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2017 Sit n’ Schmooze Jewish Meditation Retreat

Sit n’ Schmooze Jewish Meditation Retreat

March 24 – 26, 2017

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.

JEWISH PRACTICE & SILENCE

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.

CONTACT & REGISTRATION

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.

RETREAT FACILITATORSzvi6-edit-crop

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 Cohen is serving the B’nai Israel Jewish Center as the Rabbinic Associate. She grew umia-picture-2015p in Nashville, TN and did her undergraduate work in Asheville, North Carolina at Warren Wilson College. She has ordination as a Jewish Spiritual Director through the Aleph Alliance for Jewish Renewal and has been a Talmidah Chachamah, student of Jewish Wisdom for more than 15 years.  Mia has led numerous retreats, kids & family programs, Shabbat & Holiday services, and interfaith events.  She is a facilitator of life cycle ceremonies, a Yoga teacher, Herbalist, and a Doula. Mia may be reached at 707-326-7853 or mia@bnaiisrael.net

PRICING (Includes weekend housing and 5 delicious vegetarian meals)

Camping – $144

Dorm-style – $196

Quads  – $216

All rooms are shared bathrooms. Single and double rooms are available upon request. Please inquire for more information. 

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

SCHOLARSHIPS

Our goal is to keep this retreat as affordable as possible. If you are in need of financial assistance to attend, please fill out the registration form and answer the question about scholarships. You will be contacted for further information.

GENEROSITY

If you are able to pay more in order to increase the pool of scholarship funds, please include that information on the registration form, under the scholarship question, and you will be contacted for further information. Your generosity is greatly appreciated! 

REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT INFO HERE.

RETREAT SCHEDULE (Tentative)

Friday, March 24th (Shabbat Candle Lighting is 7:05)

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 25th

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 8:04pm)

8:15pm – Hitbodedut & Mindful Sharing

9:00pm – Sitting Meditation and Bedtime Prayer

Sunday, March 26th  

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

REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT INFO HERE.

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.

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.

JEWISH PRACTICE & SILENCE

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.

CONTACT & REGISTRATION

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.

RETREAT FACILITATORS

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.*

SCHOLARSHIPS

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! 

REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT INFO HERE.

RETREAT SCHEDULE 

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

REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT INFO HERE.

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.

reSource Yom Kippur 5775 – 3 Day Retreat

 reSource Yom Kippur 5775

@ Mt. Madonna Center in Watsonville, CA
with Rabbi Diane Elliot & Dr. Zvi Bellin

Friday, October 3, 3 PM – Sunday, October 5, 12 noon, 2014

 reFresh your spirit  ∞  reAwaken your purpose  ∞  reNew your whole self

Reserve early!  Space is limited. The first 10 retreatants paid in full will be entitled to a free introductory meditation session or spiritual guidance session with Diane or Zvi!

 In the clear air high above Monterey Bay, we will gather for a multi-dimensional Yom Kippur – the day of at-One-ment. In the intimacy and safety of a small community, we’ll support one another to traverse the Four Worlds of Becoming—doing, feeling, thinking, being—as we explore the full range of soul expression, from the ecstatic to the embodied, the contemplative to the traditional.  Come join us, as together we push our edges and expand our sense of what’s possible, moving into the new year. You’ll enjoy three delicious organic vegetarian pre-fast and break-fast meals (Friday pre-fast dinner, Saturday evening break-the-fast meal, Sunday brunch; snacks, tea & water will be available for those who do not fast). We invite you to let go and return to your source.

To register: send the full fee for the weekend accommodations of your choice (see below) payable to “Wholly Present” to R. Diane Elliot, 6108 Plymouth Ave., Richmond, CA 94805, or send a PayPal payment to rabbi.diane18@gmail.com. Inquire about payment plans.

 N’div Lev: The fee includes accommodations and administrative costs only. Your leaders will be compensated solely by your n’div lev (free will) offerings, made at the retreat.

For further information e-mail rabbi.diane18@gmail.com or z.bellinlpcc@gmail.com or call 510-778-9452 (Diane) or 510-292-4002 (Zvi).

