2019 Events

ancestral lineage healing intensives in berkeley, ca & in Minneapolis, MN

Berkeley Intensive: February 8 - 10, 2019 with Taya Shere & Pavini Moray

Minneapolis Intensive: April 12-14, 2019 with Taya Shere & co-teacher TBA

Everyone has loving and wise ancestors, and by reaching out for their support we access tremendous vitality for personal and family healing. In addition to supporting repairs with living family, our ancestors encourage healthy self-esteem and help us to clarify our destiny, relationships, and work in the world. Participants will learn to relate safely and directly with family ancestors, both helpful guides and the dead in need of assistance. The work will closely follow Dr. Foor’s book, Ancestral Medicine: Rituals for Personal and Family Healing.  Expect to engage lineage ancestors in heart-centered ritual through prayer/song, visioning practices, and group dialogue. There are no prerequisites, however, prior experience with inner work and relating with spirit guides/teachers are both helpful.

Folks new to ancestor work, adoptees, and those with a tough experience of family are warmly welcome. The training will be a trauma-aware, multicultural ritual container that embraces the relationship of ancestral engagement with cultural healing. Those with a healing arts practice will learn some new skills to support your work. Spaces are limited, 10am-5pm each day, cost is $450 for the three full days of ritual/training (some spaces available for reduced cost/scholarship to keep the work accessible, please inquire directly). Preregistration and full attendance requested.  We acknowledge this event is taking place on the ancestral lands of diverse Ohlone peoples, and we encourage participants to become educated on the history and find ways to support contemporary Ohlone causes and organizations.

Hazon Rabbi’s Retreat: A Weekday Shabbaton for Rabbi’s & Spiritual Leaders

March 31-April 3, 2019 @ Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center / Falls Village, CT

Enjoy a rest from the rigors of rabbinic work while you decompress and nourish your body, mind, and soul. Celebrate: The racial, ethnic, and religious diversity of our community with rabbis and spiritual leaders of all backgrounds. Rest: Unwind with yoga, hiking, soul talks, creative writing, bonfire gatherings, and meditation. Immerse: Connect to the land with our Jewish Outdoor, Food, Farming & Environmental Education (JOFEE) programming. The retreat will include farm tours, a shechita workshop, eco-Torah, and discussions around planetary and personal sustainability. Pray: Orthodox, Traditional Egalitarian, Renewal/Kohenet – or however you pray!. Learn: With great teachers and enjoy a morning Seder/Open Beit Midrash, Yeshiva study hall, and text learning session. Open Space: Conversations with colleagues from many different perspectives and experiences. Panel Discussions: Hear from experts on pertinent issues facing our generation. Schedule “Brain Dates”: Network and spiritually-connect with peers, mentors, and potential organizational partners

Song of the Sea: An Embodied Passover Journey in Costa Rica

April 22-28, 2019 @ Danyasa EcoRetreat in Domincal, Costa Rica with Kohanot Aliza Shechter, Taya Shere & Keshira HaLev Fife

Song of the Sea retreat is a Passover retreat designed to help you hear your soul’s voice through the language of the body. Experience the Exodus story as a map of the initiatory journey, a rite of passage and a metaphor for rebirthing ourselves individually and collectively. Through embodied practice, Kohenet Hebrew Priestess prayer, devotional music, nature connection and more, co-create a paradigm of presence, play and possibility. Learn to trust your deepest YES as a feeling worth following.

Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute Open Shabbat Gatherings

February 22-24, 2019 / Middleton, CA

March 15-17, 2019 / Falls Village, CT

Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute New Training Cohort

August 19-25, 2019 / Middleton, CA

2018 Events

Sowing the Healed Future: Toward a Spiritual Direction of Liberation

St. Louis, Missouri / Spiritual Directors International Conference

April 26, 2018

w/ Taya Mâ, Rebeccah Bennett (of InPower Institute) & Carolyn Griffeth

Does deepening into the Divine necessarily call us to the shores of liberation?  What is liberation anyway, and for whom? How do we practice spiritual direction in a way that accounts for the myriad ways we have been conditioned by structures of oppression and separation? How as spiritual directors are we uniquely called to show up for the healed future that wants to be born?  Through deep dialogue, ritual prayer and group process we will courageously step to to the edge of our work as spiritual directors and leaders and explore what it means to be agents of love and liberation in service to one another and to the world.

