Register for 7 Night Silent Jewish Meditation Retreat, June 4-11, 2017 at Brandeis Bardin, CA

Room Rates

  • Student/Educator Subsidized Rate (With School ID)** Limited Availability: $399
  • Bunk Housing (**Bring your own linens): $699
  • Double Occupancy: $995
  • Single Occupancy: $1875

  • Click the donate button.  Select your housing option, or opt to pay a $50 non-refundable deposit by entering $50.00 in the additional text field. (You will have an opportunity to tell us your room selection in Step 2 of the Registration Process  as well).

  • Final payment due by Monday, May 1, 2017. After May 1, if you have not paid your balance, we cannot guarentee your room selection.

  • All reservations final after May 26, 2017. No refunds will be issued after that date.

  • Payments are for room and board only.  Instruction on retreat is offered free of charge.  There will be an opportunity at the end of the retreat to make an offering to teachers that honors the gifts you receive on retreat.

Sample Daily Schedule

5:30am Wake up bell

6:00 Sit

6:30 Walk/prepare for tefilot

6:40 Tefilot/Sit

7:30 BREAKFAST Dining Room

8:30 Work practice/Walk

9:30 Sit

10:15 Walk                     

10:30 Sit 

11:15 Walk

11:45 Sit + Q&A

12:30 pm LUNCH Dining Room

1:15 Work practice (beginner’s group meetings and instructions)

2:00 Sit

2:45 Walk 

3:00 Sit

3:45 Walk or Yoga

4:30 Teaching

5:15 Sit

6:00 DINNER Dining room

7:30 Teaching/Talk

8:30 Walk

8:45 Sit

9:15 Return to rooms or optional practice

 

FAQs

Where is the retreat? This year’s West Coast retreat is being held at Brandeis Bardin, just outside of Los Angeles, CA.  Brandeis is a kosher Jewish camping facility, located 35 minutes from Burbank Airport and 60 minutes from LAX. The facility is located on 2800 acres, allowing for 360* of untouched natural beauty, and offers private bungalo housing, double rooms and bunk housing. 

When is the retreat? Check in for this year’s retreat will begin at 3pm on June 4th. The retreat will end on the morning of June 11th (You can take your boxed lunch to go, or stay and keep shmoozing after we’ve concluded our silent practice). 

What do you mean by a “Silent Retreat?” Although Or HaLev retreats take place in “social silence” they are far from quiet. We begin our mornings together in song and chant, and there are opportunities everyday to ask questions. Rather, we take silence in order to give our students the space to delve deeply inward. Therefore, while you’re with us, you will not chat with other participants, use your phone, etc. We also ask that you refrain from reading and journaling as well. Over our seven nights of practice, we’ll gently journey from the world of words and labels into the world of unified being. 

How is it Jewish?  Or HaLev offers Judaism as a transformative spiritual path. Through the creation of immersive experiences, we bring seekers into contact with the Jewish teachings and practices that lead to a deeper, more meaningful life. Under the guidance of our expert teachers, we invite practitioners to open their hearts, minds, and souls through a variety of spiritual modalities including mindfulness meditation, song, holy eating, contemplative and meditative prayer, and observing Shabbat as a practice of settling, realignment, unity, and communion.

What if I’m religious?  We welcome you! All Or HaLev retreats are conducted according to halakhah. We serve only kosher food and observe the laws of shabbat.  We encourage our participants to make the retreat their own, and support them in fulfilling their personal religious obligations. Communal prayer on Or HaLev retreats is conducted in mixed settings (all genders together), but many of our students choose to pray on their own or not at all.

What if I’m not at all religious? We welcome you! While the journey we take together on Or HaLev retreats is a spiritual one, we welcome each of our students to take it on their own terms.  There is no compulsory religious practice on the retreat. All questions, doubts and beliefs are welcome. 

We’re here to answer all of your questions. Email us at orhalev.connect@gmail.com