Harnessing the Power of Winter in Kislev
A HaMakom Mindfulness Meditation Retreat
Rabbah Dr Mira Neshama Weil
Friday 2 - Sunday 4 December 2022
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 spring retreat, 28 April-1 May 2023.
In the month of Kislev, the Jewish Calendar fully enters winter time. While perhaps less enticing than summer days, the dark times of winter are yet essential to our physical and spiritual vitality.
Just like hibernating plants and animals teach us, the cold months foster tremendous power for growth and renewal. Nature then teaches us the wisdom of going into silence and stillness.
How can we harness the potential of resting within?
HaMakom is delighted to welcome Rabbah Dr Mira Neshama Weil to lead us in a contemplative weekend retreat of silence, mindfulness and Jewish meditation. Please join us to explore the transformative power of interiority in Kislev.
This retreat offers us the opportunity to create community in silence, 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.
We are blessed with the chance to practise and learn with Mira in this extended way. Please see below for her bio. Mira will be supported by other members of the HaMakom faculty.
About Rabbah Dr Mira Neshama Weil
Mira 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 as well as at the Oxford Center for Judaism and Hebrew Studies, researching the phenomenon of Judaism and Buddhism as well as Jewish Meditation. A certified Jewish Mindfulness Teacher with the Institute for Jewish Spirituality (IJS), Mira has also received Orthodox Smicha from Yeshiva Har’El in Jerusalem. Mira is a regular teacher with Or HaLev, our partner organisation in Israel.
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.