We are living in a unique period of history when all our routines are different – a situation which can be used for our growth and development or could result in fear and confusion.
A Jewish meditation practice can give you the tools you need to open up your heart/mind – bringing wisdom, and cultivating the qualities of compassion and kindness to this period we are living in, and to each moment as it is now, and with what will come. Learning to pay sustained loving attention to your own experience and the feelings arising in the present moment is the key.
Please join us for a 3½ day Jewish meditation retreat online with Zoom. We have done a number of online retreats over the past four months and the online-while-at-home experience has been both lovely and effective.
This retreat is designed to show experientially how a regular Jewish meditation practice can help cultivate awareness in all aspects of daily life. Being at home will provide an opportunity to integrate the practice experience with life at home, creating a model for using contemplative practice to remind us of the possibility of bringing our awareness to every moment of our lives.
We will have a full day schedule, which we have found to be valuable in sustaining and deepening the practice. Participants will have the opportunity to enhance their skills in a range of meditative techniques. These include concentration techniques, contemplative prayer chants, mindfulness/heartfulness meditation, yoga and qi gong, the path of blessing, and practices that cultivate joy. Together, all our practices also can open us to a sense of the Divine Presence in all that Is.
The teachers will be offering the opportunity to experience practices which thousands of people have found transformative and life enhancing. You will learn practices that result in greater clarity and wisdom, open the heart of compassion and lead to greater happiness.
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.