MARI (Mandala Assessment Research Inventory) is a 6-week training which is done both online or in a group at the studio.
This training will certify the participant to use the MARI with clients.
What is MARI?
The MARI is a comprehensive system that uses symbols, known as mandalas, to reveal the inner truth and reality of the subject as it is –not what the ego filters of consciousness would want it to be, but what it really is.
Carl Jung recognized the mandala as “the centre of personality, a kind of central point within the psyche, to which everything is related, by which everything is arranged and which is, itself, a source of energy. This center,” said Jung, “is not felt or thought of as ego but, if one may so express it, as the self.”
Jung’s description of the mandala is also an excellent description of the MARI.
MARI Website – https://www.maricreativeresources.com/
SYMBOL/MANDALA Symbols predate culture, language and even time. They are so much a part of us that we make mental connections with them that are not often conscious. An upward pointing triangle, for example, is typically chosen by people who are beginning something new –literally or symbolically.
COLOR The individual is then directed to choose, from a pool of 45 color cards, the color that they feel “goes with” each of their chosen symbols. Art therapists have long recognized the connections between color and the psychological associations that are typically made on an ‘other than conscious’ level. These colors add dimensions that may be emotional, physical, cognitive or spiritual to the chosen symbols.
STAGE The sets of symbol and color cards are then placed on a ‘field’ that is comprised of thirteen developmental stages that are arranged sequentially. In addition, there are, not just one, but three symbols at each stage of the MARI, to reflect differing aspects of that stage.
RELATIONSHIP OF SYMBOL, COLOR AND STAGE This field of developmental stages, known as the Great Round, is where the visual picture of the psyche is revealed. It is the Great Round that represents the central point, as well as the stages around the periphery of the psyche, to which everything is related and arranged.
GUIDANCE CARDS The individual has also been asked, after they chose their initial cards, to think of an issue that they are currently dealing with in their life. This issue need not be shared. S/he was asked to look at the remaining cards and allow him or herself to be drawn intuitively to one or two symbols and colors that seem to represent guidance for their issue. After their original card choices were discussed, the guidance cards are then placed on the Great Round.
- Choices of symbol and color are intuitive.
- It is the nature of the MARI that makes it work. Thirty nine symbols printed on clear plastic are spread out before the subject. The subject is told to allow themselves to be drawn to six symbols they like or are attracted to. This first “cut” reflects the most important contents in the psyche or registers most strongly in the individual body-mind, which is both the conscious and unconscious. These first six choices reflect areas of tension or attention that cannot hide. They accurately reveal what is going on with us at that time.
This course will include the over view of the MARI.
We will explore Joan Kellog ~ The creator of the MARI; the Great Round; the Four Quadrants and Color Theory according to the MARI.
You will also lean about the symbol and the color cards and how they relate to the MARI process. You will have both didactic as well as experiential exercises as you learn about this wonderful technique.
MARI Training Schedule
This MARI training is a full and comprehensive training on how to facilitate and interpret the MARI, as well as how to understand the color and their meanings, color combinations. You will learn about the symbols at each MARI stage and what their meanings are. This training will allow you to be a MARI facilitator and to use the MARI with clients for healing and transformation.
LEVEL 1 QUADRANT 1:
During level one you will learn about the conscious and unconscious levels of the MARI. You will delve deeply into quadrant one’s symbols and how each of the colors relate to this quadrant. You will have practice in using the MARI on others.
LEVEL 2 QUADRANT 2:
During level two you will learn about the conscious and unconscious levels and the positive and negative expressions of this quadrant of the MARI. You will delve deeply into quadrant one’s symbols and how each of the colors relate to this quadrant. You will have practice in using the MARI on others.
LEVEL 3 QUADRANT 3
During level three you will learn about the conscious and unconscious levels and the positive and negative expressions of this quadrant of the MARI. You will delve deeply into quadrant one’s symbols and how each of the colors relate to this quadrant
LEVEL 4 QUADRANT 4:
During level four you will learn about the conscious and unconscious levels and the positive and negative expressions of this quadrant of the MARI. You will delve deeply into quadrant one’s symbols and how each of the colors relate to this quadrant.