Mama Spirit Fest
Sadeh | Kent | 15-17 November 2019
Yelala are guest educators & ritualists at this retreat for new-ish mums & young women, replacing cliches & stereotypes with nourishing visions of the mother archetype in Jewish life, antiquity and folklore.
Hamakom Winter Retreat
Berkshire| 6-8 December 2019Kohenet Rachel joins Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg at a mindfulness weekend including meditation based on Jewish spiritual practices. More info soon.
The Hearth @ Limmud
Birmingham | DecemberThe Hearth, curated by Rachel, is a space for connection, reflection, embodied practices & experiential sessions at Limmud Festival.
Co-Creators of Ceremony & Ritual
We design and hold Jewishly-rooted life-cycle rituals for a wide spectrum of people, from weddings to baby-blessings, grief circles to gender transition rituals. Click here for more!
Devotional and Learning Circles
Yelala are guest educators at a wide variety of communities, festivals, and groups.Contact us to join you to share wisdom or song!
Ritual & Ceremony Crafting
Tell Me More!
As part of our three-and-a-half year ordination process with the Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute, we learn how to skilfully develop and safely hold transformative, Jewish-rooted ritual and ceremony, responding to the needs of the specific people who call on us.This work is based on the practices of Jewish people over millennia to actively engage with the rich tapestry of cultural heritage, combining oral and written traditions to meet our needs when we step through a threshold, be witnessed as we call in new moments in life.
As our communities become more literate, we sometimes turn only to prayer books, and leave behind these folk practices. But it is these oral traditions which often fill in gaps for those of us who struggle to find ourselves reflected in the books.
What Kind of Rituals?
We have been commissioned to create a wide variety of ceremonies including:
All have been tailored to meet the Jewish and life cycle needs of the people involved, and to honour traditions of others involved when required.The video on the right is from our interfaith contribution to the 'Pausing' Ceremony at Hyde Park for Extinction Rebellion.
How Does It Work?
We begin with a Ritual Intake, a session of 60-90 minutes in which we help you to identify what the purpose is for you. Even if the ritual is one that many people have undertaken before, your relationship with it is specific.Since it takes dedicated time, plus an additional hour to type up fully and send back to you with recommendations, we do charge something for this. After this point you might choose to use this document to create something by yourself, or else work with us to the completion of your ceremony!We can provide references upon request.
Write to us with your enquiries!
Devotional or Learning Circles
Devotional and Learning Circles are created in partnership with a volunteer co-host who finds a room and invites a minimum of ten guests. Circles have been held at music festivals, faith communities, meditation groups, Red Tent & Rosh Chodesh groups, & private homes. They can be held in single or multi-gendered space, and Jewish, multi-faith, or secular space.In Devotional Circles we learn accessible chants & song based on ancient Hebrew liturgy, and enter soulful, song-filled meditation together.In Learning Circles we explore feminine archetypes and narratives in a Jewish context, through song, study of sacred and anthropological texts, handcrafting or other embodied exploration, and personal reflection.Get in touch to co-host your own.Archetypes are based on the Netivot wheel, created by the Kohenet Institute as a tool for finding feminine representation in Jewish text & history.Subjects have included: Soul Candle-Making & Contemplation - Ashkenazi women's rituals for the Living & the Dead; Ritual Medical Lore of Sephardi Women; In the Weaver's Hand - the weaver as a symbol of Divine strength; By the Sweat of Your Brow - How Field, City & Exile Shaped Jewish Cultures.
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