Schedule of Events

September 29, 2019: Chakra Workshop with Nina Bambina, Ph.D.

1:00 pm - 4:00pm. Learn the basics about chakras and energy fields and how to work with them; A yoga practice of asanas to engage each chakra; A visualization exercise to access and energize the chakras. Cost $35. Click Here for More Information


October 19, 2019: Silent Retreat, with Yin Yoga and Meditation

9:30 am to 3:30 pm. "The body benefits from movement.. the mind benefits from stillness" Sakyong Mipham. Join Judy Grier (E-RYT 500) for this wonderful Fall mini retreat to benefit mind and body. Dharma talk on mindfulness, yin yoga, walking meditation in the garden, ending with deep relaxation. Please bring a light brown bag lunch. We will eat together mindfully and silently in nature. All Levels welcome. No yoga or meditation experience required. Breathe, relax, smile! Facilitated by Judy Grier, E-RYT 500. Cost $55. Register at PayPal.Me/MandalaGardensMarion

Past Events

April 20, 2019: The Women's Center Hope Walk 10am-2pm

The Women's Center and Mandala Gardens are collaborating to create a day of self-care, labyrinth walks, yoga, reiki, and many different stations offering modalities for healing. The India Delight Food Truck will be parked at Mandala Gardens during the entirety of the event, and acapella jazz trio the Free Range Chicks will be performing! Open to the Public. Donations welcome!

Enjoy a Sunday afternoon in the Gazebo with The Free Range Chicks, an A Cappella women’s trio dedicated to jazz, barbershop and swing tunes, both traditional and new. Their unique sound is rooted in their shared love of close vocal harmonies. Blending harmonies since 2014 in the Southern Illinois area, The Free Range Chicks will pull you in and leave a song in your heart! Sunday, March 10, 2:00pm - 4:00pm, at Mandala Gardens in the Blue Heron Gazebo. Suggested donation $12. For more info, click here

Blue Heron Yoga at Mandala Gardens is proud to announce we are partnering with Vastu School of Yoga to offer an affordable and immersive 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training, approved by Yoga Alliance. This YTT is designed to be financially and geographically accessible for yogis in the Southern Illinois region and those commuting from the larger midwestern/southern regions. The training takes place over the course of six weekends, with weekly online philosophy courses. Tuition is a non-refundable $1000 registration fee, plus a donation of your choosing. Suggested donation levels begin at $897 and continue to $2197, with each level including corresponding bonuses. For more information about donation levels, follow this link and scroll down until you see the illustrations and donation chart: For information about Vastu School of Yoga and yoga teachers Lorrie Conglose and Lal Maharajh, visit  For YTT dates, click here.  Register at PayPal.Me/MandalaGardensMarion 

February 16, 2019: Stress Less Reiki Clinic and Yin Yoga

This Valentine Season treat yourself to some loving kindness and self-care. Attend our Saturday Yin Yoga class 11:00 am to 12:00 pm with Judy Grier, followed by a 20 minute reiki session with Judy or Diana anywhere from 12:30 to 4:30. Yin Yoga is $12 drop in. Reiki Sessions are by donations, suggested $15-$20. Email to schedule your Reiki time. Click here to view flier. For more info on Reiki, visit

10:30am-1:30pm, $25.00. Blue Heron Yoga at Mandala Gardens is excited to partner with India Delight to bring you a delicious yoga practice followed by a yummy lunch in the gardens catered by India Delight. We will meet in the Blue Heron Gazebo at 10:30am for a 90 minute yoga session and then gather around the tables on the terrace to share a delicious meal of Indian cuisine. After a relaxed lunch, we will take a meditation walk around the Labyrinth. The afternoon will wrap up around 1:30. There are limited spots available. Pre-Registration Required. Register at PayPal.Me/MandalaGardensMarion $25 covers yoga, lunch, and labyrinth walk. Email us to request your choice of vegan, vegetarian, or meat option.

Travel through ancient Vedic stories and bring them to life with the poses named after them! Spend the morning cultivating your inner sage and warrior and round out this lovely practice with Yoga Nidra.

10:00 am to 12:30 pm. $40.00. CEU’s Available! Register by emailing . Read full instructor bios here.

11:00 am to 5:00pm. We are excited to be partnering with India Delight to celebrate the first day of Autumn! Come enjoy the gardens and treat yourself to a picnic of piping hot Indian cuisine served from the India Delight food truck. Live Music from 2-5 with Phil Powell! Spread your blankets and bask in the sunshine! Mums for Sale $10 each! Donation Yoga at 3pm! Walk the labyrinth! Enjoy the sculptures and mosaics! Hang out with the goats! Go Fishing! Bring your own poles. Catch and release bass, keep other species. $5 admission/$10 per family. For more information, click here.

5:30 to 7:30 By Donation. Walking meditation is a practice of being present. It reminds us to slow down, breathe, and smell the flowers, as we enjoy the essence of life blooming all around us. When we walk mindfully we see with new eyes, hear with awakened ears, and experience the joys of simply being. Walking meditation reminds us that peace is not an external place we seek, but an internal way of being. Thus it is always available to us even when external conditions seem most difficult. Peace is available every step. Please join us this September 21st on International Peace Day for walking meditation. For more information, click here.

July 18 to July 22. Visiting Artist Safaa Abd El Salam

Prof. Safaa Abd El Salam is an award-winning, internationally known Egyptian mosaicist and fresco painter whose work has been exhibited around the world. She is Chair of the Department of Painting, Professor of Mural Painting and Conservation, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Alexandria, Egypt. Safaa has designed and created a mosaic for Mandala Gardens that she has been working on for the last two years. This week she is installing her mosaic at Mandala Gardens where it will be permanently on display. The public can witness the art installation in process on the 18, 19, 20. The Art Opening and Presentation takes place Saturday, July 21. Reception begins at 5:30. At 6:30, the artist will offer a documentation of the mosaic process and a demonstration of the application. On July 24, the artist will present at Carbondale Artspace 304.

July 18, 19, 20.  The Artist at Work

Observe the Mosaic Installation in Process throughout the day. Free Admission. Donations greatly appreciated.

July 21.  10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Mosaic Workshop 

Learn how to create and affix a mosaic during a day-long workshop at Mandala Gardens offered by award winning Egyptian Mosaicist Safaa Abd El Salam. Participants will design, create, and take home their own mosaic. Materials will be provided. Fee of $35.00 covers cost of the materials. Spots are limited. Registration deadline Thursday, July 19.

July 21.  5:30 to 8:00 pm. Art Opening and Presentation

From 5:30 to 6:30 View the Mandala Gardens Mosaic created by Safaa Abd El Salam. At 6:30, the artist will document the mosaic process and offer a demonstration of the application. Refreshments will be served.

July 24.  7:00 pm. Lecture at Carbondale Artspace 304

"An Alexandrian Artist: Personal Experiences". Artist Safaa Abd El Salam will offer a slide show of her artworks of multiple mediums, including glass and ceramic mosaics; watercolor, pastel, and acrylic paintings; and art using mixed materials and techniques. At 304 Walnut St., Carbondale, IL

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