June 8 to 13, 2020

2020 Week-Long Jewish Meditation Retreat

with Rabbi Jeff Roth, Ruth Jacobson, Ariel Sholklapper

at Online on Zoom

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A Six-Day Jewish Meditation Retreat

June 8th to 13th, 2020

with Rabbi Jeff Roth, Ruth Jacobson and Rabbi Ariel Sholklapper

Online using Zoom 

We are living in a unique period of history when all our routines are different – a situation which can be used for growth or, which could result in fear and confusion.

A Jewish meditation practice can give you the tools you need to open up your heart/mind – bringing wisdom, and cultivating the qualities of compassion and kindness to this period we are living in, and to each moment as it is now, and with what will come. Learning to pay sustained loving attention to your own experience, and the feelings arising in the present moment is the key.

Join us for a six-day Jewish meditation retreat online with Zoom. We did our first Zoom retreat in May, and the online-while-at-home experience was both lovely and effective.

This retreat is designed to show experientially how a regular Jewish meditation practice can help cultivate awareness in all aspects of daily life. Being at home will provide an opportunity to integrate the practice experience with life at home, creating a model for using contemplative practice to remind us of the possibility of bringing our awareness to every moment of our lives.

We will have a full day schedule, which we found to be valuable in sustaining and deepening the practice. Participants will have the opportunity to enhance their skills in a range of meditative techniques. These include concentration techniques, contemplative prayer chants, mindfulness meditation, the path of blessing, and practices that cultivate joy.

The teachers will be offering the opportunity to experience practices which thousands of people have found transformative and life enhancing. Learn practices that result in greater clarity and wisdom, open the heart of compassion and lead to greater happiness.

Structure of the Retreats

The retreat is conducted in silence on Zoom. We recommend extending that silence, as much as is practical, in your home life as well.  There will be group times for questions and answers. The teachers will provide instructions for all practices as well as presenting relevant didactic material. Each retreatant will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with a teacher.

The silence of these retreats allows for a settling of the mind as well as an in depth look at one’s experience of life in each moment. In meeting the present moment, the opportunity to meet the Divine Presence manifests.

Registration Information

Fees for the retreat cover administrative costs only.  The teachings are offered freely. We will welcome donations to support the teachers. 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.

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Financial support is available through The Awakened Heart Project.

Contact (Jeff@awakenedheartproject.org) Jeff (at) awakenedheartproject (dot) org with requests for aid or with other questions.

Retreat cost

The cost of the retreat is $180.00 though May 25th.   Starting May 26th, the retreat cost will be $250.00.  The full fee is due at registration.

Refunds are available till June 1st, less a non-refundable $50.00 Admin charge.   No refunds available after June 1st.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Awakened Heart Project has been engaging in extensive online offerings, all of which we were able to offer without charge.  The demands of organizing and managing online retreats however, entail significant out of pocket costs for which we need your support.

In addition, our experience has shown that a number of people register for free online offerings and then simply never attend.  We hope that registration fees will insure that only those serious about participating will register.  This will allow us to have the correct number of support staff for online retreats, since every session requires staff (in addition to teachers) in order to facilitate technical issues and answer the chat windows.

As always, support for the teachers is in addition to the fees.  

Faculty Biographies

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 Jewish Mindfulness Teacher Training program, he is an experienced meditation teacher and the facilitator of over 160 Jewish meditation retreats.

Ruth Jacobson, Ph.D. is a psychotherapist, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy practitioner, and yoga teacher in private practice. Her personal and professional focus has been on bringing loving presence to everyday life. In particular, Ruth work includes relating to the body as teacher, and learning to live with an open heart.  She draws from a variety of spiritual and psychological sources, while finding her spiritual home in Judaism.

Rav Ariel is a mindfulness practitioner who got his start under the guidance of Rabbis Jeff Roth, James Jacobson Maisels, and Joanna Katz in 2011. Since then he has attended, managed, and facilitated retreats and mindfulness meditation groups all over the world. He earned a degree in philosophy and Jewish studies at UCLA, was ordained at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, and holds an MBA in nonprofit management. Rav Ariel’s passion is in helping people of all walks of life to live with vigor and personal, spiritual awareness through mindfulness and Jewish living.

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