Enrol in Malas, Mantras & Meditation Workshop
Course Code: ARTS2276
Malas are beaded necklaces that have gained much attention of late, with the duality of their Zen-trend style and function. With origins in Tibetan culture, where they are used as a tool for meditation, these beautiful strands double as striking fashion accessories. The necklaces are typically made with 108 main beads - usually gemstones, wood, seeds, or a combination thereof, plus a keystone 'mountain' bead that defines the beginning and end of the strand. Sometimes additional marker beads are added at specific intervals. Malas are popularly worn as a necklace, or held in the hands for meditative practice. In addition to making your personalized mala, you will make and embellish (with seed beads) an accompanying pouch in which to store and protect it. A 'mantra' is a single word or phrase that is repeated silently during meditation, keeping the mind focused and unencumbered. You will learn about mantras and how to work with them, and then create your own for a sample meditation with your newly finished mala. This workshop aims to blend intention, creativity, and relaxation into a meaningful practice that you can return to at any time. The project and the process are all innately designed to aid with calming the mind through the repetitive process of bead-work while making the mala; contemplation of a personal mantra; and piecing all component together to perform a mindful practice meditation.