Find peace, quiet, contemplation and meditation in our Alyth Meditation Room.
There is a weekly session on Wednesdays from 20:00-21:00.
If you would like to use the room at any other point in the week please contact Bonnie on 020 8457 8784
Wednesday 9 August with Jason Demant
What is Mindfulness Meditation?
In this session we will discuss and experience Mindfulness. You will gain some easy to use tools which you can use to bring more meditation and mindfulness into your everyday life.
Jason has orthodox rabbinic ordination and a BA in Jewish History. Now progressive, he leads a team caring for the spiritual well-being of patients and families at St Francis Hospice. Jason loves discovering how people experience their spiritual selves, and he loves seeing Judaism through Buddhism.
Wednesday 16 August with Rachel Rose Reid
In the Weaver’s Hand
And all the women that were wise hearted did spin with their hands […] of blue, and of purple, and of scarlet, and of fine linen. (Exodus 35:25)
In the ancient World, weaving was often considered a sacred and magical act, worthy of wonder and mythology. In the modern World, some of us rediscover these crafts for pleasure, and find a meditative, spiritual quality in the flow and focus required.
This session will involve some learning about the holiness of weaving in Jewish oral and written histories, and a practical activity to see if we can find meditation in the act of it.
Weaving experience/skill not required.
Kohenet RuachEl/Rachel Rose is a co-founder of Moishe House London, co-creator of the Hearth/HaMakom at Limmud, and she was co-chair of Grassroots Jews 2016, and the first European woman to be ordained by Kohenet:The Hebrew Priestess Institute (www.kohenet. com ).
Wednesday 23 August (1st Elul-Rosh Hodesh) with Mika Hadar-Borthwick
Time for looking within in the Jewish Calendar & Meditation of the heart
In the Jewish tradition, the month of Elul is a time of repentance in preparation for the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The word “Elul” is similar to the root of the verb “search” in Aramaic. The Talmud writes that the Hebrew word “Elul” can be understood to be an acronym for the phrase “Ani L’dodi V’dodi Li” – “I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine” (Song of Solomon 6:3). Elul is seen as a time to search one’s heart and draw close to God in preparation for the coming Day of Judgement, Rosh Hashanah, and Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur.
Mika is a poet, the co-founder of JMM@Alyth and the founder of ‘Subtleyoga UK’. She comes from a long line of Hasidic healers and has worked as a healer and teacher for over 25 years. Her teaching is rooted in Jewish mysticism and eastern philosophy. She is trained in a variety of mind-body-spirit systems and teaches SubtleYoga, meditation and Alexander Technique in the UK and internationally.
Wednesday 30 August with Roland Brandman *** A challenging session ***
“He who wants to live should die!” A perplexing statement from the Talmud, which refers symbolically to the spiritual path of letting go of our “little self” in order to connect to the “Real Self”. We will explore this idea with reference to Jewish poetry and mystical texts, and then will try a contemplative practice of imagining our own dying process.
Roland: after completing his undergraduate degree in Classical literature and philosophy, he turned to the study of mystical, Eastern and religious thought and the practice of meditative techniques in various traditions, initially as a student of the School of Meditation, and subsequently delving deeply into the Jewish/ Kabbalistic tradition and becoming a proponent of meditative practices within and inspired by it.