“Strung with Love” is Coming to Brookings, Oregon!

Strung with Love: The Art of Making and Using Your Own Prayer Mala is coming to Brookings, Oregon! 

  • Sunday, January 20th, 2019 at Gypsies, 549 Chetco Avenue, from 1pm to 4pm
  • Saturday, February 16th, 2019 at the Event Center, 800 Chetco Avenue, Unit B, from 12 noon to 3pm.

prayermala-test-snipHave you ever thought your mind was too busy to sit still long enough to meditate? That was my experience until I learned about Prayer Malas and how they help to still the mind through chant and affirmations. In this workshop, we will learn some of the history and background behind Prayer Malas and how to make our own prayer mala to enhance our spiritual practice. The act of crafting a mala is also a calming experience and sharing it with other people is quite special.

I have been teaching and giving workshops on how to make and use Prayer Malas for the past eight years and I am so excited to bring this experience to the Southern Oregon Coast.

For questions you can contact me, Sue Robson, at malas@sonic.net or click on the below 3 1/2 minute video.

 

 

Strung with Love Workshop Video

Strung.with.Love.USBI am happy to announce that “Strung with Love: The Art of Making and Using your Own Prayer Mala” in now available on a custom USB drive and includes all the content from the workshop as well as bonus videos and handouts. It includes a simple wood mala kit that has everything you need to make your own Prayer Mala including the tassel as you follow along with the video and and work instructions. To learn more about “Strung with Love: The Art of Making and Using your Own Prayer Mala”, watch this short 3 1/2 minute video.

 

Mala Workshop for Teens!!!

On Sunday, December 9th, my workshop “Strung with Love: The Art of Making and Using Your Own Prayer Mala” is coming to the Teen Group at the Center for Spiritual Living in Santa Rosa, CA from 1pm to 4pm. Come and learn about how beads are used allNew Malas over the world for different spiritual practices. If you are 13 to 18 and have been looking for a group that accepts you just as you are, no matter what faith tradition you practice and you would like to learn how to make your own Prayer Mala, call the Center for Spiritual Living in Santa Rosa before 12/5, and ask for Susan Robinson to let her know you would like to attend @ 707-546-4543.

You can also watch this short video on what to expect at the workshop.

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Strung with Love… Workshop coming in October 2018

Strung with Love: The Art of Making and Using your own Prayer Mala workshop, is coming Saturday, October 13th, 2018 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm @ Center for Spiritual Living, Santa Rosa, CA 2075 Occidental Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Heather's.TasselCome together with others to learn how to make and use your own Prayer Mala. We will go over simple beading techniques including tassel making. We will learn about the sacred histories of other faith traditions and how they use beads for meditation and prayer.  We will end the class with a mantra using our newly made Prayer Mala. No prior beading experience is needed; only your desire to be creative.

Cost: $30 per person and mala bead kits are available for purchase at the event. You can bring your own beads as well.

For a 3 minute video preview of the workshop, click HERE

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Strung with Love is coming to Oakland!

Strung with Love: The Art of Making and Using Prayer Malas is coming to Oakland Center for Spiritual Living on Sunday, July 30th from 1pm to 4pm. In this workshop you will learn the some of the history and background behind prayer malas and how to make your own mala to enhance your spiritual practice. See below for price, location and phone number to reserve your spot. Mala kits will be sold at the workshop.

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Video Project: Strung with Love

prayermala-test-snipTimes and Dates have been added.

PrayerMalas is collaborating with Laughing Cat Films in Santa Rosa in a creative endeavor to bring “Strung with Love: The Art of Making and Using PrayerMalas” to Video.

I will be offering two my PrayerMala Workshops locally on Saturday, February 11th and Saturday, March 25th. Both workshops start at 11am and are 3 hours in duration. Please email me at malas@sonic.net to let me know which one you can attend. Space is limited to 6 participants. Attendees will be asked to share their thoughts and experiences during or after the workshop on video. It doesn’t matter if you attended my workshops in the past. Repeats are welcomed! The workshop will be free except for the cost of the materials. Let me know if you are interested.

~ Sue

Taking a “Chants” on PrayerMalas

Since 2009, I have been using and making PrayerMalas. I found that in making them, I wrist.mala.blue.close was meditating and that energy and love was going into each string of beads. Every bead I chose was a prayer in itself. If I was making a mala for a specific person, I would learn what their intention was and infused it in my work. The outcome was a PrayerMala as unique as the individual for which it was created.

The tassel, on the mala means enlightenment; that as a person uses their mala for chanting and reciting affirmations or prayers, the enlightenment that comes from such a practice is represented by the tassel. I feel that it holds the energy of the individual’s practice. I know that when I grab my favorite, long time used Rainbow.MalaPrayerMala, if feel it calming me even before I begin to chant.  I looked for pre-manufactured tassels to attach to the PrayerMalas I make, but as I began making PrayerMalas, I realized that the tassel needed to be integrated into the mala, not just simply attached at the end. I practiced on at least 2 dozen PrayerMalas before I found a perfect way to make the tassel. It takes a little longer, but it is stronger and flows organically from the string of beads.

I chose to write the word “PrayerMalas” and “PrayerMala” as one word. It was how it called to me. It was my signature to the functional craft I was creating. After I learned about using beads to chant mantra, in the class I took on Spiritual Practices for Daily Living, I felt a weight lift from me. This new practice allowed for movement during this form of meditation. Sometimes the thought of being quite and still in meditation can be scary. So just as writing in a journal can release what is in a person’s mind, chanting mantra on a PrayerMala and the movement from one bead to another can allow the physical energy in the body to release and make space for the mind to open as the meaning of the words permeate the experience.

I chose to move PrayerMalas.com to WordPress because it, just like all of us, are evolving, living and moving beings. The old website, as beautiful as it is, was not easyPrayer.Mala.Instructions to change and could not engage with other people, sites and blogs. WordPress allows for that social connection.

I am still working out how to display the PrayerMalas that I make and how “The Store” will function. I will be listing when and where my workshops, “Strung with Love, How to make and use your own PrayerMala” will be held.

I look forward to sharing and being a part of this community and reading blogs of other people who enjoy chanting, mediation, beads, prayer and art.

~ Namaste

Sue