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Welcome to Crafting a Calmer Self (

  • Crafting a fuller and calmer life together. . . 
  • Dedicated instruction in arts and crafts for people of all ages and abilities to create an exploratory sensory creative experience.
  • Offering lessons and innovative workshops in basic knitting, crocheting, yarn dyeing, yarn crafts, felting, healing crystal crafts/beading, meditation, therapeutic and other crafts that have a touch of science, art and sensory.
  • HOLISTIC RECREATION is our mission. 

Fall 2018 Events, Classes, & Services

New Classes and Workshops are always in the works - See below or click "classes".   WE LOVE TO DO PRIVATE PARTIES.  Guests get a hands-on experience to make beautiful things (i.e.: skin care, perfumes, crafts, paintings, teas, etc.)  Parties tailored to age and interest of guests. Hand-crafted party favors and gifts also available for events.  Online courses available through

2018 Schedule at of Free Classes Offered at the Montvale Public Library:

Fall Knitting Workshop for Beginners & Intermediate Students.  Tuesdays in October from 7-8PM at the Montvale Public Library.  Free to students.  Space is limited.  Register via library.  Students responsible for materials.  Material list provided upon registration or via website. 

Fall Craft Class.  Sunday 10/7, 2-3:30PM  $5 material fee.  

Winter Craft - 2 week project.  Sundays 11/4 and 11/11 from 1:30-2:30PM.   $5 materials fee.

Aroma-meditation Workshop: A special meditation class enhanced with aromatherapy.  Includes an aromatherapy project.  Uplifting themes and scents to let your spirt soar.  SPECIAL NEW DATE & LOCATION: SUNDAYS in September 1:30PM TO 2:45PM at our outdoor studio ($15 materials fee). 

Art & Meditation for Indigo & Crystal Children  A Family Meditation for parents & children who are sensitive, learn differently, & heightened awareness to outside stimuli are welcome for a special meditation class, craft & story.  Our goal: to nurture children who may have issues with self-confidence, self-expression, impulsivity, or anxiousness.   Special needs are welcome.

One Skein Projects! Class  Each month we make a simple item via crochet or knitting.  Pattern and supplies are provided.  Upcoming dates in October.  Fee: $10 per class.

Art & Meditation for Adults  Special class incorporating different methods of meditation and a featured art project. Spring classes to commence in April at our studio.  Contact us for exact dates.  NEW CLASS FOR FALL 2016: SUNDAYS 9/11, 9/18, 9/25, AND 10/2 from 1:30 - 2:45pm at the Montvale Library.  This class is free of charge to students thanks to the Montvale Library.   

Meditation Intensive Class  An intensive group class that focused on Transformation Meditation and breathing techniques.  To sign up for a class or schedule a private class, contact the center. 

Knitting & Crochet Classes ~ Ongoing  Private or group sessions for adults and children are always being scheduled. For more information, contact Debra at (201) 281-7145.   

Quiet Mornings Meditation Group  Self-guided meditation group open to all who seek time for quiet contemplation. Our sessions in our outdoor studio resume this spring on Sundays.   Free

 Magick Meditation   A special “intention-focused” meditation group exploring topics of earth based spirituality. Free.  Handcrafted items will be available for purchase to support our free meditation sessions. 

If your school, organization, or event is interested in offering our classes in any of the therapeutic arts and crafts or relaxation activities offered at Crafting a Calmer Self, LLC, contact Debra at (201) 281-7145 or  We provide for instructional classes, party events, or brainstorming sessions to explore what you can do with your group.  Also, we can prepare projects materials, teaching aides, and sensory activities for those who wish to hold their own class or event. 

  • Now offering finishing services for your knitting and crochet pieces.   


Meditation and Aromatherapy Sessions/Spirit & Scent Retreats - Appointments available.    Private sessions for individuals who desire time to strengthen their spirit through individual meditation instruction, aromatherapy, and relaxation.  Session last approximately 60 minutes and include an individualized meditative and sensory plan to help you get more from your practice.  Fee: $15.  To make any appointment, email 

Meditation Training: learn more about meditation practice and develop your own practice.  Group workshops and private lessons. Click "meditation" for more information.  Instruction tailored to individual and special needs.


All meditation classes are led by a certified meditation instructor and clinical aromatherapist. 



Debra McGauley-Eichhorn, CL. A. - Owner & Instructor

More about me . . . A mother of two wonderful boys.  Firm believer in the therapeutic benefits of knitting, crochet and other crafts.  Passionate for advocating for children and adults with special needs.  Certified as a Paraprofessional/Special Education/Autism.  Experienced instructor in art, crafts, meditation, and social skills with adults and children with autism, developmental disabilities, and special needs.  Teacher of art enrichment and social skills.  Director of a day-program for adults with special needs, Center for Enhancing Abilities - Bergen Center.  Graduate of Pace University School of Law.  Also a certified meditation teacher (Transformation Meditation) and certified clinical aromatherapist.  Certification in Herbalism pending.


When a sleeping woman wakes,

mountains move.

~ Chinese proverb



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Other instruction locations and program . . .

In addition to Crafting a Calmer Self, LLC classes, I teach classes for children (pre-school and up) and adults with Autism and other special needs at various programs and therapy places.   My classes include those offered at ABA programs, social skills programs and recreational day programs.  I specialize in arts, crafts and sensory-based fun projects.   I am also proud to be invited regularly to local libraries, private organizations, and club organizations (such as girl scouts) to teach great crafting projects.  For more information, please contact me at 

Planning a birthday party?  A group activity? A charity event?  Make it "crafty" and have a Craft Happens event.