Connecting Heaven & Earth:
Jewish Contemplative Practices in Nature
Monday, June 17 – Friday, June 21, 2013
Rabbi Jeff Roth and Sarah Chandler
Find the Divine in the earth, in ourselves, and in all things
Join us for this week of theory and practice learning meditative tools that bring us in touch with the Divine Presence that is manifesting at all times in all things. Through Jewish mindfulness meditation you will learn ways to counteract the negative habits of mind that lead towards greed, anger and resentment. Learning to rest in the direct sensory experience of the natural world around us and within us is one focus of the retreat. We will also learn practices that cultivate the wholesome mind-states of joy, compassion, and thankfulness. As we begin to understand and dispel confusing mental habits, we can enter a state of recognition and appreciation of the Divine Presence pervading all life.
- Enjoy creative farm-to-table feasts
- Take guided, silent meditative walks and hikes on our 400-acre Berkshire campus
- Sit with a mindful, supportive community
- Tour our permaculture garden and organic fields while learning about sustainable agriculture
Please note that this is a Jewish meditation experience, but not a silent retreat. There will be other classes taking place on site the same week as part of the Elat Chayyim Living Laboratory.
Five Labs, One Community.
Connecting Heaven & Earth is part of the Elat Chayyim Living Laboratory, a week dedicated to continuing the experiment in renewing Jewish spirituality. To explore the other labs, click here.
Extend your retreat into the weekend with Elat Chayyim Shabbat June 21 - 23.
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 90 Jewish meditation retreats. He is the author of Jewish Meditation Practices for Everyday Life, Jewish lights Publishing.
Sarah Chandler serves as the Director of Earth Based Spiritual Practice for Hazon's Adamah Farm at Isabella Freedman. She is a Jewish experiential educator, community activist, and spiritual leader. She has her M.A. in Jewish Communal and Experiential Education and Hebrew Bible from the Jewish Theological Seminary. Sarah is a student of Kohenet: The Hebrew Priestess Institute, IJS's Jewish Mindfulness Teacher Training, and serves on the Green Hevra Stewardship Committee.
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