with Rabbi Diane Elliot and Wholly Present
with Rabbi Diane Elliot and Wholly Present
THE TAPROOT GATHERINGS 2019-20
December 26-31, 2019 at Commonweal, Bolinas, CA
June 17-21, 2020 at The Stony Point Center, Stony Point NY
The Taproot Gatherings are immersive weeks of Jewish study, embodied practice, ritual, and heartful discussion designed for activists, artists, and changemakers who wish to tap into their Jewish background as a source of resonance, sustenance, and grounding. Each 5-day retreat engages text study, movement, music and more to create a sacred learning experience for participants to dip into and emerge refreshed, nourished, and supported. This year, for the first time, the Taproot stewardship team (Irwin Keller, Adam Horowitz, Diane Elliot, David Bronstein, Eli Herb, Rachel Plattus, and Oren Slozberg) will be hosting two gatherings, one on the west coast in December and one on the east coast in June. Join us for one or both; options for mentoring and khevruta (study partner) will be available. Sound juicy? Fill out our interest form, which you'll find here. Questions? Contact Rabbi Diane Elliot
MOVING ON CENTER:
An Introduction to Body-Mind Centering®
January 23-25, 2020 at Finnish Hall, 1970 Chestnut Street, Berkeley CA
Join Diane and the Moving On Center crew for a three-day introduction to the method and materials of Body-Mind Centering®, the revolutionary approach to movement, learning, and human development developed by Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, OT. During these three days we'll focus on an experiential approach to the organ system, the fluid system, and the nervous system. By placing awareness directly into the body tissues, connecting our experience with anatomical and physiological information, we'll learn to listen deeply to the "mind" of each system, aligning with its natural movement qualities and functions. Come and discover how the practice of "embodying" the structures within can help you naturally heal, free, and rebalance yourself.
For more information and to register, click here.
EMBODYING SPIRIT, ENSPIRITING BODY REUNION RETREAT
April 20-26, 2020 at Urban Adamah, Berkeley CA
This week-long residential retreat is open to previous participants in ALEPH Alliance for Jewish Renewal's Embodying Spirit, Enspiriting Body Jewish Leadership Training Program. Held among the magical gardens of Urban Adamah's Jewish sustainable farming center in Berkeley, California, we will spend a week praying, learning Jewish texts, and generating healing energy for ourselves and our communities through dance, song, art, play, and body awareness practices.
For more information and to register click here.
UNBOUNDED HEART: BOOK TALKS AND READINGS
Join Rabbi Diane to hear poems from her two books of spiritual poetry, Unbounded Heart and This Is the Day, Ha-Yom Yom. She will share some of the stories and processes that birthed the poetry.
Sunday April 5 (time TBA): Reading and Workshop at Congregation Ner Shalom, Cotati CA
Friday, April 17, 7:30 PM: Women's Poetry Night, Temple Beth Sholom, San Leandro, CA
May 21 (time & location TBA): Poetry night with the Netivot Shalom Rosh Hodesh Group, Berkeley, CA
What people are saying about...
....Unbounded Heart, Poems and Prayers: "reverence for life and then oneness of all creation...love of God...the struggles of being in relationship...sense of the sacred in every moment...if is a treasure I will keep forever and read again and again."
.... This Is the Day, Poems inspired by the practice of counting the Omer: "This is a beautiful book....playfulness, humility, and humor....Let this book take you deeper into the beauty and honesty of being human in this very moment." "I am so grateful I had this book over the Omer season this year. I read the poem associated with each day. The poems were lovely and deep, moving and grounding, and they illuminated the mystical associations with each day of the Omer." " you don’t need to be Jewish to thoroughly enjoy this feast! With focused attention, humor, joy and pain, this delicious poetry invites us to wake up, moment by moment, attend to all our days, and make them count...."
To inquire about scheduling a reading or sacred writing workshop in your community click here.
THE BODY-MIND® CENTERING ASSOCIATION ANNUAL CONFERENCE
June 23-28, 2020 at Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Geneva, New York
The annual Body-Mind Centering® Conference is a rich, diverse gathering of somatic movement teachers and practitioners, who come together yearly to exchange information, move together, and build the visibility of somatic work. The conference features lectures, films, panel discussions, experiential workshops, art installations, and performances by some of the foremost teachers and practitioners in the somatic field today.
Among the many offerings, Rabbi Diane will co-present, along with fellow Body-Mind Centering® teacher Roxlyn Moret, a workshop titled "Resonant Voices, Repatterning Community." Together we'll address the question: how might individuals of different races, economic backgrounds, cultures, religions, gender identities, skills, and education come together as subjects of the body-mind rather than objects of a social construct? This workshop forum will be an invitation to bring awareness to personal and social differences and, as a moving, breathing, voicing community, to engage, bring questions, and continue to dream into the ways that somatic work can invite, model, and help the larger community embrace diversity.
Click here to learn more about this inspiring, unique conference and the many opportunities for learning, networking, building community, and celebrating the somatic field that it offers.
THE ALEPH KALLAH: VISION 20 / 20
July 6-12, 2020
Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, CO
The ALEPH Alliance for Jewish Renewal's bi-annual Kallah is the place to be if you want to jumpstart, reclaim, reboot, or renew your Jewish learning and practice. You'll connect with a network of communities, teachers, and practitioners doing the important work of co-creating the alive, vibrating, diverse, active Judaism needed in these challenging times. Among the many gifted teachers, facilitators, prayer leaders, and musicians whose work will be showcased at this year's Kallah, Rabbi Diane will offer a week-long class focused on growing your embodied Jewish practice.
Early bird registration opens soon. For more information, click here.