Monday, April 14, 2008
The childbirth yantra is an ancient symbol used to facilitate an easy labor and birth. Used for centuries as a meditation device by Hindu midwives to assist childbirth, this image has served as a means of relaxation for the birth canal. This yantra is an ancient labyrinth. It symbolizes the path of the baby out from the mother’s womb and is often hung on the wall in the labor room, so during and between contractions, the mother can follow the path from beginning to center and out again. This visual focusing tool helps slow the mind of the laboring woman and puts her in a meditative and intuitive state.
In this one day workshop you will make this powerful yantra to take home with you and learn its practical applications. This workshop is suitable for women trying to get pregnant, pregnant women, doulas, midwives and other birth professionals. You do not need to be an artist to paint this ancient design.
Mavis will walk us through all of the steps to draw this yantra and will mix the paints for us as well.
Mavis Gewant is a sacred artist, childbirth educator, doula and mother. She has studied the ancient techniques of yantra and silk deity painting for 20 years, was Harish Johari’s assistant, and illustrated one of his many books, Planet Meditation Kit. Mavis also used this yantra with the birth of her two sons.
Mavis has such a unique combination of talents to share. No one else in the US is an experienced doula, child birth educator, yantra artist and teacher and has used this yantra with their own births. This is a unique opportunity to study this ancient art form and deepen your practice as a professional or add another dimension to your own birth experience.
Ballard Health Center
1138 NW Market Street
Seattle, WA 98107
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Arrive 8:40 am for registration
Supplies are an additional $5, paid at the time of the class. All painting and drawing supplies are provided.
Contact kathleen whalen for more info: [email protected]
Mavis will also be teaching a two day Chakra painting class April 12 &13.
Visit the Chakra Painting Workshop site for more details.http://web.mac.com/easternlight108