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Montreal Group Spring 2012 Schedule

Posted Friday, January 27th, 2012

Montreal Tree of LifeMontreal Canada group announces the spring 2012 study group schedule.

April 4th through June 16th 2012

See the attached document for details

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New Study Group in Forest Hills, NY

Posted Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Every other Sunday from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

We focus on the Toledano tradition and have been using Warren Kenton’s books as some of our main sources. We also use classical texts including the Book of Formation, the Zohar, and the Sefer Bahir, as well as the writings of Rabbi Isaac Luria and Rabbi Cordovero.

Our group meets at: Genesis Tree of Life, 102-06 Metropolitan Avenue (entrance on 71 Ave., lower level), Forest Hills, NY 11375; tel. 718-544-5997

Information about meeting dates is usually posted on the main page of the organizations web site, www.genesistreeoflife.com

Washington DC – March 17, 24 & 25 – Whitehouse – Dickinson

Posted Saturday, December 24th, 2011

Announcing two workshops by Maggy Whitehouse!

Workshop 1, Saturday March 17th:

Kabbalah: Cosmic Consciousness
A one-day workshop with Maggy Whitehouse, author of Total Kabbalah, The Illustrated History of Kabbalah and Prosperity Teachings of the Bible Made Easy.

But how do we live a conscious life? How can we become a clear reflection of God?

The Kabbalistic teachings of the Tree of Life and Jacob’s Ladder can help us to discern our levels of consciousness and what our own particular path may be to reflect the Divine on Earth.

The workshop will be in two halves:.
Conscious Living: We will look at the vegetable, animal and human soul as depicted on the Tree of Life and discover how to perceive each level within us. We will examine our relationship with the Holy One and how our ego’s early training and our projections can colour a whole lifetime.

Conscious Dying: In the process of death, the human soul detaches from the body through the elements of Earth, Water, Air and Fire in turn. The process of dying to the ego is similar. Learning how to die consciously while still alive is a powerful path of self-realisation which will bring us closer to our Divine Source. It will also be of incredible healing power in our experience of the physical death of those we love and at the time of our own transition to the heavens.

Maggy Whitehouse is a minister in an independent sacramental church and Spiritual Care Advisor at St. Mary’s Hospice, England. She specializes in interpreting ancient Kabbalistic knowledge in a way that is practical and helpful in the modern world. Maggy has studied with Z’ev ben Shimon Halevi for 20 years and is the author of 16 books on Kabbalah and spirituality. She is a tutor for the UK Interfaith Seminary and a former journalist with the BBC World Service.

Venue: Sharon Masonic Temple, 999 Balls Hill Road, McLean, Va. 22101.

Times:
9.30am to 4.30pm each day.

Workshop 2, Saturday March 24th & Sunday March 25th:

Consciously Creating Your Own Personal Tree of Life (or Jacob’s Ladder)
A unique opportunity to take part in a two-day contemplation and artwork seminar for students and teachers of Kabbalah.

Not only will the weekend give you a piece of artwork to cherish, just creating it will be a workshop of self-knowledge and development. Learn which aspects of the Tree of Life are your strengths and weaknesses as you paint. Your Jacob’s Ladder also has its own mystical way of showing you your inner self. Please note: you can make either a Tree or a Ladder but not both!
 
The day is facilitated by Peter Dickinson and Rev. Maggy Whitehouse. Peter and Maggy have studied the Toledano Tradition with Z’ev ben Shimon Halevi for over 20 years. Peter is Halevi’s publisher. Maggy is a minister in an Independent Sacramental Church, a Bible theologian and historian and the author of 16 books including Total Kabbalah, Prosperity Teachings of the Bible Made Easy and The Illustrated History of Kabbalah.

Venue: Sharon Masonic Temple, 999 Balls Hill Road, McLean, Va. 22101.

Times:
9.30am to 4.30pm each day.

 Cost: $100.

Day One.
This is essentially an exercise on the contemplative aspect of technical drawing. We will draw in pencil (later going over in pen) the basic layout of the Tree or Ladder and paint the background. It doesn’t sound like much but it is a spiritual and physical exercise in accuracy, self-discovery and patience!

Day Two.
Today the colours are added to flesh out the psyche or the Universe. The student may start to add the various notations for the Sefirot, paths and the top of the Tree. The final exercise will be to insert the gold or silver circles around the Sefirot.

Provided: Board, canvas, masking tape, dowel, paint, brushes, compasses, gold or silver pen.
Each student should provide his/her own pencil, black felt pen, ruler and eraser.

Early booking is essential for both workshops. A maximum of 25 places are available for the Tree/Ladder-making workshop. Please contact Christopher Camp (via pgd@treeoflifepublishing.co.uk) for full details and to book your place.

2012 Summer School September 4th – 7th Program

Posted Friday, December 9th, 2011

The 2012 Summer School Program has been updated and can be viewed here……

The 2012 dates are September 4th – 7th.

