Weaving a Life is a process of exploring working with our hands as a pathway to peace within ourselves, in community, and with the earth.
Weaving a Life helps people everywhere realize the treasures that live within us by offering experiences and tools that enrich our understanding of ourselves and our place in the world.
Weaving a Life speaks to the human spirit as we explore with our hands the connections of our inner beliefs about ourselves with our daily actions, in our home life, our spiritual life and with our world community.
New weavers will learn tapestry techniques, and seasoned weavers find new sculptural dimensions in their work: the essence of the Weaving a Life process is an experience of weaving our personal fabric.
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“Our brain is an intricate loom of billions of neural pathways with a huge potential for weaving internal interconnections and connections out to the world.”
--Arthur Auer, M.Ed, in "Learning About the World Through Modeling"
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The Weaving a Life approach is not just conceptual; it brings handwork to a broad audience by providing the simple materials for enriching creative activity. The weaving of the keyforms is itself a process of deepening awareness through connecting the hands and heart in a journey of self-discovery. A fundamental part of the Weaving a Life approach is that the journey can be an outdoor adventure as well: the loom and the techniques are portable, allowing you to bring your work into the woods, to the sea, or to any place that moves and inspires you.
Susan's book is being sold in stores across the US, and has made its way as far as Australia, the UK, India, Central America, Bermuda, the Caribbean and Peru. 144 pages of photographs and text introduce the Weaving a Life approach with the concept of keyforms and their meanings. Over 200 photos and illustrations give example and inspiration. Patterns and detailed directions for weaving each of the seven keyforms are provided, including for the first time the secret of weaving the unique Zati mask.
Weaving Circles are groups who gather to weave, on the Journey Loom, the seven Weaving a Life keyforms, elemental forms that lead us on a journey of discovery, learning to integrate what we love with what we do in the world. Weaving Circles also serve in Circle of Service projects. More...
ZATI The Art of Weaving a Life
The new softcover edition of Susan Barrett Merrill's ground-breaking book is in high demand wherever we go. The book is much more than a how-to book on basic tapestry weaving, though it includes much instruction. The Weaving a Life approach is a heart-centered approach to weaving, recognizing weaving as both a means and a metaphor for conscious living.
We have found that people seeking meaning in their lives, spiritual growth, or a deeper connection to their communities, all want more than concepts to understand. We have spoken with people who are hungry for a way to connect to life with their hands, with materials that come direct from the earth, to bring warmth and richness to lives dominated by virtual experience and a culture that feels increasingly confused.
Learn about Weaving a Life's personalized distance-learning classes, from my studio to yours.
Weaving Circle Leadership Certification Training Become certified to teach Weaving a Life with your own Weaving Circles, in classes and workshops, hospitals, organizations, and classrooms. Add Circle Leadership skills to your professional practice
Meet some of the Circle Leadership graduates, and find out how they are bringing Weaving a Life to their world.
Apply for Weaving Circle Leader Training incredibly rich and deeply effective distance training. Move through the Weaving a Life process one on one with Weaving a Life founder and author Susan Barrett Merrill, using the Weaving a Life keyforms, guided visualizations and the book ZATI The Art of Weaving a Life.
"Merrill gives us a stunning book...calmly blasting walls between life and art the way Cameron did in The Artist's Way, or Goldberg in Writing Down the Bones. So honestly written, so packed with wisdom..." --Daniela Kuper, author of Hunger and Thirst
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Portable wooden loom with cloth case makes weaving as easy as knitting. Take it anywhere!
ZATI The Art of Weaving a Life
By Susan Barrett Merrill. Softcover. Weaving as means and metaphor for living a conscious life. 144p, color, includes 7 weaving patterns.
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