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Linda Wiggen Kraft
Creativity for the Soul

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Welcome to my blog. My work and life are my play and passion. It is a crazy quilt of creativity for the soul that is meant to inspire, transform and heal through gardens, art and work with the sacred. I work and play in gardens, garden design, garden writing, mandala art, art journaling, photography, classes and workshops, pottery, meditation, meditation teaching, sustainability and sacred space. I share my life with my husband, sons, daughters-in-law, friends, clients and students.

The Winner of the Boston Marathon Weekend – Flowers

The Winners Were Flowers I visited family in Boston the weekend of the recent marathon. Of course the marathon was amazing, but the highlight of the weekend for me was the flower display of 20 feet long nasturtiums at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Art Museum.   Venetian Palace The building is modeled after palaces in […]

Mandalas and Sunflowers for Ukraine

Mandalas and Sunflowers for Ukraine The latest Mandala Circle was in late March. The war in Ukraine was already a month old. The heartbreak felt then and now is deep.  The colors and shapes we created in our art were to recognize the people of Ukraine and honor their strength and sorrow.   Christine’s Mandala […]

Best of Times, Worst of Times

Best of Times, Worst of Times It is spring, the “best of times” and it is war the “worst of times”. The words of Charles Dickens ring so true right now. There is so much to say and not enough words to say it all. Today the sounds and sights of spring are filled with […]

First Full Moon – Wolf Moon

Wolf Moon – First Full Moon of 2022 On the eve of January 17, the first full moon of 2022 and the first full moon of winter appears in the sky. This Wolf Moon is named for the call of wolves as their sounds glide far and wide along the white snow and cold ground […]

Let your Light Shine Brightly

Let your Light Shine Brightly As light recedes and darkness fills the day’s hours, we in the Northern hemisphere are called to let our inner light shine brightly through the winter months. The solstice marks the darkest day of the year. December 21st is the first day of winter, when the light of day slowly […]

The Wonder of Mandala Workshops & Fall

WORKSHOP WONDERS It’s been  over two years since my last in-person Mandalas, Meditation & Journaling workshop. Fortunately a small group of us were able to gather in-person in late October in my home studio. We shared the day creating mandalas, journaling and listening to guided meditations. Mandala by me created during workshop I am both […]

A Prairie Bouquet Inspires Mandalas & More

A Prairie Bouquet Inspires Mandalas & More A freshly picked bouquet of native prairie flowers picked by Christine was the inspiration for mandalas and other art created during a recent mandala circle. Prairie Bouquet from Christine’s Native Prairie Gardens The flowers were Golden aster (Heterotheca villosa), downy gentian (Gentiana puberulenta) obedient plant (Physostegia virginiana), wild […]

Mandala Sharing – Words, Color & Nature Inspirations

Mandala Sharing – Words, Color & Nature Inspirations A recent Mandala Circle started with a check-in of friends. The mandala gatherings were few and far between due to Covid. We gathered and spoke about our months apart. I then lead a guided meditation and we made art in the music filled quiet room with silent […]

Summer-Time of Mandalas & Flowers-Shared & Grown

Nature’s Mandala Season Flowers have the power to open hearts when they are looked at closely.  Most flower shapes are mandalas created by nature. The circular forms, whether the petals form an enclosed circle or a circle surrounding more open petals, all speak to the complete infinite shape. Summer is the time of year when […]

Art Inspired by Sparkling

Inspired by Sparkling      As I listened to a friend’s Podcast (Earthworms with Jean Ponzi) I was enchanted by Becky Brittain’s story of her “Art of Sparkling”, a way of opening heart and sending love out to all creatures and creation.         Becky’s book titled “The Art of Sparkling – Share […]

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