12:30 PM12:30

Meditate to Create: The art of letting go

You’re an artist. Your mind may tell you that you’re not, but that block can be removed when you realize you’re the master of your own creation. A vivid, colorful meditation guides you to a place within the deepest part of yourself where you can let go, feel the energy of colors, and engage all of your senses. Discern the blocks to your creativity, then remove them and enter a clearing -- open to possibilities. Find a place of letting go, and express yourself without self-judgment or inhibition. You’ll be amazed at what you create! The price of this class includes a supply fee of $36 (includes your canvas and all paint, brushes and other materials).

This is for you if you:

  • Want to detach from outcomes and focus more on enjoying the process

  • Want to explore your creative potential

  • Would like to reduce self-judgment and inhibition


Monica Rao has been involved in the arts as an illustrator, event manager, and graphic designer for high tech firms, major publications and media outlets, restaurants, libraries, higher education institutions, and in other arenas.

 Rao also has been an award-winning artist. In 1992, she earned the Silk Screen Printing Award for Drawing and Design from Sophia Polytechnic and, in 1995, the First Place Gold Medal in Art Competition from the J. J. School of Art in Bombay, India. In 2006, she received the Gold Award for Material World art catalog from the International Publishing Management Association (IPMA) at Central Michigan University. In addition, she has had numerous solo and group exhibits of her watercolor and mixed media pieces. She had a Solo Abstract Art Exhibition at Central Michigan University Park Library in 2005 and a Group Show of Contemporary Art at Perimeter Gallery in Chicago, Illinois. She also showed her contemporary art at the Havre Art Society in Montana and in 1993, a Solo artshow in Grindlays Bank art gallery in Mumbai, India.

In Richmond, Virginia she has shown her work in group and solo shows at the Steward School Paul Cramer Art Gallery, Unos Gallery, Gallery Flux, Page Bond gallery, Glave Kocen Gallery, Bon Artists Association, and  Capital One West Creek Gallery.

 In January 2010, she was appointed to the board of the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, Virginia, which engages the community in the creative process using a broad range of studio classes and workshops to serve approximately 5,000 adults and children each year.

 On a state level, she served on the board of the Virginia Small Business Financing Authority and currently serves on the Citizens Advisory Council- Furnishing and Interpreting of the Executive Mansion.

 On a National level, she currently serves as chair of the Council of Presidents and Chancellors Spouses of the Assosiation of Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU). She also serves on the Richmond Forum Board.

Following a near-death experience in 2010 and fully recovering from a life-threatening illness in 2010, she founded Graphoria Inc. in 2014. She splits her time between creating art, writing, and public speaking. She has a private practice as a transformative (intuitive) energy healer, meditative coach and a spiritual life coach. Additionally, she leads art and intuitive energy healing seminars, workshops, wellness retreats for organizations in Richmond, VA and out of state.

 A native of Bombay, India, Rao earned a degree equivalent to a bachelor’s in commercial art and design from Nirmala Niketan Polytechnic Institute in Bombay, India, and a B.A. in art and graphic design and a Master of Science in leadership from Central Michigan University.

$86/Chrysalis members
$136/General public

 The price of this class includes a supply fee of $36 (includes your canvas and all paint, brushes and other materials).

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A day of Color Sunday April 28 9.30 am to 4 pm

Join us as we begin to revive ourselves from a long winter’s nap…or if you’re like me…hibernation. Let’s invite the vibrant colors of spring to touch our hearts and allow them to land on the canvas…

Sunday April 28 from 9.30 am to 4pm


Wisteria Farms is a special place where my family has hadthe pleasure of spending time. You will quickly feel the love and attention that has created the magic of Wisteria Farms…there will be plenty of ti,e to walk around and take in her beauty…

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All are welcome!!

Please arrive by 9.30 am so that you can take your time settling in before we get started. We will have tea, coffee, and small snacks available throughout the day and serve a light and scrumptious lunch.

$195 includes all materials, lunch and beverages

Please contact Dawn Graham at or 804-986-5600 with any questions


Your day will start with a c meditation guided by Monica Rao who will engage participants in an intuitive (channeled) energy healing meditation. As we quiet the mind and let go of our self-judgments and inhibitions, the fun of exploring will continue as we play with the colors and textures on the canvas.

Monica Rao, MSA has been a passionate meditator for more than twenty years, originally trained in Mumbai, India. Following a near death experience, from which she fully healed, her ability to connect and allow a healing energy to help others became heightened and is also when she became clear that he work here would be helping others.

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