Strangers and Angels
A HaMakom Day Retreat
Sunday 14 August, 10am-5pm UK time
In-person at the Arkley Village Hall, Barnet, UK
The Talmud tells us: “No days were as joyous for the holy ones as Tu b’Av and Yom Kippur.” This day retreat comes in the week of Tu b’Av, the fifteenth day of the month of Av. This was a holy day centuries ago, which then went largely unmarked for many years. In recent times it has become a holiday with a particular focus on love.
We will practice bringing alive the traditions and resonances of this sacred day, in meditation and beyond. We will explore what we can learn about love from Avraham and Sarah, who welcome strangers into their tent; strangers who later reveal themselves as angels.
The retreat will be taught by HaMakom faculty member Zac Newman. The day will include sitting meditation, walking meditation, chanting, a teaching and time for sharing. Everyone, no matter your level of experience in meditation or Jewish spirituality, is welcome.
Our venue is: Arkley Village Hall, Brickfield Lane, Barnet EN5 3LD. Click here for more information about Arkley Village Hall.
Please bring your own lunch. Teas and coffee will be provided.
If you have any questions, or you would like to discuss something, please contact Zac, at: firstname.lastname@example.org. He is here to help, and will welcome hearing from you.
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.