Felted Meditation Mat
Make your own meditation mat to harness the energy you generate during your spiritual practices.
Cruelty free wool is the perfect material for wicking away impurities and accumulating positive energies to come back to each time you sit for your practice. This class begins with a short meditation and intention to be diligent in diving deeper into our personal work. I will then share ways passed down to me from indigenous people that will inform how we work with our hands and minds when creating sacred objects. The process will commence with carding the raw clean fibers. Some of the wool will then be dyed using local natural plants to harness nature’s essence. Utilizing the wet felting process we will create personal square mats.
If the class continues into the afternoon, while the mat is still drying, there will be an opportunity to put finishing touches by needle felting colored wool into designs on the top of the mat, or hand sewing on a border with dyed ahimsa peace silk.
This 2.5hr class will be offered once during the April Session.
Materials Fee~ $25 suggested donation
Mary 'LIZI' Handsaker has devoted her life to bridging ancient wisdoms found across many cultures and uncovering deeply transformational practices that heal the body, mind and soul. Her formal journey began fifteen years ago with the study of Yoga, Astrology, and subsequently Ayurveda through the Wise Earth School with a focus on the energetic principles of living in beauty and in harmony with nature’s cycles. This is when Lizi developed a philosophy of nurturing life’s daily rituals as the ultimate form of medicine, and sadhana. After years of integrating these tools into her own life, she began to explore the possibility of allowing the expression of nature to flow through into her design work.
Lizi received a degree in textiles with a focus on plant dyes and sustainability. This led her to connect with indigenous healers and teachers. Through their traditions and ceremonies she learned powerful methods to mentally, and emotionally align oneself with the mystical process of creating art for personal well-being and the health of the planet.
Most recently, Lizi has been studying chi gong and nutrition under a female Taoist Master after experiencing it’s connection with Ayurveda and it’s ability to create lasting, nourishing changes in the body. Lizi’s inner guidance has also opened her to the most subtle energetic layers that are directly linked to the journey of the soul through a deeply profound form of meditation, Kundalini Maha Yoga.
No matter the tool, ritual or ceremony, if we can experience the cleansing of the breath, a quietness in the mind and the enlivening of the heart, we can access the magic of the universe in one eternal moment.
Lizi guides her classes with a deep appreciation for all her teachers who live their truth and honor nature as their teacher.