Aug 22 - 28, 2011

Cultivating An Awakened Heart

with Sylvia Boorstein, Norman Fischer, Rabbis Joanna Katz & Jeff Roth

at Santa Sabina Center in San Rafael, CA

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A Six-Day Jewish Meditation Retreat
Sponsored by the Awakened Heart Project

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.

This retreat is SOLD OUT.

The costs of the retreat include room and board and an administrative fee to cover the other retreat costs. The teachings are presented without fees included to support the teaching staff. 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.

All four teachers will be on the staff for the full retreat.

Costs for room and board are:
Double rooms – $775/person
Single rooms – $1000 / person SOLD OUT

About the Faculty

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.

Norman Fischer is a Zen priest, teacher, poet and former co-abbot of the San Francisco Zen Center. He is also the co-founder of Makor Or, a Jewish meditation center in San Francisco. He leads Jewish meditation sessions around the country. He is an author and the founder of the Everyday Zen Foundation.

Rabbi Joanna Katz the co-founder of Elat Chayyim, is the Jewish chaplain at Bedford Hills correctional facility. She has been facilitating meditation classes and retreats for the last twelve years.

Rabbi Jeff Roth is the founder and director of The Awakened Heart Project and author of Jewish Meditation Practices for Everyday Life (Jewish Lights, 2009). He was the co-founder of Elat Chayyim where he served as Executive Director and Spiritual Director for 13 years. He is an experienced meditation teacher and the facilitator of over 90 Jewish meditation retreats.


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