“The joy was more palpable than any other prayer service I have ever experienced…PROFOUND. Thank you.”

— Lay Retreat participant Winter 2012

The Institute Retreat Experience

The Institute offers a small menu of retreats for people who are interested in a taste of our programs. These retreats are intended to introduce our practices and teachings in hopes that participants might be interested in exploring other programs for spiritual practice, either through the Institute or in their local communities.

Taste of Kivvun

These Wednesday – Sunday retreats are open to everyone and modeled after our Kivvun retreats, so many individuals consider the retreat as an opportunity to sample the Kivvun program.

The program is built around our core practices of mindfulness meditation, song-filled prayer, exploration of traditional texts, lively discussion and optional yoga. Attention is also given to the direct experience of silence and the beauty of nature. Participants taste the joy and community warmth of a full, shared Shabbat celebration. Many participants create meaningful and lasting friendships with others in attendance.

Each retreat explores a theme relevant to the cultivation of Jewish spiritual life, such as gratitude, wonder, or the connection between the inner life of contemplation and the outer life of action. Institute staff is joined by well-known guest scholars to teach on the chosen theme. There is also opportunity for one-on-one meetings for spiritual guidance with Institute faculty.

For more information about Taste of Kivvun, please email marc@jewishspirituality.org

Silent Retreats

The Institute offers a biannual silent retreat for anyone who wishes to delve deeply into Jewish mindfulness meditation. These retreats feature Institute faculty and other outstanding teachers from the Jewish mindfulness meditation world. Participants receive instructions and have long and structured periods for in-depth practice; they also have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with faculty for individualized instruction.