Tu B'Av: A Heart-Opening Journey Into Love
7:00 PM19:00

Tu B'Av: A Heart-Opening Journey Into Love

Tu B'Av, the 15th of Av. The summer full moon, the grape harvest, a day of ecstatic joy and celebration in ancient Israel. Maidens would gather in the fields dressed in white, and dance in the vineyards to meet their beloveds. Shortly after the period of mourning "the Ninth of Av" commemorating Jewish destruction and tragedy, this is a day for celebration, and is celebrated to this day as a Festival of Love. 

Join us for an evening of ceremonial ritual journeying into the depths of the nature of "Love", that is both human and divine. We will drink cacao ceremonially, explore heart-opening meditation, songs and chants, and move our bodies in a guided dance journey, delving into the lyrical esotericism of Song of Songs, an ancient Biblical poem of human and divine love.

We will be experiencing magic, expansion, heartbreak and ascension through movement, meditation, chant and song, with the sacred cacao spirit to nurture us, hold us and open our hearts into the highest expression of Divine love.

Doors open 7pm. Please be on time to settle into space for our opening ritual at 7.30pm. 

We are honored to be opening the sacred space that is The Dance Temple, and look forward to blessing it with gratitude and abundance.

Energy Exchange: $25 - $35 sliding scale. 

**** Important Info *****

Spaces are limited. Please RSVP to miriam@mindfulelement.com in order to ensure there is space and cacao for you.

Please respect the space and come prepared to journey with intention and openness. Please advise if you are taking any medications or if you are pregnant or have a heart condition, which react with cacao which affects blood flow to the heart. 

Feel free to bring flowers or any other sacred objects you'd like to add to our altar space.

Dress comfortably to sweat, and bring a refillable water bottle with you. Eat lightly beforehand but please do not fast - we will be dancing until late and you may get hungry!

This event is open to people of all backgrounds, religions, genders and beliefs. We invite you to respect and appreciate the cultures from which we draw our rituals and songs, which are varied and done with sacred intention.

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10:00 AM10:00

Music as Medicine @ Let My People Sing!

The Chassidim of yestseryear crafted the worldless niggun for the purpose of connecting to God to higher spirit - and to themselves, through the journey of transformation that is music. We'll explore music as medicine and find the inner meditation in Nigun, from Chabad and other Chassidic traditions, with modern applications to our own personal journeys.

This workshop is part of the Let My People Sing! weekend retreat at Isabella Freedman in Falls Village, CT. It requires registration with the retreat and will be held on Sunday at 9.15am.

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10:00 AM10:00

Dancing in the Dark: Shadows of Divine Masculine and Divine Feminine

The work of our time is to harmonize and integrate our internal masculine and feminine elements, understanding our own shadows and bringing them to the light so we can learn the lessons and move forward. We’ll explore the underpinnings of this sacred struggle through Kabbalah and other ancient goddess myths, and journey into our own experience with guided meditation, drumming and a bass-driven dance into the depths.

This workshop at Gratitude Migration: Summer Dream 2017 requires purchase of a 3-day festival pass to Gratitude Migration and will take place on Sunday morning at the Mind-Body-Spirit domes by Archimedes Designs.

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1:00 AM01:00

The Dance of Revelation: An Embodied Journey to Malchut of Malchut @ Shavuot Across Brooklyn

The body possesses endless wisdom, stored in every limb and every muscle, released when we move and flow into who we are. We dance to meditate, to pray and to awaken, as we move into receiving the Torah with revelation, joy, and full expression of creative manifestation: Malchut of Malchut, on the 49th day of the Omer. Wake up with a fully immersive, embodied dance journey as we receive the Torah with our bodies as well as our souls. Let's dance like God is watching. (dress comfortably, bring water!)

Rishe Groner is a writer, teacher and creator of embodied spiritual experiences based on Jewish traditions from Chassidic and Kabbalistic sources. She is the founder of The Gene-Sis, a movement geared towards culturally appropriating Judaism with intentional embodied practice.

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to Feb 20

Limmud NYC

  • Hyatt Regency Princeton (map)
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Celebrating Jewish life and learning in all of its diversity, by bringing together Jews of all backgrounds and all ages.

Friday February 17, 1pm: Niggun as Transformation - A Meditation Journey

Friday February 17, 9pm: Awakening the Shechinah: Towards Full Expression of the Feminine

Sunday February 19, 9am: Is Cannabis Kosher? The Torah of Marijuana

Monday February 20, 8am: Dance Through It: An Embodied Movement Prayer

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5:00 PM17:00

Hour of Happiness with Gratitude Migration & The Alchemist's Kitchen

Thanksgiving. A day we celebrate the abundance in our lives, and consider how we might express our gratitude in giving to others.

Gratitude Migration and the Alchemist's Kitchen come together this Thanksgiving weekend to heal, to empower, and to share all the good in our community and our lives.
Join us for an evening of art, music, dance, intention, and inspiration!

*5:00-7:00pm: Hour of Happiness (Free Entry)
Mix and mingle with local activists, grassroots organizations, makers, and healers.
*Music by Justin Terranova
*Community empowerment with Arc 38

*Extended Hour of Happiness:
Minimum suggested donation: $25
to support the Gratitude Migration Art & Education Fund and community initiatives of The Alchemist's Kitchen.

*7:00-8:00pm: School of Dreams Speakers
A brief Q&A about the vision and future of Gratitude Migration
Rishe Groner - Gratitude is the Medicine
Tim Shilstone: The Light in the Dark
Jan Gerards - Arc of Humanity

*8:00-9:00pm: Immersive Sound Bath with Tom Montagliano

*9:00-10:00pm: 5Rhythms with McKenzie Amara

*Live Visionary Shamanic UV 3D painting by Tico Chango
*VARADIANCE by Ali Macadoodle
*Discounted state-changing elixirs all night.

$25 suggested donation

*The four principles of gratitude*:
Positive Transformation
Skillfully working with our emotions using the principles of alchemy and the power of gratitude, we can inspire happiness.

Human Connection
Reinforcing a sense of connectivity and empathy to create a feeling of universal oneness, we can forge lasting kinships and feel unity with one another.

Creative Expression
Using art and creativity as a means of healing and expression, to make sense of our human experience, we can provide the tools to inspire others to do the same.

Reconnecting to our wild natures and inner children, and by bringing awareness to the critical position of humanity on this planet, we form a more conscious, harmonious relationship with the natural world.

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4:00 PM16:00

Dance Through It

Our bodies are magic processing machines, receiving the wisdom of daily life that is imprinted through every interaction; every life event, every conversation and every trauma. We embed them within our very cells and they shape the beings we are, without our conscious knowing. How to release the trauma, the pain, the hurt, that time you shrugged at a coworker or clenched a fist at a frustrating friend or held your breath around a stranger? When we move, we allow spirit to come in and heal us, to infuse every cell with divine healing and to move through our pain and trauma. When we dance consciously, in a safe space with no judgement or expectation, we allow our bodies to teach us the wisdom they've accumulated, to release the pain and trauma of time an find our own inner strength and magic through the medicine of dance. Join us at creative healing collective for a day of dance, of healing and releasing with the power of our bodies moving through loss and pain to come forth into healing

*This event is open to all those who are either in the process of grieving the loss of a loved one or are experiencing any other deep and upsetting loss that needs procesing. 

*Cost: $10 (no one will be turned away due to lack of funds)
Purhase tickets here: http://tinyurl.com/hdwav5f

*Please RSVP via facebook or send us an email at creativehealingcollective@gmail.com

About the facilitator:
Rishe Groner is a writer, teacher and devotee of conscious dance as her medicine and meditation. She has written about conscious dance for publications including Tablet and Elephant Journal, and held space in the dance floor for everyone from disenchanted secular New Yorkers to ultra Orthodox chassidic women.

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9:30 PM21:30

Cabaret Performance @ Mister Rogers Presents: The Cabaret Party

Join us for this interactive, immersive theater experience where the entire party is your stage.

There will be plenty of musical performances as the story unfolds throughout the night. Burlesque, spoken word poetry, magic, craft cocktails, and other surprises await you, and a Master of Ceremonies, of course. But our performers are willing to share the stage with you- yes YOU- our lovely guests. Feel free to explore taking on a character of your creation. If you’re feeling particularly brave, come prepared to perform.

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10:00 AM10:00

"Return To You: A Journey to Your Highest Self" @ Nomadico Festival by Meso Creso

Using an ancient method for clearing past channels and moving into our future, highest selves, we revisit the process of returning to our essence, or "Teshuvah", with partner work, meditation, visualization and movement. Move beyond the past into your highest, brightest self using ancient methods from sacred Kabbalistic tradition

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9:00 AM09:00

Rosh Hashana Redux: Egalitarian and Chassidic

**Location confirmed: Repair the World NYC**
808 Nostrand Ave, Brooklyn NY. Close to the Nostrand Ave 3 train / President St 2 train / Franklin Ave 4 train.
Thank you to our hosts at Repair the World and thank you to all of you for coming and participating! Please bring your own Machzor, Nusach Ari or other, and a potluck dish to share for Kiddush / lunch. And anything else you would like to make this prayer your own.

Rosh Hashana: A traditional minyan according to nusach arizal
full liturgy with as many niggunim as possible
egalitarian unity of divine feminine and sacred masculine
ecstatic, chassidic and prayerful
brought to you by The Genesis
Crown Heights, Brooklyn
followed by potluck lunch / kiddush

Let's go on a journey.. the king and queen is in the field

Rosh Hashanah is the day we
Coronate and acknowledge the glory of Divine power
Remember and express gratitude for Divine benevolence
Pray, line up and manifest the sweetness of the year to come
Call to battle with the cry of the Shofar and express triumph as we wage our deepest, innermost battles to be exactly who we can be

Let's do it, together
It won't be short
It will be very sweet
we'll start early and go late

Come for as long as you can, respect the process
enter and exit respectfully
Contribute however you can: lead part of the service; blow the shofar; read the Torah; offer space; sponsor Kiddush. This is organic, this is new, and this is a dream that we will make reality if we do it with open hearts and the help of the Divine

with blessings for a Kesivah V'Chasimah Tovah, a year written in honey, glazed in maple syrup and punctuated with sweet chocolate chips!

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7:00 PM19:00

Shabbat @ Burning Man - Milk + Honey

Shabbat at festivals is the ultimate in transformation and transcendence. Join us at Milk + Honey (formerly Sukkat Shalom) for a Shabbat prayer ceremony like no other filled with song, dance and ecstatic prayer. Rishe will be leading the candlelighting portion of the ceremony and drawing in light for the entire Shabbat and the entire festival.

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3:00 PM15:00

Reclaiming the Feminine @ Burning Man, "Question Everything" Center Camp Speaker Series

  • Black Rock City, Nevada United States (map)
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"Reclaiming the Divine Feminine: A social, economic, corporate and Kabbalistic view"

We know the world is changing, and reclaiming the feminine is at the forefront. How did we lose our feminine power, according to the ancient mystical tales of the Kabbalah, and how is it coming back? What will the future world powered by feminine energy look like and how does it differ from conventional feminism across all the waves? 

Join me at the Center Camp Cafe, Spoken Word Stage (3 o'clock side) at 3pm for a 25 minute talk followed by 10 minutes Q&A.

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2:15 PM14:15

"Journeying from Darkness into Light: The Chabad Niggun as a Map for Personal Redemption" @ Let My People Sing, Isabella Freedman

Explore the evolution of niggun in the Chabad tradition and understand how they reflect the journey of the soul from darkness into ecstasy. Join us in learning and singing key Chabad niggunim while reflecting over our own spiritual journey and how we can use this map as a method to transform. In particular, we will focus on using joy as a tool for transformation, moving from a space of soulful yearning into ultimate expansion as our world shifts in consciousness.

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to Jun 12

"Receiving Revelation: Beyond Time" @ Korban Shavuot with Rabbi Dan & Kirtan Rabbi

Exploring the relationship between Jewish holidays and time as a construct, leading up to the revelation of Divinity on Mount Sinai that is celebrated on Shavuot.

A short talk among an evening of music, song and kirtan with the Korban Shabbat Band as well as Rabbi Andrew Hahn, "The Kirtan Rabbi".

@ Mister Rogers, Crown Heights, Brooklyn NY

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