The Circle Studio

The Building as Mandala

The Circle Studio, LLC was built in September of 2013 after a long summer of deck and floor construction by my creative husband. It stands on the foundation of a church which used to be in our front yard. It is a 30' diameter yurt from White Mountain Yurts, with surrounding diamond shaped deck. The circle in the diamond has been a way of framing my mandalas and represents the unity of male and female opposites. 


Before construction we plotted out the directions during the Spring equinox. Each of the four corners of the deck point to each of the four directions and one door faces due East and the other due West. My Native American friend, Zelda Hotaling, blessed the land in a ceremony and we placed four different stones, representing the four elements, at each of the four corners of the deck. One stone is also placed in the center of the yurt under the deck. Grounded in the four elements and four directions, the studio is sacred space and offers a peaceful sanctuary close to nature's beauty.  

Sacred Pause Sangha

Owner of The Circle Studio, watercolor artist,  and poet, Heather has had a daily meditation practice for over a decade. She is currently in the second year of a two year training program with Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach to become a meditation teacher.   She enjoys helping others learn how to make this life-changing practice a way to tap into their own innate wisdom.

Classes & Workshops

  • Cultivating the Garden of the Heart: 4 week meditation class exploring the heart practices of compassion, forgiveness, lovingkindness and tonglen. Tuesdays beginning 4/2, 4 - 5:30 pm at Inspired Yoga & Health, Raymond, NH. $60 for the series, register here.
  • Open drop in meditation class: last Sunday of the month, 3 - 4 pm, First Unitarian Universalist Society of Exeter, 12 Elm St., no experience necessary, all are welcome, by donation at the door.
  • More classes coming soon!