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Welcome to Marigold Methods®

We are a community of healing arts practitioners, students, and teachers who recognize the imperative of re~turning the soul to psychotherapy and re~membering the divine Self. We embrace non-authoritarian, non-linear, symbolic and inner-world directed approaches to learning, healing, transformation, and growth. We honor the feminine principle of receptivity, empathy, compassion, nurturing, creativity, intuition, imagination, and communion that occurs beneath, between, and beyond words. We strive to encourage whole-istic practices and to offer tools, techniques, and companioning for practitioners and individuals who wish to enrich and expand their other-than-conscious ways of knowing, communicating, and creating. 

Members of our  Marigold Community®  have individually and collectively reached a point in life where we know that we must join together in thought and outer work, while listening to guidance offered us from within the deep mind

We  honor the wisdom of the circle and its transformational power in our lives and the lives of those whom we serve.


The circle is a container, a cauldron, a holder that encloses space and protects its contents from harm and negativity. Within this space sacred work occurs that is healing, transformative, alchemical. Because its nature is to hold, shield, purify and order whatever it contains,  Marigold Methods®  uses the circle as the template and way of being in the world. We acknowledge the Mystery of the Sacred Circle and of our individual and collective work, and pledge that only that which is holy, sacred, benevolent, and true will emerge out of work done within our circles.


Becoming a Certified Marigold Methods® Practitioner:

The requirements for certification include: 


  • MARI Practitioner Certification (21 hrs) &
  • Completion of 6 Marigold Methods® online webinars or classes and Sand Basin Training. (24 hrs)

* Certified  Marigold Methods® practitioners with a Master's degree in a healing arts related field are eligible to develop and teach online Marigold Methods® courses.

To be Marigold Methods® Certified means:

  • I recognize and honor the soul as well as mind and body of the individual.
  • I am able to engage transconsious levels of awareness intuitively and imaginally.
  • I am able to translate non-verbal symbolic language.
  • I am able to activate and tend to right-brain to right-brain communication.
  • I offer a temenos or sacred space for my clients.
  • I honor the innate Wholeness and Creative Holiness of the individual.
  • And then some . . . 


Engaging Wholeness

Inside this clay jug there are canyons and pine mountains

and the maker of canyons and pine mountains.

All seven seas are inside

And hundreds of millions of stars.

~ Kabir

We are not journeying into wholeness. We are awakening to the wholeness that we have always been. In the core of our being, underneath all the personality trappings, the physiological enhancements, and the mental abstractions and distortions and distrations of our illusory “self,” we are WHOLE, COMPLETE, PERFECT and joined to all others in an indelible, irrevocable, ineffable bond.

The circle is the most important symbol of our wholeness, representative of the Self with a capital S designating it as Higher Self, Spirit/Source/Force which exists beyond the confines of mind or lower ego driven 'self'. The circle is also a symbol for God ~ the Creator ~ Divinity ~ the Holy of Holies, THAT WHICH IS everywhere equally present and timeless with no beginning and no end. Everything within the space delimited by the circle is SACRED. Therefore, it follows:  the Self is both whole and sacred.

Engaging with the circle, with clear Light as its center and an attitude of openness to possibilities, something is called forth within us. We may not yet fully understand what will emerge, but the calling, the pull from the wisdom of the circle to the work is clear and is guided by the quantum light of our “hundreds of millions of stars.” 



The marigold is a humble flower, yet rich in symbolic meaning and medicine, both literally and metaphorically. Connected to the Divine Mother, early Christians named the flower “Mary’s Gold” and placed it at the foot of statues of the Blessed Mother in lieu of gold coins. The marigold is often used as a token of veneration and praise in festivities honoring Mary and is offered on the Feast Day of the Annunciation (March 25th), celebrating the conception of the Divine Mother.

The marigold is a heliotrope and represents companionship, mentoring, protection, and encouragement. The name marigold is equivalent to the number 7 in numerology, signifying deep understanding. Combined with the solar qualities of the sun, the marigold also represents a coniunctio or sacred marriage of the divine energies of spirit with the earthly energies of matter. The mandala of the marigold symbolizes passion, courage, and creativity, and represents a perennial challenge to new adventures of mind and spirit in service to the Divine. 

