On March 25, she’ll be holding a Workshop for Wishes at Steampunk’d Salon & Gallery, 584 Main St. in Yarmouth, showing participants how to dot a pattern she designed especially for the Children’s Wish Foundation. Ten dollars from each registration will be directed towards the foundation.
LeBoutillier’s Travelling Kindness Rocks emerged from one of her experiences as an elementary teacher.
One day she invited each student in her class to select one of her painted rocks from a basket. The impact was rewarding.
People began giving her names of others who might appreciate receiving the bright gifts. The unsuspecting recipients included those who were battling an illness, grieving, or going through other difficult life transitions. The dots in each pattern represent everyone involved in the creation of each rock, sharing good cheer and positive energy.
Others became involved by donating funds to mail the gift rocks.
Over time, LeBoutillier built a website, began blogging and promoting her concept through social media, wrote a newsletter, developed collections of patterns, videos and a club, held teaching workshops and added creation tools for sale that were developed by her life partner.
To date, about 500 travelling kindness rocks have been sent and received by individuals in 19 countries.
In January 2016, she connected with the Children’s Wish Foundation. In addition to helping to raise funds for the organization, she has given each wish child a painted rock - 60 or 70 to date.
During the Yarmouth Workshop for Wishes the pattern designed for that event will be taught on black card stock that can be framed afterwards. The card provides a more desirable, flatter surface than rocks for beginners.
“Once people know the process they can purchase other patterns that I design and create more items themselves,” said LeBoutillier.
Those who would like someone to receive a travelling kindness rock can complete a form on the website and have their name added to a list. LeBoutillier and her helper, Tina, fulfill the requests. An average of $30/week is spent on postage to mail the small, thin, flat rocks.
“I’m continuing to think about how I can expand to include more people around the world in different ways,” said LeBoutillier.
More about the March 25 Workshop for Wishes
A minimum of 18 participants is required
Participants leave with several completed dot mandalas and information to continue dotting fun on their own.
Children must be accompanied by a participating adult. Ages six and up allowed
Cost for 13+ is $30.
Cost for age 6 - 12 is $25.
Children’s Wish Foundation to receive $10 from each registration.
Time: 2 – 4:30 p.m.
Link to the Facebook event
Travelling Kindness Rocks website