Taya Mâ

immerse in embodied reverence

Embody Presence, Pleasure & Purpose

"Taya Mâ embodies devotion. She breathes ritual and her presence is a direct transmission of love - true and clear. Taya Mâ’s presence demands presence and is a catalyst for transformation. She continues to be my biggest ally, support and witness on my path." - Yael Illah, recording artist & ceremonial drum-maker

I offer high-resonance support to those ready to attune to the sacred, embrace their clear gifts and embody their deep dreams.  The journey is intimate and the empowerment is real. 

Structures for transformation include individual mentorship / supervision, virtual courses, in-person workshops and extended training.

Reach out to connect in realms of ritual reverence, embodied vocalization, ancestral lineage repair,  devotional leadership, body-based trauma-healing, inhabiting the sacred feminine and guiding earth-loving prayer. 

Multi-Year Training

Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute

Celebrate the sacred in body, earth and cosmos as an embodiment of Shekhinah - divine presence.  Reclaim traditions of priestesses and prophetesses of biblical antiquity and of women healers, dreamers, and seekers throughout Jewish tradition.  Immerse in ritual as a transformative practice. Train in and co-create a paradigm of earth-based, embodied, feminist Jewish spiritual leadership.

Mentoring & Supervision

Individual Mentoring

Chant. Dream. Drum. Track sensation. Embrace eros. Live as ceremony.

Priestess Supervision

Receive direct, embodied and intuitive support, reflection and accountability in your personal and communal priestessing, ritual leadership

Ancestral Healing

Ancestral Lineage Repair Sessions

Everyone has bright and well ancestors.  And many of us have blood lineages that need healing and tending.  Rooting in the places of greatest health in our lines - which often means connecting back long before remembered names - can be a great support toward healing ancestral trauma as well as anchoring blessing and familial gifts.  Ancestral Lineage Repair sessions are in the model of Daniel Foor, who Taya Mâ has both taught with and trained with.  Taya Mâ's work in this way specializes in - though is not limited to - ancestral healing in Jewish traditions and lineages.

Events & COurses: Bay Area, Online & Beyond


High Holidays w/ Makam Shekhina

Rosh Hashanah: September 21, 2017 10 am - 3 pm
Kol Nidre: September 29, 2017 @ 7 pm - 10 pm
Yom Kippur: September 30, 2017 @ 10 am - 9 pm

Join us for year three of Makam Shekhina High Holidays. Embodied, earth-based, goddess-honoring prayer services weaving Hebrew and English chant, percussion, priestess practices and Sufi wisdom. All genders welcome. Advance registration required. We expect space to fill quickly.

Embodying Ancestral Wisdom Through Bone

September 10, 2017 / With Rebekah Harbour & Taya Mâ / El Cerrito, CA

Activate healing and greater awareness of your physical and ancestral body. Join this ritual exploration of the physiology of bone and technologies for ancestral lineage repair. This workshop is ideal for those desiring additional connection with and understanding of ancestral energies. Together, we’ll: Learn about how bones hold information; Engage touch exercises to connect with our bones; Explore processes for ancestral lineage repair; Connect with bright and well guides along our ancestral lines.

Sukkot on the Farm

w/ Wilderness Torah, October 5-8, 2017, Dixon, CA

Sex & the Sephirot: A Pleasure Journey through the Omer
April 13 - May 31, 2017
@ Home / Online

The seven weeks between the Jewish holidays of Passover and Shavuot - known as the period of counting the Omer - invite us on an intentional journey from constriction to pleasure, union & revelation. The Omer offers a focused opportunity to bring attention to patterns we desire to transform.

In Sex and the Sephirot, we’ll engage the Omer toward experiencing greater erotic presence, deepening our commitment to sex that is nourishing and healthful for us, and embracing ritual practices of self-pleasure - or pleasure with partners - amidst the support and container of sex-positive community and joyfull accountability.

This offering is for you if: You have a pattern around self-pleasure or sex with partners that you want to transform. You feel excited - and perhaps a little nervous - about being held in a lovingly tended group container to additionally integrate the sacred into your erotic life. You desire to claim pleasure as prayer.

Pleasure as Prayer

with Taya Mâ and Maryam Hasnaa Tauhidi

@ Rudramandir in Berkeley, CA / April 30, 2017 /  10:30am - 5 pm

Embodied Presence: A Virtual Practicum

April 1 - May 31, 2017

Cultivate a being-ness that is aligned with your essential self and with Source.  Explore right pace, inhabit space, be guided by gratitude and cultivate fluency in state transmission. Become additionally, exceptionally here and whole.

Presence, Pleasure & PurposE

@ Rockhaven Ecozoic Retreat Center / St. Louis, MO

June 3, 2017

Hand of Miriam: Jewish Elemental Technologies for Catalyzing Healing

@ Ruach HaAretz

July 10-16, 2017 / Stony Point, NY

Multi-day afternoon workshop with Taya Mâ, Jill Hammer & Shoshana Jedwab

2016 Events

ALEPH Kallah

July 11 - 17, 2016 / Fort Collins, CO

Altars, Chants, Dreams and Spirit Journeys: Ancient Hebrew Practices for Post-Moderns
4-day Workshop and Shabbat morning prayer w/ Taya Mâ, Jill Hammer & Shoshana Jedwab

Hillula: Ancestral Healing Intensive in Jewish Traditions

September 29 - October 2, 2016 / Rudramandir, Berkeley, CA

with Taya Mâ & Ancestral Medicine's Daniel Foor

In the days before the Rosh Hashanah, we’ll convene in Berkeley, CA for Hillula: An Ancestral Healing Intensive Rooted in Jewish TraditionsA Hebrew word meaning praise-celebration, hillula suggests a festive pilgrimage to honor the continued influence of our great ancestral teachers. This four-day immersion will include practices for relating safely and directly with helpful family and lineage ancestors as well as those still in need of assistance. 

Makam Shekhina High Holidays

October 3, 11 and 12, 2016 / East Oakland, CA

Join Hebrew Priestess and Sufi Dervishes praying and playing together in embodied, multi-gender, ecstatic counter-oppressive devotion as we honor the High Ceremonial times of Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) and Ashura (the Day of Remembrance), which this year coincide.

© 2017 Taya Shere

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