For Beth Adoette, art and nature have always been entwined. Her childhood was spent in the mountains of rural Pennsylvania. She comes from a long line of artists and teachers. After college, she worked as a graphic designer and editorial magazine illustrator; following a years-long hiatus to raise her two kids, she transitioned back with a certification in Eco-Art Therapy. It was then that she made her first “contemplative sacred circle.”
“Meditation or ‘being in the moment’ does not come easily to me outside of the natural world,” explains Adoette, “so creating and getting lost in the details of a Contemplative Sacred Circle each day helps ground me.” She makes these “nature mandalas” daily, from found objects like seashells, birds’ eggs, flowers, and dragonfly wings, arranging, photographing, and then sharing them online – a practice which started on a whim, but quickly grew into a steady following on Facebook.
“Nature shares its beauty, unconditionally and without reservation,” says Adoette. “I try to be generous with sharing my work every day in the same way. I think we all need to think of how we can give and connect with others in creative ways.” And, especially now, these moments are so much more precious.
In addition to designing for cards and prints, Adoette hosts workshops on mandala making and has adapted to an online format in response to the pandemic. Find a monthly membership to the “Circle of Friends”, plus a “Pandemic Mandala” workshop. For Adoette, the goal is simple: To bring the same sense of “restorative peace and joy” to others that she experiences when creating them.