seminars

Source Kabala: tapping Hebrew Spiritual Wisdom at its Roots...

the conventionally understood “kabala” is the study of what other people understood in other places & times to be the mysteries in Hebrew text. while that study can be useful, we are doing something else here. we are going back, again, as so many generations have done, back to the source, to connect to the original prophets and enlightened Hebrew minds, though the original Hebrew- which is designed to be a portal, a vibrational symbol, for the universal mysteries. it is a code, built upon multi-dimensions, uniquely designed to house secrets of the universe and teachings of spiritual realities. the key is to approach multi-dimensionally and via a shifted consciousness. keren guides our consciousness shift through visualization, meditation, ceremony and song – – what we receive when we go through that gateway is ancient wisdoms with immediate relevance to our lives. it is kabala, which simply means, receiving while tapping the source text once again…

Ecstatic Hebrew poetry and chant...

Some of the treasures of the Jewish inheritance are the ancient Hebrew texts of praise and devotion, understood to be from the time of King David. In this course we focus on the sacred phrases, or mantras, within “Psalms” texts. Participants are guided to pronounce, understand and read (if appropriate) the key Hebrew words in phrases of text and uncover primary roots. We engage with the text in contemplation and creative processes that may include song, movement, writing or drawing. We also study how some of these texts have been incorporated into contemporary prayer liturgy and/or used in healing rites.

The Feminine Torah...

Very new. Very cutting edge. Very beautiful. Here she is. Re-emerging. Torah teaching from the original Hebrew and through the intuitive lens. We study torah- with and without text, deeply rooted in the original Hebrew phrases. Through creative process and intuition we glean the truths and heartful teachings, universal and inclusive.

T'nuat Hatfillah: the movement of prayer...

… an experiential investigation of the inner impulse toward prayer. keren guides participants into states of attention, that give form to fully embodied movement and sound, as raw and direct experience of our in-the-moment prayer. Also, resourcing text of devotional phrases from the siddur and tehillim, the moving prayer takes spontaneous shape inclusive of these ancient traditional words as assets.

Authentic Movement and the Hebrew God...

The practice of Authentic Movement is a form of movement meditation that invites the Mystery to become visible through the body moving, the “ein sof” to take moment-to-moment form, while our mind practices crystalline, focused attention. It investigates the human longing to see and be seen. This practice establishes a container of compassionate witnessing, both for ourselves and for others, as we alternate in roles of “mover” – eyes closed and “witness” – eyes open. Through this practice, the Oneness and the witness (ayin, dalet) of the “Shema’s” proclamation is embodied and seen.

Korban Tamid: The Body, the Temple...

…a morning movement practice of ritual, prayer and attention based on the purification intention of daily ancient Temple rites, and liturgy of the contemporary siddur. Participants are guided to a deeper understanding of the korban tamid (daily offering) of Temple times, to read and understand some of the contemporary morning prayers, and facilitated to experience a silent movement practice of yogic style postures that holds these essences. We experience the “sod” of the Hebrew root meaning: “Kuf, Bet, Nun” (close). As through offering ourselves to Hashem we move closer to the One.

The Native Hebrew Tribe...

The investigation of the pre-Judaic has been one of keren’s main inquiries and research arenas and the basis of her ordination. This retreat reveals the tribal nature of the Jewish lineage, pre-Judaic. We peer into desert-dwelling Hebrew concepts and essences of practice that are earth-based, inherently mystical and fully embodied. We inherit this more ancient lore and cultural perspectives through customs, as well as Torah’s story-line and hidden codes.

Tekes Mikhilah: a feminine forgiveness ritual...

A group ritual drawing from the wisdom of the “Authentic Movement” practice and the “sod” of the Hebrew root “mem, chet, lamed”. These letters are the root for “circle dance” as well as for “forgiveness”…and more. The intention of this ritual is to recognize and embody the necessary human process of regular heart-cleansing and forgiving. keren guides participants in the intention, depth of attention and structures to create this movement ritual. Within it arises both structured and free movement, deep witnessing, silence, gesture and music.

The Shabbat Cycle...

Exploring the wisdom, from ancient Hebrew times, of a 6-day work and 1-day rest rhythm. With discussion, source texts and experiential activities to remind us of sacred-rest value, we deepen our clarity and appreciation as we inherit this treasure of the Hebrew heritage.

Daily Home Rituals...

We investigate the wisdom in Jewish prayers and customs used in daily morning and evening practice. We focus on those rituals and consciousness practices of waking and prior to sleeping. Through both discussion and experiential exercises, we learn how they may be useful and supportive in each of our daily/weekly/monthly routines. Participants are invited to bring any object they consider a “ritual object” of personal meaning, notebook and/or drawing paper, as well as any traditional prayer or text that invokes their curiosity.