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FREE EVENT - The ART of making Meditative Mala Beads with Michael Patrick

  • John A. Hermann Jr. Memorial Art Museum 318 Lincoln Avenue Bellevue, PA, 15202 (map)

Discover the allure of malas, one bead at a time! Learn about the art of making beautiful mala beads for meditative and contemplative practices. Learn all about making your own mantras/affirmations. Explore the ART of mala and be inspired!

No need to register! Just stop by anytime between 1:30-3:30 PM.

More about Malas

Malas are beads that are strung together to create beautiful works of art, fashionable jewelry, and are used as during mantra practice.


When saying mantras, mala beads are used by practitioners to track their position as they move through the meditative practice. “Mala” means “garland” and is a loop of beads held together with string, usually made of 108 beads, joined by what’s known as a guru bead. As the mantra is spoken, the beads are cycled through. This frees the mind from having to count. The coordinating of speaking the mantra with the movement of the hand on the bead introduces an embodiment and focus to the practice.

Mantras, which are simply statements spoken repeatedly, have been used for thousands of years in spiritual practice. Mantras can help disrupt negative or destructive thought patterns and invite positive change. They can also be used as affirmations. Mantra practice has even been shown to be effective in alleviating some of the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (Kim et. al, 2013). Mantras provide a way to fill the mind with thoughts that support spiritual growth and intention. Traditions that use this practice have established mantras. However, new mantras can be created and existing mantras can be modified to fit the needs of the practitioner.

Explore the ART of malas. Be inspired!

This FREE EVENT is an informal discussion and demonstration with Michael Patrick of Centered Presence, Ltd. Think of it as a casual way to expand your horizons, one mala bead at a time!

Along with this event, there is plenty more art to be experienced during the closing weekend of The Susan Benn Art Exhibit. Join us!


About the Presenter

Michael Patrick, LMT, KYT, CPC

Michael Patrick, LMT, KYT, CPC

As a Licensed Massage Therapist, Kripalu Yoga Teacher, Certified Professional Coach and former Scientist, I bring all the gifts of who I am to my work. Driven by the desire to elevate others, my career initially spanned the biotech industry, interdisciplinary research and laboratory safety. Over the past decade, it evolved to wellness and now I work in my own company, Centered Presence, Ltd. As a presenter, my workshops are characterized by elements of touch, intimacy, authenticity, embodiment, grounding, presence, spiritual practice and cultivation of inner awareness, which result in personal growth and empowered movement forward.