In May, eight monks from Tashi Lhunpo Monastery in South India will be visiting the Cathedral and making a Sand Mandala in the North Transept.
A Mandala is a traditional Tantric design, made using only grains of coloured sand which represents the palace of a Buddha. Once the Mandala is completed, there is a blessing prayer, after which it is destroyed by sweeping the sand into the centre of the table on which it has been made.
On Mon 23, Tue 24 and Wed 25 May, pupils aged 5+ can take part in workshops including sand Mandala making, butter sculpture, prayer flag printing and learning some Tibetan language. Each workshop lasts for approximately 1 hour. Maximum numbers per workshop 30 + staff.
Contact email@example.com or call 0191 3744070 to reserve a place on the workshops.
Or why not take part in one of our Forest School sessions? Our specially trained Forest School leader will take your school trip out into the Cathedrals woodland, an oasis of calm right in our city centre, where they can be inspired by nature in this fabulous setting. These learner-led sessions offer all pupils the opportunity to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in the Cathedral’s woodland and on its riverbanks.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0191 3744070 to book a Forest School session.
And if you’re coming to the Cathedral independently with children, we have toddler backpacks available, free of charge, to get your little ones interested in this amazing building and its heritage. Children will delight at using the binoculars to search for hidden details in the stonework and windows, following the clues on the picture trail, making friends with their cuddly toy and having fun doing a jigsaw; all the time learning something about one of the world’s best-loved Cathedrals along the way.
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