August 1, 2020
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
March 14, 2020
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Pre-retreat materials and the Zoom link will be provided on Monday, July 27.
Goodness of the Body will explore how the Hebrew Scriptures and Old Testament view the body in all its goodness, and how the body can be used as a channel of communication with God. In the beginning, God created human bodies, and they were good. Every human body is a beautiful reflection of God’s image to be embraced and honored, and in that reflection is an intimate connection to the Divine.
We will learn and practice ways we can embody prayer in our physical beings. In the Jewish tradition, praying kindles “the light in his soul…and he sways to and fro like the flame of a candle.” (Zohar to Numbers 218b-219a) We will learn a gentle, restorative yoga practice (welcoming of all abilities) that focuses on the breath, and how movement can become the catalyst to connect above. We will explore and learn how people have utilized their bodies in Divine communication throughout history.
This online retreat will include a package of pre-retreat materials to prepare yourself and a retreat space in your home as well as inspire participants to fully enter a sacred space. The day will include teaching, mindful movement, and discussion to align body and spirit. Explore intuitive, prayerful movement and learn the Israeli folk dance Nigun Ateek.
9:00 – 10:15 Introductions, Prayer, and Intuitive Movement – This slow and mindful movement session will combine restorative yoga with simple intuitive movement.
10:20-10:40 Discussion and group inquiry about our movement class
10:40-11:40 Lecture, discussion, and questions: Topic: Movement as Prayer in Judaism and the body as being
Bi’Tzelem Elokim (in the image of G-d)
11:40-12:15 Independent time for guided intuitive movement and group session Aligning Body and Spirit
12:15-1:15 Lunch Break
1:15 -1:45 Learn the Israeli Folk Dance Nigun Ateek
Jenny Schulder Brant is an artist, ayurvedic practitioner, and yoga teacher. She grew up studying Middle Eastern Dance and the Martha Graham technique of modern dance. As a Jewish woman who grew up Modern Orthodox, she finds great joy in sharing her love of Jewish ritual and the spirituality that accompanies it. Jenny lives in Lancaster, PA with her husband, two wonderful kids, and a dog named Squirt.
Spiritual Beings in Human Bodies Retreats
This series of three retreats, curated by Jean Lengacher, will focus on personal and cosmic awareness of the Human-Divine connectedness with one another and with our good Earth. We will explore what it means to live as holy beings who radiate light, vibration, wisdom and goodness. Sacred movement, prayers, and group reflection will inform the rhythm of these retreat days. The series can be enjoyed as a whole or individually.