Craters of the Moon Mala
Craters of the Moon National Monument + Preserve, Idaho [ USA ]
Idaho is weird. Hailey Hirst of She Explores suggested that much of what’s interesting in Idaho actually lays beneath it, and I don’t think she’s wrong. My trip through Idaho was brief - I went in and out for Craters of the Moon only. Driving around and through Atomic City and Arco respectively, things quickly became a little eerie. The stark black landscape was like nothing I have ever known or experienced, or that I could prepare myself for. I wrote about my time in the area for She Explores, detailing the extraordinary contrasts, the profound quiet, the evidence of sheer force and energy, and about the most colourful grasshoppers I have ever seen. It’s safe to say that I was totally enamoured with Craters of the Moon National Monument + Preserve. Though my time was brief, my appreciation runs deep. (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 in Craters of the Moon National Monument + Preserve. 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.