Shamballa Bracelets

We were treated to a really fun workshop last week by the mom of one of our patients, who also happens to be a very talented jewelry maker!  While caring for her son as he undergoes treatment she became interested in making shamballa bracelets. In addition to making her own jewelry, she enjoys teaching others how to make jewelry and offered to teach our staff how to make these beautiful bracelets. 

Shamballa bracelets are made using various kinds of beads that are tied with hemp cord using special knots originating from macramé. The knotting looks complex, but with a little practice the technique is easy to get the hang of. The bracelets we made in the staff workshop turned out great!

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The bracelet’s name, Shamballa, has its origins in Tibetan Buddhism.  “Shamballa” is believed to be a mythical kingdom filled with peace, tranquility and happiness. Similarly, creating these bracelets can be very meditative and peaceful. The repetitive pattern of knotting makes the creation process very calming.

Interestingly, some people make these bracelets with specific gems and stones that are believed to have healing properties or represent an inner personal strength.  Creating a visual reminder of inner strengths or imparting special powers on the bracelet can be particularly helpful to an individual and the family members of someone going through a difficult experience, like cancer treatment.  

As a staff, we are going to be wearing our Shamballa bracelets in support of this patient and his family as they continue on the path towards healing.

Comments

  1. Great workshop that resulted a nice output. Wonderful shamballa bracelet. Love that four.

  2. hi Kate and Tracy,
    I just discovered this nice blog about the time we did the Shamballa bracelets.
    Thanks for thinking about us. Back then we did not know that our son Chris would be an Angel by now.
    Thanks, Ilona

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