Open Palm, Open Heart
A HaMakom Retreat
Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg
Tuesday 22 - Sunday 27 August 2023
This retreat is now fully booked. It is possible there will be a small number of additional spaces. To express your interest please email email@example.com, including your phone number, and we will be in touch. If you are unable to join us this time, we hope to welcome you soon. Save the dates for our winter retreat, Friday 1 - Sunday 3 December 2023.
We are very excited to announce that registration is now open for our inaugural 5 night summer retreat with Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg. We will gather in the month of Elul, the month immediately before Rosh Hashanah, to prepare our hearts for the days of awe and the year ahead.
It is profoundly meaningful for HaMakom to be able to offer this retreat, which is longer than our established winter and spring retreats, and to be able to welcome back to the UK our beloved teacher Rabbi Sheila. Moving from retreats of 2 and 3 nights to one of 5 nights is not simply a matter of adding a couple of days. Those who have been on retreat before will know that it often takes some time to get to the depths: to settle into the peace, stillness and ease that retreat can offer. When we give ourselves the gift of more time on retreat, we give our bodies, hearts and minds longer, not just to touch into transformative states, but to linger and immerse in them. We give space for tranquillity, joy and healing to permeate, to be more deeply absorbed and soaked up, and so to be more available to us when we re-enter the busyness of life.
This will be an intimate retreat with a maximum of approximately 25 places. It is a precious opportunity to learn with Rabbi Sheila, a pioneer of the Jewish meditation movement, who now rarely teaches retreats, especially outside the USA. Please see below for Rabbi Sheila’s bio. She will be supported in the teaching of this retreat by HaMakom faculty member Zac Newman.
The retreat will include sitting meditation, walking meditation, chanting practice, teachings, group and individual meetings, yoga, Shabbat practice, and more. The hope and intention of this retreat is to enter the Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah) and the 10 days leading up to Yom Kippur with more clarity, wisdom and direction.
Our venue is the beautiful Shallowford House: a period building with 9 acres of grounds and wildlife, set in Staffordshire. For more information see www.shallowfordhouse.org – and the picture above! Rooms are single or double, and they are all ensuite. Single rooms will be available to all who request them at no additional charge. The retreat will be catered with high quality, sustainable, delicious vegetarian and plant-based food. The full address is: Shallowford House, Shallowford, Stone, Staffordshire, ST15 0NZ, UK.
Throughout the retreat we will maintain social silence (see the “Social Silence” tab above for an explanation of this). The retreat will also include periods of movement practice. There will be space and time for davening (prayer), for those that wish to. We welcome people of all ages, of all faiths or none, beginners or experienced practitioners or anything in between.
Join us for a unique retreat dedicated to the practice of Jewish mindfulness meditation, and an experience of the Jewish path to wellbeing, wisdom and awakening. We would be delighted to welcome you.
About Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg
Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg served as a congregational rabbi for seventeen years. She graduated the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 1986. She has published widely on such topics as feminism, spiritual direction, parenting, social justice and mindfulness from a Jewish perspective including three books: Surprisingly Happy, God Loves the Stranger and Let Us All Breathe Together. Rabbi Sheila has taught mindfulness meditation and yoga to rabbis, Jewish professionals and lay people in the context of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality. She created and taught the Jewish Mindfulness Teacher Training Program. She serves as a spiritual director to clergy and others including students and faculty at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and Hebrew Union College.
If you have a question, or you would like to discuss something, we welcome hearing from you. Please contact Zac: firstname.lastname@example.org.