Jewish Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training
This program is a collaboration of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality and the Awakened Heart Project. It is intended for lay or professionals in the Jewish community who have developed both a mindfulness practice and have been engaged in teaching mindfulness within a Jewish context. The program consists of 3 intensive retreats (16 days total over 16 months).
Each month features a theme for investigation through an integrated path of study and practice with monthly readings; practice instructions and guidance for integration of Jewish thought, language and mindfulness; and pedagogic instruction and practice. It is expected that each participant will have a daily meditation practice. Students share teachings and practice questions and insights with study partners and a monthly meeting with a mentor.
Other features of the program include: a focus on the application of mindfulness in a Jewish social justice context; yoga as a mindfulness practice in a Jewish context which is taught on retreat; assignments to share weekly reflections on the torah portion; and guest teachers in addition to the three primary teachers Rabbis Sheila Peltz Weinberg, Jeff Roth and Jordan Bendat-Appell.
The focus of the program is the creation of a cadre of teachers in the Jewish community that are well versed in the practice of mindfulness, its applications, its value in a multitude of settings and its translation into an accessible and inspiring Jewish language and form.
Participants also network with each other on a variety of sub topics including teaching children, university teaching, establishing and running Jewish meditation centers, the role of mindfulness in synagogue life and in social change organizations.
We are currently accepting applications for the 3rd JMTT cohort!
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Jewish Yoga Teacher Training
JYTT is designed for individuals who feel that working through their bodies with yoga can help open the gates of spirituality within. Students will be guided throughout each facet of this program to grow as teachers of Judaism, yoga, and an integration of the two. Most importantly, JYTT graduates will be able to help their students access depths of Jewish spirituality through the wisdom and power of the physical body and the practice of hatha yoga. This will be an unprecedented new cadre of Jewish spiritual leadership that can help shape Jewish life and identity in the 21st century.
The Jewish practice of tikkun middot, the refining of character traits or qualities, is a primary focus of JYTT. Among these traits are patience, lovingkindness, trust in God, and equanimity. Participants will be guided in how to study and share Jewish teachings on a variety of middot, or attributes, and carefully weave in yoga postures that provide a physical awareness of these qualities.
Yoga engages the body to help work through imbalances and actually begin to shift the nervous system toward greater alignment, balance, ease, and strength; a practice that mirrors and supports the work of tikkun middot practice to gain greater balance and refinement of such qualities – spiritually, mentally, and emotionally.
This 12-month program includes:
- Yoga Alliance Certification
- Three intensive week-long retreats
- Interim periods of home-based study, teaching and practice in consultation with program instructor
Retreats will be held:
- March 31 – April 6, 2014, East Coast
- October 29 – November 2 2014, East Coast
- Winter 2015, West Coast