Please note: The 2012 Kabbalistic Summer School is currently fully booked. Please contact Hawkwood College to be added to any waiting lists. http://www.hawkwoodcollege.co.uk/

Kabbalah Society 2011 Participants Group Photo

2011 Summer School Group Photo

News from the Devon Tree of Life School

Posted Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Following ten years of regular Kabbalah group meetings in Devon, The Tree of Life School was set up this year by Kabbalah Society tutors Rev. Sam Wernham and Joyce King. Our aim is to share core spiritual principles as taught in the Toledano Tradition, that people of any faith or none can practically apply to everyday life.

Following an Introduction to Kabbalah Course in May, two groups are continuing to meet fortnightly on Tuesday mornings from 10-12 noon and on Wednesday evenings from 7-9pm. Recently, we have also started to explore Kabbalistic perspectives on Bible Study, especially in our Torah Study group which meets on the in between Tuesdays and includes meditations based on the Torah portions. 

Over the year we have also been delighted to welcome visiting tutors from the London base of the Kabbalah Society for some excellent one day workshops. In October, Jonathon Clark introduced us to the wonders of Kabbalah and Astrology in a fascinating day that included looking at each course participant’s natal chart and setting it upon the Tree of Life, and in both May and November, Peter Brennan inspired us with spiritual perspectives on great poetry, focussing on Keats and Blake. Our Devon based tutors also led a peaceful day retreat on the Gardens of the Soul.

As our Autumn and Winter Semester draws to a close, we are looking forward to continuing with the regular group meetings from January 2012 and are planning new day workshops for next year, including more Astrology, Art and Spirituality, Sacred Sound and a day retreat for drawing the Tree. We are delighted to welcome new companions and visitors at any time, so please do get in touch with Sam or Joyce if you would like to join us. More details are available on our website www. treeoflifeschool.co.uk which includes our online journal with notes and photos from our events. We look forward to hearing from you!

Halevi announces 2012 London Sunday Workshops

Posted Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

 Z’ev ben Shimon Halevi - photo Craig PallettPlease visit our 2012 calendar page for more information.

London Workshops are as follows:

February 5th 2012 –  Introduction to Kabbalah

June 3th 2012 - Kabbalah & Psychology

October 7th 2012 - Kabbalah & Astrology

November 4th 2012 - Kabbalah & Schools of the Soul

All workshops held in London at

Flat A, Rutland House,
30 Greencroft Gardens,
London NW6 3LT

2.30 – 5.30 Sunday afternoons
£35 – including afternoon tea

Contact
Joanna & Kurt Browne
Tel/Fax – 020 7624 0434
Email: kurt.jo@btinternet.com

New Kabbalah Study Group in Belgium – Antwerpen

Posted Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

There will be a new Kabbalah Society Study Group in Belgium in Antwerpen-Noorderkempen.

Information can be found on the attached flyer New Announcement Flyer 11-29-2011

Weekly – Monday evenings – from 20:00 to 22.00
Contact:
Kristof Beelprez
e-mail: beelprez.kristof@gmail.com

Visit our Study Groups Belgium page for more information about Kabbalah Society Study Groups in Belgium.

Halevi – Netherlands Workshop – November 19-20 2011

Posted Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Kabbalah and Psychology

workshop with Z’ev ben Shimon Halevi

Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 November, 2011

This weekend course brings together the disciplines of Kabbalah and Psychology, combining ancient, medieval and modern knowledge and methods. We will examine universal principles related to the development of an individual. After studying the macrocosm of Existence, we will see how a human being as the microcosm is influenced by the collective mind. The personal unconscious and processes of the psyche are seen in terms of the kabbalistic Tree of Life diagram. After each slide-show exposition, there will be time for questions and observations. The interior exercises the House of the Psyche and the Ship of the Soul will demonstrate these principles at work.

Location: Conferentiecentrum Samaya, Hollendewagenweg 20, 3985SG Werkhoven.
For information on how to get there, see: http://samaya.nl/html/route.html

Times: Both days start at 10.00. The last session on Saturday ends at 17:00, on Sunday at 16:00.

Cost: € 140,00, transfer to bank account number 9285835 in the name of mw. van der Meer – mw. de Pijper, Bunnik, reference Kabbalah-weekend. Registration is definite once payment is received. Lunch is included.

Registration: via e-mail to: kabbalah.toledano@gmail.com until November 12. Please give the name and telephone number for each person being registered, and any special dietary requirements.
This is also the e-mail address for any further questions.

Accommodation possibilities:
Conferentiecentrum Samaya, Werkhoven, tel. 0343552332, e-mail: info@samaya.nl or receptie@samaya.nl, website: www.samaya.nl.
De Expeditie, Amersfoort, tel. 033 4753001, e-mail: expeditiecc@zonnet.nl, website: www.antenna.nl/expeditie

Language: The language used throughout the workshop is English.

