December 29, 2019 to January 19th, 2020

Three Week Jewish Meditation Retreat 2020

with Rabbi Jeff Roth, Sheila Katz, and Brian Arnell

at The Fitzgerald Center in Jemez Springs, NM

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December 29th, 2019 – January 19th, 2020

We are very excited to be holding our 11th annual three-week meditation retreat in New Mexico.

The Fitzgerald Center is located in northern New Mexico in the village of Jemez Springs.  It sits tucked in the Jemez Mountains amid fifteen acres of canyons, mesas, and ponderosa pines. Native lands surround the Center with spectacular views, unrivaled sunrises and sunsets and a sacredness that is felt upon arrival.  The presence of the Jemez river running through the property affords many special places for reflection, peace, quiet and a sense of wonder.

Across the street is one of the most beautiful prehistoric and historic sites in the Southwest. It includes the stone ruins of a 500 year old Indian village and the San José de los Jemez church dating to 1620. The village of Giusewa was built in the narrow San Diego Canyon by the ancestors of the present-day people of Jemez Pueblo.  These enchanted lands offer renewal of mind and spirit, healing waters, tranquil settings, and a peacefulness found in nature’s beauty.

The housing at the Fitzgerald Center are all simple suites – bedroom, small study and private bathroom.  Some have a single beds, some have two twin beds.

The Fitzgerald Center is easily accessible from Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

Structure of the Retreat

Using the vehicle of silence, and a variety of Jewish meditation approaches, this retreat will help you to look deeply into your own life. The retreat includes daily periods of prayer, chant and yoga. Daily instruction in meditation will help guide both beginning and advanced practitioners into the sacred space of the retreat process. Throughout the retreat we will maintain social silence. There will also be times for questions and answers, as well as private interviews with the instructors.

Our hope is that a significant number of people will want to sit for the full three weeks. Preference will be given to those sitting the entire retreat – shorter periods will be considered only when space permits. The retreat will be limited to 28 people.

Registration Information

The retreat fee covers room and board and other retreat costs. The retreat fees do not include support for the teaching staff.  Donations to support their work will be discussed at the end of the retreat.

Costs for the retreat are:

Double room with private bath: $1850.00
Single room with private bath:   $2400.00

Financial support is available through The Awakened Heart Project. Contact ( Jeff (at) awakenedheartproject (dot) org with requests for aid.

For questions about registration or for additional information contact ( brian (at) awakenedheartproject (dot) org

The retreat will be held at the Fitzgerald Center, 18161 Highway 4, Jemez Springs, NM 87025.  All meals are vegetarian. Space limited to 24 people.

All meals are vegetarian, with some fish. Space limited to 24 people.

To register for the retreat: Click Here To Register Now.


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

Sheila Katz, Ph.D. teaches Contemplative Practice and Middle East History at the Berklee College of Music. She is a founding teacher of Nishmat Hayyim Jewish Meditation Collective in Brookline. She studied contemplative practice with Rabbis Jeff Roth, Alan Lew (z”l), Shefa Gold, Sheila Weinberg, David Cooper, and with Shoshana Cooper, Sylvia Boorstein, Zoketsu Norman Fischer, Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh and at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. She co-leads weekly, monthly, and annual sits, retreats, contemplative services, and Shabbatons. Her books include Connecting with the Enemy: a Century of Palestinian-Israeli Joint Nonviolence (University of Texas Press, November 2016), and of Women and Gender in Early Jewish and Palestinian Nationalism (2003).

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 as the senior Teacher and Director of Springboard Meditation Sangha, and offers Mindfulness-Based Counseling to individual clients and students.



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