Accommodation

Early Bird Fee (before June 30)

Regular Fee (after June 30)

Commuter

$155

$180

Own Tent or Van

180

205

Center Tent

195

220

Triple (shared bath)

255

280

Double (shared bath)

280

305

Double w/ private bath

305

330

Single (shared bath)

340

365

Single w/ private bath

395

420

Rabbi Diane Elliot, spiritual leader, dancer, and somatic therapist, inspires her students to become clearer channels for Divine Light through awareness and movement practices, chant, and nuanced interpretations of Jewish sacred text. She is the director of the ALEPH Alliance for Jewish Renewal’s Embodying Spirit Jewish Leadership Training Program (http://www.ruachhaaretz.com/EmbodyingSpirit.html). To learn more about her work visit www.whollypresent.org

Dr. Zvi Bellin, 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

Bay Area Jewish Mindfulness Retreat – March 21 – 23

Bay Area Jewish Meditation Circle
(Formerly Sit n’ Schmooze)
Community Shabbat Retreat

March 21 – 23, 2014

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.

JEWISH PRACTICE & SILENCE

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.

CONTACT & REGISTRATION

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. 

RETREAT FACILITATION

Zvi Bellin is a Core Faculty member of Holistic Counseling at John F. Kennedy University, and the Director of Jewish Education and Pastoral Counseling 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 brings her love of spirit and Jewish tradition together with an awareness that illuminates Judaisms Indigenous and Earth Based roots. She is a Rabbinical Student with ALEPH, the Alliance for Jewish Renewal, an Herbalist, assistant Midwife, and facilitator of Devotional Hebrew Chant, Yoga, and Sacred Movement.  Mia has served on the faculty for Kol Zimra Devotional Chant leadership training, in spiritual leadership with Wilderness Torah and Ruach HaAretz, and works in Jewish Renewal and Interfaith Communities to weave the generations and bring forth a regenerative, sustainable, and alive Judaism.

PRICING (Includes weekend housing and 5 delicious vegetarian meals)

Dorm-style (12 spots) – $155

Quads (8 spots) – $175

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.*

SCHOLARSHIPS

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! 

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

Friday, March 21st (Shabbat Candle Lighting is 7:05)

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

5:00pm – Welcome and Orientation
5:30pm – Mindfulness Practice Basic Instructions
6:30pm – Entering into Shabbat Consciousness (with periods of sitting meditation)
7:30pm – MindfulShabbat Dinner
9:00pm – Contemplative Study with Mindful Sharing
10:00pm – Sitting Meditation and Bedtime Prayer

Shabbat, March 22nd  
8:00am – Sitting Meditation
9:00am – Mindful Breakfast
10:00am – Movement & Chanting Service (with periods of sitting meditation)
11:00am – Contemplative Study with Mindful Sharing
12:30pm – Mindful Shabbat Lunch
2:00pm – Walking Meditation Hike to Castle Rock State Park (with periods of sitting meditation)
4:30pm – Shabbat Afternoon Practice (with periods of sitting meditation)
6:00pm – Mindful ShabbatDinner
7:30pm – Transcending Shabbat Consciousness (with periods of sitting meditation)
8:30pm – Havdallah (Shab ends 8:36pm)
9:00pm – Hitbodedut & Mindful Sharing **BRING WARM LAYERS!**
10:30pm – Sitting Meditation and Bedtime Prayer

Sunday, March 23rd  
7:30am – Sitting and Movement Meditation
8:30am – Mindful Breakfast
9:30amMorning Practice (with periods of sitting meditation)
10:30am – Closing Circle
11:30am 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.

reSource Yom Kippur 5774 – 3 Day Retreat

reSource Yom Kippur 5774

@ Mt. Madonna Center in Watsonville, CA
with Rabbi Diane Elliot & Dr. Zvi Bellin
Friday-Sunday, September 13-15, 2013

reFresh your spirit ∞ reAwaken your purpose ∞ reNew your whole self

Reserve early! Space is limited. The first 10 retreatants paid in full will be entitled to a free introductory meditation session or spiritual guidance session with Diane or Zvi!

In the clear air high above Monterey Bay, we will gather for a multi-dimensional Yom Kippur – the day of at-one-ment. We will explore the ecstatic, the embodied, the silent, and the traditional approaches to prayer. In the intimacy and safety of a small community, we’ll support one another to traverse the Four Worlds of Becoming—doing, feeling, thinking, being—pushing our edges, expanding our sense of what’s possible in the new year. You’ll enjoy three delicious organic vegetarian pre-fast and break-fast meals (Friday pre-fast dinner, Saturday evening break-the-fast meal, Sunday brunch). We invite you to let go and return to your source.

