Living as Divine Love
A HaMakom Mindfulness Meditation Retreat
Rabbi Jeff Roth
Friday 29 April - Monday 2 May 2022
Living life as a human being is a precious as well as challenging task. Through contemplative practice we can learn to recognise the factors which lead us to become self-absorbed, self-centred and selfish, losing touch with our Divine nature. The Torah story of the exile from the garden of Eden points towards the events that changed homo-sapiens into human beings and which to this day hinder our ability to be vehicles for Divine Compassion and Kindness. We will explore a range of Jewish meditation practices that can help us reconnect to Divine Love and help us manifest this in daily life.
Throughout the retreat we will maintain social silence (see the “Social Silence” tab above for an explanation of this). The retreat will also offer the option of periods of Subtle Yoga led by Mika Hadar (see https://www.subtleyoga.co.uk/), and Qi Gong with Matthew Rosen Marsh. There will be space and time for davening, for those that wish to. We welcome people of all ages, of all faiths or none, beginners or experienced practitioners or anything in between.
Our venue is: St. Cassian’s Centre, Wallingtons Road, Kintbury, Berkshire RG17 9SR
About Rabbi Jeff Roth
Rabbi Jeff Roth, D.Min., M.S.W. is the founder and Director of The Awakened Heart Project for Contemplative Judaism. He has led over 230 meditation retreats over the last 25 years. He was the co-founder of Elat Chayyim, the Jewish Spiritual Retreat Center, where he served as Executive Director and Spiritual Director for 13 years. He is the author of Jewish Meditation Practices for Everyday Life and Me, Myself and God. He is currently facilitating a one-year online programme called the Deepening Contemplative Practice Intensive. He was ordained by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi as well as by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. Rabbi Roth served for eight years as the Executive Director of B’nai Or which is now Aleph: Alliance for Jewish Renewal. He lives with his partner Rabbi Joanna Katz in the Hudson River Valley.
Meditation retreats can be beautiful and powerful journeys of healing and transformation. However, 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 or psychosis in the last six months, this retreat is not appropriate for you. Please join us on retreat when there has been more than six months since your last episode of mania or psychosis or other serious mental health episode. There are other mental and physical health issues which might mean that this retreat is not appropriate for you. Please do not attend this retreat against the advice of a medical professional. 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.