April 26-29, 2012

Exploring Devekut

with Rabbis Jeff Roth and Lavey Derby, Ashira Katz

at the Ralston White Center in Mill Valley, California

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A Three-Night Jewish Meditation Retreat

Sponsored by The Awakened Heart Project, Beit Ayin and The Idra

As we move from Passover to Shavuot we will make the connection between practices that liberate the heart and mind with recognition of the Oneness of Being that guides our efforts during this three-night meditation retreat.

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, hurting ourselves and those around us in the process.

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.”

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 can be directed to Beit Ayin at: (Beitayin@pacbell.net) Beitayin (at) pacbell (dot) net

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Costs for the retreat are:
Single room with shared bath $615.00
Double room with shared bath $415.00

For Questions email Ashira Sheila Katz at: (drkatzmeow@me.com) drkatzmeow (at) me (dot) com

Faculty Biographies

Rabbi Jeff Roth is the founder and director of The Awakened Heart Project. 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, Jewish Lights 2009. He is an experienced meditation teacher and the facilitator of over 90 Jewish meditation retreats.

Rabbi Lavey Yitzchak Derby currently serves as Director of Jewish Life at the Peninsula Jewish Community Center. From 1991-2010 Rabbi Derby served as the rabbi of Congregation Kol Shofar in Tiburon, California. He teaches nationally on subjects ranging from rabbinic and Jewish thought to Hasidism and contemporary Jewish spirituality. Rabbi Derby is the Founder and lead teacher of “The Idra: A Community for Jewish Spiritual Learning and Practice.

Ashira Sheila Katz is the co-founder and Executive Director of Beit Ayin, a national non-profit that brings Jewish spiritual practice to people through sacred chanting, meditation, contemplative prayer, storytelling and movement. She leads worship services and teaches throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Prior to that Ashira began and was director for the Jewish Meditation and Spirituality Program for the JCC Sonoma County.


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