Last summer, I worked with a few folks from the DC Pagan community to create a painted mandala that would carry their hopes for the growth of the local community. Over the course of two days, we designed, painted, and blessed the mandala in sacred space.
This was my first collaborative piece. Throughout I had to deal with issues of letting go of control -- a valuable lesson for me. But doing so provided the space for everyone to contribute at a very real level and allowed the mandala to be an authentic reflection of the people who participated.