Urban Adamah, Berkeley, CA
Join us for a long weekend of slowing down and sinking into body, breath, and presence.
This mostly silent retreat combines classic Vipasana Insight meditation with the gentle ritual practices of Shabbat. Our time together will include sitting and walking meditation, optional body practices (qi gong and yoga), chanting/song at daily morning Avodat Lev (Service of the Heart) and Friday night services.
Those new to meditation as well as experienced meditators are welcome. Basic meditation instruction will be provided, with daily time for teachings and Q&A.
Accommodations will be provided in our new retreat lodge and community residence. All meals (vegetarian) will be provided.
Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required to participate in this retreat, and due to COVID there will be no commuter option. All participants must also take a PCR COVID test and have a negative result within 5 days prior to the retreat.
This retreat will be limited to 35 participants.
Adam Berman: Adam Berman is the founder and former Executive Director of Urban Adamah. He has been practicing meditation for over 25 years and has participated in several 10 day and two 28 day meditation retreats. Adam is also a Jewish educator and has been leading Kabbalat Shabbat and Shacharit (morning) services for the Urban Adamah and Adamah communities for the past two decades. He brings to his teaching a deep integration of mindfulness practice and a heart-centered approach to Jewish tradition.
Chloe Zelkha: Chloe Zelkha is a chaplain and former Fellowship Director at Urban Adamah. She has been a student of insight meditation for a decade, and has sat over 100 nights on retreat, including two 21 day retreats in Myanmar and Hawaii. As a hospital chaplain at UCSF Mission Bay, she taught meditation to patients, families, and staff. She leads contemplative Jewish song and prayer around the country. Chloe holds an M.A. in Education from Harvard, and is studying towards rabbinic ordination at HUC-JIR, where she is a Wexner Graduate Fellow.