Join us for a 2-day Jewish meditation retreat for self-identifying women of all ages and stages of meditation experience. We will come together in social silence to dive deep into mindfulness practice, a transformative and heart-opening process that enables us to cultivate insight and compassionate action in our lives and the world.
Our retreat falls during the Weeks of Consolation on the Hebrew calendar, between Tisha B'av, marking the collapse of what we held sacred, and Rosh Hashana, a time of profound spiritual renewal. We are invited to trust that something new and beautiful will be born of what we've lost and what we've lived.
I lift my eyes to the mountains - from where does my help come?, wrote the psalmist. Inspired and aided by Jewish tradition and mindfulness practice, we will explore the sources of our deepest support and allow ourselves to be held by the greater whole of which we're each a part. Together, we will open to receive guidance and love from our own wisdom, one another, the earth, the tradition, and the divine itself.
The retreat will include daily chant, prayer, meditation instruction, teaching, movement, Q&A, and meetings with teachers. Within the nourishing and sacred container of retreat community, we will create a unique space for the emergence of women’s wisdom, depth of practice, empowerment and creative blossoming.
The cost of the retreat is $60.00. The teachings are presented without fees to support the teaching staff. Participants will be asked to make a voluntary contribution to support the teachers.
Some financial aid is available. Requests for financial aid should be made to Brian Arnell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brian will also be happy to answers any questions you may have.
To register, please click on the "Register Now" button above and make a partial payment. One half of the total is recommended amount to pay to reserve your spot in the retreat. The balance will be due later. Financial support is available through The Awakened Heart Project.
Rebecca Schisler is a meditation teacher, artist and rabbinical student. A devoted mindfulness practitioner, Rebecca has sat numerous intensive Jewish and Buddhist retreats in the US, India and Israel, and teaches on retreat with Or Ha Lev and Awakened Heart Project. She taught meditation to children, teachers and parents in California schools with Mindful Life Project and is currently developing curriculum on mindfulness-based skills for social/emotional learning and constructive conflict at the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem, Israel. Rebecca is trained in womens' initiatory arts and has guided adolescents through nature-based rites-of-passage as a lead facilitator with Wilderness Torah. She offers mindfulness coaching and mentoring to individuals, youth & families, and organizations. Learn more at www.rebeccaschisler.com.
Sheila H. Katz, PhD, (aka “Yocheved”) loves finding teachings of meditation in Hebrew texts and traditions. She got hooked on exploring the roots of suffering and awakening consciousness from reading Buber’s I and Thou at age 14. As a Berklee Professor of Contemplative Studies, her courses explore non-dual strands of religious wisdom traditions in global history. Her work with Palestinians and Israelis (Connecting with the Enemy: a Century of Palestinian-Israeli Joint Nonviolence) illuminate how attending to suffering can open paths to compassionate action. She is a co-founding teacher of Nishmat Hayyim ("Breath of Life”) meditation community. Her doctorate is from Harvard University in Middle East History which she taught for 36 years. She co-leads the annual 3-week retreat of the Awakened Heart Project. Sheilahannahkatz.com