June 3 to 11, 2019

Shavuot – Preparing for Direct Revelation of Divine Presence

with Rabbi Jeff Roth, Ruth Jacobson, and Rebecca Schisler

at Prama Institute near Asheville, NC

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A Seven-Night Jewish Meditation Retreat

June 3rd to 11th, 2019


Join us for a seven-night Jewish meditation retreat near Asheville, NC.

The retreat starts on Monday, June 3rd (arrival between 4:00-6:00 PM) and ends with the end of Shavuot at sundown on Monday the 10th.  Locals might leave that evening, but people traveling are welcome to stay over Monday night.  We’ll serve breakfast Tuesday morning, but the program will be over.

There are many benefits to an extended period of retreat practice, which makes this opportunity a unique one in the Jewish World.  This year has the added benefit of preparing oneself for Divine revelation which is the theme of Shavuot.  One way to understand the revelation at Sinai is that it is not particularly focused with content, but rather is a revelation of Divine Presence that is in each person and all of existence.  Our practice will focus on the direct experience of Divine Presence.  It is this direct experience that fosters a reordering of one’s life to prioritize cultivating wisdom, opening the heart of compassion, and acting with kindness towards all beings.

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.  The last two days will be a celebration of Shavuot, continuing at first in silence but finishing with all participants sharing the revelations of the week’s practice.

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

The retreat will be held at the Prama Institute, 310 Panhandle Road, Marshall, NC 28753 (http://www.pramainstitute.org). All meals are vegetarian. Space limited to 24 people.

The Prama Institute is a conference and retreat center located on forested hilltops and grasslands surrounded by the Appalachian Mountains. It sits near the French Broad River, about 25 minutes outside Asheville, NC. The scenic and peaceful surroundings create a perfect place for our retreat. There is a beautiful facility, lovely rooms for meditation and dining. Even the bunks rooms are nice, with custom-built bunk beds.

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Room & board costs

Costs for room and board for the seven nights are:

Tent or Commuter — $590

Quad Occupancy — $790

Double Occupancy – Main Building — $990

Single Occupancy – Main Building — $1350    (Sold Out – Wait List Only)

Double Occupancy (private bath) – Wellness Center (a short mile from the main building) — $1090

Single Occupancy with private bath at the Wellness Center — $1490    (Sold Out – Wait List Only)

Doubles and singles are very limited!

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.

Rebecca Schisler is a mindfulness instructor, Jewish educator and artist working at the intersections of creativity, spirituality and healing, and grounded in principles of somatic studies, depth psychology and years of meditation study and practice in the US abroad. She currently teaches mindfulness to youth in California public schools with Mindful Life Project and guides Jewish adolescents through nature based rites of passage with Wilderness Torah.

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