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Mandalas: Ancient Rituals, Modern Mobilizations

Posted on August 1, 2016 at 3:43pm by russs.net Comments Off
Mandalas: Ancient Rituals, Modern Mobilizations

Mandalas are an ancient and sacred art that can be found in cultures and religions around the world.  In my experience, mandalas are one of the most powerful consciousness raising tools.  A mandala can be as simple as a circle drawn in the sand, as beautiful as a cathedral rose window, or as sophisticated as a multi-terraced, kilometre wide temple […]

Spiritual art meets technology: Mandala power!

Posted on January 9, 2015 at 4:51am by russs.net Comments Off
Spiritual art meets technology:  Mandala power!

Its been a relentless process of failure, failure, failure to finally get to this:  a functional solar panel mandala!  Here are the first pics… they could be better, but its -20C outside today and I was keen to just get the test done!

For those who’ve known me a while, you’ll know that I really hit my stride in my art […]

Mandala Retrospective Exhibit

Posted on June 3, 2014 at 1:35pm by russs.net Comments Off
Mandala Retrospective Exhibit

Mandalas continue to deeply inspire my work

A small retrospective of my work with mandalas over the last five years in the Philippines will be on display in Baguio City this month.  The small show is curated by Katrin de Guia and is on display at the Vocas Gallery in Omy Gulay, on Session Rd.  It will be up for […]

34,000 Students Mandalically Mobilized

Posted on July 28, 2013 at 12:15pm by russs.net Comments Off
34,000 Students Mandalically Mobilized

34 THOUSAND STUDENTS Mobilized.  Yesterday, was rather epic.  I presented the ecobrick Mt. Prov phenomenon to a room packed with teachers, principals and leaders from Caloocan– a densely populated urban poor district of Manila.  I explained that just as community collaboration had started cleaning up isolated villages, the same no-cost, no-machinery solution could work here.

Indeed! The presentation was at Camarin […]

Guina’ang Inspiration Center Vision

Posted on February 2, 2013 at 6:03am by russs.net Comments Off
Guina’ang Inspiration Center Vision

“We envision building inspiration centers with schools throughout the Cordilleras to empower the upcoming generations to meet the challenges of our times.  Inspiration Centers will be open spaces that allow the youth to cultivate creativity, self-learning, and planet-consciousness through multi-media, meetings, movies and more.  Each center will be constructed out of local trash, earth, organic resources and the motifs and ancestral architecture of the […]

Mini Mandala

Posted on December 18, 2012 at 9:46am by russs.net Comments Off
Mini Mandala

Talk about Fun!  One of the professor’s from a local college here in Mountain Province was in need of help for the art component of his curriculum.  He invited me to come and do a painting workshop.

It just so happened that I had three very adventurous and artistic couchs urfers with me this past weekend.  They were game for some […]

Diamond Letters to Cambodia

Posted on December 13, 2012 at 8:38pm by russs.net Comments Off
Diamond Letters to Cambodia

Here are three of the amazing letters that the grade 6’s of Guina’ang Elementary crafted for the children in the orphanage in Siem Peap Cambodia.

Thanks to David for leading the creativity session in letter writing and envelope making.  The students were delighted at the opportunity and lovingly crafted messages to their unknown brothers and sisters in Cambodia.  We now have […]

Guina’ang Diamond Mandala

Posted on December 12, 2012 at 9:43pm by Russell Maier Comments Off
Guina’ang Diamond Mandala

Guina’ang is a small and humble mountain village in the Northern Philippines.  It takes 12 hours to get there from Manila and another two by rough road from Bontoc.  I’ve been working with Guina’ang for the last two years after getting lost hiking and being helped out by the kind staff.   Sarah Queblatin and I planted the intention of making […]

Wow. What a gift!

Posted on August 30, 2012 at 1:44pm by Russell Maier Comments Off
Wow. What a gift!

Wow.  I headed down across the river with some friends yesterday and was blown away by what my students had done.

I’ve been training the local out-of-school youth how to make use of broken tiles and other trash and turn them into mandalic mosaics.  Its pretty easy really and the result can be stunning.  You might have seen some of my […]

What are Mandalas?

Posted on August 15, 2012 at 1:38pm by russs.net Comments Off
What are Mandalas?

Mandalas are an ancient spiritual art-form that are found around the world in a myriad of cultures and mediums. Mandalas harness the magic of circular geometry.  Their creative process enables one or more folks to come together and organically unfold mesmerizingly beautiful co-creations.

Organic mandalas can be found everywhere in Nature– from flowers, to spider webs to the whorl of galaxies. […]