Mira Niculescu founded Neshama in New York in 2013, and developped it in Paris and internationally since 2014.
A certified Jewish Mindfulness Meditation teacher from The Institute of Jewish Spirituality (IJS), she has taught internationally, in New York at Drisha, the Manhattan JCC and Romemu, in Paris at Centre Fleg, MJLF, CCJC, la Victoire, Moishe House, Limmud, Junction (Yesod-Schusterman) and others, and in Israel, in the Tel Aviv Moishe House.
A former board member of Limmud France, she is a Nahum Goldman Fellowship alumnae and a Junction community member.
She is currently pursuing a Phd at the EHESS in Paris on contemporary Jewish spiritual practices.
In January 2016, she was nominated in January 2016 by leading French newspaper Actu J one of the three new faces of Judaism in France.
Mira is currently learning in Jerusalem at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies Pardes as an Experiential Educator and a Yesod European Fellow.
She is offering a weekly Jewish meditation class at Pardes (http://www.pardes.org.il/events/the-breathing-soul-jewish-meditation/) and teaches regularly in Paris and abroad. She is just back from teaching an IJS Jewish Mindfulness retreat in Sonoma, California, with leading Jewish Meditation teachers including Sylvia Boorstein, Jeff Roth, Sheila Weinberg and others.
Jewish meditation simply put, is about meeting ourselves and the divine from within.
At Neshama, we take time to meditate to learn to quiet our hearts and mind, to know ourselves better, to let the wisdom of our tradition transform us, so that we can become who we truly are: beautiful human beings created in the divine image, meant to contribute to the healing of the world, the Tikkun Ha Olam.
While our reference is traditional, or “orthodox” Judaism, we are a non-denominational association: we talk to Jews from all backgrounds, no matter where they come from and where they choose to be.