REV. WINNIE ROBICHAUD & REV. DEBORAH CORT
This workshop will provide step by step instructions for making your own unique mala including how to string beads with a knot in between each, and how to make a tassel. If you’re interested in making a mala that has special meaning to you or perhaps as a gift for someone you love, you’ll enjoy this workshop!
Mala beads can hold great meaning for the user so we are asking that each participant bring their own beads, silk thread, and cotton cord for a tassel. A supply list with specifics will be available after signing up. A limited assortment of beads, silk thread, and tassel cord will be available for purchase for those who are not able to make their purchase ahead of time.
"I had so many insights and reminders while mala-making. It really surprised me how spirit talked through seeming mundane bead stringing."
About Rev. Deborah Cort
My interest in malas came while I was a seminarian and started mantra meditation. Needing a way to keep track of my 108 repetitions, I noticed that some of the seminarians had beautiful malas. When I learned that several of them had been made by Rev. Winnie, I asked her to teach me how to make my own special mala. Once I made my first one, I was hooked! I now have a mala dedicated to each of my mantra practices!
About Rev. Winnie Robichaud
My journey into creating prayer beads (malas) started with a desire to restring a pearl necklace that had belonged to my mother. I took a class in knot tying so I could tie a knot between each pearl and lovingly restore the necklace to a state of wearability. The knots prevent loss of beads if the strand breaks.
Around that same time my spiritual practice incorporated Hindu mantra requiring the ability to keep track of 108 repetitions. I was familiar with rosary beads, and in fact initially used the 54 beads of a rosary to keep count of my repetitions. I then purchased my first mala, but after a time had a desire to pick out my own beads and create a mala that had a more personal feel and was prayerfully constructed. My first mala made of jasper beads was birthed of desire, a problem solving mind and some creative ability. I discovered that I loved the process and the art of creating, but mostly I loved praying with a mala that had such personal meaning. I invite you to come and create a gift for yourself that will become a treasured tool of your spiritual practice.