The end of summer is a wonderful time to deeply explore the nature of life and the precious gift it is to be here. But often times, this is not our primary experience from day to day. It is easy to get caught up in the challenges that naturally accompany each of our lives. Spending six days in contemplative practice is a uniquely wonderful way to gain balance in our lives and cultivate a grateful heart, which can see the truth of our lives more clearly. This practice opens the heart to wisdom and compassion propelling us to a life of loving-kindness. This six day meditation retreat will give you the tools and the time to delve inward and cultivate these qualities.
Using the vehicle of silence and a variety of Jewish meditation approaches this retreat will help you to look deeply into your own life. The retreat includes daily periods of prayer, chant and meditative movement. Daily instruction in meditation will help guide both beginning and advanced practitioners into the sacred space of the retreat process. Throughout the retreat we will maintain social silence. There will also be times for questions and answers as well as small group and private interviews with the instructors. The week will culminate in a deep celebration of Shabbat followed by the chance to hear of each other’s learning as the retreat comes to a close.
The retreat is conducted in social silence which means refraining from conversation with other participants at all times. There will be group times for questions and answers. Rabbi Roth will provide instructions for all practices as well as present relevant didactic material. The silence of these retreats allows for a settling of the mind as well as an in depth look at ones experience of life in each moment. In meeting the present moment, the opportunity to meet the Divine Presence manifests.
Fees for the retreat cover room and board only. The teachings are offered freely. We will welcome donations to support the teacher and the administrative costs of this website and the Awakened Heart Project. We hope you will support this model of charging only the actual costs to participants, as this allows us to offer these retreats regardless of ability to pay the full cost.
Financial support is available through The Awakened Heart Project.
Contact Jeff@awakenedheartproject.org with requests for aid. For questions about registration or for additional information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Costs for room and board for the six nights are:
Double Occupancy — $930 (Sold out – Wait List Only) Single Occupancy — $1250 (Sold Out – Wait List Only)
Commuters — $640
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.
Sylvia Boorstein has been teaching meditation retreat since 1985. She is a founding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center and a psychotherapist, wife, mother and grandmother who is particularly interested in seeing daily life as practice. She has led numerous retreats and training programs for rabbis and Jewish educators.
Sheila Weinberg served as a congregational rabbi for seventeen years. In the last twenty- six years Rabbi Weinberg has studied mindfulness. She has introduced meditation into the Jewish world as a form that can enliven and illuminate Jewish practice, ideas and community. She was a founder and senior and teacher for the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, a retreat based program for Jewish leaders. She also serves as a spiritual director to rabbis, cantors and educators across the USA. She is a developer and teacher of the Jewish Mindfulness Teachers’ Training.
Rabbi Joanna Katz, teaches Jewish Meditation, and Mindfulness Meditation with an emphasis on Insight and Loving-kindness practice. She is the Jewish Chaplain at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility were she serves women who teach her what it means to open to the Divine in daily life and live with compassion. She serves as a spiritual resource and guide to an ongoing women’s meditation group that has been meeting weekly for 12 years. Joanna lives with her family in New York’s glorious Hudson River Valley.
Rabbi Jeff Roth is the founder and Director of The Awakened Heart Project for Contemplative Judaism. He was the co-founder of Elat Chayyim where he served as Executive Director and Spiritual Director for 13 years. He is the co-leader of the Jewish Mindfulness Teacher Training program and has facilitated of over 190 Jewish meditation retreats. He is the author of, Jewish Meditation Practices for Everyday Life and Me, Myself and God from Jewish lights Publishing.