August 20-26, 2012

Cultivating An Awakened Heart

with Sylvia Boorstein, Norman Fisher and Rabbis Joanna Katz and Jeff Roth

at Santa Sabina Center in San Rafael, California

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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.

Program Information

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

This retreat is sold out. Register Now to be added to the waiting list*.

*People on the waiting list are often able to attend due to cancelations that occur.

Costs for room and board are:
Double rooms – $800/person – SOLD OUT
Single rooms – $1100/person – SOLD OUT
Commuter – $530/person – SOLD OUT

Faculty Biographies

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 and is currently on the faculty of the Elat Chayyim Advanced Meditation Program (ECAMP). He is an author and the founder of the Everyday Zen Foundation.

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 was the co-founder of Elat Chayyim where he served as Executive Director and Spiritual Director for 13 years. Currently on the faculty of ECAMP, he is an experienced meditation teacher and the facilitator of over 70 Jewish meditation retreats. He is the author of the newly released, Jewish Meditation Practices for Everyday Life, from Jewish lights Publishing.


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