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19-351 - Kabbalah Summer School - Kurt Browne and Joanna Lapage-Browne
Tue 31Aug
Fri 03Sep

Annual International Kabbalah Summer School 2021

Facilitator: Kurt Browne & Joanna Lapage-Browne

Kabbalah Summer Retreat

This annual retreat provides a creative space in which we study and experience the universal principles of the Kabbalistic Tree of Life and in its extended form, Jacob’s Ladder and how to apply them to daily life. Our aim is to gain a deeper awareness of our body, psyche, spirit and the divine. Illustrated talks, guided meditations, devotional practice and time in nature, combine to bring the four worlds to life through contemplation and reflection.

Event time: Tue 31st Aug 2021 at 4:00pm - Fri 3rd Sep 2021 at 2:00pm

At a glance

  • Using theory and practice, understand the Kabbalistic scheme of the four worlds. Made real through teaching, sharing and meditation
  • Enjoy a sacred space in the form of the Tree of Life. Laid on the floor for devotional ritual and contemplation

Participants will gain

  • A wider understanding of Kabbalistic principles
  • Fresh experiences from the oral tradition
  • Companionship and good conversation


The annual Kabbalah Summer Retreat 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. Here, enduring friendships are forged between people from many lands. This is a characteristic of the Kabbalah Society’s School of the Soul.

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), who passed on in September 2020, 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 particularly relevant to every aspect of life, work and relationships.

The Four Worlds

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.

We hope to see you at the Kabbalah Summer School Retreat this year.

Price Options

£560 Single Residential
£410 Non-Residential
£500 Residential Shared


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Practical Information

The course is suitable for both newcomers and those who have been in the school for many years. Just bring yourself – with a receptive, discerningheart and mind – and humour.

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 and taught 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 seven grandchildren. They are currently continuing to run their Kabbalah groups and courses online during the Covid pandemic. In past years they led courses on the tradition in Europe, Africa, the USA, Mexico, the Caribbean and Japan.


Jo and Kurt 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.”