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Open Space Visitor Center - Albuquerque
6500 Coors Blvd NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87120
Share your creativity, experience unity, and build beauty with us this Winter Solstice by adding color to our Open Space Seed Mandala. Made of different colored seeds, the mandala gradually fades back to the earth, while providing a food source for local birds.
Traditionally, mandalas or artistic circles provide “a creative visual and experiential demonstration of unity with diversity…Recognizing what we have in common, while respecting our differences, increases our capacity for creating peace… in the pursuit of knowledge we discover truth; in nature we see beauty; from acts of kindness we experience goodness.” — from the Mandala Project (mandalaproject.org)
SOLSTICE MANDALA SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
*10:00 AM: The Magic of Light: A Mandala of Stories for the Winter Solstice with Storytellers Loren Nieme and Regina Ress
To kick off our Winter Solstice Seed Mandala event here at the Visitor Center, Regina Ress and Loren Nieme will tell stories from around the world that celebrate the light. In this darkest time of year, people across the northern hemisphere are lighting candles, making bonfires, and telling tales that invite the light to return. Just as our 2017 Seed Mandala celebrates diversity creating a beautiful unity, our Winter Solstice storytelling program brings tales from many cultures that celebrate light, kindness, and peace.
*11:00 AM: Mandala Creation. We will gather for the creation of a Mandala made of different kinds of grains and seeds.
*ONGOING: Sue Houser, author of the children's book «The Corn Whisperer» will host a display about the magic of corn and will have her book for sale in the Visitor Center lobby. The Corn Whisperer is a trio of stories involving various ancient legends. “Sue Houser demonstrates how ancient Pueblo traditions manage to live on in today’s rapidly changing world, thanks to enduring family ties where elders help young children maintain their identity by sharing the culture’s deep origins.” Paul Zolbrod, Emeritus Professor of English, Allegheny College. Space is limited.
(Photo Credit: Jenny Dominque)