A Jewish Spiritual Workshop on Love & Relationships for Couples & Singles
Monday, August 5 – Sunday, August 11, 2013
with Rabbi Efraim Eisen, Tiana Mirapae, and Jodi Falk
Plus a Special Evening Program with Guest Teacher Shoshana Gugenheim (Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday evenings)
The month of Elul is an acronym of a verse from Song of Songs, "Ani L'Dodi V'Dodi Li," "I am for my beloved and my beloved is for me." Begin the month of Elul by with this week-long retreat to explore the complex world of our loving relationships.
In deep conversation, study, and experiential sessions, we will grow in our capacity to love our partners, ourselves, and the Divine. This retreat is open to individual participants and couples alike. You'll meet that special someone - your inner self that is loved and loves fully and freely.
It has been said that "love is an action, not a feeling." All our experiences—good, bad, traumatic, delightful, cathartic—reside in our bodies. To really love is to create the fertile ground for love through our actions, and our bodies. During this week you will uncover your own dance, movement, and actions that open your wellsprings to love, release the traumas of the past, and create bridges to your own soul. Release, open, and embrace…
Mapping the Journey: Special Evening Program with Guest Teacher Shoshana Gugenheim
In these 2-hour, evening sessions on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, we will play, laugh, explore and create together. With our own bodies as a starting point we will create spirit maps—maps that will show us where we have been and that will guide us into the approaching New Year. These sessions will be visual play and preparation for the coming High Holidays and will incorporate movement, writing, and visual art as we create original, life size maps to be brought home and to serve you in your journey through the coming year.
Rabbi Efraim Eisen, was licensed as a marriage and family therapist over 30 years ago and began teaching workshops in 1993. His commitment to creating sacred space where people could meet their souls and their soulmates has assisted thousands to feel safe and joyful in their journey to the Beloved. Efraim brings his joy and compassion to his work and is delighted to know that over 100 couples have arrived at the chuppah soon after attending his workshops. Currently he is the Rabbi at Temple Israel in Greenfield where he has been the Spiritual Leader since 2002.
Tiana Mirapae, M.Ed. LCSW is a licensed clinical Integrative Psychotherapist (hypnotherapist, somatic-EMDR, and Tapas Acupressure therapist), Wholistic Medicine Practitioner (classical homeopath, medical herbalist, and nutritionist), and APA Certified Relationship Specialist, with the Counseling & Gynecology Group in Longmeadow, MA. She has over 30 years of experience wholistically treating trauma and women's health issues throughout the life cycle; as a Marital and Sex Therapist, creating healthy, loving communication and sacred intimacy; and as a workshop facilitator for healing, transformation and women's empowerment.
Jodi Falk, M.F.A., C.L.M.A. is an international educational consultant, choreographer, dancer, yogi, and teacher. Her work centers on the vehicle of movement and the arts to promote educational wellness, conflict resolution, proficiency, personal and spiritual power. She has had the honor of teaching in the US, the UK, Europe, South Africa, Nicaragua, and Israel. In connecting Jewish faith, emuna, to art, omenut, through the art of dancing Jodi has taught those from Renewal communities to Orthodox women at Orot College, Israel. She was just invited to become Visiting Professor of Dance Education and Community Outreach for the 5 Colleges, in western MA, and to that end, she hopes to inspire everyone to dance, from HeadStart to Hospice, as she believes it is our birthright and our primary language of unity. Jodi has created JEWmba, Jewish Music and Bodies in Action, a fun dance, play, and pray experience for all ages. www.dancingsoul.org
Shoshana Gugenheim served as the lead scribe on the Women's Torah Project: the first ever, collaborative women's Torah scroll. Today she is the Founding Director of Women of the Book, a visual, midrashic (interpretive) scroll based on the form and content of a traditional Torah scroll and created on 54 parchment panels (the number of Torah portions) by 54 Jewish women artists from around the world. Scribing a sefer Torah and creating this midrashic Torah scroll, Women of the Book, are Shoshana's contribution to international efforts to include women as full participants and contributors to contemporary Jewish life across the denominations. Shoshana comes to scribing as a community artist, Jewish educator, lover of craft and all things hand-made and home grown. In her work as an artist, Shoshana has engaged with a variety of communities in Israel, Palestine, and the USA employing the arts as a means of dialogue, personal growth and transformation. She has held artist residencies in California, New York, Missouri, Massachusetts, and Israel. Before coming to Israel in 2000 on an arts fellowship with the Arad Arts Project, Shoshana worked extensively in the Jewish Environmental movement as an outdoor educator, curriculum writer, and program director. She has spent long periods of time in the wilderness, her home away from home, in solo expeditions and leading trips for Jewish women and youth. As an artist, Shoshana is drawn to both craft and fine art. She is committed to the world of craft and the pursuit of maintaining a world that is hand-made, homegrown and safe from harmful chemicals and their residue. This has influenced her artistic pursuits leading her far from the darkroom where she first blossomed as an artist and into the fields to harvest plants for dyeing and paper-making to the scribing table. She has a passion for printmaking and book arts and anything that is of the written word. To this end, Shoshana, has studied a variety of non-toxic printmaking methods and is continually seeking ways to express her visions while leaving a small footprint. Shoshana lives with her spouse, writer Andrew Tertes, and their two children on a moshav surrounded by carob, olive and almond trees, and the sound of pasturing goats in Emek HaElah, Pistachio Valley, in view of where David fought Goliath. womenofthebook.org
All-inclusive rates start at $466 per person. Click the purple button to the right for information, rates, and to register online. Online registration is for full credit card payments only. If you would like to pay in installments, pay by check, or apply approved financial aid, please call 800.398.2630 x4. Please review our lodging options and rates prior to calling.
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