Awakening the Divine: A Pardes and Or HaLev Jewish Spirituality Retreat

Program Description

In partnership with the NYU Center for Global Spiritual Life

The Psalms teach that the human soul is the light of God, illuminating our hearts and minds, our actions and relationships, for the Divine to enter. This retreat, held in North America, offers the opportunity for a sacred pause, enabling us to open ourselves to the joy and presence which is our divine nature and take that awakening back with us into our everyday lives. It provides the skills necessary to transform the sometimes muffled, tense or distracted experience of our lives into an open-hearted engagement with every moment. It offers the opportunity to touch that still, small voice within each of us and the soul-wisdom which is our birthright. It transforms our Jewish practice and lives into a deep mode of spiritual awakening.

Combining prayer, mindfulness meditation, silence, text study and other modes of spiritual practice, this retreat will introduce participants to the profound depths of Jewish spirituality and offer the possibility of finding life-transforming meaning in the Jewish tradition. Mornings of the retreat will be spent in silence, meditation and yoga, including meditation instruction and questions and answers. Afternoons and evenings include additional meditation, mindful text study and discussion, a question and answer session, and exploration of additional spiritual practices that compliment and support our meditation practice. The retreat will conclude with a deep celebration of Shabbat, helping participants experience one of Judaism’s most important spiritual practices. At the conclusion of the retreat, the teachers will provide participants with resources and techniques to continue practicing and growing in their universities and home communities.

Registration deadline: November 11, 2019.

Rabbi Dr. James Jacobson Maisels is the founder and spiritual director of Or HaLev: A Center for Jewish Spirituality and Meditation (http://orhalev.org/) and the founding Rosh Yeshiva of Romemu Yeshiva a new contemplative yeshiva combining study and meditative practice. He has taught Jewish thought, mysticism, spiritual practices and meditation at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, Haifa University and Yeshivat Hadar and in a variety of settings around the world. He strives to integrate his study and practice and to help teach and live Judaism as a spiritual discipline.

Rabbi Dr. James Jacobson-Maisels is the founder of Or HaLev: A Center for Jewish Spirituality and Meditation and the founding Rosh Yeshiva of Romemu Yeshiva. He has been practicing and teaching Jewish meditation for over 20 years.

Rabbi Shuli Passow is an educator and community organizer with 15 years experience working in the Jewish community. She has been teaching yoga for nine years and is thrilled to be returning for her sixth year teaching on this retreat. Shuli currently serves as the director of community engagement at B’nai Jeshurun in Manhattan, and is a board member of the institute for Jewish spirituality.

Rabbi Shuli Passow is an educator, community organizer and yoga instructor, the director of community engagement at B’nai Jeshurun in Manhattan, and a board member of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality.

Yael Shy is the Senior Director of the New York University Global Spiritual Life Center and the Founder and Director of MindfulNYU. She is the author of the book, “What Now? Meditation for Your Twenties and Beyond” (Parallax, 2017) and a teacher in Jewish and secular meditation at MNDFL in NYC and all over the country. You can find her online at yaelshy.com or @Yaelshy1.

Yael Shy is the Senior Director of the New York University Global Spiritual Life Center, the Founder and Director of MindfulNYU, and the author of the book, “What Now? Meditation for Your Twenties and Beyond.”

5:45 AM Wake up
6:15 AM Meditation
6:45 AM Shacharit
8:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM Sitting and Walking Meditation
11:00 AM Yoga
12:30 PM Lunch
2:30 PM Talmud Torah
4:00 PM Minchah Sit
4:45 PM Walking Practice & Meetings with Teachers
5:30 PM Sitting Practice & Meetings with Teachers
6:15 PM Dinner
7:15 PM Meditation Talk
8:15 PM Evening Program: Hitbodedut
9:30 PM Maariv & Bedtime

The retreat requires no experience or knowledge of meditation, spirituality or Judaism and is open to those of every denomination and type of observance. The retreat is kosher and supportive of halakhic observance. Shabbat will be observed in public spaces.

Rates below are per person, and include all program fees, accommodations, and meals for the 6-day retreat.

REGULAR RATE
$849 – double room
$1,849 – single room

SUBSIDIZED STUDENT RATE (limited slots available for full-time undergraduate and graduate students; first-come, first-served; those who receive the student price or financial aid may be placed in shared double or dorm accommodation away from the main building.)
$399 – double room

To reserve your place, we require a $75 non-refundable deposit at the time of registration, which will be applied toward the full cost of the program.

Deadline: November 11.

There are a limited number of needs-based scholarships available for those not receiving the highly subsidized student price.
Financial aid is allocated on a first-come-first-served basis; please understand that those who receive the student price or financial aid may be placed in shared double or dorm accommodation away from the main building.

Note: The student price is already highly subsidized, and students may not apply for additional financial aid.

The retreat is housed at Capital Retreat Center in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania.

For more information, see the Capital Retreat Center website.

Registration will open soon – Check back shortly.

Contact spirituality@pardes.org with any questions or for more information. 

Deadline: November 11, 2019.