Nov 21 - 24, 2013
Opening the Heart of Wisdom and Compassion: A Three Night Jewish Meditation Retreat
with Rabbi James Jacobson-Maisels and Rabbi Jeff Roth
at Isabella Freedman Retreat Center, Falls Village, CT
Join Rabbis James Jacobson-Maisels and Jeff Roth for a three-night Jewish meditation retreat at Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center in Falls Village, Connecticut. There are many benefits to a period of retreat practice, which include cultivating deep wisdom into the nature of the human mind and the opening of the heart to love of self and others. The retreat offers the opportunity to experience practices which thousands of people have found transformative and life enhancing.
Participants will enhance their skills in a range of meditative techniques. These include concentration techniques, contemplative prayer chants, mindfulness meditation, the path of blessing, walking and eating meditation, and practices that cultivate joy.
This retreat is designed to show experientially how a regular Jewish meditation practice can help cultivate awareness in all aspects of daily life. The program 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.
Structure of the Retreat
The 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. The teachers will provide instructions for all practices as well as present relevant didactic material. The silence of the 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.
Fees for the retreat cover room and board (kosher) only. The teachings are offered freely. We will welcome donations to support the teachers, and the administrative costs of the Awakened Heart Project. We hope you will support this model of charging only the actual costs to participants, as this allows us to offer these retreats regardless of ability to pay the full cost.
Financial support is available through The Awakened Heart Project.
Contact Jeff (at) awakenedheartproject (dot) org with requests for aid or with other questions.
Room and Board Costs:
Single Room: $475.00
Double Room: $375.00
Information about Isabella Freedman is available at: http://isabellafreedman.org/guest/info
For More Information: Contact Brian Arnell at (firstname.lastname@example.org) brian (at) awakenedheartproject (dot) org
About the Facilitators
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 100 meditation retreats over the last 16 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.