A Jewish meditation practice can give you the tools to open up your heart/mind – bringing wisdom, and cultivating the qualities of compassion and kindness to this period we are living in, and to each moment as it is now. These qualities develop as we learn to sustain loving attention to experience, and to the feelings arising in the present moment.
This retreat is designed to show experientially how a Jewish meditation practice can foster awareness in all aspects of our daily lives. Being at home will provide an opportunity to integrate the practice experience with the rest of home life, creating a model for using contemplative practice to remind us of the possibility of bringing awareness to each moment of each day.
On the heels of the festival of Lag B’Omer, which is intimately associated with bonfires, HaMakom and Or HaLev invite you to turn towards the fire within, our passion and vitality, our desire and energy, our anger, eros and fierce love. Sometimes it burns brightly, and sometime it is an ember; sometimes we hope to cool the flames, and sometimes we seek to cultivate them. Led By Rav James Jacobson-Maisels, this online retreat will offer a variety of practices for working skilfully with these possibilities, including sitting meditation, walking meditation, chanting, talks, Q&A and the opportunity to share experiences in small groups.
You can participate in this retreat in various ways:
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.