Marigold flowers are used as sacred offerings in many cultures including Hindu, Christian, Buddhist, Aztec, and Pagan religions and are recognized as a symbol of resurrection and connection to the spirits of those who have crossed over. The Welsh believed that rubbing marigold water on the eyelids would induce psychic visions of spirits and fairies.

Marigolds are one of the most easily recognizable symbols of Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead which is celebrated from October 31st to November 1st in Mexico and other places populated by peoples of Mexican descent. It is believed that at this time the souls of loved ones and friends who have passed on to spirit visit the living and that the scent and bright blooms of the marigold, known colloquially as "the flower of the dead", help to guide the spirits to their respective family altars or ofrendas

One of the great Indian mystics of the last century, ‘Mother’ (Mirra Richards) said that the marigold signified ‘Plasticity’. Describing the spiritual significance of Plasticity, she explained: “When you come to the Divine, you must abandon all mental conceptions. The only true attitude for a Yogi is to be plastic and ready to obey the Divine command, whatever it may be.” Mirra Richards believed that if peoples and nations could achieve the spirit of the Divine Mother whom this flower commemorates, all life would take on new meaning and purpose. 

Medieval physicians listed the marigold as a medicinal plant. Boiled with sugar, it was used both internally and externally. A medical book dated 1578 declared, “The conserve that is made of the floures of Mary-goleds cureth the trembling of the harte.”.  It was also recommended for sprains, wounds and skin maladies. Marigolds are antiseptic and antibacterial and are known for their wound healing properties. One can also make a poultice out to the flowers of the marigold for bee stings, burns, and skin infections. Since it is also useful in easing circulation disorders, marigold compresses can be applied to treat varicose veins. When its leaves are taken in as vegetables, they also prove to be medicinal as a remedy in treating tuberculosis of the lymphatic glands. (Wikipedia)

The silent message of the marigold flower is to heal and shine, mind, body and soul ~ to know spirit ~ and to blossom by sharing the divine beauty you have inside of you with the world.



Gold is a malleable, flexible, unbreakable precious metal. Because of its physical characteristics and its beauty, gold has become a symbol of wholeness, brilliance, perfection, enlightenment, eternity, the Divine. The color of gold also symbolizes masculine/yang energy, consciousness, the sun’s power to enliven, generate, and create. Gold is associated with the life Force and the highest stage of spiritual development. In the 12 chakra system, the 9th energy center is represented by gold. Referred to as the “seat of the soul” this chakra allows access to the soul’s code or higher purpose.

Gold is an archetypal symbol of the transition of the soul from the finite physical realm to union with the Divine. The goal of the metaphorical process of alchemy is to transmute and transform the inner world of the psyche which is reflected outwardly as an trifold being (body, soul and spirit). This is the process of individuation offered by engaging in the integral "creative cooking" within the alembic of becoming by which base matter is trans-formed into the gold of the wHoly realized Self. 

Gold is the magnum Opus, the Great Work; it is the journey, the way to our center ~ the Self, where we realize once and for all, we are home—we are whole. This connected-knowing enables one to align properly with ego in service to Higher Self, thereby ennobling our ability to walk in the world as unperturbed, fearless beacons of Compassion and Wisdom. 

There is no end point to the Great Gold Spiral of Creation. This is the S/Hero’s journey along the "yellow brick road" ~ the golden spiral path of individuation. The goal IS the process - the journey itself rather than any product or destination.


Dr. Karla-la ~


Karla Hankes, PhD is the founder of  Marigold Methods® , creator of Basin Way Synchronic Sandplay® , the Enso Experience® , the Mosaic Re-storative Method® , The Wheel of Wholeness® , Museum of the Soul® , The Whale's Library® , Portal Process Journeys® and other dynamic, unique, and compelling processes for engaging with wholeness via symbolic language and trans-conscious ways of knowing and communicating. 

