Making Kabbalah relevant in our contemporary world
Facilitator: Kurt Browne and Joanna Lapage-Browne
The Kabbalah Summer School offers a great opportunity to learn about (and to find meaning in) the universal Kabbalistic Tree of Life.
The four days incorporate illustrated talks, guided meditations, devotional practice and time in nature, combining to bring Kabbalistic principles to life through contemplation and reflection. There will be time for solitude, conversation, local visits and forest walks. Here, enduring friendships are forged between people from many lands. This is a characteristic of the Kabbalah Society’s School of the Soul.
Event time: Tue 1st Sep 2020 at 4:00pm - Fri 4th Sep 2020 at 2:00pm
At a glance
- Using theory and practice, the Kabbalistic scheme of the Four Worlds is explained, brought to life, and made real through teaching, sharing and meditation.
- A sacred space is created in the form of the Tree of Life, laid on the floor, to be walked though in devotional ritual.
Participants will gain
- A wider understanding of Kabbalistic principles.
- Fresh experiences from the oral tradition.
The annual Kabbalah summer school is an opportunity to gather in the peaceful surroundings of Hawkwood, to create a space for interior work, away from the demands of everyday life.
Kabbalah, meaning ‘receive,’ is a living body of esoteric knowledge, ancient in origin and contemporary in meaning and relevance. Thanks to the devotion of our teacher, Warren Kenton (Z’ev ben Shimon Halevi), the tradition has been reformulated for our era and recorded in 14 books. His teaching, over fifty years, is the foundation from which we pass on the knowledge. Whether applied to one’s own life journey or to world events and history, the teachings bring insights and perspectives that are far beyond the ordinary; yet this wisdom is also eminently relevant to every aspect of life, work and relationships.
The Kabbalistic Tree of Life and its extended form, Jacob’s Ladder, are our working tools to guide us into an understanding of the Four Worlds – physical, psychological, spiritual and divine. Starting with a deeper look into the interconnected world of nature, we continue our journey to the psyche and soul and on into the transpersonal world of the spirit. The light of consciousness shines throughout existence – an eternal presence within each of us.
The course is suitable for both newcomers and those who have been in the Work for many years. A receptive, discriminating heart and mind is helpful; we also encourage participants to allow a door to humour and a window to awe.
Please note that prices are listed per person. Residential options are fully inclusive with all meals provided. Non-residential options include suppers, lunches and all refreshments and exclude B&B.
Kurt Browne and Joanna Lapage-Browne
Kurt and Joanna have studied in the Toledano Tradition school of the soul, founded by Z’ev ben Shimon Halevi (Warren Kenton), since the early 1970s. They live and work in London and have a son, two daughters and five grandchildren. They currently run Kabbalah groups together in London and have led courses on the tradition, internationally. They have brought the teachings to Europe, Africa, the USA, Mexico, the Caribbean and Japan.
“I attended a summer school led by Jo and Kurt. They shared the principles and practice of Kabbalah in an insightful, authentic and very present way - allowing me to continue deepening my understanding and, indeed, commitment to the Work.”
“Kurt and Jo are a living team: they thoroughly teach the principles they live by, but they also thoroughly live by the principles they teach. Moment to moment, they welcome the Truth into the group; but, even more than this, they welcome individuals into the Work with unsurpassed generosity, humanity and compassion.”
- A tribute to Hawkwood from a Summer School participant.
“Our annual summer school week at Hawkwood provides the perfect place to reflect and refresh mind, body and soul. As one approaches, one is immediately transported into another world of tranquillity and pastoral beauty, away from the turmoil of everyday life.
To be greeted by delicious tea and cakes is a treat, but this only sets the standard for a week of fresh homegrown, home-cooked meals. I feel immediately at home in the warm atmosphere created by the lovely people who run the house and kitchen.
Hawkwood is the perfect venue for groups coming together in many different capacities, and can guarantee a period of creative and spiritual growth.”