“I have been able to find a stronger center in myself to which I can return so that I am not shaken by the daily ups and downs of congregational life.”

— Rabbi Rona Shapiro

Summer 2018 Retreat and Training for Community Leaders

IJS Summer Retreat & Training 2018 - July 15 - 19, 2018 at Pearlstone Retreat Center

Building our Practice, Bringing it Home

A Retreat and Training for Community Leaders

Pearlstone Retreat and Conference Center / Reisterstown, MD

July 15-19, 2018

 

Eligibility

About the Tracks 

Retreat Cost 

 Application & Registration 

Retreat Schedule 

 Travel & Other Info 

 Faculty 

 FAQs

 

Apply/Register now to take advantage of EARLY BIRD PRICING through May 15th!

 

This summer the Institute for Jewish Spirituality will offer ​training programs within the context of a Jewish mindfulness retreat experience. This special opportunity gives participants time and space to engage deeply in contemplative practices and to participate in one of three Institute-based programs that encourage integrating contemplative practice into communal life: the Prayer Project, the Tikkun Middot Project, and Wise Aging.

This partially-silent retreat is open to alumni of all IJS training programs, ​professional and lay Jewish leaders, and individuals. All participants will immerse together in contemplative practice, including prayer, meditation, yoga or other embodied practice, as well as engaging in spiritual practice relating to one of three separate programmatic tracks, each with its own criteria for participation.

Come join us!

                                                                               


~ Eligibility ~

The Prayer Project Track:

– Eligibility: Open to all clergy.
– Application Process: No application required. Register here.
Please read full program description below before registering.

The Tikkun Middot Project Track:

– Eligibility: Teams composed of at least one IJS-trained leader (Hevraya, JMMTT or Kivvun alum) attending with one or more professional or lay partners from their congregation/community.  Although teams as described are preferred, individuals representing communities may apply as well.
– Application Process: One application per team. Apply here. You can download the application questions here.
Please read full program description below before applying.

The Wise Aging Track (Introductory):

– Eligibility: Open to anyone who has or has not been previously trained through IJS. Participants will ideally attend with one or more professional or lay partners from their community, but individuals can also apply.
– Application Process: Each individual must apply. Apply here. You can download the application questions here.
Please read full program description below before applying.

The Wise Aging Track (Advanced):

– Eligibility: Open to anyone who previously trained to be a Wise Aging facilitator and who has led at least one Wise Aging group in their community. Individuals may apply, but ideally participants will attend with other facilitators from their congregation/community.
– Application Process: Each individual must apply. Apply here. You can download the application questions here.
Please read full program description below before applying.


~ About the Tracks ~

I. THE PRAYER PROJECT TRACK:
Participation in this track is only open to all clergy, with members of the IJS Hevraya (clergy leadership training program) given priority. Participants will explore three different Jewish prayer modalities over the course of the retreat through text study, immersive practice, personal reflection and group discussion; and will be supported to introduce one or more such practices in their communities utilizing a Prayer Project module.

Faculty: Rabbi Nancy Flam and Rabbi Jonathan Slater

 

II. THE TIKKUN MIDDOT PROJECT TRACK:
Teams composed of at least one IJS-trained leader (Hevraya, JMMTT or Kivvun alum) attending with one or more professional or lay partners from their congregation/community.  Although teams as described are preferred, individuals representing communities may apply as well. Participants will immerse in mindfulness and middot practice, utilizing the Institute’s Tikkun Middot Project curriculum by Rabbi David Jaffe, and begin the process of developing strategies to infuse this practice in their communities. We envision that participants in the retreat/training will introduce the Tikkun Middot Project in their community over a multi-year process:

  • Year One (2018-19): continue personal mindfulness and middot practice, working in monthly, facilitated distance/virtual Va’adot with weekly chevruta check-ins.
  • Year Two (2019-20): facilitate one or more such Va’adot for congregants and/or staff in the community.
  • Year Three (2020-21): begin implementing this strategy in the community.

Faculty: Rabbi Marc Margolius and Rabbi David Jaffe

 

III. THE WISE AGING TRACK:
The Wise Aging Program prepares individuals to facilitate small groups in which participants can explore both the practical and spiritual challenges and the spiritual resources for growing older. The program uses text study, Tikkun Middot (Mussar), meditation and contemplative forms of speaking and listening to enhance individual’s self-understanding and to support their transition to a new life stage. Wise Aging groups that have been formed in various communities across the country have become one way to address the “graying” of the Jewish community and have become an opportunity for engagement or re-engagement of baby boomers and beyond in Jewish communal life.

This summer, two tracks of Wise Aging will be offered:

a. INTRODUCTORY WISE AGING TRACK:

This track is open to anyone who has not previously trained as a Wise Aging Facilitator. Individuals may apply, but ideally, participants will attend with one or more professionals or lay partners from their congregation/community. This will best support the program during the implementation phase once they are back home. 

