Topanga with Narelle and Oliver
Narelle and I became friends while taking a class with our boys, Oliver and Shepard. Narelle is a passionate mother, wife and postpartum doula. Narelle and I built a friendship and connection in being mothers, but also enjoyed sharing stories about our travels in India. Narelle has spent a lot of time in India, including a 3 month stint teaching. The timing that Narelle came into my life was somewhat magical, as we were forming the company and realizing our mission to promote women through every aspect of our organization and supply chain. Narelle introduced us to Room to Read, an organization we have now partnered with, whose cause we felt fiercely connected to, promoting gender equality in literacy (with a large effort in India-where we produce many of our pieces). Narelle is incredibly beautiful inside and out, present, centered, strong, and peaceful, and a true inspiration to DÔEN. Narelle and Oliver have definitely been a part of the DÔEN journey, so I was thrilled when they agreed to be included in our Journal. They are a very special pair!