Hashpa’ah / Spiritual Direction
What is hashpa’ah? The Hebrew term comes from the root which connotes shefa, divine flow; a mashpia (M) or mashpi’ah (F) strives to help people discern the presence of God in their lives. (The most common English term for this work is spiritual direction.) For me, hashpa’ah is first and foremost a relationship. In my practice of hashpa’ah, I hope to help others navigate Jewish faith and practice in a way which encourages and fosters deeper relationship with the Divine — as my own mashpi’ah does for me.
My standard fee for spiritual direction is $65/session. Each session lasts for one hour; I am available to meet either in person in northern Berkshire, or via Skype with those who live elsewhere.
I do lifecycle events because doing so brings me joy. I love having the opportunity to connect people with Jewish tradition, with holiness, with something greater than ourselves, with the Source of Blessing at moments of transition and change.
But although I love the work, I can’t do it for free. My fee scale appears below. If these costs are truly prohibitive to you and you’d like to work with me, get in touch with me and we can talk about it. But please consider what you might pay a florist, a caterer, a photographer — or, for that matter, a plumber, electrician, or musician — for their time, and bear in mind that what I hope to bring to your lifecycle event is not only a well-crafted script for your ritual but also presence, a connection with God, and the intention of helping everyone there feel connected with you and with what they’re there to witness and participate in.
These fees cover the work of crafting a custom ceremony, meeting with you before the event, making myself available to you for questions and concerns from the date you hire me until the date of the event, and then leading your ritual in a way which is truly transformative and which brings Jewish tradition to life.
Baby naming: $500
Funeral: suggested donation $300 (this may be covered by the fees you’ve already paid the funeral home; you may wish to check with them about that.)
Bar/bat mitzvah: this one requires conversation, as I’m assuming that if I’m working with you or your child toward becoming bar or bat mitzvah, it’s an ongoing journey of learning together which culminates in the celebratory weekend.
Other ritual: for weaning a child, starting a new phase of life, entering menses or menopause, divorce, or other moments one might want to sanctify: drop me a line and we’ll figure something out.
I look forward to hearing from you!