March 11-17, 2012

A Path to Loving Awareness

with Rabbis Joanna Katz, James Moshe Jacobson-Maisels, Jeff Roth and Dr. Stephen Fulder

at Kibbutz Hannaton – Lower Galilee, Israel

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A Six-Night Jewish Mindfulness Meditation Retreat

Sponsored by The Awakened Heart Project
and The Hannaton Education Center

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Join us for an opportunity to practice a path, which helps to cultivate an open heart, leads to clarity and insight and inspires us to deeply participate in the injunction to love our neighbors as we love ourselves.

One of the principle obstacles to that love is a failing to deeply look into our own human nature. We frequently live in reactive mode deeply conditioned to certain beliefs and opinions. This can result in a contraction of the heart, defensiveness and a preoccupation with our smallest selfish needs, which may lead us to act unwisely and unkindly to those around us. But it is possible to develop mindful awareness, an increasing clarity and inner freedom that allows us to see the Divine Presence that manifests as the interconnected nature of all things and that opens the heart of compassion. This weeklong meditation retreat will give you the tools and the time to delve inward and cultivate these qualities.

Using the vehicle of silence, mindfulness and a variety of Jewish meditation approaches this retreat will help you to look deeply into life. The retreat also includes daily periods of prayer, chant and meditative movement. Prayer sessions will be jointly led by the teaching staff. The form of prayer consists of chanting excerpts from the liturgy interspersed with silence. Those who follow traditional rules for davvening can pray separately to fulfill their obligations.

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 include a deep celebration of Shabbat, followed by a chance to hear of each other’s experience as the retreat comes to a close.

The costs of the retreat include room and board and an administrative fee to cover other retreat costs. The teachings are offered freely and the teaching staff is not paid. 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 Rabbi Roth at ( jeff (at) awakenedheartproject (dot) org

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Costs for room and board are:

Single room* – 2460 NIS – $650
Double room* – 1780 NIS – $475
Quadruple room – 1325 NIS – $350
Dorm room (6) – 945 NIS – $250

*Space in single and double rooms is very limited – apply early.

For those with credit cards, deposits can be made on line. Click here to pay with a credit card and register online.

Deposits by Israeli check should be made out to the Hannaton Educational Center, and sent to Hannaton Educational Center at:
Mobile Post Hamovil, Kibbutz Hannaton, 17960

A minimum deposit of 380 NIS ($100.00) is required to hold your place. Of this amount, 190 NIS ($50.00) is a non-refundable processing fee. For cancellations made before February 1, all deposits except the processing fee will be returned in full. One half of your total fees is due by Feb 1, 2012, and no refunds will be issued after that date.

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Faculty Biographies

Rabbi James-Jacobson Maisels teaches Jewish thought, mysticism, spiritual practices and meditation at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. He is currently pursuing a PhD at the University of Chicago in Jewish mysticism and has taught in a variety of settings in America and Israel on Judaism, Jewish mysticism and Jewish spiritual practices. He strives to integrate his study and practice and to help teach and live Judaism as a spiritual discipline.

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 has led over 90 meditation retreats over the last 16 years. He was the co-founder of Elat Chayyim where he served as Executive Director and Spiritual Director for 13 years. He is the author of Jewish Meditation Practices for Everyday Life. He lives with his family in the Hudson River Valley.

Dr. Stephen Fulder lives in an environmental village in Galilee, Israel, which he helped to found. He has been practicing meditation since 1975, and is the founder and senior teacher of the Israel Insight Society, the main Vipassana and dharma practice organization in Israel. Stephen has been teaching retreats and courses for nearly 20 years in Israel and beyond and has established and guided programs, which apply dharma teachings to aid peace and heal conflict between the communities in the Middle East.


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