Join Sarvodaya USA at the Farley Center for Peace, Justice & Sustainability in Verona on Oct 29th to help us create Madison’s first community-constructed earth mandala!
Bring the whole family to help us build and also experience Sri Lankan and Tibetan food and dancers, local music, kids mandala craft area, henna body art and group meditation lead by members of the Madison Buddhist community.
See below for details and list of events.
How It Works:
A week prior to the event, our team of volunteers will forage for natural fall materials found in our community, backyards, forests, etc. We will use the materials we find to inspire the shape of our mandala. Our team will build a skeleton of the mandala, but we need your help to fill in the gaps and create a unique art piece. Our mandala is symbolic of uniting diverse people together and holding space to pay respect to each other and the world we live in.
What is a Mandala?
“A mandala is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Indian religions, representing the universe. In common use, “mandala” has become a generic term for any diagram, chart or geometric pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically; a microcosm of the universe.”
A Look at the Day:
Food: dzi Little Tiben food truck serving authentic Tibetan food
Sarvodaya USA will be serving authentic Sri Lankan food
Henna: we are featuring henna body art to adorn us during this celebration.
Coloring Area: kids coloring station will be set up for kids and adults to color-in paper mandalas or create their own at our craft station.
Main construction of Mandala will take place with help of our attendees throughout the day. A photo of the mandala will be featured on the Sarvodaya USA website following the event.
12pm and 2pm
Dancers: A group of Sri Lankan dancers will make two performances throughout the day.
Meet Sarvodaya USA: a brief presentation will be given inside the Farley Center to learn more about our organization and future events.
Meditation: a group meditation will be lead by a member of the Buddhist community following the completion of the mandala.
All proceeds will go to fund Sarvodaya’s organic farm training programs (in Sri Lanka) working to combat Chronic Kidney Disease of unknown origin (CKDu).