Praying In, and With, the Natural World

New York, New York
Sunday, May 06, 2018
Praying In, and With, the Natural World
Sunday, May 06, 2018 - Friday, June 01, 2018

Institute for Jewish Spirituality
121 West 27th Street #404
New York, New York 10001
United States

Last day to register is April 30!

Does your prayer life need a boost? Could you use support, guidance, community and/or teaching to help you engage a richer and more meaningful prayer practice? Then consider joining our month-long prayer intensives!

These 30-day modules are designed to help you focus on cultivating a specific modality of prayer practice. Offered online, you choose the time that's most convenient for you to watch the weekly half-hour teaching video, engage in the brief but focused daily practice, and post your questions and reflections. Optional participation in a weekly processing group to reflect on your practice and receive real-time guidance from the instructor will be available on a first-come, first-serve registration basis, for an additional fee.

Month-Long Prayer Intensive: $100
Month-Long Prayer Intensive Plus Weekly Live Processing Group: $125

Partial financial aid may be available by application only. Financial aid application details will be included in registration confirmation email - you must register before applying for financial aid.

Any financial aid awards will be granted as a rebate to your registration fee.

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Praying In, and With, the Natural World
Rabbi Mike Comins
May 6 - June 1, 2018

So many of us feel divinity in nature, where God’s creation pulls on our heartstrings and the obstacles to prayer seemingly melt into the earth. Rabbi Nachman taught that when we go outside to pray, the energy of the grasses, trees and plants joins us and helps make our prayer whole. In this prayer module, we will explore how listening for God and praying in wild spaces can elevate our practice and enliven our connection with God.

We will explore Judaism’s wisdom regarding the special relationship between human beings and the natural world. We will take a deep dive into biblical texts and the writings of Martin Buber and Abraham Joshua Heschel, and then apply the gleanings of our inquiry to contemplative practice in the natural world. We will work outdoors with walking meditation, blessings, psalms, and spontaneous, unscripted prayer. While it is helpful to be in a wild place removed from civilization, the practices are fruitful in a back yard, a local park or walking down a neighborhood street.

Rabbi Mike Comins is founding director of the TorahTrek Center for Jewish Wilderness Spirituality and teaches The Making Prayer Real Course and Curriculum at the HUC-JIR College Commons He is author of A Wild Faith: Jewish Ways into Wilderness, Wilderness Ways into Judaism and Making Prayer Real: Leading Jewish Spiritual Voices on Why Prayer is Difficult and What to Do about It. A yeshiva-trained, Israeli-ordained Reform Rabbi and a licensed Israeli desert guide, he holds an M.A. in Jewish Education with an emphasis in contemporary philosophy. He brings the fruits of a spiritual journey that include extensive training in meditation, Hebrew chant, qigong and spiritual practice in the natural world. 

Cancellation Policy:  

Cancellations made more than 7 days before the start date of a module will be given a full refund minus a $35 cancellation fee. No refunds will be given once the module has started.
All refunds will be paid via check.

Want to sign up? Click REGISTER NOW on the top right of this page!
Last day to register is April 30!

Contact Information

  • Nancy Flam
    Senior Program Director
    Institute for Jewish Spirituality

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