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Seeking a Heart of Wisdom: A Study Group Blending Mussar, Mindfulness, and Positive Psychology

This course was offered in Fall, 2016.

The study and practice of mussar, or Tikkun Ha'middot, is a highly articulated form of "mensch training." It is a spiritual practice shared by Jewish mystics and Mussar masters alike that focuses on character refinement and the cultivation of the virtues that contribute to wholeness. There is a growing recognition among mental health providers that the virtues contribute to a sense of well-being and increased resilience.

This study program blends insights from Jewish sources with contemporary findings from the field of Positive Psychology. Each session will focus on one of the following virtues: gratitude, humility, faith, equanimity, patience, perseverance, awe, joy, compassion, generosity, loving-kindness, honesty. A study packet will be given out prior to each session that includes Jewish teachings from Mishneh, Talmud, Midrash, Mussar and Hassidut, as well as readings from the field of Positive Psychology.

**The program will also incorporate basic instruction in mindfulness meditation as a tool for deepening self-awareness and growth.

This course meets the qualifications for 8.5 hours of CE for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences PCE # 2781. An additional fee of $20 will be charged for CEU certificate. (payable to Chochmat HaLev)


# Sessions
Date & time

Tuesdays, October 18, November 1, 15, 29, December 13
7:15 - 9:00 pm

$125 for the public
$100 for members
Session Time Days Location Instructors
Oct 18 7:15 PM–9:00 PM Tue Chochmat HaLev Estelle Frankel
Nov 01 7:15 PM–9:00 PM Tue Chochmat HaLev Estelle Frankel
Nov 15 7:15 PM–9:00 PM Tue Chochmat HaLev Estelle Frankel
Nov 29 7:15 PM–9:00 PM Tue Chochmat HaLev Estelle Frankel
Dec 13 7:15 PM–9:00 PM Tue Chochmat HaLev Estelle Frankel


Chochmat HaLev

2215 Prince Street

Berkeley, CA 94705



Estelle Frankel

Estelle FrankelEstelle Frankel, MFT, is a practicing psychotherapist, spiritual guide, and seasoned teacher of Jewish mysticism and meditation, who blends the healing wisdom and spiritual practices of Kabbalah and Musar with depth psychology. She has taught Jewish studies in Israel and throughout the U.S. for over forty years, and is part of the spiritual leadership team at Chochmat HaLev in Berkeley, Ca. Estelle is the author of numerous essays on Judaism and psychology and the groundbreaking book on the integration of kabbalah and psychotherapy, Sacred Therapy: Jewish Spiritual Teachings on Emotional Healing and Inner Wholeness. Her forthcoming book, The Wisdom of Not Knowing, will be released in Spring 2017. Additional info at http://www.sacredtherapy.com.