March 23 - 29, 2014
Awakening to Freedom
with Rabbis James Moshe Jacobson-Maisels and Jeff Roth
at Ein Dor, Israel
A Six-Night Jewish Mindfulness Meditation Retreat
Sponsored by The Awakened Heart Project and Or Halev
Liberation and the joy, which accompanies it is our birthright. Yet, too often we are stuck in places that feel closed and small, shut off from our natural joy, playfulness and freedom. Helping us incorporate the liberating joy of Purim and the profound freedom of Passover, this six-night meditation retreat will give participants concrete tools to open their joyful, free Divine nature and to release that which imprisons us.
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 email@example.com.
Costs for room and board are:
Single room — 2400 NIS or $690
Double room — 1800 NIS or $515
Triple room — 1000 NIS or $350
Please note: Prices do not include sheets and towels. Bring your own. Cost for renting sheets will be 20NIS/$6 and towels10NIS/$3 per week.
A minimum deposit of 350 NIS ($100.00) is required to hold your place. Of this amount, 175 NIS ($50.00) is a non-refundable processing fee. For cancellations made before February 14, all deposits except the processing fee will be returned in full. One half of your total fees is due by Feb 14, 2014, and no refunds will be issued after that date.
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 Jeff Roth is the founder and Director of The Awakened Heart Project for Contemplative Judaism. He has led over 95 meditation retreats over the last 17 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.