We had the good fortune of connecting with Hana Pepin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Hana, what role has risk played in your life or career?
For me, taking risks continues the journey of self growth. As a business taking risks and putting myself out there is what propelled my presence in the industry. I took the risk of failure and by doing so increased my chances for my product to be seen. Reaching out to yoga studios, going into boutiques, shops, spas and salons was intimating and a lot of people said no, but alot also said yes. Now my product is featured in shops along the west and east coast of the United State as well as overseas and if i hadn’t taken the risk, who knows if id have the same success.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
A lot of people make Mala Meditation necklace beads these days. When I started in 2014 there were not many people I knew making them. To me each bead presents a different prayer, intention or individual expression of life itself. The string is consciousness, it is the life force that is woven through of all us that connects us to one another. The Mala symbolizes our union with the divinity all around and inside us.
I have worked hard to offer workshops on both the East and West coast of the United States and internationally in Peru, Guatemala, Indonesia, Mexico, Costa Rica and more. During the workshops I share with people how to live intentionally and mindfully, while also teaching them a new craft. We have a lot of fun and get to express our creativity. I love the moment when people see their finished product and gasp at their surprise that they made such an incredibly symbolic, personal and intentional Mala. In addition I have now offered custom mala beads and sterling silver jewelry customized from their birth chart. In this way the jewelry is personalized for an individual’s energy, constitution, and intention for manifestation.
My biggest challenge that I had to overcome was to face the fear of rejection and to learn from each experience how I can improve my craft through people’s feedback. The most important lesson I have learned is that you can’t rush creativity but you can cultivate it. Making Malas has been a therapy for me to express emotions and understand my internal world. I can take random pieces of material, put it together, and make something beautiful that people want to wear and treasure. To me that is a blessing.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would recommend doing aerial yoga followed by a delicious vegan meal at Trilogy Sanctuary in La Jolla. Get some scuba gear and head down to the children’s pool where you can swim in the water with the seals. Pack a picnic and head to blacks beach ‘ho chi men’ trail for a beach day (bring sunscreen, water and a beach umbrella). Head to Balboa park to walk around and enjoy the botanical gardens. Go to the farmers market of Wednesday’s in Ocean beach for a mini festival vibe, acro yoga, fire spinning and drum circles. Sunset cliffs are also gorgeous to visit for an obvious ‘sunset walk’.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My partner in crime, Daniel O’hara who created Solid Surf Sustainable Surfboards has taught me everything I know about starting and running a business. He has shared so much experience, knowledge and wisdom which I could not have gotten to this point without, both in business and in life. Thank you to Cj Ananda and Coby Hadas, Randy Shiffman and Jayananda Roland of the Kula Collective for being my teachers and guides as I transitioned through a challenging time of self exploration in my life, to each of you I am grateful for.
All vertical images are by @marvin_htn Marvin Harris All Horizoontal are by @emilyycu Emily Collins