ONLINE PROGRAMME

The Online Programme is the beginning of a Contemplative Community that we hope to build. Meditation and Spiritual Practice, as with anything, is hard to maintain when practised in isolation. The online programme aims to provide a community feel with daily meditation, weekly study group, monthly meditation and spiritual practice primers, and most importantly direct connections with teachers and peers through teacher interview and spiritual fellowship (Havruta). You are invited to participate as much or as little as you like. 

DAILY: EVENING MEDITATION

Monday to Thursday

9.00 p.m. - 9.30 p.m.     Silent Meditation

                   8.45 p.m.     Room Opens

      U.K.      9.00 p.m.     Starting Bell

                   9.30 p.m.     Ending Bell

 

Start: 1.00 p.m. PDT   4.00 p.m. EDT 

11.00 p.m. Jerusalem

Guidelines for Zoom Sitting:

 

Meditation in a group is an invaluable way to deepen, support, and maintain continuity with your practice. This is a silent meditation period with no instructions or verbal cues. If you already have a meditation method you use, feel free to use that, if you don't have a meditation method join our monthly meditation instructions on the first Monday of the month.

 

A bell will ring promptly at 9.00 p.m. to start the sitting and at 9.30 p.m. to end. Please arrive before the first bell as entry requires approval by the room moderator. During the sitting you can have your video on or off, if you have your video on try to avoid moving as this can disturb the sitting for others. Please also keep your microphones muted during the sitting to prevent background noises from coming through. 

WEEKLY: STUDY GROUP

Tuesday Evening

7.30 p.m. - 8.45 p.m.     Study Group

                   7.15 p.m.     Room Opens

      U.K.      7.30 p.m.     Sitting Meditation

                   7.50 p.m.     Reflective Study

                   9.00 p.m.     Evening Sitting

 

Start: 11.30 a.m. PDT   2.30 p.m. EDT 

9.30 p.m. Jerusalem

An opportunity to study original sources of Contemplative Judaism ranging from the Maimonidean Sufis, through the Kabbalah, including its Ecstatic and Lurianic refractions, to modern Hasidism and Musar. 

The container for the evening is based on the 4th century Reflective Model of the Babylonian Amora Rava based on the verse "For with Hashem's Torah is his desire, and upon his Torah he meditates day and night" (Psalms 1:2): a) one should reflect on the Torah which draws one's heart; b) at first it is called Hashem's Torah, c) but in the end it is called one's own; d) and this should be one's meditation. The Torah begins as something belonging to someone else, but when it engages the heart through meditation it becomes one's own. 

We are currently studying Buber's "Tales of the Hasidim". 

MONTHLY: MEDITATION INSTRUCTIONS

1st Monday of the Month

7.30 p.m. - 8.45 p.m.     

                   7.15 p.m.     Room Opens

      U.K.      9.00 p.m.     Evening Sitting

11.30 a.m. PDT   2.30 p.m. EDT 

9.30 p.m. Jerusalem

Introduction to Meditation Theory based on the 4 Quadrants or elements of meditation as taught on the Wellspring Programme as well as Practical Instructions based on the Sefer Yetzirah and the Ecstatic Kabbalah. 

Ideal for beginner meditators who want to learn how to meditate but also for advanced meditators who want to add a new technique to their repertoire or to learn the Kabbalistic theory behind meditation and spiritual practice. 

This is an opportunity to discuss your meditation practice and any difficulties or questions you may have with a teacher.

MONTHLY: SPIRITUAL PRACTICE PRIMER

3rd Monday of the Month

7.30 p.m. - 8.45 p.m.     

                   7.15 p.m.     Room Opens

      U.K.      9.00 p.m.     Evening Sitting

 

Start: 11.30 a.m. PDT   2.30 p.m. EDT 

9.30 p.m. Jerusalem

Introduction to Spiritual Practice based on the teachings of Hasidut, in particular the school of Peshischa and its development in the shcool of Izhbitsa-Radzyn. 

This session constitutes the first class of the Hidden Spring Series and serves as a "primer" for the Kabbalah's "psychology of redemption". The Peshischa Rebbe teaches that what you are longing for is already within your possession, and if you still haven't found it, it is because you have been looking in the wrong place. 

This session is for anyone who is curious about spiritual practice or for those who already have a spiritual practice but want to deepen their experience through studying with a group and a teacher. 

PRIVATE TEACHER INTERVIEWS

Email Below to Arrange

If you are interested in meeting privately with a teacher please send an email using the link below.

In addition to joining groups for meditation and study, another invaluable tool is to meet regularly with a teacher or fellow student. 

Maayan Hatum offers Monthly private meetings with a teacher where you can discuss your practice and any difficulty or concerns you are having around it, including how to establish a regular meditation practice.

Due to Covid-19 we are currently offering Zoom and/or telephone meetings only, but if you are local to the Hendon or Golders Green areas we might be able to arrange in-person meetings outdoors.

SPIRITUAL FELLOWSHIP

Email Below to Arrange

If you are interested in organising a havruta (1to1) with a senior student or want advice about setting one up yourself please send an email using the link below. 

Spiritual fellowship is often more important than having a teacher, the Mishnah says "make for yourself a Rabbi" but "buy for yourself a friend", meaning that you should generally have a Rabbi that you follow, but that you must invest more in spiritual friendship (Havruta).

Maayan Hatum will endeavour to find Havruta for whoever wants one and is available to advise on how to establish one. On looking for a Havruta it is recommended to find someone who has is a meditator with an established spiritual practice or is at least someone who aspires to be so. It is suggested you meet or speak with your Havruta a few times a week if not every day.

Maayan Hatum currently has a small pool of advanced meditators with whom you can be paired. If you are an advanced meditator and would like to be added to the pool please contact us using the link on the left.