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Opening & Closing Doorway Circles (for cottage residents):
7-8.30pm, Sunday 8 November 2020; Closing Circle Date TBC
Our time in the cottage begins and ends at the edges of Winter. Our cottage residents will be part of a special opening and closing circle to share our hopes and lay the foundations for making our winter cosy, connected, and nourishing.
The Bedside: Jewish Customs & Folklore of Birth & Birthing
9,16,23,30 November 2020
Learn about Jewish customs around birthing and being born into the world from across the Jewish diaspora, with song, ritual, discussion, and room for practical ideas and adaptation to modern circumstances. This course is suitable for anyone who has been born, and makes no assumption that attendees wish to be parents.
The Wild Woods: Jewish Ways with Winter Solstice
7, 14, 21 December 2020
Join us to learn about Jewish customs around Winter Solstice, including midrashim (folklore), Earth-centred practices, women’s practices, and the stories of the ancestresses we raise up at this time. This course will be a three-part series to help us prepare for the darkest time of year and the return of the light. It will culminate in a Jewishly-rooted ritual to mark the Solstice.
The Book Nook: Wonder Women of the Tanakh (Hebrew Bible)
11, 18, 25 January + 1 February 2021
From tactical change-makers to fiery queens, from vulnerable daughters to wise women, let us encounter women of our ancient tradition. We will meet these women in all their boldness, vulnerability, leadership and complexity. Each course will include text-study, as well as an embodied or meditative practice to connect to the medicine of each ancestress. While there are many awesome women in Tanakh, this course focuses on some of the women whose stories are lesser known, and who we have explored less in Yelala, but who deserve to be raised up. This is a 4-week course.
The Hearth: Introduction to Ritual-Making
15, 22 February + 1, 8, 15, 22 March 2021 plus 2 x sessions to be arranged with you if you want help supporting the development of your ritual skills.
Ever wanted to craft or lead a ritual of your own? Join us to learn to make a Jewishly-rooted ritual of your own! This course will include learnings about what rituals our ancestors have made in the past, what present-day Jewish ritual-innovators are up to, and techniques to devise a ritual of your own. As part of the course, you will also be invited to create and facilitate a ritual of your own, as well as receive feedback from the Kohanot and your fellow ritual-makers. This is a 3-month long course that will require some (fun!) work outside of class time. Those who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate, and will be empowered to lead ritual in Yelala spaces.
The Kitchen Table: Kabbalat Shabbat
Every Friday, 6.30-7.45pm unless in exceptional circumstances (Join from 6.15pm if you'd like time to chat).
Hinei Ma Tov! Behold how good it is to sit together!Our Weekly Kabbalat Shabbat service gathers here, as we imagine ourselves sitting around the table together, rejoicing in the arrival of the Shabbat Queen. A blend of song, meditation and the opportunity to connect with one another. A place to restore ourselves each week and find our strength once again on the day of rest.
Up to the first week of Cottage in the Woods programming, November 8, 2020, we are happy to provide a full refund. In order to receive a refund, please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
After the Cottage in the Woods programming begins, we will only be able to provide partial refunds. A cancellation by December 1, 2020 will earn a 50% refund. A cancellation by January 1, 2021 will earn a 25% refund. Thereafter, we will not be able to provide any refunds. If you have any questions about this, please feel free to write to us at email@example.com.
In the event of any cancellations on our end, we will provide a refund that is equivalent to the cost of any missed programming.