About Cella

Cella means “sanctuary” in Latin. It is the room in ancient Roman and Greek temples where the most valuable things were kept. Everyone has a ‘cella’, a place deep inside where your real ME lives. The place where, in addition to your love and all knowledge, your creativity is hidden.

My name is Marcella van Bruggen.

In 1999 I created my first mandala. I discovered that within the circle there were infinite possibilities. A new world opened up for me. A place where I felt completely at home. In the mandala I visited the hidden places of my inner world. I was confronted with my fear, sadness and vulnerability. And I found love, compassion and freedom.

As a child I could completely lose myself in my activities and surroundings. Amazed by nature, eager to learn and always creating. Time did not exist. I experienced it as a circle without beginning or end. An hour sometimes felt like a minute and a day could last an eternity. In fact, nothing has changed for me regarding that… 😉

I find happiness in the beauty of nature and my connection with people. That’s where the inspiration for my mandalas comes from. Besides creating by myself I also love to create together, by giving workshops, among other things.