• October 7–12, 2018
  • Sunday–Friday: 5 nights

Morning Altars The Wonder and Ritual of Earth Art

For everyone.

Calling all people who love the earth and want to make beauty with her. Creating earth mandalas is a hands-on practice that is part creative expression, part mindfulness, and part nature connection. Each step offers an innovative way to slow down, open to your curiosity, listen to the language of the land, create meaningful and mesmerizing mandalas, offer them as a blessing and gift to all you love, and then surrender and let them go as you practice relating to impermanence. This ancient ritual and expression has always connected people back to the land, to their imaginations, to wonder and play, and to the deeper meaning of life.

Day Schildkret, an internationally renowned earth mandala artist and author, is launching his new book, Morning Altars: The Wonder and Ritual of Earth Art. He invites you to a retreat that provides a much-needed digital detox to get you away from the screen and into the wisdom and joy of the natural world.

Come wander and forage for colorful autumn leaves, berries, bark, and stones. Use the ground as your canvas and learn the seven steps to making beautiful art with the land. Return home with a practice you can do every day, no matter where you are, to reliably connect back to your inner child and the timeless spaciousness of the natural world.

What You’ll Experience

  • Nature Connection
  • Creative Expression
  • Mindfulness

Note We will be outside every day so please bring a water bottle, something comfortable to sit on and to wear. Also, please bring your own basket or tote bag for daily foraging and scissors.

Recommended reading and viewing Day Schildkret, Morning Altars: The Wonder and Ritual of Earth Art and Andy Goldsworthy: Rivers and Tides (DVD).

“It seems like we’re all grasping for something that we forget is all around us. Morning Altars puts me back in touch with something simple and beautiful by connecting me to nature.” —A. W., Houston, Texas

“I’m on a screen all the time—from the moment I wake up to when I go to sleep. I’m on technology overload. Ironically, I found Morning Altars on Instagram and immediately felt a sense of peace and wonder while looking at the creations. It’s like taking a deep breath. And it’s inspired me to leave my screen at home and create one each week.” —Z. A., New York, New York

Program at a Glance

Yoga Experience
Suitable For
Program Theme
All Creative Expression

Morning Altars Workshop Video


Day Schildkret, internationally known for morning altars, has inspired tens of thousands of people of all ages throughout the world to forage, build, and be awed with earth art.

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