December 20-27, 2012
Pema Osel Ling Retreat Center, Corralitos, CA (near Santa Cruz),
Registration is open until November 20th
Too often we walk through life with a heart closed to ourselves and the world, trying to protect ourselves from being hurt and overwhelmed and so missing the fullness and beauty of life. At other times, we seem flooded and overcome by the raging waters of emotion and lose ourselves in anger, self-pity, anxiety and confusion. Yet there is a middle way, as the sages describe it, between the ice of emotional numbness and the burning fire of emotional explosion, it is the open heart of love and compassion. Over this week, using the techniques of mindfulness, prayer, and silence we will gently open our heart.
Participants are welcome to follow their own particular religious practices and traditions on the retreat which is open to everyone. Food will be kosher, vegetarian, and delicious.
For more on what to expect from the retreat experience, please see www.orhalev.org/retreats
To see a sample daily schedule, click here. Registration is open until November 20th.
About the teachers:
Rabbi James Jacobson-Maisels teaches Jewish thought, mysticism, spiritual practices, and meditation at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem and Yeshivat Hadar and the Drisha Institute in New York City, and leads Jewish meditation retreats in Israel and North America. James is known for his grounded, insightful, and personal teachings, and his ability to make texts and concepts relevant to how we live our daily lives, Listen to his teachings at www.orhalev.org/teachings.
Dr. Zvi Bellin is a meditation teacher at Chochmat HaLev in Berkeley. He began teaching Jewish-based meditation in 2001, studying with Rabbis David Zeller, Jeff Roth, David & Shoshana Cooper, and Sylvia Boorstein. He is the Director of Jewish Education at Moishe House and teaches Jewish contemplative practice worldwide. Zvi is a professional counselor with a private psychotherapy practice. Learn more at meaningthroughbeing.com .