Between February 2014 and August 2020, I created thousands of sets of mala beads with my small business Chant Malas both for individuals and yoga studios including Yoga Matters, Triyoga London and Bamford Haybarn, The Life Centre London, Soul Shala,  Avalon Wellbeing and even as far afield as Michigan USA!  All of those knots meant that I became highly experienced in the perks and pitfalls of designing, knotting and creating high-quality, beautiful sets of mala beads.  Teaching fellow creative souls how to create a set of mala beads was one of the things I loved most about Chant Malas.  Workshops were full of laughter, creativity, mantra and a genuine love for the practice of japa mantra and mantra meditation.  

For four years I taught almost thirty of my mala-making workshops in numerous studios including regular workshops at the The Life Centre in London, Bamford Haybarn Spas (London and the Cotswolds) and The Yoga Factory in Essex - and even private workshops in participants' homes! - and during this time learnt so much from each one from timings to potential obstacles to learning.  

Participants learnt how to create their own set of mala beads as well as how and why they work.  The theory behind the practice of mantra meditation was a crucial part of these workshops and served to not only teach participants how to use a set of these beads as part of their practice if they hadn't before, but also to dive into the history and teachings behind them.  Mala beads are not jewellery - therefore these are not jewellery-making workshops - but sacred tools that have existed for generations in a number of forms across cultural and spiritual traditions. 

Each workshop ended with a group mantra meditation to seal the practice and bless the mala beads created, giving you firsthand experience of how to use your beads in your every day practice.

----------------------

 

In April-September 2020 I ran a Workshop Facilitator course for creatives wishing to create mala beads and run workshops of their own.  This was my way of passing on everything I had learnt during my nearly seven years in business.  Although I am no longer running these workshops, there are 30 women around the UK (and one in Norway!) who have been trained by me to create beads and offer these workshops.

Please see below for the list of those who will be running workshops in your area and who may already be creating and selling their own designs.  

Workshop Facilitators and Mala Beads Creatives 2020

Sarah Hamilton, Oxford, UK.  Website:  www.solismala.com Email:  hello@solismala.com  Instagram:  @solis.mala  'I love making custom pieces, one off designs and have a universal collection which donates money to earth charities as an act of sacred reciprocity.'

Pat Gordon, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Wiltshire.  Radiant Soul Therapies; Email: radiantsoultherapies@icloud.com

Cinzia Pettini, Norway. Instagram:  Amati Soap.  Email: cinziamanartha@gmail.com 

Katherine Nicholls, Leicestershire, East Midlands. Exhale Yoga Life http://exhaleyogalife.uk/ (inc shop); Instagram and Facebook: @exhaleyogalife; Email: hello@exhaleyogalife.uk 

Madeleine Zindel, Brighton and Hove, E. Sussex.  From a Small Seed Yoga and Wellbeing; Instagram @madeleinefromasmallseedyoga; contact details: mzindel@fromasmallseed.co.uk or via insta

Catherine Spruce, Wolverhampton.  www.druyoga.com/teachers/catherine-spruce Catherine Spruce Yoga; Instagram: @catherinespruceyoga; Email:  catherinespruceyoga@yahoo.com

 

Please feel free to get in contact with any of the facilitators to enquire as to whether they will be holding workshops in your area.