Betsy Bertram | Yoga & Kiteboarding Instructor

Betsy Bertram

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Betsy Bertram is an adventurer, community builder, writer, speaker, and leader. In addition to her role as Brand Developer at Townsend Bertram & Company Adventure Outfitters, Betsy is a business consultant, a writer in the outdoor industry, a Kripalu yoga teacher, and an International Kiteboarding Organization certified kiteboarding instructor. She curates the Glass Top Counter blog and writes for SNEWS and The Voice. As a graduate of the Outdoor Industry Association Skip Yowell Future Leadership Academy, Betsy now serves as the vice chair on the Future Leadership Academy board.

As a kiteboarder, ocean lover, mountain goer, snowboarder, Betsy seeks refuge and rejuvenation in the natural world. Betsy’s adventurous and imaginative nature informs her daily life. Homemade breakfast, mandala drawing, star gazing, farmer’s markets, and walkabouts in the woods are a few of her favorite things.


Spiralizations: A daily creativity practice, the art of mandala making

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In Sanskrit, the word mandala means circle. In Buddhism, the mandala represents the universe. For me, the act of drawing a daily mandala represents the universe of creative opportunity, an access point to artistic expression and a calming practice that centers me. The circle illustrates the infinite by creating a finite amount of space to fill with your creative spirit in the vastness of possibility. I started the practice at 8 years old when my Aunt Gretchen introduced me to the art of mandala making. She showed me how to begin with an empty circle with no intention other than to be creative. The practice of drawing a circle daily helped me get over my creative blocks from a young age and the overwhelm of infinite white space. Over the years I have come to love that each mandala is an unrepeatable artistic expression of the moment. If you too seek a creative outlet and centering practice, make a mandala of your own, opening up to the boundless creative energy around and within you.

Contact me if you are interested in having a mandala workshop at your next event or retreat.

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