Category Archives: Eco-Arts Lounge

Cultivating Compassion

“Be the change you wish to see in the world” – Ghandi

Are world events getting you down? Are you struggling to find inner peace in the midst of chaos? Are you seeking authentic connection with family, friends, and yourself? You are not alone.

Join Arwen Ek, for a free, public class introducing mindfulness techniques, healthy coping strategies, and how to cultivate authentic compassion for our friends, our enemies and the world.

Where: Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center
When: Every Sunday from 12:30 to 1:00
What to bring if you are so inclined: prayer shawl, cushion, small donation.
This is a nondenominational class and safe space.

About Arwen: Arwen Ek has been practicing and teaching meditation since 2004. She held monastic vows and lived as a Buddhist nun at Tara Mandala Buddhist Retreat Center in Pagosa Springs for 3 years. She is the founding director of The Holistic Homestead, a local nonprofit dedicated to improving health and wellness on every level of being.

Photo of Arwen

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Eco-Arts Lounge

Wild Bear’s Eco-Arts Lounge is a community resource area and gallery featuring artists exhibiting their work, special workshops, concerts and more.

This space hosts renowned folk musicians as well as artists via the gallery as well as workshops.  The Eco-Arts Lounge is also a space for the community to rent for birthday parties, special meetings or gatherings or artist/naturalist workshops.  Contact us if you’d like more information about programs or to rent the space or to join our newsletter to learn more!


Making Felt Balls for Fun, Decorating & Decoration

December 10th: 11-2

Creating felt balls is fun, a little messy and easy to do. Wool can be shaped and turned into balls that are used for Dryer Balls, Ornaments, Jewelry and for playing catch. We will explore two techniques for felting: Wet Felting and Needle Felting. Participants will make balls of various sizes that can be used decoratively or strung to be worn as a necklace. Felt balls make wonderful cat toys too. Felting needles are very sharp, requiring good dexterity when using them. Wool for felt making, felting needles, and tools for use in the workshop will be provided.

$30 per person. Materials Fee $7.50 for fiber and felting needle.
Additional Wool for felting will be available for purchase at $2.50/oz. after the workshop.

This class is led by nationally-admired natural fibers artist, Phylleri Ball.

“After 2 decades of raising sheep and goats, I now have the time to weave, knit and crochet with all their luscious fiber and yarn. In addition to hand-woven rugs, scarves, shawls, bags and knitted hats, I sell yarn, sheepskins, Angora hides and buttons that were produced at our Pennsylvania farm. The names of the animals that contributed their wool are listed on the tags of our farm-raised goods. Dyeing with acid dyes or natural dyes, I continue producing Hand-dyed yarn. Three Sisters Weaving is a dealer for Schacht weaving and spinning equipment, manufactured in Boulder, Colorado. Visit our booth at Colorado Arts and Fiber Festivals.”

Spinning Yarn on a Drop Spindle

Sunday, January 8: 11am-2pm

Making your own yarn from carded wool fleece can be achieved with a simple, inexpensive tool called a “spindle”. It is often referred to as a Drop Spindle, because when you first learn to spin, when your yarn breaks, the spindle drops. Learn to spin a continuous yarn and gain skills in controlling the twist and thickness of your yarn. Spindles for use during the workshop and wool fiber will be provided. Workshop is suited for Adults and adults attending with children ages 8 years old and up.

Suggested Supplies: Bring your own spindle if you own one.
Bring a small rug, yoga mat or thin cushion, to be placed on the floor to protect a dropped spindle from damage.

$30 per person + $5 materials fee

Additional Wool Roving will be available for purchase at $2.50/oz. after the workshop.
Wooden Spindles can be purchased for $23.00.