This facilitator training focuses on a) issues of aging as discussed in the book Wise Aging: Living with Joy, Resilience and Spirit, b) the cultivation of contemplative practices and the facilitating of them in Wise Aging groups, and c) understanding the methodology and pedagogy that underlie the leading of Wise Aging groups. Mornings during this retreat will be an opportunity for you to build and cultivate contemplative practices both individually and in community. Afternoons and evenings will be devoted to developing and strengthening your skills as a Wise Aging facilitator.

This in-person training is the first step in becoming a facilitator of a Wise Aging group in your home community. Completing this retreat does not complete the training process. You can complete your training after the retreat through additional webinars and learning opportunities for a cost of $360, which you can continue right away or at any time after the conclusion of the retreat.

  • STEP 1: Attend the retreat and participate in the two virtual meetings (orientation sessions) before the summer retreat.
  • STEP 2: Join an in-person or virtual Peer Practice Group with other facilitators-in-training. This group will meet over a period of several months to have practice sessions together, get feedback and to share information and ideas.
  • STEP 3: Attend several additional online sessions in the year following the training.

After finishing all three steps, facilitators-in-training will receive a Certificate of Completion acknowledging them as Wise Aging facilitators. Their contact information and Wise Aging group offerings will be posted on the IJS website.

A NOTE BEFORE YOU APPLY: It is strongly recommended that individuals desiring to participate in the Introductory Wise Aging facilitator training have:

  • Experience with group facilitation,
  • Familiarity with mindfulness practice,
  • Comfort working with Jewish texts, and
  • Intention to lead one or more groups in their synagogue or other Jewish community institution in the coming year.

Before you move forward with your individual application, you are encouraged to talk with your community’s leadership to be sure there will be support for your work on Wise Aging in your community once you receive your Certificate of Completion. You will also benefit if you seek other community members who might do this training with you to both support and strengthen the follow-up in your community.

b. ADVANCED WISE AGING TRACK:

The Advanced Wise Aging Facilitator Training is open to you if you have completed the Introductory Wise Aging Facilitator Training and have facilitated or co-facilitated at least one Wise Aging group in your community.

This training offers opportunities to inspire and re-invigorate you as a Wise Aging facilitator. It will provide you with additional content, information and tools, give direction to your groups and recharge your Wise Aging program. It will also be an opportunity for you to share your own session plans, have practice facilitating, leave with an action plan including a plan to contribute to the Wise Aging Library. Individuals may apply, but ideally, participants will attend with other facilitators from their congregation/community.

Mornings during this retreat will be an opportunity for you to further cultivate contemplative practices both individually and in community. Afternoons and evenings will be devoted to supporting and strengthening your skills as a Wise Aging leader in three areas: enriched content related to aging; group dynamics and advanced facilitation; and the integration of contemplative practices in your Wise Aging groups. Modules offered may include up to 3-4 of the following: Contemplative Listening; Tikkun Middot (developing spiritual qualities for well-being) as a Wise Aging Practice; Advanced Facilitation including Facilitating Change/Transition in Older Adults; What Happens After Chapter 9 – Content for Ongoing Wise Aging Groups (perhaps including: Issues of Death and Dying (including Ethical Wills and End-of-Life Conversations), Current Research/Trends in Aging; Prayer Practice,Text Study and Rituals for Wise Aging; Right-sizing (and Letting Go) as Spiritual Practice; and Sharing of Best Practices in Ongoing Wise Aging Groups.

Those enrolling in this program will:

  • Have at least 1 virtual meeting before the retreat and 2-3 online follow up sessions after the retreat.
  • Be able to participate in focus groups online for testing online modules for the redesign of the Wise Aging Program (which is currently underway).
  • Be eligible to be part of a Wise Aging Advanced Cohort, a Wise Aging Mentorship Program, and/or a Wise Aging Leadership Circle.

A NOTE BEFORE YOU APPLY: Before you move forward with your individual application, you are encouraged to talk to your community’s leadership and with other Wise Aging trained facilitators in your area who might attend this advanced training with you to both support and strengthen the follow-up in your community.

Faculty: guided by Dr. Batya Perman, IJS Wise Aging Program Director. Other faculty will include Wise Aging trainers and specialty retreat staff.


~ Retreat Cost ~

We have structured the pricing of this retreat to break out into two sections. Your total cost will be tuition plus room type of your choice.

I. Tuition:
$725 per person
(This includes all of the programming, materials, individual meetings with faculty, etc. that you will have access to on the retreat)
The tuition cost is $725 for each individual, and will automatically be added to your total when you register. Please keep in mind that the tuition cost is partially subsidized by the Institute for Jewish Spirituality.  

