Gardening in the Soil of the Heart: Online Retreat with Rabbi Shefa Gold

Gratefulness, Courage,
Compassion, and Joy

Join Pardes Hannah and Rabbi Shefa Gold in a virtual retreat, Gardening in the Soil of the Heart: Gratefulness, Courage, Compassion, and Joy. This retreat will be offered 11:15 am–1:00 pm on four consecutive Sundays starting August 23, 2020.

Through chant, self-examination, conversation, prayer, and imagery, travel a path of intention that explores the qualities of gratefulness, courage, compassion, and joy. Find within yourself a fertile garden and learn how to consciously grow the qualities that best serve you in facing the challenges of this time. Learn how to cultivate exactly what you need to live a holy life and plant a precious seed in the soil of your heart, so you can overcome obstacles, inspire growth, and nurture your Divine potential.

Rabbi Shefa Gold, a leader in ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal, is director of the Center for Devotional Energy and Ecstatic Practice in Jemez Springs, New Mexico. She composes and performs spiritual music and has produced 10 albums; her liturgies have been published in several new prayer books. She leads workshops and retreats on the theory and art of chanting, devotional healing, spiritual community-building, and meditation, and is a resource faculty for the Institute for Jewish Spirituality and a fellow for the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership’s Rabbis without Borders. Her newest project, SOULIFT, is a weeklong immersion in spiritual practice designed to lift us into the Soul perspective. Rabbi Gold has authored numerous books, including Torah Journeys and The Magic of Hebrew Chant: Healing the Spirit, Transforming the Mind, Deepening Love.

Participants are asked to commit to attending all four sessions and being present in Zoom on time. Rabbi Gold also requests that attendees enable their cameras and not use virtual backgrounds.

Preregistration is required.

Each Wednesday prior to a session, registered participants will receive an essay on the quality/middah (Gratefulness, Courage, Compassion & Joy) and the practices that will be used for the coming Sunday session. These materials are provided for those who wish to prepare and deepen the retreat experience but are not required. 

Register for Gardening in the Soil of the Heart
Sundays, August 23–September 13, 2020
Time: 11:15–1:00 pm ET
Cost: Free. This program is offered at no cost to participants thanks to a generous grant from ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal. Please support Pardes Hannah by making a voluntary contribution.

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