Our retreat falls on Rosh Hodesh Adar, a month in which we are meant to 'increase our joy' as we ready ourselves for the holiday of Purim and its themes of concealment and revelation, the complex heroism of Vashti and Esther, playfulness, and radical not-knowing. With practices of mindfulness and loving-kindness, we grow our capacity for emotional resiliency and well-being as we cultivate gratitude and happiness - even in the midst of global crisis.
The cost of the retreat is $120.00. 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.
Rabbi Batsheva H. Meiri, is a 24-year veteran congregational rabbi in Asheville, NC. For the last decade, her primary focus has been the mindfulness training she has pursued in various Jewish, Buddhist and secular settings and discovering the ways those practices can inform and shape the life of the synagogue community she leads. Her practice and teaching draws from the training she has received at the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, Awakened Heart Project, Or Halev, Spirit Rock, True Nature Education and Asheville Mindful Living. In the last 4 years, she has co-taught numerous retreats in both Asheville and around the United States alongside her teachers and colleagues..
Sheila H. Katz, “Yocheved,” is a co-founding teacher of Nishmat Hayyim Jewish Meditation Center Boston, and co-leads the annual Awakened Heart 3-week Jewish meditation retreat each winter. Her practice is rooted in Jewish and Buddhist teachings that address the roots of suffering and support compassionate action. Her retreat practice draws on diverse traditions including: Elat Chayyim Advanced Meditation Program, IJS Teacher Training, Japanese Soto Zen with Norman Fischer, Vietnamese Zen with Thich Nhat Hanh at Plum Village, and Vipassana at Spirit Rock and Forest Refuge. She is Professor of Contemplative Studies and Middle East History at Berklee College of Music and author of Connecting with the Enemy: a Century of Palestinian-Israeli Joint Nonviolence. Sheilahannahkatz.com