July 27 - August 2, 2020

Jewish Meditation Retreat for Women 2020

with Rebecca Schisler, Batsheva Meiri, and Sheila Katz

at Kirkridge Retreat Center, Poconos, PA

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Nashim: a Jewish Meditation Retreat for Women

At Kirkridge Retreat Center in the Poconos

July 27th – August 2nd, 2020

Rebecca Schisler

Rabbi Batsheva Meiri

Sheila Katz

Sponsored by the Awakened Heart Project and Or HaLev

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Join us for a week-long Jewish meditation retreat for self-identifying women of all ages and stages of retreat experience. We will come together in social silence to dive deep into mindfulness practice, a transformative and heart-opening process that enables us to cultivate insight and compassionate action in our lives and the world. The retreat will include daily chanting, prayer, meditation instruction, teachings, and movement. There will be space for questions and answers, and interviews with instructors. Our week will culminate with a beautiful celebration of Shabbat. Within the nourishing and sacred container of a retreat community, we will create a unique space for the emergence of women’s wisdom, depth of practice, empowerment and creative blossoming.

Kirkridge Retreat and Study Center provides a place for rest and renewal to pilgrims along life’s journey. Their hospitality, gorgeous vistas, and sacred grounds have blessed, and continue to bless, countless lives.  They are located on a ridge of the beautiful Kittatinny Ridge of Northeast Pennsylvania, overlooking the Delaware Valley.

The cost of the retreat covers only room and board. The teachings are presented without fees 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 Brian Arnell at brian@awakenedheartproject.org.

Brian will also be happy to answers questions regarding transportation, food and lodging.

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Costs for room and board for the six nights are:     

Double Occupancy — $695/person

Faculty Biographies

Rebecca Schisler is a meditation teacher, artist and ritualist. A devoted student of contemplative practice for a decade, Rebecca has sat numerous intensive Jewish and Buddhist retreats in the US, India and Israel. She taught mindfulness to children, teachers and parents in California schools with Mindful Life Project and teaches on retreat with Or Ha Lev and Awakened Heart Project. She has also guided hundreds of adolescents through Jewish nature-based rites of passage and is trained in women’s ceremonial initiatory arts. As a teaching artist, Rebecca facilitates large-scale community mural projects with youth internationally. She is currently an Arts Fellow at Pardes Institute in Jerusalem before pursuing rabbinical ordination.

Rabbi Batsheva H. Meiri is a 24-year veteran congregational rabbi in Asheville, NC. For the last decade, her primary focus has been the mindfulness training she has pursued in various Jewish, Buddhist and secular settings and discovering the ways those practices can inform and shape the life of the synagogue community she leads. Her practice and teaching draws from the training she has received at the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, Awakened Heart Project, Or Halev, Spirit Rock, True Nature Education and Asheville Mindful Living. In the last 4 years, she has co-taught numerous retreats in both Asheville and around the United States alongside her teachers and colleagues.

Sheila H. Katz, “Yocheved,” is a co-founding teacher of Nishmat Hayyim Jewish Meditation Center Boston, and co-leads the annual Awakened Heart 3-week Jewish meditation retreat each winter.  Her practice is rooted in Jewish and Buddhist teachings that address the roots of suffering and support compassionate action. Her retreat practice draws on diverse traditions including: Elat Chayyim Advanced Meditation Program, IJS Teacher Training, Japanese Soto Zen with Norman Fischer, Vietnamese Zen with Thich Nhat Hanh at Plum Village, and Vipassana at Spirit Rock and Forest Refuge. She is Professor of Contemplative Studies and Middle East History at Berklee College of Music and author of Connecting with the Enemy: a Century of Palestinian-Israeli Joint Nonviolence.  Sheilahannahkatz.com

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