Dec 29 , 2013 - Jan 19, 2014

Three Week Jewish Meditation Retreat

with Rabbi Jeff Roth, Sheila Katz, and Brian Arnell

at Am Kolel Sanctuary outside of Washington, DC

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“This is not an exaggeration: The three-week silent retreat at Am Kolel last year was among the absolutely most amazing experiences of my life. This inner journey was far more life-changing than experiencing the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, the Louvre, and even Jerusalem. Many of my friends know me as a chatterbox of sorts and couldn’t believe I signed up for such a thing. Not for a single moment did I regret participating or wish the retreat was over already. Rabbi Jeff and his team are wonderful teachers and retreat managers, the grounds are lovely, and the food topnotch at “normal” consciousness, let alone as one’s senses become more and more heightened. The sitting periods are not too long and nicely varied with walking meditation, chanting, instructions, yoga, eating, and rest periods. And it wasn’t just incredible while it lasted. The heightened state of awareness stayed with me for a few weeks and even now, ten months later, I still experience life more deeply and clearly than I did before the retreat. Ask me what I feel when I think of my second three-week silent Jewish meditation retreat coming up: joyful anticipation, excitement, and gratitude.” 
- Emunah

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We are very excited to be holding a three week meditation retreat. There are many benefits to an extended period of retreat practice, which makes this opportunity a unique one in the Jewish World. The retreat will be in silence comparable to other Jewish silent retreats. Most mornings, there will be davenning using chanting, and some mornings will be used for solo davenning. There will be instructions given most days. There will be daily lectures. All participants will have private interviews with the teaching staff – two or three times per week – with other contacts as needed to support your practice.

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Our hope is that a significant number of people will want to sit for all 3 weeks. Preference will be given to those interested in sitting the entire period – shorter periods will be considered only if space permits. The retreat will be limited to 25 people.

Facilitator of the Retreat:

Rabbi Jeff Roth will be the primary facilitator of the whole period. Other teachers may join for shorter periods. The final staffing pattern will depend on the number of participants. There will be a sliding scale of prices. There are limited options for single and double rooms, and requests for those rooms will be on a first come, first served basis. Teachers at the retreat will be offering their time freely. Donations to support their work will be discussed at the end of the retreat.

Sheila Katz, Ph.D., teaches Contemplative Practice and Middle East History at the Berklee College of Music and at Nishmat Hayyim Jewish Contemplative Practice Collective. She has studied contemplative practice with Rabbi Jeff Roth, Rabbi Alan Lew (z”l), Zoketsu Norman Fischer, Rabbi David and Shoshana Cooper, Rabbi Sheila Weinberg, Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh as well as in a 2-year chant-leader’s training with Rabbi Shefa Gold and in the Jewish Mindfulness Teacher Training at the Institute for Jewish Spirituality. She is author of Women and Gender in Early Jewish and Palestinian Nationalism (University Press of Florida, 2003) and forthcoming A Century of Palestinian-Israeli Joint Nonviolence.

Brian Arnell re-connected with Judaism in the late 70’s when he joined a Jewish renewal community in Portland Oregon. In the ‘80’s he was one of the founders of P’nai Or of Porland, a renewal congregation. In 1998, he moved full-time to the Elat Chayyim retreat center in New York’s Hudson Valley and began intensive study of Jewish contemplative practice. He left the retreat center in 2006 and moved to Philadelphia. He practices is the senior Teacher and Director of Springboard Meditation Sangha, and offers Mindfulness-Based Counseling to individual clients and students.

Room and Board Costs:

Estimated cost for the three weeks: $1100 (quad occupancy) $1600 (double occupancy) $2100 (single).

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