Opening the Heart: A Jewish Mindfulness Meditation Retreat

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Join Rabbis James Jacobson-Maisels and Nancy Flam as we together explore how the practice of meditation helps us cultivate the qualities of well-being, contentment, gratitude, forgiveness, compassion, and wisdom.

This six-day experience held in social silence includes daily instruction in meditation to guide both beginning and advanced practitioners into the sacred space of the retreat, which also incorporates daily periods of prayer and yoga. The form of weekday communal prayer consists of chanting excerpts from the liturgy, interspersed with silence, as well as space for each participant to fulfill their own prayer practice. We welcome people of all ages, all backgrounds. There will also be times for questions and answers, as well as small group and private interviews with the instructors. We will together celebrate a meaningful and joyful Shabbat. (More general info about our retreats — and details about social silence — may be found here.)

To register, send an email with your full name and what size room you are interested in to

A thank you to our sponsors:

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Costs, Accommodations and Food

We endeavor to keep costs as low as possible and aim to be accessible to everyone, regardless of financial circumstances. The price of our retreats is set to reflect the basic costs of room and board, as well as a small administrative fee.  All meals will be kosher and vegetarian. We will do our best to address special dietary needs, with advance notice.

In the Jewish tradition of generosity / chesed, the teachings at this retreat are offered freely.Teachers are supported by your donations. At the end of the retreat, you will have the opportunity to give a donation to the teachers who have guided you and to offer financial support to Or HaLev. Please bring cash or check accordingly.

Retreat Rates

To reserve your place, we require a $75 non-refundable deposit at the time of registration, which will be applied toward the full cost of the program. Space is limited. Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Rates below are per person, and include all program fees, accommodations, and meals for the 6-night retreat. (You are responsible for travel to and from the retreat center.) The full balance is due by April 30, 2016. Fees are not refundable after May 31, 2016.

Subsidized Student Rate* (dorm housing, space is limited): $395

Triple: $799

Double**:  $995

Single: $1625

*Students must show proof of current full-time graduate or undergraduate studies.
** We recommend couples do not room together as it may hinder the ability to maintain social silence.

Financial Aid

There are a limited number of needs-based scholarships available for those not receiving the highly subsidized student price. Financial aid is allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are interested in registering with the help of financial aid, please contact us at

Arrival and Departure

Registration begins at 3pm on Monday, June 27.  We ask that all participants arrive on time, taking into account travel and traffic from the city center or the airport to Royal Way Spiritual Retreat Center.

The retreat will conclude at 2pm on Sunday, July 3.


Rabbi Nancy Flam was the first Director of the Institute of Jewish Spirituality and a co-founder of the Jewish Healing Center. She then directed the Jewish Community Healing Program of Ruach Ami: Bay Area Jewish Healing Center in San Francisco. She has served as a consultant for Synagogue 2000 and the National Center for Jewish Healing. Rabbi Flam earned her B.A. in Religion (Phi Beta Kappa, Summa cum Laude) from Dartmouth College, her M.A. in Hebrew Literature from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, and was ordained in 1989.

Rabbi Dr. James Jacobson-Maisels is the founder of Or HaLev: A Center for Jewish Spirituality and Meditation and has been studying and teaching meditation and Jewish spirituality for over fifteen years. He teaches Jewish thought, mysticism, spiritual practices and meditation at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, Haifa University and Yeshivat Hadar and in a variety of settings around the world. He strives to integrate his study and practice and to help teach and live Judaism as a spiritual discipline.

Marcus J Freed, who will teach yoga on the retreat, has a passion for helping people and empowering them to live their soul’s mission. He wrote The Kabbalah Sutras: 49 Steps to Enlightenment, and The Kosher Sutras: the Jewish Way in Yoga & Meditation. A regular broadcaster for BBC national radio, and past president of the Jewish Yoga Network, Marcus has written for publications in the UK & US and taught ‘Bibliyoga’ on Fox TV news networks. Marcus lives in LA.

Our retreat manager is Ariel Sholklapper.

1 Comment

  1. Hi-
    Will you be running this summer Yoga retreat in 2017? Dates?


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