Pleasure as Prayer

near Berkeley, CA with Taya Mâ and Maryam Hasnaa Tauhidi

May 12, 2018 10:30am - 5 pm

Experience a lush daylong immersion in cultivating exquisite presence.  Root in the sacred by tending desired feeling states and daily rituals as core prayer. Come activate life-force & enhance resonance through sensory-awakening and refinement.  Join us to embrace and tend divinity within and beyond.  All are welcome. Bring a willingness to dive deep and to co-create.

Ancestral Lineage Healing @ Nomadico Festival

June 8-11, Gore, VA   /  2 hour workshop

She who Tends the Fire: A Kohenet Journey

@ ALEPH Kallah / Amherst, MA w/ Taya Mâ & Jill Hammer

July 2-8, 2018

In this 4 day workshop, meet the netivot, the ancient Hebrew pathways of the priestess and learn core practices of the Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute. Create a holy hearth space through spirit journey with the Tzovah (Shrinekeeper), explore your initiation story with the Chachamah (Wise Woman), receive the support of your ancestors through the Baalat Ov (Shamaness) and practice bibliomancy, divine poetry, and chant with the Neviah (Prophetess). Through song, sacred study, visualization, ancestor work, creative exploration and experiential learning, we will engage these four firekeepers and learn their sacred stories. Through this work, we'll ignite our own inner firekeepers and discover ways to tend the spirit fire in our daily lives. People of all genders and spiritual traditions are welcome.

Let my people Sing

Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center / Falls Village, CT

August 24-26, 2018

High Holidays w/ Makam Shekhina

El Cerrito, CA

Rosh Hashanah: September 10, 2018 10 am

Join us for year three of Makam Shekhina High Holidays. Embodied, earth-based, goddess-honoring prayer services weaving Hebrew, English & Arabic chant, percussion, priestess practices and Sufi wisdom. All genders welcome. Advance registration required.

Makam Shekhina High Holidays

Ancestral lineage healing daylong workshop in philadephia, pa

November 10 / 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM / 48th and Baltimore Ave.

Every lineage includes loving and wise ancestors. Connect with yours as a source of blessing, support and healing. This daylong workshop in ancestral lineage healing encourages relating safely and directly with blood & family lineage ancestors, cultivates connection with helpful guides, and creates boundaries and support for troubled dead in need of assistance. Together we’ll engage lineage ancestors in heart-centered ritual space through learning, experiential practice and group dialogue.

All are welcome, including folks new to ancestor work, those without much information about their blood lineages, and those with a challenging experience of family. There are no pre-requisites for this workshop, though prior experience with inner work and spiritual practice is helpful. Cost is $125 for the day, registration is open: https://ancestralmedicine.org/event/daylong-philadelphia-11-10-2018/                    Please inquire directly about financial aid if cost is an obstacle; we are committed to keeping this work financially accessible.

ancestral lineage healing intensive in berkeley, ca

November 30 - December 2, 2018 / 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM / 830 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA

Co-led by Pavini Moray and Taya Shere

Everyone has loving and wise ancestors, and by reaching out for their support we access tremendous vitality for personal and family healing. In addition to supporting repairs with living family, our ancestors encourage healthy self-esteem and help us to clarify our destiny, relationships, and work in the world.

Participants will learn to relate safely and directly with family ancestors, both helpful guides and the dead in need of assistance. The work will closely follow Dr. Foor’s book, Ancestral Medicine: Rituals for Personal and Family Healing. Expect to engage lineage ancestors in heart-centered ritual through prayer/song, visioning practices, and group dialogue. There are no prerequisites, however, prior experience with inner work and relating with spirit guides/teachers are both helpful.

Folks new to ancestor work, adoptees, and those with a tough experience of family are warmly welcome. The training will be a trauma-aware, multicultural ritual container that embraces the relationship of ancestral engagement with cultural healing. Those with a healing arts practice will learn some new skills to support your work. Spaces are limited, 10am-5pm each day, cost is $450 for the three full days of ritual/training (some spaces available for reduced cost/scholarship to keep the work accessible, please inquire directly). Preregistration and full attendance requested. 

Registration is open: https://ancestralmedicine.org/event/intensive-berkeley-11-30-2018/

We acknowledge this event is taking place on the ancestral lands of diverse Ohlone peoples, and we encourage people to become educated on the history and find ways to support contemporary Ohlone causes and organizations.