April 4 - 7, 2013
Heading Towards Sinai; Exploring Jewish Mindfulness Meditation
with Rabbis Jeff Roth and Joanna Katz
at the Won Dharma Center, Claverack, NY
As we move through the 49 days from Passover to Shavuot, we can be liberated from our constricted places and prepare for the expanded revelation that marks Shavuot. Mindfulness gives us the tools necessary for wandering through the wilderness of life, opening receptivity to life’s revelations.
In this weekend we will focus on the basic areas for moment-by-moment attention. These include attention to body sensations, attention to reactions to sensations and recognizing moods and challenging states of mind. Together these practices help cultivate wisdom and compassion.
Join Rabbis Joanna Katz and Jeff Roth for the first of a series three-night Jewish meditation retreats. The benefits of retreat practice include cultivating a deep wisdom of the nature of the human mind and the opening of the heart to love of self and others. These retreats offer the opportunity to experience practices which thousands of people have found transformative and life enhancing. Each retreat is a separate experience and complete program and the series is designed to provide complementary tools for practice.
Developing a Rich Jewish Contemplative Life
Jewish mindfulness meditation helps cultivate awareness in all aspects of daily life. The retreats will present a model for using the Sabbath as a weekly anchor for formal practice that reminds us of the possibility of bringing our awareness to a meeting of the Divine Presence in every moment. Participants will enhance their skills in a range of meditative techniques. These include concentration techniques, contemplative prayer, mindfulness meditation, the path of blessing, and practices that cultivate joy.
Structure of the Retreat
Each retreat is conducted in social silence which means refraining from conversation with other participants at all times. There will be group times for questions and answers. Rabbis Katz and Roth will provide instructions for all practices as well as present relevant didactic material. The silence of these retreats allows for a settling of the mind as well as an in depth look at ones experience of life in each moment. In meeting the present moment, the opportunity to meet the Divine Presence manifests.
Single room – $400
Double room – $250
Quad room – $175
Register for all three retreats and receive $50 off each retreat.
Please contact Jeff Roth at jeff (at) awakenedheartproject (dot) org regarding financial aid.
The Awakened Heart Project is an organization dedicated to promoting the use of Jewish contemplative techniques to foster a heart of wisdom and compassion, which leads to acting in the world with loving-kindness towards all beings, manifestations of the Holy One of Being.
About the Teachers
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. He is the co-leader of the Jewish Mindfulness Teacher Training program and has facilitated of over 90 Jewish meditation retreats. He is the author of, Jewish Meditation Practices for Everyday Life, from Jewish lights Publishing.