Create a nature mandala

Arranging a nature mandala is a relaxing and mindful way to spend an hour. Why not make one on your daily walk, or as part of exploring the garden?

A hand arranging foliage into a pattern

This guide is part of our Sense Arts, Sport & Wellbeing programme. This activity can be done at a time that suits you, either in your own space or in an educational setting.

Who is this for?

This is a wellbeing activity for people who are deafblind or have complex disabilities and can be enjoyed by anyone.

Why does this make a difference?

This is a sensory activity that promotes wellbeing and relaxation, helping people use their senses to connect with their surroundings by exploring touch and smell.

How to do this activity

What you’ll need

A beautiful array of natural materials on a white background, like leaves, sticks, petals, feathers and pine cones
  • A basket or box to collect your materials
  • Leaves, twigs, flowers, petals
  • A flat space outdoors
A selection of foliage, plants, petals

Step 1

Taking your box or basket, go for a walk in your green space and garden and collect an assortment of leaves, flowers, sticks, stones, or any other natural items you are lucky to discover – perhaps a feather or two! A variety of textures and sizes are good. Think about velvety or satiny leaves, cold smooth stones, warm rough sticks, etc.
Starting the mandala with the centre of a yellow flower on a table, a hand is arranging pink petals around it

Step 2

Find a space at home, on the table, or on the ground in the garden. Choose an item from your collection for the centrepiece of your mandala. Perhaps a particularly pretty or textural flower or your favourite stone.
The mandala is getting bigger as a hand adjusts a long piece of fir branch

Step 3

Now working outwards, lay things out in circles around your centrepiece in layers. Experiment with different combinations until you are happy. Stand back and enjoy your work!