April 12, 2019—April 14, 2019
Rabbi Yael Levy: A Way In: Preparing the Heart and Soul for Passover
The Festival of Passover calls us to leave the narrow places in our hearts and minds and expand our capacities for compassion, empathy, understanding, and relationship.
Through sitting and walking meditation, yoga, prayer, reflection on traditional texts, and listening to the wisdom of the water, sky, and earth we will practice softening our hearts and releasing thoughts, habits, and behaviors that keep us bound. Our aim is to touch the courage, strength, and faith that will guide us in stepping into the fullness of our lives and serving the highest good.
This retreat is open to people of all faiths, traditions, and practice. We hope you can join us.
Rabbi Yael Levy’s approach to mindfulness is deeply rooted in Jewish tradition. It grows out of her personal commitment to spiritual practice and a passionate belief in its potential to change not only individuals, but the world. She has been named as one of “America’s Most Inspiring Rabbis” by the Jewish Daily Forward, and was featured in the New York Times regarding the community of spiritual practice she has built. Rabbi Yael has been affiliated with Mishkan Shalom for 22 years. She has developed the A Way In Jewish Mindfulness organization over the past seven years, creating and leading contemplative Shabbat and holiday services, as well as retreats, weekly meditation sits, and classes in Jewish Mindfulness. She is the author of Journey through the Wilderness: A Mindfulness Approach to Counting the Omer. Rabbi Yael’s teachings, meditations, and suggestions for practice based on the cycles of Jewish time appear on the A Way In website.
A graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, she has created and co-led mindfulness wilderness retreats in Alaska, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, and New York. Rabbi Yael is a spiritual director to rabbinical students in the Reconstructionist and Reform movements and in private practice.