Our Prayer Bead Workshops and Retreats

We’ve had many requests for information about our workshops and retreats, which is very exciting! Along with writing and making prayer beads, my passion lies in teaching and leading retreats.


Certainly, my specialty is in offering prayer bead workshops. They provide an opportunity for me to talk about the history and use of prayer beads, as well as ways to use them in prayer. Participants then get a chance to make their own set of prayer beads to take with them (so fun!). I offer two versions of the workshop: the two-hour session provides enough time to cover the basics and still have time to make prayer beads. The second option is a five-hour session that makes a nice day retreat. It includes time for opening and closing worship, lunch and breaks, prayer-bead-making, and more in-depth information on the history, symbolism, and ways of using prayer beads. It also includes a fun surprise!


I also have a DEEP love for leading retreats. I relish the opportunity to create a theme (often in partnership with the host group), design the various elements of our time together, and prepare the materials. Examples of some retreat themes include:

  • Listening to God
  • Be Still: Knowing and Loving God in the Midst of Everyday Life
  • Living Prayer: Discovering New Ways to Connect with God
  • Grace and peace: Seeing God’s Gifts in Our Daily Lives
  • Imago Dei: Living Into the Image of God Within Us
  • Creativity and the Creator God
  • The Great Commandment: Living Out God’s Intention for Us

Whether it’s a one-day, two-day, or weekend event, retreats offer an incredible opportunity to experience the richness of God’s love both individually and communally. Note: retreats CAN include a prayer bead workshop if there is interest. As one prayer tool and way of listening to God, prayer beads can be easily incorporated into a number of retreat themes.

Booking An Event

I’m sharing this in case your church or group may be interested in inviting me to lead a workshop or retreat. I would love to talk with you!

If you are interested in discussing possible workshop or retreat options, feel free to email me at events@prayerworksstudio.com and we’ll take it from there. You may also want to check out our endorsements to see what folks have said about my work. If you need references, I’ve got those, too!

Grace and peace,


Disclaimer: I am a Methodist girl living in Georgia, which means a whole lot of my events are with Methodists in Georgia. That doesn’t mean I can’t work with Baptists, Presbyterians, Episcopalians, Catholics, etc. or cross state lines! In fact, so far, I’ve been to Louisiana, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia! Have prayer beads, will travel!

9 Responses to Our Prayer Bead Workshops and Retreats

  1. I live in Washington State. Is there any possibility of a Webinar sometime in the future. I realize that using and making prayer beads is a very tactile experience but an online workshop would be helpful to some of us who live so far way from you. I thank you for and look forward to your posts.
    Carpe Diem!
    Marci Wilson

    • Marci –

      Thanks so much for your comment and your interest in our workshops. You make an excellent point about a webinar! The Upper Room and I have talked before about doing this. I agree that it would be a wonderful way to make the workshops accessible for a variety of people! I will talk with them some more and keep you posted!


    • Joy,

      I do have a fee schedule. I’ll contact you directly to share it with you. Thanks for your interest in our workshops and retreats!


  2. Dear Kristen – I am in Clermont FL… 30 min. west of Orlando. A group of us would LOVE to explore having you come do a workshop/retreat with us. We are FUMC Clermont. I am a Spiritual Director at our church and Seminary candidate to become a Chaplain. Would you contact me at dbethknight@hotmail.com? Thank you! Peace to your New Year ! Beth Knight

    • Hello Deborah,

      Thank you for contacting us. I am Jackie, the Prayerworks Studio Director of Operations and I can help you with your retreat enquiry. We do have availability for a 5 hour workshop in April. I will email you with an information request form so we can get you on the calendar.

      Best Regards,
      Jackie Mills