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Sandal Making Workshop~ The Ecology Center

  • The Ecology Center 32701 Alipaz Street San Juan Capistrano, CA, 92675 United States (map)


$225 for member
$250 for non-members


The Ecology Center
32701 Alipaz Street
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

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Enjoy this hands-on workshop learning to make one of the oldest forms of clothing. The sandals you will be making, under the tutelage of Madelyn, are inspired by the barefoot running shoes of the Tarahumara, a Native American people of northwestern Mexico who are renowned for their long-distance running ability. They are designed to feel barefoot when you wear them. The more we can feel the more we can connect with our environment and enter into a conversation with the natural world. When we wear thick soled shoes we cut ourselves off from this connection and end up being intruders of the landscape, instead of a part of it–which is our birthright. So much of the disease we experience is due to lack of connection, by slowing down, using our hands and making an everyday item from start to finish, we create a relationship to the item that is priceless. Leave feeling empowered, connected, curious and creative!

Together, in this workshop we will:

  • Work with leather and rubber to create a pair of sandals based on Madelyn’s designs
  • Use hand tools and power tools to make sandals from start to finish
  • Have a healthy and abundant lunch made with organic and local produce (1 to 2 PM)

Spend the day making sandals with Madelyn!

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Materials: High quality vibram rubber soles and American tanned leather

Each participant will make and take home a pair of sandals.

photographs by Olive + West

Earlier Event: August 26
Origin Sandal Retreat
Later Event: October 17
Sacred France Pilgrimage