• Opening the Heart
      Jewish meditation

      silent retreat 

      Tuesday, July 20- Monday July 26, 2021.  Ralston White Retreat, Mill Valley, CA

    What
    When
    Where
    Cost
    What

    As the world slowly opens again, how do we open to it? This retreat offers concrete tools to access our joyful, free Divine nature.

    When

    Check in for the retreat is 4:00-6:00pm on Tuesday, July 20.  The retreat will conclude at 12:00pm on Monday, July  26. 
    We recommend a  leisurely departure from the retreat center. Transition off of a week long retreat can take some time. We therefore recommend that you plan a light day upon your return home 

    Where

    The retreat center is a 14,000 square foot home that has three stories, nine relaxing porches and balconies with spectacular views and beautiful furnishings throughout. The heart-shaped lawn and beautiful grounds invite you to enjoy the elegance of your surroundings. There are several walking paths on the property as well as connecting trails that lead to the top of Mt. Tamalpais.

    Cost


    We believe that our beautiful Jewish tradition and life changing Mindfulness practice should be available and accessible to every person who may find it supportive. This is why you choose how much to pay for this event.


    Your payment goes directly to supporting the retreat, its direct costs and the sponsoring organizations. None of your payment goes to support the teachers. Rather, at the end of the retreat, you will be invited to donate, to make an offering of the heart, to support the teachers and this practice


    Payment is required to hold your space on retreat, to be fully registered you need to feel in a registration form that will be sent to you shortly after registering.

     


    Silence

    Using the vehicle of silence, mindfulness, and a variety of Jewish meditation approaches, we will pause to reflect and rebalance and access our deep wisdom. Throughout the retreat, we will maintain social silence.

    Guided meditation

    Daily instruction in meditation guides both beginners & advanced practitioners into the sacred space of the retreat process.

    Teachings

    There will be daily teachings & times for Q&A, as well as regular small group & private interviews with the instructors. The retreat also includes daily periods of prayer, chant, & yoga, and a deep celebration of Shabbat.

    Faculty

    Dr. Rabbi James Jacobson Maisels

    Rav James directs the vision of Or HaLev & has been practicing and teaching mindfulness for over twenty yearsc. Ordained by Rav Daniel Landes, with a doctorate in Jewish Studies from the University of Chicago, Rav James lectures internationally on Jewish Spiritual practices. 

    Rabbi Dorothy Richman

    Dorothy Richman serves as the rabbi of Makor Or: Jewish Meditation Center and is a founding faculty member of the Romemu Yeshiva.  She teaches widely on the spiritual practices of Torah study, prayer, meditation and justice. 

    Registration

    Register now! Due to COVID restrictions we will allow 29 people to join this retreat - make sure to book your place in time! 

    We believe that our beautiful Jewish tradition and life changing Mindfulness practice should be available and accessible to every person who may find it supportive. This is why you choose how much to pay for this event.

    Standard Rate, no accommodation 

    Covers only your direct participation costs, including three meals a day. 

    $740 - Click here to Register

    Scholarship Rate  Double Occupancy

    Retreat participation and accommodations in a room with 1 other participant

    $950 - Click here to Register

    Standard Rate Double Occupancy 

    This rate covers  all your retreat accommodation as well as for direct production costs of the retreat


    $1295 - Click here to Register

    Supporter Rate Single Occupancy

    This covers all your expenses and helps us provide other participants with needed scholarships


    $2350 - Click here to Register

    We do all that is possible to protect our guests. If you are not vaccinated you will be asked to take a COVID test. 


    Or HaLev has limited funding for need-based scholarships.

      To apply for financial aid, email orhalev.connect@gmail.com with a brief explanation of why you'd like to join us on retreat and the sum you can afford.