Monday, April 17, 2017

Nov.9-19 Women's Trip to Israel to Include 'Divine Feminine'

The following information is from Rabbi Rayzel Raphael, who gave us permission to post it here:

"Dear Friends, and colleagues and sisters of spirit,
In honor of Miriam crossing the Red Sea, I’m excited that the details have finally come together for my women's trip to Israel this fall.  It's a peace mission/spirituality journey with emphasis on interaction with various local Israeli cultures.  This is a great trip for Asherah fans as we will be going to the roots of worship of the Divine Feminine in ancient Israel, as well as meeting contemporary manifestations of Her Presence.
"We invite you to join a women’s INTERACTIVE trip to Israel, embracing the land, people, and promise of peace. This 11-day trip from November 9 to 19, 2017 is equally appropriate for those who have never been to Israel as it is for those who have been in other contexts but want a deeper richer experience with a focus on the women of the land. 
 "Each day’s itinerary was crafted and featured speakers were selected using the template of the heroines’ journey of transformation.  Our intention for this trip was to explore the ancient roots of Jewish women’s spirituality. We will visit archeology sites and receive an overview about matriarchal worship in ancient Israel at the Israel Museum. Our journey then follows this path of growth and blossoming from these roots. We will visit feminist change makers, secular and religious. Weaving between layers of history, we will find the thread of connection, women-to-women, through herstory. Our hope is that each participant also finds their own place on the path of the Divine Feminine as we travel -  adding her voice to this ongoing tradition.
 "One exciting feature is that we have included an optional culinary package to engage with Arab and Israeli women cooks and sample creations from various cultures in Israel.  
 "We have tried to make it economical- we are staying at good - but modest accommodations- because we felt location and convenience trumped luxury. We have included a number of meals, but have not covered all meals, as we know some folks like to wander on their own.  We also priced the trip without credit card fees to give you the choice to save a few bucks if you pay by check. Our guides, driver, speakers are all paid in line with fair wages.
"Please share this widely with those who you think would like this.
Sincerely,
Geela Rayzel"

"A Woman's Journey of Spiritual Transformation in Israel
Roots of Shechinah, Branches of Peace
There is no setting like Israel for profound spiritual transformation. This trip is designed for women who are seeking a rich, deep, yet fun journey.
 We will learn with top-notch women scholars, activists, artists, musicians, and peacemakers and pray with Women of the Wall. The itinerary combines touring with activities that engage the senses. We will taste the fruits of the land through the hands of women cooks from various cultural backgrounds. We will experience the Kabbalistic elements of Israel: Earth, Air, Fire and Water. Archeology will ground us, Biblical women, contemporary mystics and prophetesses will inspire us… and then the gates to the other worlds will open in order that we may receive personal guidance on our own path.  Drawing on the power of some of Israel’s holiest sites, we will open to the mystery of our encounter.  Fun, food and frolic are of course, part of the adventure.
Come for the tour leave with transformation.
 Registration deadline: July 20, 2017"
 

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