibbons Creative website and you’ll receive access details each month via email and a Facebook message. Please note, you need to be able to view video and audio to participate fully in the lessons.

For your info: The Great Round of Mandala 2013 equated to a whopping 51,629 words, 16hrs of demonstration video and 1,351 Pinterest Pins!

Time and Energy

In March 2014, the current programme scored a whopping 4.65 (from a max 5) star rating in feedback from participants.

Four Star Rating

Registration opens November 2014!

Registration for Jan-Dec 2015 session opens soon! In the meantime, please accept my invitation to join me in my free online workshop, 5 Days of Mandala Magic.


{ 30 comments… read them below or add one }

Debra Eve December 29, 2013 at 10:21 pm

Dearest Julie, I know I started this last year on my own, but I dearly wanted to do it with a group. So looking forward to it!


Julie Gibbons December 30, 2013 at 11:21 am

It means so much to have you on board for 2014, Debra! I’ve a feeling this 2014 Circle will be truly magical! xo


Nadine January 3, 2014 at 7:58 pm

I couldn’t commit to a full year in 2013, so I only did a shorter version of it, but in view of what this brought me in 3 months only, this year I’m in! Thank you Julie for offering a new version of the course this year!


Julie Gibbons January 8, 2014 at 5:55 pm

So happy you’re joining in again, Nadine – your light is very welcome in our Group :)


Tamsyn January 3, 2014 at 8:02 pm

Having just finished the 2013 course, I am very excited to be about to start the brand new version :-) I never would have imagined just how much I would learn about myself and what I really want in life! And the biggest gift has been learning how to be truly happy even in the face of adversity – the central core of inner ‘knowing’ that sustains me through everything life throws at me :-)


Julie Gibbons January 8, 2014 at 6:04 pm

And your knowing runs deep, Tamsyn – it’s such a privilege to witness. Thank you :)


Kristin McMillan January 3, 2014 at 8:11 pm

I really cannot say enough wonderful things about Julie and this life-changing course. For those of you who think you are not an artist, fear not! There is no judgment here, only the most helpful and gentle of souls who encourage and support one another. This is about self-exploration and expression, not evaluation. My journey through this course revealed a lot to me and has given me the courage to explore even further. As if the course weren’t already lovely enough, I even made some beautiful friends! Please come join us; this is like recess for grown-ups ;)


Julie Gibbons January 8, 2014 at 6:05 pm

I can’t imagine our group without you in it, Kristin! Your unquestioning support is invaluable. Thank you :)


Melanie Maddison January 3, 2014 at 8:52 pm

It is very special to make connections with those who have the same passions for art , creativity and exploration of psyche in tandem, Julie is a wonderful and compassionate facilitator through this kind of work. Each Mandala I created and journaled around had such an impact on my awareness, even only competing the first 7 months of the 2013 cycle. Being part of the wonderful circle of kindreds and friends added even more so to the experience of sharing our growth, expression and deepening awareness of ourselves, which came in droves.


Julie Gibbons January 8, 2014 at 6:07 pm

It’s always a pleasure to be in conversation with you as you engage each of these stages, Mel! Your observations are beautiful – thank you!


deanna January 3, 2014 at 10:14 pm

Thanks Julie, this has been a great experience! I feel there is so much more to delve into and so many layers to the mandalas, I will be doing this again. I can’t wait to see what unfolds this year.


Julie Gibbons January 8, 2014 at 6:08 pm

Deanna – this year is going to rock – especially because you’re in it :) Thank you!


Isabelle January 4, 2014 at 8:40 pm

I was so blessed to find Julie and her amazing offert which has deepen both my knowledge and experience of Mandalas and of my inner truth… Julie’s generosity in sharing her knowledge and the very high quality and thourougfulness of the material she provides makes this class a profound experience. I highly recommend it!


Julie Gibbons January 8, 2014 at 6:08 pm

Your mandala art is exquisite, Isabelle – it’s such a pleasure to travel this journey together <3


Patt January 6, 2014 at 4:39 pm

I am unclear as to what the cost is for the year in the US..


Julie Gibbons January 6, 2014 at 4:45 pm

Thanks for asking the question about cost in the US regarding Mandala Magic 2014, Patt. Until Wednesday 8th January,tThe cost is £15/mth, which is approximately $24USD/mth. PayPal automatically converts the payment into your local currency.

I hope that helps, but if you’ve any further questions, please feel free to ask :)


Lee October 28, 2014 at 10:31 am

Hi Julie,
So do we pay monthly? or for the whole year in one payment?


Julie Gibbons October 28, 2014 at 10:37 am

Thanks for your question, Lee! Registration isn’t open yet, and full details will appear on this page in the next couple of weeks. I run a monthly payment plan to spread the cost out for everyone. Hope that helps! xo


Joanne January 7, 2014 at 9:19 pm

Is this course just for women as I’ve just shared it with the man in my life thinking it would interest him also?


Julie Gibbons January 7, 2014 at 9:42 pm

Thanks for your question Joanne. At present the content is set up for women only.


Mandy Henderson February 8, 2014 at 9:44 pm

Hi Julie
Please let me know if a spot opens up! I have a degree in psychology and love Jung and I’m a newbie art journaler and this class looks perfect for me


Julie Gibbons February 9, 2014 at 1:42 pm

hey Mandy – so great to hear from you – thanks for stopping by. There is a chance of a space for you. I’ll email you directly xo


Mandy Henderson February 9, 2014 at 1:45 pm

Looking forward to hearing from you one way or another.


Christine October 28, 2014 at 12:29 pm

Julie, this sounds wonderful. I love mandalas and I create them regularly so I would love to join you and be guided into a deeper knowledge of them. Do we get to keep the course content at the end of the year or does it disappear after a certain time?


Julie Gibbons October 28, 2014 at 12:53 pm

Lovely to hear from you Christine! There will be an option to download all the PDFs and video lessons, in addition to streaming them on the web. Hope that helps! Answers to these types of FAQs will appear on this page over the next couple of weeks :)


victoria October 28, 2014 at 9:26 pm

Julie…the mandala course looks amazing. I teach the “art of creating mandalas” workshop here in Los Angeles. I’m going to the Expressive Arts Summit in NYC next month and will be taking Joan’s class on Mandalas. I love your website, art, mandala work/play and blogs…I wish we lived closer!
Where do you get your ongoing creative inspiration and motivation? I’m struggling with that right now in my work and creative practice….Thank you! Victoria


Julie Gibbons October 29, 2014 at 4:11 pm

Victoria! thanks for stopping by :) How cool would it be to hang out and play? As for the creative inspiration, my trouble appears to be just the opposite – I have to forge the biggest practice to try and maintain some space, otherwise the creative downloads just overwhelm… Certainly for me, working through this yearly cycle keeps me focussed on themes, and I’m pretty sure my journey with Alchemical Chocolate™ over the last year has helped, too! Enjoy the Summit!


Lor November 17, 2014 at 5:31 pm

Julie, how can I sign up for this magical manual journey?


Lori November 17, 2014 at 5:32 pm

Oops- my name is Lori not lor- love autocorrect….


Donna November 17, 2014 at 7:49 pm

I really can’t wait now until registration opens for 2015! Please let me know, I would really hate to miss it!


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