Meet Gisele Theriault of Mindful Necessities

December 08, 2017

Gisele Theriault mindful necessitiesGisele is a creator and is on a beautiful path of mindfulness, meditation and creating experiences that help people explore what it means to be mindful in their journey.  We are excited to be carrying some of our favourite items from her collection of mindfulness jewellery.  Gentle touch points that remind us to tune in to how we want to carry ourselves in the world.  Here is a little interview with Gisele to share some of her beautiful story.
What is meant by mindfulness jewellery?
Mindfulness or contemplative jewellery is adornment that has a message meaning or purpose to help us connect with our true heart centers. 
Mala Mindful Necessities
What inspired you on the path to start creating beautiful adornments that hold the symbols and words of being in contemplation and mindful intention with the world?
Feeling so deeply the depth of suffering in the world and wanting to help people balance their struggles by connecting also with the beauty and significance of what really matters. 
Ananda Ring Mindful Necessities
Your items seem to hold a significant quality and a beautiful energy to them compared to many malas, etc that are available, what is it that gives them this level of quality and beauty?
The gems we use are hand picked for their metaphysical properties, we use sterling silver as an excellent conduit and the malas are created by Toronto jewellers who have been trained to be present with intentions while making them. 
Above all, with these malas, is a desire to see people using them. They are excellent tools to connect us to our breath and hold our intention. 
Mediation Mala Mindful Necessities
You have also in the past couple of years started doing mindful retreats to Ireland, what inspired this?
I went on an Artists and Leaders retreat 4 years ago in the Burren with poet David Whyte and was deeply moved by the energy of the limestone hills, the lure of the landscape and the nature of the Irish people. After returning for more time of self inquiries there, I started making extraordinary connections with wise and inspiring people. Watching what unfolded for me in the ability to deeply release any stress and be fully present inspired me to create an experiential container for others to benefit in the same way. 
Irelan REtreat with Gisele Theriault
What are the retreats to Ireland like, what kind of activities do people do on these retreats?
Retreats are like no other type of travel as they invoke you to explore inner terrains as much as new outward landscapes. My goal is to return people to their home inspired and equipped with tools to help them de-stress their lives as situations arise.
Our days start with meditation and a daily intention that we explore. We nurture our bodies with healthy organic breakfasts and have daily outings to sacred sites, yoga, music, foraging, a hands on day at the amazing Burren College of Art and we share our last feast at the award winning Gregans Castle. 

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Fit Guide

Use the instructions below to find your size in Zen Nomad products. Please get a measuring tape and measure yourself according to the diagram to ensure correct size.

**If an item does not follow this size chart a special note will be added to the product description.

Women's Size Chart

             XSMALL (2) SMALL (4/6) MEDIUM (8) LARGE (10) XLARGE (12)
BUST 30-32" 32-34" 36" 38" 40"
WAIST 24-25" 25-27" 28" 30" 32"
HIP 35" 36-37" 39" 40" 42"

***for the unisex crossover pant a small (4)woman would be an xxs  and an small (6) would be xs.


Men's Size Chart

             XSMALL (28) SMALL (30) MEDIUM (32) LARGE (34) XLARGE (36)
SHOULDER 16.5-17"
17-17 3/4"
17 3/4-18 1/4" 18 1/4-19" 19-19 3/4"
CHEST 34-36" 36-38" 38-40" 40-42" 42-44"
WAIST 27-29" 29-31" 31-33" 33-35" 35-37"


How to Measure

Bust: Measure around the fullest part of the bust. Keep tape comfortably loose.
Waist: Measure around the natural waist line – generally the smallest part of your waist. Your natural waist line is located where the body creases when bending to the side.
Hip: Keep feet together and measure around the fullest part of your hip.
Inseam: Measure from crotch to hem line.

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