Mandala Drawing Retreat @ DungenessBarn House

Event Overview

Give yourself an inspiring, creative experience to celebrate the Spring Equinox and Full Moon — a Mandala Drawing Retreat. Contemplate issues you would like to manage more gracefully or things in your life that need healing. Meditation and mandala drawing have the power to shift energy and bring you peace of mind.

With instruction, you will learn how to draw an illuminated mandala.

Mandala Drawing Retreat:

  • Facilitated by Ruth Marcus, Author of Haiku & Mandala: The Wedding of Ancient Art
  • March 19, 2017 • 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • $125, includes drawing materials, lunch at the Dungeness Barn House and evening Equinox Celebration 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • Equinox Celebration will include making bath salts to take home
  • Beach celebration and evening meal

Book one or two nights stay at the Dungeness Barn House and save $50 on the Mandala Retreat Contact Dungeness Barn House for details.

Event Description

Drawing mandalas is a powerful experience, individually and in a group setting. Ruth facilitates mandala meditations/training which include instruction on how to meditate and draw this particular style of mandala using black charcoal paper and Prismacolor pencils. The class fee includes art supplies and lunch at Two Crows Farm.

Spiritual communities, groups of friends, forward-thinking businesses and those who are drawn to creative art forms benefit from the process. The introspective experience often frees participants from worries and tension.

After a day of Mandala Art and relaxation, we will move into the celebration of the full moon and the spring Equinox with Dr. Celeste and Tari Atkinson. Winter has been about stillness, grief, processing, collecting data and inspiration. Spring is to spiral into movement, like a bulb waking up and stretching towards the sky.

We will enjoy a casual meal, make herbal bath salts to take home. Then we will head down to the beach for a campfire and setting your intensions for the new year afloat in a sky lantern.

Places to Stay

Although there are many lovely places to stay nearby, there are only a few rooms available at the Dungeness Barn House Bed and Breakfast for overnight accommodations. Be sure and request overnight accommodations on your registration form.

  • Make a reservation at Dungeness Barn House Bed and Breakfast

Visit Olympic National Park

We also invite students to book additional days (before or after) the event in order to have time to visit the area including the incredible Olympic National Park which is just minutes from the Dungeness Barn House. Don’t miss this opportunities to see one of the jewels of the Pacific Northwest!

Check out the video by National Geographic Channel

About the Artist


Ruth Marcus is a dreamer and explorer. Many know her as a counselor, writing coach, graphic designer, poet short-story writer, publisher, spiritual mentor, friend, sister, mother, and grandmother.

In 1969, she hitchhiked from Wisconsin to San Francisco and within two years, at the age of 25, she started her first graphic design business in the South of Market area of San Francisco. A bold move for a young woman from a small town in southern Wisconsin. What did she know about running a business? I was not what she studied in college.

As well as being a dreamer and explorer, Ruth views life as an adventure. Ten years later, she sold the successful business, moved to Marin County and earned a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology. Then, another graphics business in Sausalito and was offered an adjunct faculty position, teaching once a week at the Academy of Art in San Francisco. As if that wasn’t enough fun, her partner and she started a clothing design/mail order business for large size women’s outdoor wear. Yes, she employed a staff of creative-types, implemented flex-hours, full medical coverage, paid vacations, holidays and wellness days off.

As you can tell, she loves to experiment and “play” with possibilities. The last venture before moving to the Northwest was the Imagination Center—a well-received, creative experiment for adults who felt their creativity was stunted as a child. The curriculum included open-studio painting, drawing classes, improv theater, singing, hula dancing, and writing workshops. Two amazing years with inspiring results.

In 1999, Ruth moved north where the Olympic Mountains and small town life inspired her passion for writing. She became a columnist for the Sequim Gazette and opened a small counseling practice while volunteering grief support through Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County.

Her new book, Haiku & Mandala: The Wedding of Ancient Art, was inspired by the Muse whispering at 2:00 am, “Publish a book of haiku and mandalas.” For years, she has drawn mandalas as a meditation practice for introspection and quieting the mind. Ruth has accepted the Muse’s invitation and wrote 32 haiku inspired by 32 mandalas. The process was challenging, exhausting and exhilarating.

Ruth’s wish is that you enjoy the contemplative nature of this process… and the ancient-art-cum-modern. She encourages you, no matter what age, to live your dreams. It’s your life!

Dr. Celeste is a naturopathic doctor, practicing in Seattle and online for satellite patients.  She specializes in the old-time naturopathic medical practices which includes a balance of botanical medicine, homeopathy, clinical nutrition whether be food or supplements, flower essences, naturopathic manipulation, lifestyle counseling, craniosacral treatment, and constitutional hydrotherapy that involves alternating hot and cold towels applied to chest and back, along with low-volt electrical stimulation. Dr Celeste is a weaver and will always encourage her patients to integrate all aspects of health that include body, mind, spirit, and that spark we call the unknown. You can visit her at for more information and scheduling.

Tari Atkinson LMP, has an integrative bodywork practice in Seattle for the last 16 years.  She specializes in Craniosacral Therapy while including modalities specific to each individual and their needs for healing using the 5 Elements & Spirits Acupressure, Myofascial Release, essential oils and aromatherapy.  Her website is currently under construction, but you can email her at

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Book one or two nights stay at the Dungeness Barn House to extend your retreat and save $50 for this event! Contact Dungeness Barn House Bed and Breakfast for details, 360-582-1963.

Cost: $125.00 (Class Only)
Tax:     $10.50
Total: $135.50

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Cost: $75.00 (Class Only)
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Total: $81.30