Join us for a unique long weekend dedicated to the practice of Jewish mindfulness meditation, and an experience of the Jewish path to wellbeing, wisdom & awakening. The retreat will be led by HaMakom faculty members Rabbi Dr James Jacobson Maisels, one of the world’s leading teachers of Jewish meditation and spiritual practice, Bev Cohen, Rabbi Danny Newman, Gidon Fineman & Mika Hadar. (for details of the faculty see: https://hamakom.community/our-team/ and https://www.orhalev.org/our-team.html).
Together we will explore how the practice of mindfulness meditation gives us insight and wisdom into the nature of our experience and our minds, and helps us cultivate the qualities of wellbeing, gratitude, forgiveness and compassion for ourselves and others. Daily instruction in meditation will help guide all participants from beginners through to advanced practitioners into the sacred space of the retreat process. There will be daily talks and teachings, Q & A sessions, as well as small group meetings and private interviews with the instructors.
Throughout the retreat, we will maintain social silence (see the “Social Silence” tab above for an explanation). The retreat also offers, on an optional basis, daily periods of Subtle Yoga led by Mika Hadar (see: https://www.subtleyoga.co.uk/), chanting led by Rabbi James (see: https://www.orhalev.org/chanting.html) and devotional practice. There will be space and time for those who follow the traditional rules of davening to fulfil their obligations. We welcome people of all ages, and of all faiths or none, as well as beginners through to experienced practitioners.
Intensive Meditation retreats can be a beautiful and powerful journey of healing and transformation. However, due to the intensity of the experience it is not necessarily safe and appropriate for everyone. We therefore ask potential participants to be aware of the following: If you have suffered a manic episode in the last six months this retreat is not safe and appropriate for you. Please do join us on retreat when there has been more than six months since your last manic episode. If you have ever received a diagnosis of psychosis, intensive meditation retreat is not safe and appropriate for you. If you have a history of trauma or serious mental health difficulties, retreat may be appropriate and beneficial for you; it is important that you be in touch with us in advance to ensure that this retreat will be appropriate and supportive for you. We want to make retreat as welcoming as possible and we look forward to hearing from you.