Opening to Revelation
A HaMakom and Or HaLev Retreat
Rabbi Dr James Jacobson-Maisels
and Zac Newman
Thursday 30 May - Sunday 2 June 2024
Park Place Pastoral Centre
These are very painful and difficult times. Revelation will often and understandably feel remote or inaccessible. But our tradition teaches us that it is not just a historical event that took place in the wilderness of Sinai long ago. Revelation is a resource which is available here and now, emerging continually to offer us the grounding, connection, clarity, refuge and refreshment which we all need. Sometimes revelation is that small moment of release, of comfort, of connection, in the midst of challenge. It is the opening which allows us to hold what is true from a wider perspective. It is something we can learn to come home to, time and again, in big ways and small. Join us on retreat, and we’ll come home together.
Led by Rabbi Dr James Jacobson-Maisels, Zac Newman and Bev Cohen, we’ll spend the weekend exploring the healing possibilities of Jewish mindfulness practice. We’ll create community with sitting meditation, walking meditation, sacred chanting, Shabbat practice, talks, Q&A and sharing experiences in small groups. Everyone is welcome, whatever experience of meditative or Jewish traditions you have or have not had. This will be a unique weekend dedicated to the practice of Jewish mindfulness meditation, and an experience of the Jewish path to wellbeing, wisdom & awakening.
Throughout the retreat we will maintain social silence. See the “Social Silence” tab above for an explanation of this. The retreat will also offer optional periods of movement practice, in the form of subtle yoga led by Mika Hadar. 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 anyone in between.
Our venue is the beautiful Park Place Pastoral Centre, Wickham, Fareham, Hampshire, UK PO17 5HA.
About Rabbi Dr James Jacobson-Maisels
Rav James leads and directs the vision of Or HaLev. Ordained by Rav Daniel Landes, with a doctorate in Jewish Studies from the University of Chicago, he has been studying and teaching meditation and Jewish spirituality for over twenty five years. He was the founding Rosh Yeshiva of Romemu Yeshiva and has taught and innovated programs in Jewish thought, mysticism, spiritual practices and meditation at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, Haifa University, Yeshivat Hadar and in a variety of settings around the world. He strives to integrate his study with his practice, and to help teach and live Judaism as a spiritual discipline.
About Zac Newman
Zac Newman is HaMakom’s Community Director. He is responsible for the day-to-day running of our organisation. In addition to this role, Zac is a regular teacher for HaMakom. He teaches Jewish meditation widely, including for Or HaLev and the Institute for Jewish Spirituality. Zac is a long-time teacher of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction programme. He has taught mindfulness in schools since 2013. He trained to teach through the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor University. Prior to this he studied Theology at the University of Cambridge, and then spent a fellowship in the graduate school at Yale University. Zac has spent extensive time on retreat.
About Bev Cohen
Bev has been practising meditation for over 25 years, mainly in the Insight tradition. She is an NHS-trained Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy/Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction teacher and a graduate of Yesod, the Jewish meditation programme from Or HaLev and the Institute for Jewish Spirituality. Bev facilitates meditation groups in person and online for HaMakom and secular organisations and gives one to one sessions. She is a member of the Community Dharma Leader system at Gaia House, Devon, UK. Bev is a student of the late Rob Burbea and his teaching influences her approach. In the light of the current conflict, Bev is setting up Jewish/Muslim meditation groups in conjunction with Muslim charity The Delicate Mind.
About Mika Hadar
Mika comes from a long line of Hasidic healers. Being trained in a variety of mind-body systems including the Alexander Technique, Hatha Yoga and Cranio-Sacral Therapy, Mika has developed the unique practice of Subtle Yoga. Her work explores the subconscious self-alignment and self-healing capacity of the body alongside re-education. At the heart of her work is an emphasis on psycho-physical integration. Mika is based in London and teaches internationally.
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.