Marcus J Freed is a guru-trained yogi, yeshiva-trained educator, published author, BBC broadcaster and classically-trained actor. He presents outstanding one-man Biblical plays, Jewishly-inspired yoga, and powerful educational sessions.
“smart, utterly original and deeply insightful”
Rabbi Joseph Telushkin
“Intellectually stimulating, highly entertaining and educational..a wonderful undertaking”
Dr. Zohar Raviv, Education Director, Taglit-Birthright Israel
“Marcus made Jewish sources accessible to three generations within my own congregation. My entire high school population, adult learning community, and friends thought he was the greatest.”
Rabbi Micah D. Greenstein, Temple Israel, Memphis
PERFORMANCE OFFERINGS BY MARCUS:
Marcus wowed the Jewish world in 1999 when he premiered ‘Solomon: King, Poet & Lover’ at the UK Limmud Conference. Book him to perform one show or the entire trilogy! Each performance lasts for up to 60 minutes and can incorporate an audience feedback session, along with education sessions based on the plays’ source material.
1. Solomon: King, Poet & Lover – A tale of one man and 700 wives.
When King Solomon receives a visit from a charismatic woman, his world is plunged into chaos. He discovers why having 700 wives and extreme wealth cannot buy him the love he seeks. A hilarious one-man play that explores the rollercoaster life of the wisest man of all time.
2. Elijah: First Action Hero
Something is rotten in the state of Ancient Israel. On the run from a weak king and power-obsessed Queen, and pushed to the brink of starvation, Elijah finally discovers a secret weapon that will change everything.
3. King David’s Greatest Hits – A tale of swords, slingshots and married women.
A mysterious old man arrives and young David’s life is changed forever. Later on, a chance encounter with another man’s wife starts a chain of events that threaten everything David has ever known. King David’s Greatest Hits is a musical play featuring the all-singing, all-fighting original Biblical hero.
YOGA OFFERINGS BY MARCUS:
Marcus is the innovative creator of Bibliyoga & the Kosher Sutras – a system for experiencing Jewish wisdom through your body. The classes are like ‘normal’ Hatha yoga, but with a Jewish twist! Marcus is also President of the Jewish Yoga Network (www.jewishyoganetwork.org).
4. Yoga for the Body & Soul – The Kosher Sutras
A yoga experience to invigorate your mind, body and spirit – suitable for all levels.
5. Shabbat Soulglow Sequence: Bibliyoga
A shabbat-morning yoga class to refresh and invigorate your body & soul.
6. Yoga for a Stiff-Necked People: Bibliyoga & the Kosher Sutras
What was G-d saying when he told the Children of Israel that they had an anatomical problem? This Bibliyoga workshop will loosen your neck, heal backache and open your mind.
7. Freedom for the Body, Freedom for the Soul
Every day we have the chance to experience freedom in our body and in our soul. We’ll discover why both rabbis and kabbalists stressed the importance of Leaving Egypt (Yetziat Mitzrayim), and this yoga session will lead you towards inner and outer freedom.
8. Mountain Pose: The Yoga of Shavuot
Strenghten your legs and open your soul with yoga for the ultimate climb up a mountain.
9. 49 Days to Power: Kabbalistic Yoga for the Sefirah
The Kabbalists taught a 49-day sequence for filling our lives with Divine Light. The yoga of sefirah has never been revealed…until now!
10. A New Year, a New You: The Yoga of Rosh Hashannah
This dynamic yoga sequence will take us into the heart of Rosh Hashannah combining breath, asana (yoga posture) and vinyasa (movement) as we discover tools for beginning anew.
11. Yom Kippur Yoga: Living like Angels
Yom Kippur is a day when we transcend our physical being and live like angels for 25 hours. This powerful yoga sequence will take us to the heart of yogic practice – pranayama (breath/energy control) – to explore how we can unlock our physical and spiritual potential for the year to come.
12. Endless Joy: The Yoga of Succot
Life has cycles and we all experience ups and downs, but the Rabbis taught that Succot is a time for endless happiness. The Sanskrit word for joy is sukha and this powerful yoga session will open our hearts to see how we can experience bliss every day of our life.
13. 10 Days to Change: The Yoga of Teshuva
Simon & Garfunkel sang that ‘after changes upon changes we are more or less the same’ but does this have to be the case? We’ll be using the tools of Bibliyoga to explore how we can realign with our inner goals and ultimate potential.
