Trusting Deeply, Seeing Clearly
A HaMakom and Or HaLev Retreat
Rabbi Dr James Jacobson-Maisels
Friday 28 April - Monday 1 May 2023
*Registration for this retreat is now closed.*
When we trust deeply, when we know we are loved, held and safe, there is an ease and openness which emerges which allows a clear seeing. When we see clearly, when we see the genuine nature of ourselves and the world, we can relax into a deep trust in ourselves and the world. In Hebrew such trust is referred to as Emunah.
In the Jewish tradition, we as a people are defined as those who trust in the divine, in Hebrew Yisrael batach bashem. This is not in a simplistic sense of thinking everything will turn out well, but rather a sense of letting go into something wider, more beautiful and more reliable than any particular conditions or circumstances.
On this retreat we will practise developing both trust in our experience and a deep clear ‘seeing’. We will explore how this relationship of trust is both the beginning and the end of the practice: a springboard for insight, and the fruit of insight.
This retreat will include sitting meditation, walking meditation, sacred chanting, Shabbat practice, talks, Q&A and the opportunity to share experiences in small groups. Everyone is welcome, whatever experience of meditative or Jewish traditions you have or have not had.
Join us for a unique weekend dedicated to the practice of Jewish mindfulness meditation, and an experience of the Jewish path to wellbeing, wisdom and awakening. The retreat will be led by Rabbi Dr James Jacobson-Maisels, one of the world’s foremost teachers of Jewish meditation and mindfulness. Please see below for Rav James’ bio. He will be supported by members of the HaMakom faculty.
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 Qi Gong movement practice led by Matthew Rosen Marsh. Matthew works as a Clinical Psychologist and has been practising Qi Gong for 12 years. 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.
Our venue is: St. Cassian’s Centre, Wallingtons Road, Kintbury, Berkshire RG17 9SR.
About Rabbi Dr James Jacobson-Maisels
Rabbi James Jacobson-Maisels Ph.D. is the founder and executive director of Or HaLev: Center for Jewish Spirituality and Meditation (http://orhalev.org). He has been studying and teaching meditation and Jewish spirituality for more than twenty five years. He received his Ph.D. in Jewish Studies from the University of Chicago and rabbinic ordination from Rabbi Daniel Landes, the Rosh Yeshiva of Pardes. 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 and practice and to help teach and live Judaism as a spiritual discipline.
If you have a question, or you would like to discuss something, we welcome hearing from you. Please contact Zac: email@example.com.
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.