June 18 - 22, 2014
A Four-night Jewish Meditation Retreat
with Rabbi Jeff Roth
at the Prama Institute outside of Asheville, NC
Join Rabbi Jeff Roth for a four-night Jewish meditation retreat in Asheville. The everyday challenges of being human often can cause us to build walls around the heart in an effort to protect ourselves. The Jewish contemplative practices we will use on this retreat help us break through the defensive reactive patterns of mind. They provide the tools necessary for cultivating wisdom, compassion and kindness and free us to reclaim our true inheritance- open heartedness and connection to the “Unfolding of Being.”
Participants will enhance their skills in a range of meditative techniques. These include concentration techniques, contemplative prayer chants, mindfulness meditation, the path of blessing, walking and eating meditation and practices that cultivate joy.
This retreat is designed to show experientially how a regular Jewish meditation practice can help cultivate awareness in all aspects of daily life. The program will present a model for using the Sabbath as a weekly anchor for formal practice that reminds us of the possibility of bringing our awareness to a meeting of the Divine Presence in every moment.
Structure of the Retreats
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 (at) awakenedheartproject (dot) org with requests for aid or with other questions.
The retreat will be held at the Prama Institute, 310 Panhandle Road, Marshall, NC 28753 (http://www.pramainstitute.org). All meals are vegetarian. Space limited to 24 people.
The Prama Institute is a conference and retreat center located on forested hilltops and grasslands surrounded by the Appalachian Mountains. It sits near the French Broad River, about 25 minutes outside Asheville, NC. The scenic and peaceful surroundings create a perfect place for our retreat. There is a beautiful facility, lovely rooms for meditation and dining. Even the bunks rooms are nice, with custom-built bunk beds.
Room and Board Costs
The cost for the four days: $260 (tent or commuter); $390 (quad occupancy); $440 (double occupancy); $590 (single) DOUBLES AND SINGLES ARE VERY LIMITED
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. Currently on the faculty of the Jewish Mindfulness Teacher Training program, he is an experienced meditation teacher and the facilitator of over 120 Jewish meditation retreats.