14. Breaking Negative Patterns: Pesach & the body
Passover is a once-a-year opportunity to break the ego and free ourselves from negative habits.
Yoga allows us to move beyond our habitual patterns and we’ll use asana (posture) and vinyasa
(movement) to discover how we can achieve true change.
15. The Fire Inside: Yoga for Ultimate Potential
The ancient yogis talked about tapas, a sense of inner fire that drives our actions. Fire-based
sacrifice was central to the Passover story and we’ll experience a powerful vinyasa-yoga
sequence that generates inner heat, firing us towards attaining our ultimate potential.
16. Kosher Sutras – [You fill in the gap!]
A Bibliyoga workshop that is based around the current calendar (e.g. Passover/Pesach & Freedom), meeting your needs. Other examples include: The Yoga of Rosh Hashannah: Awake My Soul (can be paired with Yom Kippur Yoga: Becoming the Breath), Mountain Pose: The Yoga of Shavuot and many more!!
EDUCATION/LECTURE OFFERINGS BY MARCUS
Marcus is guaranteed to get your community thinking, feeling and laughing. Here are some samples of the talks that he has on offer.
17. Manifesting Desires: How to unlock Unlimited Blessing
There’s an ancient secret to Manifesting Unlimited Blessing. Join Marcus for a traditional text-study that will take you to untraditional places. We’ll explore a little-known 3000 year-old Biblical prophecy that promises limitless wealth…..
18. Happiness Guaranteed (Or your money back!)
How we can channel deep joy into our lives? What are the tools for tapping into endless happiness when we aren’t feeling like it or life is getting us down? This class will introduce powerful rabbinic and kabbalistic wisdom to help us live life with joy, passion and excellence.
DRAMA-BASED LEARNING OFFERINGS BY MARCUS
Marcus creates interactive drama-based learning experiences for all ages. He has trained as an actor, writer, teacher and presents his own version of ‘Bibliodrama’ that is memorable and entertaining.
19. Improv Comedy: Whose Line is it Anyway?
Marcus leads your group through a hilarious session where everybody gets to play…
20. Jonah and the Art of Zen Fishing
An exciting drama-based adventure which asks the question; How we can get in tune with our calling, embrace it with passion and live life to the full? This class considers Social Responsibility & how we can play our part to refine the world.
21. Seasons of Love
King Solomon wrote that there is ‘a time for love and a time for war’, and we will consider how we can make the most of every second we live!
22. ‘The Scandal of Rosh Hashannah: Abraham, Lot and the Village People’
We’ll dive headlong into the tales of Abraham and Lot to explore how human relationships are the key to creating a balanced society and a just world. (Ages 15+)
23: Elijah: First Action Hero
A journey through the world of the Bible’s most enigmatic prophet
24: Family Dramas: Sibling Rivalry
Deception, intrigue and stolen blessings all come together in the ultimate family drama. We’ll meet Jacob, Esau, Isaac and Rebecca and see what they have to say for themselves…
25: Joseph & the Amazing Technicoloured Argument
You’ve seen the musical, now experience the text. We recreate a Jerry Springer-style format which takes us to the heart of the Joseph story. It’s fast, fun and furious.
JEWISH FESTIVAL OFFERINGS BY MARCUS
Specific educational offerings that tie-in with the annual Calendar cycle.
26. Naked Yom Kippur – How to have a meaningful fast (The Isaiah Rulebook)
The prophet Isaiah famously wrote that whilst it is honourable to fast, our efforts don’t achieve anything if we still let the poor go hungry, naked or unfed. This text-based session will look at how to make Yom Kippur meaningful by using it as a stimulus to change the world.
27. Once More With Feeling
How do we pray? Why do we pray? How can we summon up the enthusiasm to do it over and over again? This interactive class will lead us head-first into the key sources and reveal how we can make the process of prayer deeply meaningful and effective.
28. Rabbis on the Run: The A-Team
The Hagaddah tells of a group of rabbis who are hiding from the Romans. They are trapped in a
cave with no obvious way out. In this moment of dire emergency they find the key to liberation.
We’ll meet the the great Rabbi Akiva, and learn ancient tools for modern freedom.
29. All who are hungry: Pesach & Poverty
The seder meal begins with ‘all who are hungry, come and eat’, but how far are we prepared to go? The rabbis had inspirational advice on how to end poverty and create a balanced society where everyone was fed and clothed. We’ll learn, explore, and discover how to fix the world.