August 24 to 29, 2020

Cultivating An Awakened Heart 2020

with Sylvia Boorstein, Norman Fisher and Rabbis Joanna Katz and Jeff Roth

at Online with Zoom

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A Five-Night Jewish Meditation Retreat

August 24th – 29th, 2020

Sylvia Boorstein, Norman Fisher and Rabbis Joanna Katz and Jeff Roth

Online with Zoom

Sponsored by The Awakened Heart Project

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.

This Zoom intensive will be on Pacific Daylight Time, with some creative adjustments to make it work for people on the East Coast and in other time zones.  The intensive will start at 4:00 PM (PDT) on Monday, August 24th, and end around 6:00 PM (PDT) on Saturday, August 29th.  There will be two teaching periods of 45 minutes each day from Sylvia, Norman, Joanna and Jeff, compared to the one hour per day that we have done at Santa Sabina.  There will be one-on-one practice discussions with the teachers.  This is a unique opportunity to receive teaching and instruction directly to you at home, from teachers in their home settings.

If you have questions about the schedule, please email (Brian Arnell) brian (at) awakenedheartproject (dot) org.

Walking practice can include gardening practice and food preparation practice as well as eating practice, and the teachers will give instructions for those parts as well. One example of a practice is for people to walk around their house and notice their reaction to their space, e.g. their furniture, their art, their partners/family when they see them, the views from windows, etc.

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 cost of the retreat is $180.00. 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 should be made to Rabbi Roth at ( jeff (at) awakenedheartproject (dot) org.

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Faculty Biographies

Sylvia Boorstein has been teaching meditation retreat since 1985. She is a founding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center and a psychotherapist, wife, mother and grandmother who is particularly interested in seeing daily life as practice. She has led numerous retreats and training programs for rabbis and Jewish educators.

Norman Fischer is a Zen priest, teacher, poet and former co-abbot of the San Francisco Zen Center. He is also the co-founder of Makor Or, a Jewish meditation center in San Francisco.  He leads Jewish meditation sessions around the country. He is an author and the founder and spiritual director of the Everyday Zen Foundation, an organization dedicated to adapting Zen Buddhists teachings to Western culture.

Rabbi Joanna Katz is a long time student of the western vipassana teachings. More recently she has been a immersed in certain zen and Tibetan lineages. She teaches Jewish meditation and mindfulness with an emphasis on daily life practice and connecting to the heart of compassion that resides within each of us. She is a board certified chaplain and an ACPE certified pastoral educator. She lives in the Hudson River valley where she continues to be inspired by the natural world and respond to the global call for justice for all beings.

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 190 Jewish meditation retreats. He is the author of, Jewish Meditation Practices for Everyday Life,and Me, Myself & God, both from Jewish lights Publishing.

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