Julia "Mandala" Weaver is an environmental arts educator, a licensed psychotherapist, and an exhibiting and published artist. She has more than 30 years experience combining the arts, and cross cultural practices, particularly the creation of mandalas and gardens for individual, community, and global healing. While swimming off the Kona coast in 1996, Julia had a mystical experience where she spontaneously received mandala images, which took her artwork into deeper dimensions of healing and spiritual practice. Since then, she has offered workshops in her studio, meditation retreat centers, and schools in the SF Bay area, across the US and England and soon S. America in addition to world wide webinars. She offers dolphin swim retreats in Hawaii.
Her 40 years of spiritual practice include Buddhism, Advaita Vedanta, Navajo ,Sufi traditions and nature based Shamanic traditions. Everything she offers has come through her lived experience. Her training in body-oriented/ spiritual psychotherapy training also includes EMDR, Gestalt, Diamond Logos, iRest, Authentic Movement, Integrative Body Psychotherapy, Voice Dialogue, Jungian Sandplay, Psycho-synthesis, Continuum Movement Meditation, Focusing and Sensory Awareness along with Neo Reichian somatic therapy. She became a certified Mandala teacher under Dr. Judith Cornell in 2000.