Calm Your Mind in Connie Mooney’s Meditation Bead Workshops

If you’ve ever felt like you could use a little more peace and serenity in your life (and who couldn’t?!) join Arlington jeweler and yoga teacher Connie Mooney in a Meditation Bead workshop at the Arlington Center for the Arts.

Connie Mooney displayed some of her Mala Beads at Arlington Open Studios, October 2011

Meditation or “Mala” Beads can be used as a tool to help you quiet and focus your mind in a personal meditation practice.

In this fun workshop you will create your own mala to wear as a necklace, bracelet or given as a gift to someone in your life who could use a bit of peace and serenity.  History of the Mala beads will be included as well as a short meditation practice.

Teen Workshop (for ages 13-16)
Saturday, November 12, 3:00-5:00pm

Adult Workshop (18+)
Friday, November 18, from 7:00-9:00pm.

Workshop tuition is $40, plus a $10 materials fee is payable to the instructor.  Pre-registration is required, and space is limited.  Sign up at, or call (781) 648-6220.

Some of Connie’s Mala Bead Creations:

Did you Know?  Traditional Malas, according to Connie, are made with 108 beads as it is a significant number in many Eastern religions such as Hinduism and Buddhism.  It is said that Hindu deities have 108 names and recital of these names, accompanied by the counting of a 108-beaded mala is considered sacred.

Hope to see you at the Workshop!

Faculty Profile: Karenna Maraj, Jewelry Designer

Jewelry artist Karenna Maraj will show you how to make stunning jewelry from precious metals. She is a wonderfully original designer who has been known to use bolts and washers to make her jewelry, too!

Karenna Maraj, jewelry instructor

Karenna holds a degree in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), and now runs her own jewelry making business, Karenna Maraj Jewelry.

Karenna will be showing and selling her jewelry at Arlington Open Studios in October, where you can see more of her stunning necklaces, earrings, bracelets and more.

A beautiful necklace by Karenna Maraj

One of Karenna’s beautiful and inventive necklaces

If you’ve ever dreamed of making your own one-of-a-kind pieces, join Karenna’s next class at ACA!

In Making Metal Jewelry, you’ll learn the fundamentals of metalsmithing to create necklaces, earrings, bracelets, pins and more.  You’ll lean to solder, saw, hammer, set stones, and create hollow forms to construct any form of jewelry you dream up.  Beginners are welcome, and students with previous experience will work at their own pace, perfecting skills and learning new techniques.

Karenna’s “Bubble Bracelet” is reminiscent of the bubble foam along the beach at the ocean’s edge.

With our small classes and Karenna’s gentle one-on-one instruction, you won’t believe what you can create!