Embodying Spirit, En-spiriting Body
A Jewish Embodiment Leadership Training for Women and Men
A Program of ALEPH Alliance for Jewish Renewal and Wholly Present
led by Rabbi Diane Elliot and Guest Faculty
Is movement your first language Is movement your first language?
Does your soul express itself most deeply and joyfully through dance and song?
If you long to pray with your whole self, to experience sacred text moving within you, and to embody the deep mysteries of kabbalah in the company of like-hearted spiritual seekers, Embodying Spirit, En-spiriting Body was designed with you in mind.
Rabbis, cantors, chaplains, lay leaders, dedicated practitioners, and students are all welcome.
The program unfolds through four week-long residential retreats spread over 18 months, periodic teleconferences, and partner study.
APPLICATIONS ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR COHORT III
November, 2016 - May, 2018
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In a deeply nurturing residential retreat setting, Rabbi Diane Elliot and distinguished guest faculty will gently and joyfully guide you from the depths of your own body structure to the farthest reaches of the cosmos. You will discover new freedom to dance your soul’s yearning and to move sacred text off the page.
This exciting, innovative program, designed to awaken and expand the experience of Divinity within and through your own physicality, will provide you with skills to become an “embodiment facilitator” in your home community, enriching your work as a healer, therapist, spiritual leader, teacher, or dedicated practitioner of a joyful, embodied, renewed Judaism. Among our tools are Authentic Movement, improvisational dance, body niggun (song), Body-Mind Centering®, ecstatic dance, and sacred circle dance. Each retreat week culminates in an unforgettable embodied Shabbat (Sabbath) experience, as we celebrate and integrate the gifts of our time together.
The retreats take place among the magical oak, pine, and manzanita forest in the mountains north of Calistoga, California at Four Springs Retreat Center (nearest airports are Oakland and San Francisco). A thousand-square-foot moment space with a hardwood floor and floor-to-ceiling windows, a verdant meadow, an old stone grape arbor, and a sunrise labyrinth formed of fallen twigs and branches are among the sanctuaries for our moving explorations. Accommodations consist of single and shared cabins nestled on the hillsides or along the banks of the creek. Delicious food is provided, with loving attention to special food needs, by Chastain's Fire and Feast.
Our practice community is limited to 14 students. In addition to the retreats, the training program provides participants with additional resources, support, and practice opportunities, including individualized guidance sessions with Rabbi Diane and other faculty. Whether you are most interested in growing your personal embodiment practice or in sharing the work with others (or both!), Embodying Spirit, En-spiriting Body offers you a life-changing experience, one that will transform your spiritual practice and expand your leadership capacities in every realm.
What participants are saying about Embodying Spirit, En~spiriting Body:
I felt that the heavens reached down to open a path of light and love to me, filling it with dancing soul sisters of deep intent and full hearts, all beckoning me onward on the journey that is mine. A life-giving feast for body, heart, mind, and soul! --Evlyn Gould, college professor, ALEPH cantorial student
This has been a very meaningful integration time! And it was an amazing journey. I utilized what I learned there immediately both personally and in all of the classes I teach, including b'nai mitzvah, pre-natal yoga, and Embodied Prayer yoga. --Mia Miriam Cohen, apprentice midwife, herbalist, spiritual director
Diane’s way touches and opens my heart and all of my being to such great depths, to a place where I can truly access more of my essence and authentic self and, in turn, gain more access to our Torah and liturgy.... I am learning so much and feeling deepened in the process… the information becoming wisdom, nourishing, challenging and illuminating deep places within me. --Alisa Fineman, cantorial soloist & HUC cantorial student