Internships and employment
Last year we had Paula Mattila employed as an assistant for 6 months and Miina Maria Aalto-Setälä as an intern for 2 months, both supported by government program salaries. Together we created our own model for working weeks, which included a day out by oneself in nature, when everyone created a nature mandala and listened to the wisdom of nature, and brought it back to our circle. We put together a crowdfunder and participated in Dare to Learn 2019 – learning festival in September with a mandala and a talk and in Fingo ry’s Beyond Growth EU -conference in Helsinki Congress Paasitorni in October with a mandala as well, where politicians and researchers joined us to build a colourful and symbolic mandala as a part of the program. Also Mikko Husman and Kirsi Kunwar joined to collaborate with mandalas and documenting (Helena Kunwar Media). This year we have Teemu Takatalo as an employee from Mutual Sound Studios, and we look forward with great joy to our collaboration with the sound world.
The Art of Reforesting -crowdfunder
Here in Finland we organized a crowdfunder called Art of Reforesting in last October. The idea was that artists internationally donated artworks and backers donated money and received artworks. We gathered that way some basic funding to run our NGO, which is a TreeSisters grove as well. We donated 20 % of first 3000 euros to TreeSisters and 30 % of the rest, which was 528 euros. This became 2572 trees to tropics. We made all kinds of things, a song to be downloaded for 10 euros, a poster of a painting for 20 euros and then there were the artworks: photographs, paintings, ceramics, jewellery and altar bowls, from at least 5 countries. It was much fun! We also created a nature mandala in Helsinki city for the time of that month, to gather attention and interest of the people and it was a real community art event in a public place. Here is the campaign video, enjoy.
Collaborations with festivals and companies
Breathing Art Mandala is creating a package together with festivals and companies to support tropical reforestation through the idea of carbon dioxide compensation and by adding value to the festival through the nature mandalas.
Festivaali- ja yritysyhteistyö
Breathing Art Mandala on parhaillaan luomassa pakettia yhdessä festivaalien ja yritysten kanssa trooppisen metsityksen tukemiseen, hiilidioksidipäästöjen kompensoinnin idealla sekä tuomalla luontomandalan osaksi festivaalia.
CCC19 – conference
Breathing Art Mandala has been accepted as a participant to Climate Change & Consciousness: Our Legacy for the Earth in Findhorn, Scotland in April 2019:
PURPOSE AND INTENTION
Climate Change & Consciousness: Our Legacy for the Earth, April 20-26 2019, will be a collaborative and participatory investigation into how we can steward a sustainable future on what has already become a radically changed planet Earth. We have travelled to this ‘new’ planet on a burst of carbon dioxide. A new planet requires new ways of living.
The conference will bring together eminent scientists, wisdom keepers, business people, activists, artists, entrepreneurs, young people and others, to envision and begin to inhabit our joint future. It will be an international, inter-generational and multi-disciplinary gathering. This is the principle of ‘the big tent‘, borrowed from party politics, whereby diverse viewpoints, backgrounds and interests (the ‘voices in the room’) are brought together to engage and dialogue. (https://ccc19.org/)
CCC19 – konferenssi
Breathing Art Mandala on kutsuttu osallistujaksi Climate Change & Consciousness – Our Legacy For the Earth – konferenssiin Findhornissa, Skotlannissa huhtikuussa 2019.
Nature Mandala in Suryalila, Spain 2018
Nature mandala’s making had been a vision for a year. It was an ever changing process these weeks, with the elements. Every day sun dried it out and wind changed the features, so it was also reborn every day. Gratitude to Suryalila centre for allowing the creation of the mandala on the site.
Luontomandala Suryalilassa, Espanjassa 2018
Suuren luontomandalan tekeminen oli ollut haaveissa vuoden ajan. Prosessi oli alituisesti muuttuva ja luonnonelementtien vaikutuksessa arvaamaton näiden viikkojen aikana! Joka päivä aurinko kuivatti sen uuteen uskoon ja tuuli lennätti osasia pois yön aikana, joten mandala syntyi uudelleen joka päivä. Kiitoksia Suryalila, oli ihanaa tehdä mandalaa teidän maillanne.