Arts & Humanities

Mindfulness workshop introduces visual meditation

Create a mandala during a mindfulness workshop with Debra Alvis on Thursday, April 5, at 5:30 p.m. at the Georgia Museum of Art.

The exhibition Images of Awakening: Buddhist Sculpture from Afghanistan and Pakistan is on view through June 17 at the Georgia Museum of Art. In conjunction with the exhibition, the art museum will host a mindfulness workshop with Debra Alvis April 5 at 5:30 p.m.

“Awakening the Divine: A Mandala Workshop” will focus on the effect that mandalas, or sacred circles, have on achieving inner clarity. The workshop will include a history of mandalas, time with ancient and early medieval Buddhist art and a chance for participants to create their own mandala to serve as a piece of visual meditation. Alvis will introduce contemplative practices including gentle movement to facilitate a connection with inner wisdom and divinity.

Refreshments will be provided. Funded in part by the Hemera Foundation,the workshop is free but space is limited. Call 706-542-8863 or email to reserve a spot.

Alvis is a licensed psychologist, therapeutic yoga educator and mindfulness teacher. Her workshops, trainings and retreats integrate contemplative practices and the expressive arts. Alvis currently is a faculty member in the University of Georgia’s Division of Academic Enhancement.

Images of Awakening is organized by Nicolas Morrissey, an associate professor of art history at the university’s Lamar Dodd School of Art. The exhibition highlights the Buddhist artistic heritage of ancient Gandhara. Located in present-day northern Pakistan and Afghanistan, Gandhara produced one of the most distinctive schools of ancient and early medieval Buddhist art.