Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, Falls Village, CT
Rest, renew, and learn as we create a healthier and more sustainable paradigm for rabbinic leadership
I feel privileged every day to be a rabbi and serve community and I also feel so overwhelmed much of the time, with that feeling like my work is never done. My personal experience of many rabbinic meetings and gatherings has been that I return home more tired and with an even bigger to-do list. The Rabbis’ Retreat has been so different for me in the loving creation of a rich and precious space of renewal and connection that has left me reinvigorated, refreshed and inspired.
The Hazon Rabbis’ Retreat focuses on giving back to rabbis – the people who give so much to our community every day. Not only is the retreat radically financially accessible ($36 – $240 total per participant), the structure of the retreat is designed to promote deep rest and rejuvenation, and content of the retreat is aimed at providing rabbis with support and resources to create healthier and more sustainable Jewish communities.
Clergy from all streams of Judaism are warmly invited to attend. For interested participants from beyond the northeast USA, additional financial assistance is available.
Enjoy a rest from the rigors of rabbinic work while you decompress and nourish your body, mind, and soul
- Daily prayer, yoga, and meditation
- Introspective writing workshops, visual arts workshops, and spiritual direction
- Farm tours, contemplative hikes, and massage opportunities
- Deep text learning with educators from across North America
Note for Families: This is a retreat for Rabbis, to provide focused and safe space to allow for deep introspection, interpersonal connection, and real rejuvenation. In that spirit, all programming will exclusively be for Rabbis. If participating Rabbis choose to bring family members, they are welcome but there will not be programming for them; families are welcome to enjoy the facilities and meals during the retreat.
Please check back soon for more information.
Registration will be open by November 1st.
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE
Check-in is from 2 to 5 pm on Monday, February 19, followed by a welcome and orientation. Check-in is located in the Main Building — the big red building in the middle of campus. You must be checked out of your room by 10 am on the day your retreat ends. The retreat will come to an end with lunch on Thursday, February 22.
There are two parking lots: one next to the tennis court by the main entrance, and one by the barnyard on the other end of campus. There is also accessible parking located across from the Main Building. Please do not park on the grass anywhere on campus.
For those coming from the New York City area, we are conveniently located just half an hour from Wassaic Train Station, the last stop on the Harlem Line of the Metro North. We offer a shuttle service from and to the Wassaic station at the following times:
- 2:03 pm on Monday from Wassaic Train Station to IF
- 4:03 pm on Monday from Wassaic Train Station to IF
- 1:30 pm on Thursday from IF to Wassaic Train Station
You will have the opportunity to sign up for shuttles when you register. If you have already registered but still need to sign up for a shuttle, please call (860) 824-5991 ext. 0 at least a week before the start date of the retreat to reserve your spot. For those of you driving, please see our website for directions to IF.
Help to reduce the environmental impact of car trips to and from Isabella Freedman by checking out our carpool initiative! Upon registering you will receive access to a rideshare board to help connect you with fellow retreat participants. Offering a ride in your car will help reduce carbon emissions, cut down gas costs and make new friends! If you are looking for a ride, adding yourself to the wait list (on the right hand side of the page) is the best way to be notified when movements occur. A link to the rideshare board is included in your registration confirmation email.
One of our mashgichim (kosher supervisors) must pre-approve all food items that enter the designated dining spaces. If you plan to supplement our delicious, healthy, farm-to-feast meals, your items must be completely sealed in original packaging. Unapproved food and drinks may be enjoyed anywhere on campus besides our dining spaces.
You may want to bring:
- Over-the-counter and/or prescription medications
- Chargers for electronic devices
- Rain gear (a jacket and/or umbrella)
- Ritual wear
- Comfortable, loose-fitting clothes for yoga
- Closed toe shoes
- Winter attire and gear
- Toiletries like deodorant and toothpaste for sale in the bookstore
- Extra kippot and tallitot, in addition to siddurim
- Yoga mats, blankets, and blocks
- Heat and A/C in all guest rooms
- Linens and towels in all guest rooms
- Alarm clocks in all guest rooms
Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.