Dr. Hankes completed her doctoral degree in Transformative Education at the California Institute of Integral Studies where her research focused on synchronicity and the alchemical process of grief in Jungian Sandplay Therapy. She is a certified thanatologist with the Association for Death Education and Counseling, a Jungian Sandplay therapist, and Grief Specialist. For her master’s thesis in clinical counseling in 1997, she proposed the use of circular sand trays citing rational from Jung’s theoretical work with mandalas and comparative anthropology. She earned an advanced diploma in Trauma, Abuse and Deprivation, and as a clinician she has incorporated expressive therapies and mandala work with numerous populations including severely mentally ill adults, juvenile offenders, and grieving children and teens. Dr. Hankes has been using the "essence container" of the drawn mandala therapeutically since discovering the work of Susanne Fincher and The Great Round of Joan Kellogg in 1991. She has been facilitating MARI® since 2012 and received advanced training from the owner of MARI, Michelle Takei, PhD. Karla offers live and online MARI trainings, individual and group consultation, supervision, and MARI Enrichment presentations.


Dr. Hankes is passionate about bridging the worlds of Sandplay and MARI for grief and trauma and offers Basin Way Sandplay training and consultation to MARI practitioners.


dr. Nancy-Nan ~

Official Fairy Dust Sprinkler

Central to my role in  Marigold Methods®  is to search out and experiment with language that expresses the deep mind, the revelatory whiffs that come up from “I Who Am Mother.”  To give voice to that which joins, heals, integrates, loves ALL OF MY CREATION.  To encourage others to practice whatever strips them of the structures of personality that hide the exquisite beauty of their ineffable, untarnishable souls.  We must become WHO WE ARE.  This is our freedom, our task, our vow. This is the fulfillment, the blossoming, the bearing fruit, the fecundity of our incarnation.  THIS IS WHY WE ARE.  FOR THIS HAVE WE COME.”  - Nancy V. Gedney, Ph.D. 


Nancy is a multipotentialite, a spiritual seeker, poet and speaker. While living in Tucson she offered workshops in spiritual growth and published a small newspaper, Inner Odyssey, which explored the various ways individuals journey toward wholeness. Her workshops addressed such subjects as holiness, the healing of healers, mandalas, whimsy, and breathing under water.

As part of her own spiritual journey, Nancy became a spiritual director through the Tacheria School in Tucson, AZ.  She was ordained as an Interfaith Contemplative Minister through the Desert Interfaith Seminary in Tucson. AZ. She has served as a Hospice Chaplain and spiritual director for many years.  And best of all, she and her husband were the shepherds and stewards of up to 125 alpacas at one time, for twelve years in Idaho.  Here she learned the zen of filling water buckets and the language of Hums, Ahs and Oms. (Oh, and birthing the most adorable animals on earth!)  She currently follows the path of Tibetan Buddhism (still Humming, Ah-ing and Om-ing!).


Anam Cara: A relationship between two awakening souls

I became the “Resident Fairy Dusk Sprinkler” at the University of Arizona when I advised Undecided Students in their choice of major.  I helped students see a little more deeply into their own hopes and dreams and synthesize various interests, strengths and passions into a courses of study that would launch them into the world of work in soulful and practical ways. I remember repeating over and over again, “I am only a mirror reflecting to you the beauty you are as yet unable see.”

We could label my work as mentor, advisor, guide, companion, and spiritual director. Those labels do not, however, identify the most important part of my work: being an anam cara, (a Celtic term for soulfriend.) Of primary importance to me in working with you, is your soul and its availability to you as your inner guide. I am committed to in-couraging and prompting you along your journey. If you are reading this, know that you are being called to do very special work that you and only you can do.  I am here to be  your anam cara, your soul friend, as you discover and engage in that work.

“Once the soul awakens, the search begins and you can never go back. From then on, you are inflamed with a special longing that will never again let you linger in the lowlands of complacency and partial fulfillment. The eternal makes you urgent. You are loath to let compromise or the threat of danger hold you back from striving toward the summit of fulfillment.” ― John O'Donohue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

This is what I would love to talk to you about. This is how I can be your anam cara.

To schedule Anam Cara Sessions with Nancy, please click here to register.


Creativity ~ Healing ~ Wholeness: An Example of the Feminine Principle in Motion

The above video offers a beautiful vision of engaging in energetic and imaginal healing. 

Cheers to the great imagination!

 Cheers to all you magnificent Imaginal Cells! 

Connecting with the 'deep mind' via touchdrawing