Prayer Flags

red tara prayer flag

A Red Tara prayer flag

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Lama Foundation helps support itself by producing ecologically sound products that carry messages of peace, awakening and community. Items include handmade prayer flags and T-shirts that celebrate various spiritual traditions as well as greeting cards that capture the beauty of Lama Mountain. Our cottage industry is part of a broader effort at Lama to develop local, sustainable and meaningful forms of economic livelihood and is named after Flag Mountain, a 12,000-foot peak that sits just north of the Foundation and provides a stunning reminder of nature’s power and elegance.

We believe in right livelihood, and care that our work not only benefits the Lama Foundation, but all who are involved. We strive to have our work not create harm to anyone, from our suppliers, on site workers, our customers, and our mother earth. Work is done by Lama residents and stewards in the spirit of “seva” (selfless service) and all proceeds benefit the Foundation. We work to create these sacred objects and to put our prayers and intentions in them, and to send the blessings of this mountain out into the world. We hope that our products confer our blessings and serve as reminders of the sacred.

cottage industries building Our Cottage Industries Building

Green screen printing

All our products are created on-site in our newly completed cottage industries studio. We use an environmentally-friendly, water-based screen-printing process to create our flags. Our strawbale facility is 100% Solar Powered with passive and active solar heating that maintains a comfortable temperature inside our facility year-round. No fossil fuels. Our water comes from our mountain spring; we use it to rinse out our biodegradable inks, and we use soy and citrus based screen-printing chemicals so that the water returns to the earth uncontaminated.

two men screen printing

Clif and Stacy printing prayer flags

Mission Statement

Sustainable livelihood is increasingly challenging in a globalizing world that thrives on profit and exploitation. Where possible, products of Flag Mountain Cottage Industries are produced in ways that enhance environmental well-being, social justice and economic viability. We use earth friendly (often organic) products and source our supplies from socially responsible companies. Furthermore, we don’t support sweatshop labor or practices that put Lama workers, suppliers or customers at risk. We believe in Right Livelihood and thus see Flag Mountain Cottage Industries as an opportunity for people to generate income with integrity. Lama residents and stewards involved in this effort work with the spirit of “seva” (selfless service) and all proceeds benefit the Foundation.

A group of people holding prayer flags

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January Tea ’24

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November Tea ’23

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October Tea ’23

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September Tea ’23

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August Tea ’23

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June Tea ’23

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May Tea ’23

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