Teaching & Workshops
I offer classic text studies and guided conversation, as well as workshops on meditation, chanting, movement and music workshops and circles to the Jewish and music community.
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"How does one connect with one’s inner self, one’s highest levels of soul, above all, wisdom and comprehension, and then reveal it in a mundane, finite world? This can be accomplished through song."
-Pinson, modern Kabbalist and spiritual teacher
I offer classic Jewish text studies and lead discussion and learning groups for the Jewish community, as well as workshops on meditation, chanting, movement and music.
Text studies and guided conversation draws from a range of Jewish sources, including Torah, Talmud, Midrash, Chassidut and Kabbalah. To get a sense of my style and my Torah, please visit my blog or contact me for lesson samples.
In my workshops, I combine different expressions of Jewish creativity and embodiment to lead participants on a transformative journey that draws from Torah and Jewish teachings. These workshops foster community through sound and silence, creation and rest, and hold space to look within and connect with the divine.
A typical program looks like this: we begin with a half hour of meditation, followed by an hour of hebrew chants and niggunim. These wordless melodies and repetitive, Kirtan influenced chants bring singers into a reflective state of musical connection. Kavanot (intentions) are sometimes shared before meditation and chants to help guide participants. At the end the circle reads a Jewish spiritual reading, followed by a short discussion.
I share traditional Jewish content in a relatable, accessible form. My workshops appeal to the Jewishly literate and those who don't know a word of hebrew. In the video below, I teach a niggun, a traditional wordless tune, to an unfamiliar audience.
"Ariel Wolpe is a dynamic, strong, vibrant text-person, one of the text-people Abraham Joshua Heschel speaks about our people needing. Ariel Wolpe facilitates chants and musical meditations with ease and grace. Her sweet and strong voice and presence keeps the room in support as she guides us through the melodies and rhythms of our people, of my heart and my soul."
-Aviva Frank, Jewish Healer and Cohenet