Oct 13 - 18, 2015

A Five-Night Jewish Meditation Retreat in New Mexico

with Rabbi Jeff Roth and Rabbi Joanna Katz

at the Fitzgerald Center, Jemez Springs, NM

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Fitzgerald Center

Join us for a five night Jewish meditation retreat in New Mexico. There are many benefits to an extended period of retreat practice, which makes this opportunity a unique one in the Jewish World. Rabbi Jeff Roth and Rabbi Joanna Katz 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.

Participants will enhance their skills in a range of meditative techniques. These include concentration techniques, contemplative prayer chants, mindfulness meditation, the path of blessing, yoga, 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 contemplative practice to reminds us of the possibility of bringing our awareness to a meeting of the Divine Presence in every moment.

Structure of the Retreats

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. Rabbi Katz and Rabbi 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.

Registration Information

Fees for the retreat cover room and board only. The teachings are offered freely. We will welcome donations to support the teacher and the administrative costs of this website and 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.


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Financial support is available through The Awakened Heart Project.

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

The retreat will be held at the Fitzgerald Center, 18161 Highway 4, Jemez Springs, NM 87025 (http://theservants.org/fitzgeraldcenter/Home.aspx). All meals are vegetarian. Space limited to 24 people.

The Fitzgerald Center sits amid fifteen acres of canyons, mesas, ponderosa pines and mountains in the Jemez. Native lands surround the Center with spectacular views, unrivaled sunrises and sunsets and a sacredness that is felt upon arrival. These enchanted lands offer renewal of mind and spirit, healing waters, tranquil settings, and a peacefulness found in nature’s beauty.


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Room and Board Costs

The cost for the five nights: $540 (double occupancy); $740 (single)

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. 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.

Rabbi Joanna Katz teaches Jewish Meditation and Mindfulness Practice with an emphasis on Insight and Love. She is a long time student of Theravada Buddhism. She applies what she learns through her meditation practice in her work with incarcerated women at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, the only maximum security women’s facility in New York State, where she has served for the past 10 years as the Jewish Chaplain. Joanna teaches meditation in a variety of settings and for the past 16 years she has guided an ongoing weekly sitting group. Joanna is a Board Certified Jewish Chaplain and a graduate of The National Institute of Psychotherapies Integrative Trauma Program. She has a Pastoral Psychotherapy Practice in the glorious Hudson River Valley.


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