Mandalas: A Personal and Visual Journey into Mandala Journaling discloses and documents a personal and experiential process the author went through at the time when she was trying to adjust to living in a new country. The book highlights the importance of symbols as a way to communicate our own deep hidden messages, insights that can emerge from our unconscious mind in visual images. Ledesma specifically addresses the impact that mandala-making had on her life during a painful and confusing transitional time and how it can create for you, the reader, a similarly enlightening and transformative effect.
A native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, a painter, educator, and psychotherapist. She obtained a masters degree in fine arts and in art therapy from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1988), obtaining additional art training from Helen Oh (traditional oil painting), from Carol Dolan (egg tempera painting), and printmaking (etching) under the guidance of Audrey Niffenegger. Her interest in the practical applications of psychoanalysis and art for healing motivated her to obtain a doctoral degree (2009) focusing on the use of art-making in clinical treatment of adults.