To register: Send the full fee for the weekend accommodations of your choice (see below) payable to Wholly Present to R. Diane Elliot, 6108 Plymouth Ave., Richmond, CA 94805, or send a PayPal payment to rabbi.diane18@gmail.com. Inquire about payment plans. Some scholarships may be available.

N’div Lev: The fee includes accommodations and administrative costs only. Your leaders will be compensated by your n’div lev (free will) offerings, made at the retreat.


Accommodation Early Bird Fee (before June 15) Regular Fee (after June 15)
Commuter

$ 150

$ 175

Own Tent or Van

170

195

Triple (shared bath)

245

270

Double(shared bath)

270

295

Double w/ private bath

290

315

Single (shared bath)

325

350

Single w/ private bath

375

400

Cancellation policy: Please note that if you cancel your registration before July 13th you will receive a 50% refund. If you cancel before August 13th you will receive a $25 refund. Unfortunately, we will not be able to offer any refunds on registration after August 13.

FACILITATOR BIOS

Rabbi Diane Elliot, spiritual leader, dancer, and somatic therapist, inspires her students to become clearer channels for Divine Light through awareness and movement practices, chant, and nuanced interpretations of Jewish sacred text. She is the director of the ALEPH Alliance for Jewish Renewal’s Embodying Spirit Jewish Leadership Training Program. To learn more about her work visit www.whollypresent.org

Dr. Zvi Bellin, 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

For further information and to inquire about scholarships e-mail rabbi.diane18@gmail.com or z.bellinlpcc@gmail.com
or call 510-778-9452 or 510-292-4002.

 

Ho ho ho…7-Day Jewish Mindfulness Retreat

December 20-27, 2012

Pema Osel Ling Retreat Center, Corralitos, CA (near Santa Cruz),

www.polmountainretreat.com

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 .

Prepare for the Jewish New Year @ Sha’ar Zahav, San Francisco

 

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Sit & Schmooze

Sit & Schmooze @ Chochmat HaLev, Berkeley

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Dr. Zvi Bellin
Thursdays: August 9, 16, 23, and 30
7pm
Location: Chochmat HaLev

Prepare for the High Holy Days by cultivating awareness, compassion and community.  In this group we strengthen our connection with each other, and support each other and our spiritual practice.  We will begin with greetings and gratitude, and then we will alternate chanting and silent sitting in order to settle in and become more present with each other. We will have an opportunity to share what is going on in our lives through a facilitated check in over tea.

Perfect for those new to meditation and experienced meditators who want to strengthen the social aspect of spiritual practice.



Zvi Bellin
CHL is excited to welcome Zvi Bellin, Ph.D. to our cast of community meditation teachers. Zvi is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor living in Berkeley. He is the Director of Jewish Education at Moishe House and teaches Jewish contemplative practice worldwide. His website, meaningthroughbeing.com, highlights his fusion of meaning-based practices that are informed by spirituality and research. Zvi is an active member of both Wilderness Torah and of Nehirim: GLBT Jewish Culture and Spirituality.

Stay connected on Twitter: zvibellin
Join him on Facebook: Zvi J. Bellin, Ph.D. 

Sex and Judaism

Sex and Judaism


Wednesday, August 15
7:30-9:30pm

Moishe House East Bay
(886 Euclid Avenue, Berkeley)

We all know religions say “no” to many aspects of sex, but what does Judaism say, “yes…yes…YES!” to? Cozy up in our living room with dinner and lively discussion hosted by Zvi Bellin, Ph.D. and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. The conversation will focus on sex, particularly as it relates to various cultures and customs, as well as what Judaism encourages and what the Torah can teach us about how to properly treat our sexual partners. Join us in a Jewish, sex-positive environment, where all questions are welcome.

One-Size Does Not Fit All: Finding Personal Meaning in Jewish Practice

Join the JMC and Nehirim for a teaching by Dr. Zvi Bellin

(followed by a weekly sitting meditation at 8pm!)

 

One-Size Does Not Fit All: Finding Personal Meaning in Jewish Practice
Have you ever felt like an outsider in the Jewish Community? Sometimes what makes you an outsider is the exact gift that you can bring to your community. Nehirim and the JMC are two organizations that are expanding the boundaries of what Judaism looks like. In this workshop we will share some “war stories,”  discuss how to carve your own space in the Jewish world, and learn some practices of self-acceptance as a first step towards healing.

342 Smith Street
Brooklyn, 11231

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM (ET)