II. Room and Board: Prices vary by room type
(This includes guest room, all meals and snacks, and program space use)
We have broken down the Room and Board into different costs based on different room types. Spaces are limited and some room types may fill up quickly!
Single Room: $1,365.00 [SOLD OUT] 
Double Room: $1,023.75
Dorm-Style Double: $682.50

 


~ Application & Registration ~

Each track has a different application requirement. Please read below:

Prayer Project Track is open to clergy only and does not require an application. Participants should read the Program Description above, and can register here.

Tikkun Middot Project Track requires one application per team interested in attending the retreat. Teams must read the Program Description above before applying. Teams can apply here. You can download the application questions here.

Wise Aging Track (Introductory and Advanced) requires one applicant per person interested in attending. Applicants must read the Program Description above before applying.Individuals can apply here. You can download the application questions here (Introductory) and here (Advanced).

Once you have applied, your application will be reviewed by the faculty and we will get back to you about next steps for registration within two weeks. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.


~ Retreat Schedule ~

Check-in will be in the afternoon on Sunday, July 15 from 2-4 pm and the first program will begin at 4:30 pm. The retreat will conclude in the late morning on Thursday, July 19.

 

Our mornings will take place in silence and consist of contemplative practice, prayer led by Cantor Lorel Zar-Kessler, meditation with instruction by Rabbi Jonathan Slater, yoga with Rabbi Myriam Klotz or mindful walking with Rabbi Marc Margolius. Breakfast and lunch will be in silence.

 

In the mid-afternoons we will divide the larger group into the separate tracks” for group work and text study, immersing in the Prayer Project, the Tikkun Middot Project or Wise Aging.

 

In the late afternoon before dinner, participants will meet with others in Core Groups (a time to have a daily processing session). Participants will be placed with people both in their track and others. While the Tikkun Middot Project and Wise Aging tracks will involve professionals and lay people learning together, core groups will be separated by clergy and lay professionals to maintain safety and confidentiality.

 

There will be opportunities for one-on-one meetings with Institute staff.


~ Travel Information and What to Bring ~

The retreat will take place at: Pearlstone Conference and Retreat Center / 5425 Mt. Gilead Road / Reisterstown, MD 21136.

What to bring: You can view a complete packing list here.

Participants who are registered for the retreat will receive a preparatory email from the staff a few weeks before the retreat. If you have questions about how to prepare for the retreat, please contact Mara Bernstein (marab@jewishspirituality.org)


~ Retreat Faculty ~

Prayer Project:  Rabbi Nancy Flam and Rabbi Jonathan Slater.
Tikkun Middot Project: Rabbi David Jaffe and Rabbi Marc Margolius
Wise Aging: Dr. Batya Perman, IJS Wise Aging Program Director. Other faculty will include Wise Aging trainers and specialty retreat staff.
Meditation will be led by Rabbi Jonathan Slater. Yoga/embodied practice will be led by Rabbi Myriam Klotz. Prayer will be led by Cantor Lorel Zar-Kessler.


~ Frequently Asked Questions ~

I’m interested in attending! What do I do next?
If you would like to participate in the Prayer Project track, you can register for the retreat (open to clergy only). If you’d like to participate in the Tikkun Middot or Wise Aging tracks, you need to apply. Tikkun Middot teams must submit one application together, and Wise Agings participants should submit one application per person. You can apply here.

I submitted my application. What is the next step?
Applications are reviewed by IJS faculty, and we will let you know within two weeks the status of your application. If you have been approved to register, a faculty member will email you (or your team representative) with instructions about how to register.

I am attending the retreat with a team. Do we all need to register once our application has been approved?
Yes! Once you or your team has been approved, we recommend you register right away to secure your spot at the retreat. Spaces are on a first-come fist-served basis, so we encourage you and your teammates to register once you know you want to attend.

I am interested in attending the retreat, but don’t have any others in my area who I could bring as a team. What should I do?
We recommend that you still apply. Individuals are welcome to apply for the Wise Aging track, though we encourage teams to attend together, to best support each other through the process.  We encourage and prefer team participation in the Tikkun Middot track, but will accept and consider applications from individuals as well.

I’m registered for the retreat. Where can I find information about travel and how to prepare for the retreat?
For travel and transportation information about this retreat, please see the section above.
A complete packing list can be found here. We will also send registered participants information by email about what to bring, and how to prepare, in advance of the retreat.

I registered and have questions about the retreat. Who do I contact?
For questions about the Prayer Project, please contact Rabbi Nancy Flam: nancy@jewishspirituality.org.
For questions about the Tikkun Middot Project, please contact Rabbi Marc Margolius: marc@jewishspirituality.org.
For questions about  Wise Aging, please contact Batya Perman: batyap@jewishspirituality.org.
For general retreat questions, please contact Mara Bernstein: marab@jewishspirituality.org.