What is MARI?
- The Mandala Assessment Research Instrument
- A Jungian based art assessment used in art therapy and counseling
- A tool for evaluating personal problems
- A form of brief therapy
- A way to gain insight and better understanding of self
Mandalas, or “medicine wheels” as they are known among Native Americans, are images made within a circular form that have been used for centuries by many cultures as a form for meditation, healing and personal growth. Carl Jung used mandalas for his own analysis and in the exploration of archetypal symbols from what he called our “collective unconscious.” The MARI assessment uses Jungian archetypal symbols and the creation of mandalas to take a look at your inner life and how it affects your current behavior and issues.
A MARI session involves creating a mandala, choosing archetypal symbols and examining them as a way to better understand yourself. It could be part of regular art therapy treatment or can be used as a form of brief therapy on its own. Generally this is accomplished in two 60 minutes sessions. See the Schedule page to join a Mandala and Meditation Workshop to learn more.
Image courtesy of Janette M.