“I just returned from an amazing three day retreat that inspired me to new levels of love and appreciation of everything Jewish.”

— Shifra Bemis

Stand-Alone Institute Experiences

Robin Wald

The Institute offers a small menu of retreats for people who are interested in a taste of our programs. These retreats are intended to introduce our practices and teachings in hopes that participants might be interested in exploring other programs for spiritual practice, either through the Institute or in their local communities.

Spiritual Practice Retreats

These Thursday – Sunday retreats are open to everyone. The program is built around our core practices of mindfulness meditation, song-filled prayer, exploration of traditional texts and yoga. Attention is also given to the direct experience of silence and the beauty of nature. The participants can taste the joy and community warmth of shared Shabbat celebration and they often report creating meaningful and lasting friendships with others in attendance.

Each retreat explores a theme relevant to the cultivation of Jewish spiritual life, such as gratitude, loving perception and wonder. Institute staff is joined by guest faculty to offer guidance and teaching according to the theme and there is also opportunity for one-on-one meetings with the staff.

For more information about Lay Retreats, please email Jordan@jewishspirituality.org

Silent Retreats

The Institute offers a biannual silent retreat for anyone who wishes to delve deeply into Jewish mindfulness meditation. These retreats feature Institute faculty and other outstanding teachers from the Jewish mindfulness meditation world. Participants receive instructions and have long and structured periods for in-depth practice; they also have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with faculty for individualized instruction.

For more information about Lay Retreats, please email Jordan@jewishspirituality.org