California Coast Mala
Coastal California [ USA ]
I could watch water crash against shore or rock for the rest of my days - each splash a display of force and energy, each one different, each one intense and regenerating. I made a bee-line for the coast after struggling through so many hot weeks in the desert, and was immediately rewarded with that familiar, sweet kiss of salty air. You know the one - the one that reminds you of days digging clams up as a child, investigating sea stars, building sand castles, and searching for sea glass with your pals. Apparently the cobalt blue pieces are most uncommon and most sought after. Even on Glass Beach, California, they're darn near impossible to come by. The child in me will always find home on the shores of the Pacific Ocean; I only hope we can protect it for generations to come. (Stone descriptions and significance are below.)
Each grace + gravity mala is designed and hand-knotted by me (Ellysa Evans), and has been inspired by my own adventures along the coast of California. Colour and texture is a language I have learned through my years of art history and design, and I apply that language to the way I design and craft my malas. Whether used as a tool for your meditation practice or worn as a beautiful reminder of your own favorite mark, this mala is built to both inspire and last. You can learn more about using a mala for meditation here.
Included in the purchase of this mala is a $5 donation to the US National Parks agency. You can read more about where your donation is going and how the money will be used by reading here.
Also included in your purchase is a photo print from the adventure that inspired each mala design (as shown), and a wood block for your print to stand in. Photos are printed on recycled card. Each wood slice is 2.5 - 3" in diameter x 3/4" thick, and is made of hand-finished douglas fir, sourced from local deadfall. Each slice will vary in size, shape and character.
You're not just buying a mala, you're building a connection. Included in your package is:
- One individually designed and wilderness-inspired mala.
- One original photo print of the wilderness that inspired the mala.
- One hand-finished wood block to display your photo print in.
- A personal story of solo adventure in the park that inspired everything.
- A thank you note for your contribution to the parks service.