Written by A Wild Dove | Photographed by Ciara Brinn Perrone
The last time we partnered with The Cristalline on a signature learning workshop, we were taking it easy and breezy in East Hampton over the dog-days of summer. Fast forward a few months, and we figured it was time for another crystal meditation experience with our little ones, so we dialed up co- founder, Rashia Bell to figure out the who/what/where for our part deux. We love The Cristalline for so many reasons, not least of which is because their primary role is that of interior designers, where they create positive, healing spaces through their use of crystals that can completely transform their clients’ health, career and well-being. Rashia is also a certified crystal healer, who uses her knowledge to educate others on their endless benefits for the mind, body and spirit.
So on a sunny Saturday in December, we got the kids together at Red Flower in Nolita, the absolute perfect venue for the class, since this beauty haven is already stocked with rose quartz and crystals. Before we even began, the vibes were oozing with love, light and positivity. While the kids snacked on Watermelon Jerky by Sakara, the mamas stood around chatting holiday plans and nibbling on Sakara’s Beauty Chocolate and sipping on Health-Ade Kombucha’s new flavors like Holiday Cheers and Reishi-Chocolate.
Rashia began working with the children, who were surprisingly armed with some gem and mineral knowledge. She began the class by talking a bit about the science of crystals and formed a connection between the facts and experiments that the kids were already doing in school. “If they understand how stones are formed on a scientific level first, then it makes it that much easier to see how there is energy within them,” Rashia said. She then created a fun drawing and matching game, where the kids matched the stone to its property. For the grand finale, the kids were able to select stones to meditate with and explored the different sensations they felt, like temperature change, tingling, and other physical elements. “The children are really great at tapping into the differences between the energy of different stones,” she said.
Some of the stones the children worked with included:
- Obsidian for Grounding
- Amethyst for Intuition
- Clear Quartz for Balance
- Carnelian for Courage
- Blue Lace Agate for Communication
- Citrine for Creativity
- Selenite for Clearing
- Green Aventurine for Self Love
While the excitement of the holiday season was aflutter outside, it was amazing that our kids were given the chance to stop and chill for a minute and connect back to mindfulness via crystals and meditation. "It is great when moms have their own mindfulness practice, but it is awesome to have the opportunity to empower children to create their own that they are able to share with their friends and family," Rashia said.
We couldn’t agree more.