The AVP Transforming Power Mandala in Pieces

Mandala in pieces

When we ran our first Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) basic online, I created a copy of the Transforming Power mandala that allows the pieces to be moved around. It is a bit rough, and one day I hope to improve it (or somebody else might) but I thought I would still share it so other AVP facilitators can use it if they want. I created it using Google Drawing.

Note: These instructions are for a PC so it might be slightly different on a Mac or tablet. (e.g., with a Mac, instead of right clicking, you need to hold down the Control [Ctrl] key on your keyboard when you click the mouse button.)

To save a copy

  1. To protect the master copy of the mandala, I have not given other people editing rights. So if you want to use it, you first have to make a copy of it and save it to your Google Drive.
  2. Go to, under “File” select “Make a copy.”
    Save copy of Mandala 1
  3. Save the file to your “My Drive” (by clicking under “Folder” and clicking the back arrow until you reach “My Drive”).
    Save copy of Mandala 2
  4. If you want to use the mandala pieces in small groups or breakout rooms, make a copy of the mandala pieces for each.
  5. Once you have created a copy (or multiple copies), you have to allow people to edit them so that other facilitators (or participants) can move the pieces.
  6. In each copy, click on share (top right hand corner).
  7. Under “get link”, click Change.
  8. Then click “Viewer “and change to “editor”.
  9. Then click the Copy link and save the link in your agenda or somewhere you will be able to find it when you need it.
    Save copy of Mandala 5
  10. Finally click done.
  11. Repeat this for each copy you have made.

How to move the mandala pieces

  1. By clicking on the pieces, you can move the parts of the mandala around to create the completed mandala or to highlight an individual part. (Click and drage to move the piece.)
  2. Sometimes when we introduce Transforming Power we start with the 5 parts of the mandala but not the inner Transforming Power piece. It is possible to do this with this version.
  3. To hide the Transforming Power piece, click on it (notice the blue box is just around the Transforming Power piece), right click and in “Order”, select “Send to back”. (On a PC you can also do it by clicking on the piece and then pressing the Down arrow while holding the shift and control keys: Ctrl+Shift+↓).
    Save copy of Mandala 3
  4. The Transforming Power piece will now be hidden behind the white background.
  5. To reveal it, click on the white background (the blue box has to be around the whole white background not one of the mandala pieces) and then right click and in “Order”, send it to the back. (You can also use Ctrl+Shift+↓) This should reveal Transforming Power.
    Save copy of Mandala 4
  6. Finally, to make it is easier to move the Transforming Power piece, right click on it and in “Order”, select “Send to front” (Ctrl+Shift+↑).

Using the mandala pieces

  1. We use the pieces when we introduce Transforming Power. Once we have introduced the five parts of Transforming Power, we sometimes invite one or more people from the group to put the pieces together (by moving the pieces around) so that it creates a container for when we introduce the Transforming Power piece.
  2. We sometimes also use the mandala pieces when debriefing an exercise or role play. It allows facilitators or participants to highlight parts of the mandala that were used or that could have helped.
  3. Sometimes it can be a visual demonstration that if all the parts of the mandala are not in place, there is not a strong container for Transforming Power.

Transforming Power png

I hope these instructions are clear. If anything is not clear or you want more information please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Transforming Power is an important component of AVP and should not be used outside of official AVP workshops.

If you liked this post please follow my blog, and you might like to look at:

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  4. Reflections halfway into our first online AVP workshop
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If you find any problems with the blog, (e.g., broken links or typos) I’d love to hear about them. You can either add a comment below or contact me via the Contact page.

About Graeme Stuart

Lecturer (Family Action Centre, Newcastle Uni), blogger (Sustaining Community), Alternatives to Violence Project facilitator, environmentalist, father. Passionate about families, community development, peace, sustainability.
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