We are the Marpa sisters born 12 years apart. I'm Lizelle and I've taken care of Janelle since she was born. Little did I know that 30 years later we would become business partners and create the House of Marpa or as we like to call it... hoooommmm!
I am a mom of 3 young boys pursuing a doctorate in Distance Education, a clinical educator at a college Dental Hygiene program, and a practicing Dental Hygienist - with a Type A personality! Managing it ALL has been tough. Last year I broke down and took a break from my doctoral study only to find myself learning more about my true passion and how I wish to continue my doctoral research.
Janelle is a designer and has worked in the fashion industry as a fashion stylist for various magazine publications, fashion shows, TV shows, commercials, and music videos, eventually transitioning into apparel and graphic design. Despite being fun-loving and having joyful personality, she has suffered from bouts of depression, anxiety attacks and after a tumultuous last couple of years she then developed a severe case of guttate psoriasis from head to toe and later developed psoriatic arthritis because of all the stress she had been under.
Although working very in different industry's, Janelle and I were desperate to find new ways to cope with life. It wasn't until my mentor introduced me to the Foundations of Applied Mindfulness Meditation certificate program at the University of Toronto. We jumped into the program and began to implement and experience the benefits of the practice of Mindfulness and Mindfulness Meditation. We were inspired to start this company to spread an awareness of Mindfulness and Mindfulness Meditation through contemporary fashion goods.
Janelle and I found a calling to help others who might be interested in mindfulness and meditation to alleviate stress but don't feel they have the support or knowledge base. We began hosting experiential learning workshops introducing a mindfulness practice through everyday activity that many enjoy such as wine tasting, in a casual and intimate setting.
We have only scratched the surface on all that there is to know about mindfulness and we hope to share our journey with you as we set an intention to lead a more mindful lifestyle and to build our company to be fully sustainable and socially responsible.