Mandalas by Melissa forbes

Current Offerings


​Svaha Yoga   Canceled due to virus

Downtown location,  Begijnensteeg 1, Amsterdam​ Netherlands

April 4th  2020         2-5:00 pm,  +31 6 50 888 886     Link to Svaha Yoga Special Events page.  


​​​​​The Secrets of Mantra and Yantra
Ganesh: Lord of the People, Remover of Obstacles

Is Meditation difficult for you? Do you find it hard to keep the mind focused? Want to awaken renewed energy of life? 

Learn the secrets of a living tradition as we explore mantra (sacred sound) and yantra (visual patterns aiding meditation) to awaken our innate intelligence & inner power. In this workshop, we will be exploring

methods of concentration, meditation, & breath as we invoke the remover of obstacles, Lord Ganesh. His mantra will be taught as we move in asana, to help us tune into the symbolic meaning & feeling created by sacred sound. Then using the art of mandala, or sacred patterns, we will direct & awaken inner focus, accessing our inherent power. Finally, central channel breathing (Bhuta Suddhi) will ground us to integrate & strengthen what we've learned, giving our practice meaning and direction.​

This class includes a visual presentation, and a practice.

No experience necessary.

Flower of Life Mandala Workshop

may 2020 canceled due to virus

12- 2:30     Limited to 12  

pre-registration required. Art School of Columbia County

Melissa Forbes will guide you to create the ancient Flower of Life mandala.

The Meaning of the Flower of Life
It depicts how all life comes from one singular source - represented by the circle in the middle of the pattern. There is believed to be a secret symbol hidden within the Flower of Life symbol, which is said to hold the most significant and sacred patterns of the universe. This mystical symbol can be found in almost all major religions in the entire world. The Flower of Life is said to be over 6,000 years old and is composed of several concentric, equal, overlapping circles. It is said to contain vital information on the secrets of the universe and all living things.

Art supplies to bring: Ruler, compass,  pencil, favorite colors (pencils, watercolor, gouache). If you plan to paint bring brushes and palate. 

Art School of Columbia County
1198 Rte. 21
Ghent, NY 12075

​```​​​​​​​Lakshmi Yantra Drawing & Painting Class.   


Nov. 2nd,  12:00 - 3:30

A brilliant visual meditation. Yantra construction and coloring shifts the internal landscape & brings about profound healing. Yantras are geometric symbols that contain the specific energy

of a planet or deity.

In this class, we will invoke Lakshmi, the

Goddess of Abundance with her chant, construct &

paint her geometric formation.


Preregistration required

~contact~ Melissa

Art supplies to bring. Watercolor paper 140lb 10" x 14", brushes #0, 1, 2,  palate, compass, clear ruler, pencil, eraser, watercolors, gouache or color pencils. gold and silver.

Cost $43. sliding scale

Mettabee Farm & Arts  551 Harlemville Road, Hillsdale, NY 12529