Esther, Haman, and beyond:
The freedom of being ourselves
A HaMakom Day Retreat
Dr Mira Niculescu
Sunday 13 March, 10am-5pm UK time
In-person at the Jewish Vegetarian Society, Golders Green
Online via Zoom
In this one day retreat, HaMakom invites you into the spiritual practice of Purim, as we take our seats and explore the relativity of the roles and categories we inherit and replay. Through meditating, praying, chanting and learning, we will practice how being ourselves, while freeing ourselves and others from (self-) imposed images, can bring more happiness in everyday life.
The retreat will combine mindfulness meditation, traditional Jewish meditation techniques such as Chesed, cheshbon nefesh and kavvanah, food meditation, walking meditation, chanting, learning and sharing.
Everyone, no matter your level of experience in meditation or Jewish spirituality, is welcome.
Our in-person venue is: Jewish Vegetarian Society, 855 Finchley Rd, London NW11 8LX. Click here for more information about the Jewish Vegetarian Society.
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.