Oct/Nov: Mandala

During the School Half term Therese Muskus made a beautiful Mandala on the grass opposite the Long Room. She used flowers, berries, leaves, lichens, blackthorn spikes to pin down the leaves - from the garden here at Logie and from her own garden. It will return to nature over the next few weeks - the beauty will change but it will still be there!


A mandala simply is a symbolic picture used in meditation. It represents the visible world outside of us:- the circle, and the invisible one, deep inside our minds and bodies:- the centre. 

 Buddhist monks traditionally make them out of coloured sand or semiprecious crushed rocks which they then, after a period of many days of deep meditation in making, symbolically brush away in a ceremony to symbolize the impermanence of life.

I felt moved to make my first earth mandala ten years ago having seen a group of Tibetan monks create a mandala in Inverness Botanic Gardens, and each year since I have made one at home on our croft near Nairn and in a public space. Here at Logie Steading I have had the use of the abundance of plants, berries and leaves from the garden, and from the area around the Steading. The mandala is here for you to enjoy in this moment in time, and is then left to the birds, mice, insects and elements to slowly decay back into the earth.

Take some time to enjoy the beauty around us and meditate on its gift to you.


mandala by therese
autumn mandala
small natural mandala