Wednesday, 30 December 2015 00:00

Mandala's are good for you!

Our families, communities and workplaces are all centered on people. They are for the people, by the people and of the people. Giving them moments to connect with self and with the larger whole is exactly what Earth Educators Inc. does through its Mandala Painting workshops.

Mandala is a Sanskrit word that loosely translates into ‘circle’. It represents wholeness. It appears in all aspects of life: our solar system, atom structure, in flowers as well as conceptual in circles of friends, family, and community. As we draw the concentric patterns, moving from self to beyond it reminds us of our relation to the infinite, the world that extends both beyond and within our bodies and minds.

Painting a mandala is a healing art form which leads to meditation like focus. It helps one to center through creative flow of patterns and colors. It lets loose the child in you. Creating a group mandala is a unifying experience in which people can express themselves individually within a unified structure and can be an enjoyable activity.

If you are looking to do something unique, creative and interesting with your family, friends, employees or clients, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . It can also provide an excellent closure to an event or workshop. The workshops are facilitated by Seema Jindal, who is a professional artist and a certified Reiki Master. She has had over 20 solo and group shows in India and Canada. She has been practicing Reiki for 15 years.
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Often I hear; “No, I wish!” or “Wow, I would like to.”...

That is because impact measurement of projects and programs is becoming more common in non-profits, funding and investing agencies, governmental departments, etc., however events often miss that boat.

Many organisations use events to make an impact to their target audience. However if you are not measuring the impact, how can you truly tell that it has made a difference? Qualitative information only gets you so far.

Before measuring the impact of an event a strategy should be defined to envision the ultimate outcome the organization wants to create. It can be started by addressing key questions such as:

- How does it contribute to networking?

- What knowledge is it trying to increase?

- What awareness is it trying to raise?

- Is new thinking or dialogue started?

Once it is understood what impact is desired to be created, the event can be designed around that. For example; if the event strategic objective is focused on new thinking and dialogue a large portion of the event will be interactive in order to achieve that.

Part of the design is to define what, how and when you will measure impacts in the following areas:

- Economic,

- Environmental,

- Social

Executing the event is key to the success, however strategizing, aligning and capturing the actual outcomes is the key to capture the true impact.

Would you like to know how to measure the impact of events?

Earth Educators Inc. can provide your organisation with education on the process steps using practical examples and exercises. Really understanding what and how to do it, to allow the organisation to implement it. Please contact Earth Educators or email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or my colleague Seema Jindal at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to understand more.

I hope to see many organisations start to capture the true impact of their events in the near future!


Mark van Engelen

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