Blossom Like An Almond
A pre-Tu Bishvat Day Retreat with Dr Mira Niculescu
Sunday 16 January 2022, 10am-5pm UK time
Online via Zoom
In this daylong meditation retreat, through meditating, chanting, and learning, we will practice how we can blossom like almonds, right now, in the midst of our lives. The retreat will combine mindfulness meditation, traditional Jewish meditation techniques such as chesed, cheshbon nefesh, kavannah, food meditation, walking meditation, chanting, learning, and opportunities for sharing.
Everyone, no matter your level of experience in meditation or Jewish spirituality, is welcome.
Dr Mira Neshama Niculescu is a Paris-born scholar and teacher of Jewish spirituality and meditation. She earned a Ph.D. in Sociology of Religion at Ecole de Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris (EHESS) and is a Post-Doctoral Golda Meir Fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and at the Oxford Centre for Judaism and Hebrew Studies, researching the phenomenon of Judaism and Buddhism and the current revival of Jewish Meditation. A certified Jewish Mindfulness Teacher with the Institute for Jewish Spirituality (IJS) and a certified vinyasa ashtanga Yoga teacher, Mira is an Orthodox Smicha Fellow at the Yeshiva Har’El in Jerusalem.
Meditation retreats can be beautiful and powerful journeys of healing and transformation. However, due to the intensity of the experience, they are not necessarily safe and appropriate for everyone at all times. We therefore ask potential participants to be aware of the following: If you have suffered an episode of mania 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 episode of mania. 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 challenges, retreat may be appropriate and beneficial for you. It is important that you are in touch with us in advance so that we can ensure this retreat will be supportive for you. We want to make retreat as welcoming as possible, and we look forward to hearing from you.