REGISTRATION: Retreat and Training for Community Leaders

Reisterstown, Maryland
Sunday, July 23, 2017
REGISTRATION: Retreat and Training for Community Leaders
Sunday, July 23, 2017 - Thursday, July 27, 2017

Pearlstone Conference and Retreat Center
(410) 429-4400
5425 Mt. Gilead Road
Reisterstown, Maryland 21136
United States

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Tikkun Middot and Wise Aging:  Building our Practice, Bringing it Home
A Retreat/Training with the Institute for Jewish Spirituality
Pearlstone Conference and Retreat Center
July 23-27, 2017

This summer the Institute for Jewish Spirituality will offer a unique retreat/training program for professional and lay leadership teams from Jewish communities, who will be immersed in contemplative practice and will receive practical training in implementing either of two Institute-based approaches to integrating contemplative practice into communal life: the Tikkun Middot Program or Wise Aging.

Ideally, multiple leaders from a community will register as a team for one of the two tracks in this retreat/training, although a single representative may attend. Participants will be expected to implement either the Tikkun Middot Project or the Wise Aging program back in their communities. 

Registration is open to you if:

A). You have submitted your application and have been cleared to register by either Marc Margolius or Barbara Shuman.


B) You are a community member or leader of a community that has been a part of a Tikkun Middot (TMP) Cohort or were trained in last summer's retreat/training and you would like to participate in the TMP Track.

Still need to apply? You can do so HERE

We have structured the pricing of this retreat to break out into two sections:

1. Tuition 
(This includes all of the programming, materials, individual meetings with faculty, etc. that you will have access to on the retreat)

The tuition cost is $650 for each individual, and will automatically be added to your total at the end of this form. Please keep in mind that the tuition cost is subsidized by the Institute for Jewish Spirituality. The true tuition cost for this program is $1049.16 per person.

2. Room and Board
(This includes guest room, all meals and snacks, and program space use)
We have broken down the Room and Board into different costs based on different room types.

Single Room: $1100
Double Room: $775
Commuter: $375

Retreat/Training Schedule:
The retreat check-in will be in the afternoon on Sunday, July 23, and the retreat will conclude in the late morning on Thursday, July 27.

Our mornings will take place in silence and consist of contemplative practice, 
tefilah, meditation with instruction, yoga, and mindful, silent breakfast and lunch. In the afternoons we will break into the separate "tracks" for group work and text study, exploring how to bring either the Tikkun Middot Project or Wise Aging back to your community.  While the tracks will involve professionals and lay people together, core groups will remain separate to maintain safety and confidentiality.  And as always, there will be opportunities for one-on-one meetings with Institute staff.

Trainers for the Tikkun Middot Project track will be Rabbi David Jaffe and the Institute's Director of Hevraya Programming, Rabbi Marc Margolius. Trainers for the Wise Aging track will be Rabbi Rachel Cowan and Linda Thal, Ph.D, co-authors of Wise Aging: Living with Joy, Resilience and Spirit. as well as Karen Frank. Meditation will be led by Institute staff Rabbi Jonathan Slater, and yoga/embobied practice by Rabbi Myriam Klotz.

Retreat Faculty:
Marc Margolius         Jonathan Slater      Lorel Zar-Kessler        Myriam Klotz

 David Jaffe              Rachel Cowan             Linda Thal              Karen Frank

Cancellation Policy:
Any cancellations made by July 6, 2017 will be refunded the full amount, minus a $100 cancellation fee. Any cancellations made July 7 and later will not be given a refund. Refunds will be made via check.

For more information about this retreat/training please contact Rabbi Marc Margolius:, 610-724-1901.


Participation in the Tikkun Middot Project is limited to Hevraya members and alumni of other Institute programs (Kivvun, JMMTT, Wise Aging, etc.) attending with one or more professional or lay partners from their congregation/community.

The Tikkun Middot Project track will train participants to facilitate Tikkun Middot groups in their communities and begin the process of developing systemic strategies to infuse their communities with mindfulness and middot practice. We envision that participants in the retreat/training will be prepared to facilitate the Tikkun Middot Project over three years:

Year One (2017-18): continue personal mindfulness and middot practice, working in monthly, facilitated distance/virtual Va'adot with weekly chevruta check-ins.

Year Two (2018-19): facilitate one or more such Va'adot for congregants and/or staff in the institution.

Year Three (2019-20): begin implementing this strategy in the institution. 


The Wise Aging track is open to Hevraya members, alumni of other Institute programs (Kivvun, JMMTT, Wise Aging, etc.), and those who have not been trained by the Institute before. Participants will ideally attend with one or more professional or lay partners from their congregation/community, but individuals can also apply. The program will train participants to be facilitators in Wise Aging groups in their communities. The facilitator training will focus on issues of aging, understanding the methodology and pedagogy that underlie the leading of Wise Aging peer groups, as well as the significance of the core components of the Wise Aging curriculum: study of Jewish texts and other sources of spiritual wisdom, active listening, contemplative practice and journaling.

By the end of the training, participants will understand and articulate why this work is important for their organization, themselves, and their own group participants. They will understand theoretically and experientially the core components of the Wise Aging curriculum, the content of the foundational text, Wise Aging: Living with Joy, Resilience and Spirit, and the Facilitators Guide, and how to translate these resources into a usable framework for a series of group sessions.



Contact Information

Payment Instructions

  • To pay by check: click the registration button and fill out the forms completely.  At the end of the registration process select payment option "check" on the checkout page.

    Please make your check out to "Institute for Jewish Spirituality" and put the registrant's name in the memo line.Please mail your check to:

    Institute for Jewish Spirituality
    135 West 29th Street
    Suite 1103
    New York, NY  10001

    Check payments must be received within 21 days of registration. Your registration is pending until payment is received, and if payment is not received within 21 days of registration, your registration is subject to cancellation.

     Any questions please contact Mara Bernstein - or 646.248.7582

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