During her recent recovery from breast cancer, Meryl began designing a line of Healing Mats. These hand hooked mats document the dragonfly process of healing as an opportunity to transform, adapt, find joy and dig deeper into her emotions. Meryl has developed a unique process of writing on the linen around her design to highlight the inspiration for each mat. The original design above is from this series, called Love Letter.
Meryl has dedicated her life and the next phase of her career to developing a process, a community and a mechanism for women to transform their relationship with their bodies and discover what makes their heart sing. Her usual clients and students include women who have had health wake up calls, are in a period of transition or are feeling the need to find a renewed sense of meaning at a time in their life when everyone is telling them to slow down or be happy with the great job they have.
A healing mat is a positive reminder to take it one step at a time, put your feet down, feel the fibres and take a breath before you start each day. It can represent an important step in your healing, and can be a symbol that gives you hope. Hooking a healing mat can be an opportunity to discover what makes your heart sing.
She teaches Hook a Healing Mat workshops, works with women one on one to create and tell the story of their healing journey and is available to speak on the topics of Reinvention & Transformation, Tapping into Your Creativity to Raise Your Voice – one woman’s story of how a health wakeup call propelled her on a creative journey to find and heal herself. Meryl’s best selling book One Loop at a Time. A story of rug hooking, healing and creativity, published by Full Circle Publishing is now available.
Meryl’s winter Hook a Healing Mat workshops through Nova Scotia Centre for Craft and Design were SOLD OUT! Stay tuned for the four week spring session, to be announced soon. Meryl also offers a two day Hook a Healing Mat Workshop, this spring being offered in Vankleek Hill, Ontario.
Course description: A healing mat is a love letter to yourself. Through rug hooking and writing discover how to set positive healing goals, reconnect with your creativity and joy. Create a reminder to take it one step at a time, put your feet down, feel the fibres and take a breath before you start each day. Original design by instructor, each mat will have their own healing phrase/mantra.
Here are some comments from participants in Meryl’s Hook a Healing Mat workshop:
“I am taking Meryl Cook’s course, Hook a Healing Mat. I am a total beginner in rug hooking or any kind of handwork and I did not know what to expect. From the beginning, I have felt safe and supported to try something that is outside my comfort zone. I am gaining confidence with hooking the mat and surprisingly, to me, I am feeling calmer when I see what I have done. The fibres and colours are so beautiful and I am learning to appreciate small steps in a process. My intention is to learn to be more gentle with myself and I feel I am on my way towards that goal. Thank you, Meryl!”
“Meryl is using her favourite medium to gently guide us through a unique process of discovery. It is far more than a skill-learning class. I do not know where this will lead me but am encouraged each class to open up and create freely without rules and boundaries.”
“I find the workshop very inspiring, not only because I wanted to learn how to hook, but because of the spiritual aspect of it. The process of including writing along with hooking makes our project more personal and meaningful.”
“Awakening is how I would describe the Healing Mat Workshop. The workshop has re-awakened my creative and spiritual life. Instead of just surviving and making it through each day. I now embrace nurturing my life once again. Playfully and spiritually The Healing Mat workshop had reminded me who I am.”