Zvi Bellin, PhD, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor Rotating Header Image

Sit n’ Schmooze Jewish Meditation Retreat, March 20 – 22

Sit n’ Schmooze Jewish Meditation Retreat

March 20 – 22, 2015

Vajrapani Institute in Boulder Creek, CA

“Behold you are beautiful my friend.” – Song of Songs

An affordable soulful weekend get-a-way with a fabulous community. From start to finish, a mindful journey to cultivate presence and compassion. Accessible spiritually-focused Jewish practice held in the container of mindfulness.


Our schedule will follow the flow of a traditional Shabbat though will aim specifically at spiritual renewal and connection with each other and nature. Prayer and study are held with a creative and experiential flavor to access the meaning behind these ancient practices. We will be holding a general container of silence during the weekend, though there will be ample chanting, contemplative study, and mindful sharing.  See our tentative schedule posted below.

The Vajrapani Institute is a Tibetan Buddhist center that is excited about welcoming all traditions to practice in their beautiful space. Get ready for a colorful Buddha-filled room that will support our Jewish Shabbat practice.


E-mail Zvi (z.bellinlpcc@gmail.com) with any questions or concerns you might have. When you are ready to register, please fill out this survey. The survey contains information about payment.


Zvi Bellin is an Assistant Professor  of Holistic Counseling Psychology at John F. Kennedy University, and the Jewish Education Specialist for Moishe House. He directs intimate retreats and workshops for the Jewish community that are both spiritually uplifting and intellectually stimulating. He is an international Jewish educator, a licensed professional counselor, and a teacher of Jewish mindfulness practice. Find out more at www.meaningthroughbeing.com

Mia Miriam Cohen is the Rabbinic Associate at B’nai Israel Jewish Center in Petaluma, a facilitator of life cycle ceremonies, a Yoga teacher, Herbalist, and a Doula.  Mia has served on the faculty for Kol Zimra Devotional Chant leadership training, in spiritual leadership with Wilderness Torah and Ruach HaAretz, and is currently in training to be a Mashpiah, Spiritual Director, through the Aleph Alliance for Jewish Renewal.   Mia lives in Sonoma County, CA and loves to take walks in the woods, play in the garden, make music, cook good food, be crafty, and share time with good friends.

PRICING (Includes weekend housing and 5 delicious vegetarian meals)

Dorm-style (12 spots) – $165

Quads (8 spots) – $182

All rooms are shared bathrooms. When these 20 spots are filled we can contract to open more spots. Please inquire about other housing options if needed.

*At the close of the retreat, participants will be asked to make a gift offering to the retreat facilitator.*


Our goal is to keep this retreat as affordable as possible. If you are in need of financial assistance to attend, please e-mail Zvi. There may be limited funds available to subsidize the cost of the retreat.

If you are able to pay more in order to increase the pool of scholarship funds, please contact Zvi. Your generosity is greatly appreciated! 



Friday, March 20th (Candle Lighting is 7:02)

Arrival – 3:00pm (Settle in to rooms and get comfy)

5:00pm – Welcome and Orientation with Vajrapani Staff

5:30pm – Entering into Shabbat Consciousness

6:30pm – 7:30pm Mindful Shabbat Dinner

7:45pm – Mindfulness Practice Basic Instructions

8:30pm – Sitting Meditation and Bedtime Prayer

Shabbat,  March 21st

8:15am – Sitting Meditation

9:00am – 9:45am Silent Breakfast

10:00am – Movement & Chanting Service

11:15am – Contemplative Study with Mindful Sharing

12:15pm – Silent Shabbat Lunch (Individual Meetings @ 1:15 – 1:45pm)

2:00pm – Meditation Hike to Castle Rock State Park (Individual Meetings @ 4:30 – 4:50pm)

5:00pm – Shabbat Afternoon Practice

6:00pm – 7:00pm Silent Shabbat Dinner

7:15pm – Transcending Shabbat Consciousness

8:00pm – Havdallah (Shabbat ends 8:00pm)

8:15pm – Hitbodedut & Mindful Sharing

9:00pm – Sitting Meditation and Bedtime Prayer

Sunday, March 23rd  

7:45am – Sitting and Movement Meditation

8:30am – Silent Breakfast

9:30am – Morning Practice

10:30am – Closing Circle with Vajrapani Staff

11:30am – Lunch and Farewell


For further information and to inquire about scholarships e-mail z.bellinlpcc@gmail.com or call  510-292-4002.

We are grateful for the support of Moishe House Without Walls.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *