Dec 6-10, 2017

A Four-Night Jewish Meditation Retreat

with Rabbi Jeff Roth

at Still Meadow near Portland, Oregon

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Sponsored by Havurah Shalom and P’nai Or of Portland

As we look forward to celebrating Hanukkah, it is a good time for looking inward for the light that can illuminate dark times. Using the vehicle of silence and a variety of Jewish meditation approaches, this retreat will invite you to look deeply into your own life, as you cultivate greater wisdom, joy and compassion.

The deep work allows each of us to see more clearly how we become overwhelmed and shut down, conditions we might call the “dark” times. The clarity possible through these practices allows us to experience the movement from “small mind,” the narrow place of “mochin de’katnut,” into an expanded perception of the Divine presence that pervades all of life–what Hassidism calls “devekut.”

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.

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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 contemplative practice to 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.


The retreat will be held at Still Meadow, a sanctuary and setting for contemplation, group events and restorative experience combining the beauty of our rich old growth forest with leading edge experiential learning. Set on 60 acres of forest and meadow, with a year-round running creek, hiking trails and sauna, the lush setting provides a nurturing environment that inspires a deepening of experience.

With its beautifully landscaped grounds, located in rural Damascus, Oregon, only a half hour from both downtown Portland and the Portland International Airport, Still Meadow offers a secluded and warm setting for our retreat.

Registration Information

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.

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Room and Board Costs

The cost for the four nights: $350.00 (Commuter); $420.00 (Quad Occupancy); $520.00 (Double Occupancy); $750.00 (Single)

Financial support is available through The Awakened Heart Project. Contact (Jeff Roth) Jeff (at) awakenedheartproject (dot) org with requests for aid or with other questions.

For general information, contact (Brian Arnell) brian (at) awakenedheartproject (dot) org

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 over 190 Jewish meditation retreats. He is the author of Me, Myself & God and Jewish Meditation Practices for Everyday Life, both from Jewish Lights Publishing.


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