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Not often do we devote time to create in circle, so I'm extending an invitation to your creative spirit to play. Now's the perfect time to create meaningful and powerful art to focus on those personal intentions and bring them with you. In the name of self-love and the joy of creative therapy, customize a mala expressing your unique story and style!


With over 24 types of stone beads, you'll tap into your creative flow to design a 108-bead knotted mala necklace & handmade tassel. You'll end up with a piece of art you wear and will always cherish. The word “mala” means "heavenly garland" or "necklace", and it is used as a tool for meditation or prayer and as a beautiful talisman. To use it, typically one speaks or thinks on the name of a deity, intention, or affirmation while touching each bead.

Over time, the more you use it, the more powerful it becomes, and the more peaceful, aware, and tuned in you become. I love the idea of the mala, believing that when you use it for meditation or mindfulness, you carry those positive intentions with you.

LOCATION NOTES: All classes in Denver, Colorado


Pearl St. In Creative Bliss Makerspace: No elevator to the upstairs space, stairs only. Please plan accordingly.


OOH! Private classes too! 6 minimum to book. Contact me at jen@pastalo.com or call 720.341.9737 for more details.

I hope we have the opportunity to create together. I am also the artisan of In Creative Bliss on Etsy, and I truly believe that building creative community and spaces for people to create is my calling. Since June last year, I've taught close to 500 students and each creation has been absolutely gorgeous. Hoping to share my passion with you and create together!

Materials to bring

Optional: a small bead or button you would like to incorporate into your necklace . If you need reading glasses, bring those! Snacks and drinks to share communally welcome at the Pearl St. Location!

What will be provided

beads, thread, tassel + a guru bead

Location
makerspace In Creative Bliss
1521 S. Pearl St.,
Denver, CO, 80210

Student Reviews

5 | 26 reviews
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    Julie D.
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    Wonderful relaxing evening spent creating beautiful Mala Necklaces. The class was great, and the instructor was so helpful and made the evening fun.

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    Laura L.
    Craft a Mala Beads Necklace

    What a wonderful experience! Jen is sweet, knowledgable, and helpful without every being overbearing. I love my Mala necklace so much that I'll be signing up to make another one soon!

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    Amy T.
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    👍👍👍

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    Kristin H.
    Craft a Mala Beads Necklace

    We had a lovely afternoon making beautiful malas and sharing in good company. Jen is wonderful!

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    Jill D.
    Craft a Mala Beads Necklace

    Jen is absolutely incredible! My friends and I brought pizza and wine and had a blast making a gorgeous necklace rather than just a normal Friday at the brewery. Jen wrote out what each bead meant and had some wonderful mindfulness lessons that she added at the end when we were finishing. I wanted to make a necklace for my sister and she sent me a personal EXTREMELY detailed email on where to find beads, thread, etc. I will go to ANY class that she teaches!

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    Taylor D.
    Craft a Mala Beads Necklace

    Loved it!

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    Julia S.
    Craft a Mala Beads Necklace

    Such a fun way to spend an afternoon with friends! Jen was a great instructor and she helped when appropriate while also allowing each of us to work at our own pace. I love the final product!

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    Stephanie M.
    Craft a Mala Beads Necklace

    Had a wonderful experience and would definitely take this class again!

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    Sally S.
    Craft a Mala Beads Necklace

    It was really a wonderful experience to make my own Mala necklace. It was a tedious process that felt so great to complete. I loved the sacred parts of the process...it made it so special having made it myself.

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    Chatti B.
    Craft a Mala Beads Necklace

    Best class I have taken on Dabble. I want to do it over and over again! Jen was so sweet and warm. I took my sister to this class and we kept talking about it on the way home. We are in love! This would be a great class for a group of friends, anyone going through a life transition (when are we not?!), or to take for yourself whether you're going through a hard time or need to reset yourself.

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    Bridget A.
    Craft a Mala Beads Necklace

    I had a great time. It was fun to spend a few hours being creative. Jen made it very easy and relaxed and it was fun to see everyone leave with such different yet personal Mala necklaces!

