International Storytelling Festival Singapore 2020

Mandala Storytelling:
Exploring Nature & Pyrography

Chan Shu Yin

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Mandalas have been a form of meditative contemplation in different cultures around the world since antiquity. Described as a way to “unify the self” by Carl Jung, mandala-making can be created using any material, even natural ones. Nature has always been a source of creativity and inspiration and is defined as the ‘satoyama’ in Japanese culture, a transitional space that bears fertile imagination. This video presentation will provide viewers with a demonstration of the process of pyrography (wood-burning) in making mandalas, and how doing so will allow one to enter a creative flow.  Through this, viewers can reflect on the art-making to inspire the emergence of a personal narrative.


  • Learn more about mandalas and nature art
  • Observe a demonstration of how natural materials are used to form a mandala
  • Develop a personal narrative by reflecting on the creative process


  • Use mandala creation and nature art as a meditative and reflective process
  • Gain further insights into personal identity and sense of self


Chan Shu Yin

Chan Shu Yin, MA, AThR, is an art therapist and artist. In pursuing art therapy as a career, she marries her previous experiences of working as a film visual effects artist and serving in an organisation for people with disabilities. Shu Yin presented at Singapore’s first Child Trauma Conference 2019 on the topic of art therapy as a mind-body intervention. She is a recipient of the LASALLE’s Scholarship for postgraduate studies.

She founded Creative Earth Art Therapy, which serves individuals, groups and the community with a special focus on nature. Passionate about nature, she finds creative ways to combine the healing powers of nature with art therapy. Shu Yin was one of the artists for the community arts initiative, ‘Of Gardens and Dreams’ and co-created a public art installation with residents of Taman Jurong with a focus on nature and mental wellness. She has also facilitated arts for the public at various community events. As an artist, her art traverses the realms of Nature, human being’s relationship with it, as well as existentialism and the human condition.