Kabbalah in Budapest – Oct 29th – 30th 2011

Posted Monday, September 19th, 2011

THE FOURTH WEEKEND COURSE OF KABBALAH IN BUDAPEST
Led by
Jo & Kurt Browne
Magda van der Ende

Budapest 29-30 Oct 2011

Click here to see the PDF Flyer for the event – Hungarian course 29-30 Oct 2011

LIVING THE TREE OF LIFE
Course Details:

The principles of the four levels of existence, physical, psychological, spiritual and divine are clearly and elegantly laid out in the diagram of the Kabbalistic Tree of Life and Jacob’s Ladder. As one form of the perennial teaching, it is a relevant guide for our living today.

Life experiences are the opportunities we have to internalise the teaching and make it real, especially during difficult or disturbing times. The aim of this day is to give an insight into these principles and how they relate to your life
The lectures are illustrated with slides and at the end of each session there will be time for questions and observations.

Saturday, 29 October (Jo & Kurt Browne):
10:00-11:15 We shall begin with an illustrated talk on the principles of the Tree of Life in relation to the soul’s life time from birth to death, the initiations at each stage and the reality of fate and destiny.
11:45-13:00 A guided imagery meditation based on a journey through the four worlds.
14:15- 15:30 A session in which we shall look deeper into the psyche and consider the influence of conditioning, the collective unconscious and the universal law of “what you sow you reap”.
16:00- 17:15 Questions, observations

Sunday, 30 Oct:
10:00- 11:15 “Heaven on earth” (Jo & Kurt Browne)
In this exercise of walking the Tree we seek to understand the qualities of the four worlds and how they integrate within us.
11:45- 13:00 (Magda van der Ende) In this session we shall study the sefirot as archetypes. In the world of Yezirah they represent psychological qualities. We will relate Biblical stories to the Tree in a way they connect to the psyche of the individual.
14:15- 15:30 (Magda van der Ende) Continuing on, in this part we will give special attention to some Biblical women and the sefirot. The information will be deepened by a meditation.
16:00- 17:15 (Magda van der Ende) Questions, observations

Cost and Booking
Around £300/ person (including course cost, flight and accommodation) based on 3 nights.
Course cost £80 per person, accommodation in the nearby fully equipped and centrally located apartments are from £30-35/ night (based on sharing a twin room), flight ticket varies (wizzair.com, easyjet.com, malev.hu, britishairways.com). Assistance with booking accommodation, flights and tickets is also happily provided.

To book the course please contact: Dalma 07712008689 or  dalmala@yahoo.co.uk

An Introduction to Kabbalah – Hertford

Posted Friday, August 19th, 2011

Three one-day courses held in Hertford

Kabbalah is the mystical teaching that underlies the Western Judaeo-Christian tradition.  Derived from the Hebrew word ‘to receive’, it is an ancient teaching that offers a pathway to personal growth and self-knowledge.

The course is intended as a useful introduction to the ideas and practices of the Toledano Kabbalistic tradition.  It is aimed at those seeking a spiritual path, or simply interested in exploring their own spirituality.  It does not aim to provide the answer, but to address the question of why we are here, and how, through understanding our place in the universe, we might find greater purpose in our lives and, thereby, a greater sense of peace within ourselves and with the world around us.

The course is non-denominational and no previous knowledge is needed, only an open mind.  Each day will consist of a talk, discussion and a guided meditation aimed at illustrating and illuminating the theme.  There is no requirement to attend all three, but a working knowledge of Kabbalistic language and principles (covered on day one) will help in understanding the themes of days two and three.

Course outline:

Day One – Sunday 23rd October, 10am-4pm
The Way of Kabbalah
An introduction to Kabbalistic principles, the Tree of Life, Jacob’s Ladder and the esoteric origins of Judaeo-Christian  Spirituality.

 Day Two – Sunday 20th November, 10am-4pm
The Bible and the Journey of the Soul
How to approach scripture from an esoteric perspective, looking principally at the Hebrew Testament and The Gospels, but also with reference to non-Western traditions.

 Day Three – Sunday 5th February, 10am-4pm
The Kabbalistic Universe
The inner world of Kabbalistic spirituality, the angelic realms, Heaven and Hell, and the Work and Responsibilities of the Pilgrim’s Path.

The course tutor, Adam Simmonds, has been studying Kabbalah for 20 years and this is the fourth introductory course he has led.  A school teacher by profession, he has presented talks on Kabbalah in both the UK and Spain and co-directs a regular Kabbalah group at his home in Hertford. 

 “Adam Simmonds is both a powerful and a natural teacher with a deep and authentic understanding of Kabbalah at all levels.” 
(Maggy Whitehouse, author of Total Kabbalah and The Book of Deborah)

 Cost per day, including a light lunch and other refreshments is £35. 

A non-refundable deposit of £10 will be required to guarantee a place, and a maximum of 10 places will be available. Concessions available, please ask.

                                     For further information, please contact

                                    Adam Simmonds on (01992) 55 44 65 or 07505478961
                                   or e-mail adamsimmonds@ntlworld.com