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    Dannia G.
    Craft a Mala Beads Necklace

    I took this class with Jen and it was really fun, I had a great time creating my Mala necklace and having great conversation. Thank you Jen!

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    Kate P.
    Craft a Mala Beads Necklace

    This was my first dabble class and my first time making a Mala. The small class was a great setting to learn. Jen was great and helpful. She guided us through the process while encouraging us to make our project our own. I was really pleased with the way mine turned out and I will be looking to take a class again from her in the future.

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    Sydney D.
    Craft a Mala Beads Necklace

    Great class. I love my Mala

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    Julia G.
    Craft a Mala Beads Necklace

    I loved this class. Jen is great and was very patient and explained all steps very thoroughly.

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    Annette O.
    Craft a Mala Beads Necklace

    Super fun and easy to make. Jen had a beautiful selection of beads, each with their own meaning, which made for a very personalized necklace suited to each persons needs. I would do it again!

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    Kelly D.
    Craft a Mala Beads Necklace

    I enjoyed this class so much! My husband and I took it together and had a great time making our malas and chatting with out people in the class. The setting was awesome with vinyl records playing as we created, and Jen is a helpful and sweet teacher. Overall, it was a wonderful experience!

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    Gail F.
    Craft a Mala Beads Necklace

    Such a worthwhile way to spend an afternoon. Each time I attend, I am no doubt in the company of kindred spirits. And Jen, well, she is just a lovely person to her core. She creates a welcoming, light-hearted environment, and she is so helpful and patient with everyone. The process of making the Mala necklace and bracelets is meditative to say the least, and it is so rewarding to walk away with not just an overall lovely experience, but a beautiful creation you can wear or give to someone special.

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    Erin P.
    Craft a Mala Beads Necklace

    Jen was an incredibly welcoming teacher and her energy and enthusiasm were contagious! I had an amazing time creating my Mala, and will
    Cherish it always!

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    Ashley Q.
    Craft a Mala Beads Necklace

    Jen was awesome and made it really easy to understand and execute. The materials were lovely and generous and I walked out with a gorgeous mala that means more to me because I made it. I have jewelry and beading experience and I also learned some neat tricks and techniques for other projects.

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    Jennifer S.
    Craft a Mala Beads Necklace

    This was such a fun and meaningful class! I highly recommend it!

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    Mary C.
    Craft a Mala Beads Necklace

    I'd do anything with Jen for a few hours but these beads are gorgeous, she makes it easily within anyone's ability and I came home with something from a high end design shop!

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    Johanna E.
    Craft a Mala Beads Necklace

    This class was exactly what I hoped for - a fun experience with interesting people with the end result being I know how to create a male in a way that does not leave me frustrated! Jen did a wonderful job of setting up for the class with beautiful stone beads in lovely jars with their energy association written on fun slips pf brown paper. She gave individual attention to each student which allowed us all to work at our own comfortable speed. She presented more than one way to tie the knots giving each student a chance to find their own best way through the example of different approaches. I highly recommend this class for anyone wanting to learn how to tie a mala.

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    Whitney D.
    Craft a Mala Beads Necklace

    An afternoon to remember! Had an amazing time with great women. We choose beautiful and personal beads/stones, tied knots and drank wine! This class is not just a beading class, the materials you choose are unique to you and a short, personal reading is done at the end of class. Jen is fantastic and an absolute joy to be around! Highly recommend this course to an aspiring yogi, Buddhist or anyone who enjoys wearing something meaningful and beautiful.

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I love hosting workshops and teaching others this art. The expressions on people's faces when they've finished their mala necklace is wind in my sails, and there is no better feeling than creating together. The community that is shared is icing on the cake. After finishing, so many students can't wait to create another one, or they tell me they're hooked! That is the best feedback I can receive.

Teaching has always been a part of my life. I taught choirs, I taught piano, and now I teach guitar and mala craft. I also work as a school psychologist, so I teach students in classrooms and small groups as well. It's an honor to be part of someone's growth, to be side by side with those on a creative and personal journey.