© Lauren Volo


© Lauren Volo, The Gefilte Manifesto (Flatiron Books, 2016)




© Lauren Volo, The Gefilte Manifesto (Flatiron Books, 2016)





Wellness Retreat for Jewish Adults

Mar 12, 2020 - Mar 15, 2020

Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, Falls Village, CT

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This is an intimate retreat. Space is limited.

This retreat is for Jewish adults needing a break from their fast-paced lives to enjoy a long weekend of rejuvenating programming to reconnect with heart, body, mind, and soul in community.

Thank you to UJA-Federation of New York for supporting this retreat.


What to expect:

At the Jewish Wellness Retreat, you can expect the integration of movement, eating, spiritual connection, and healing in a down-to-earth heart-centered atmosphere.

You will be led by a culinary professional, an acupuncturist and herbalist, and a somatic dance/movement psychotherapist, all who approach their work with deep ties to Jewish spirituality and culture. The wellness retreat integrates these diverse approaches.

Sample Workshops:

  • Healing foods & culinary wisdom
  • Guided hikes, movement programs, and dance
  • Community acupuncture
  • Facilitated meditation
  • Emotional and relational growth
  • Medicinal tea infusions
  • Morning embodiment and stretching session
  • Interactive culinary workshops
  • Exploration of Jewish wellness precepts

Participants will not only enjoy a rejuvenating weekend, but also return home with new resources and skills including meditation techniques, embodiment practices for grounding and stress management, and a few new tricks in the kitchen.

Featured Presenters

Rachael Brody

Rachael Brody, MA R-DMT, LPCC is a Dance/Movement therapist with a master’s in Somatic Counseling Psychology from Naropa University in Boulder, CO. She is trained in body-centered psychotherapy, creative arts therapies, trauma and trauma recovery, neuroscience, meditation and mindfulness, and rites of passage and ritual, all of which inform her private practice and group facilitation. She works in private practice at Heartseed Health, facilitates new moon Rosh Chodesh dance and ceremony, and co-leads dance and movement programs for Mamas.

She is devoted to creating sacred space for healing through the re-connection of the mind, body & soul as well as through re-connection with community, the earth, beauty, and food. In addition to her work as a psychotherapist, Rachael is a dedicated partner and mother, thoroughly transformed by the immeasurable joys and challenges of parenthood. She loves beautiful cookbooks and cooking, growing food, taking photographs, playing in the woods with her family, and dancing to any and all kinds of music or none at all.

Dr. Noah K Goldstein

Dr. Noah K Goldstein, DACM L.Ac. practices medicine rooted in spirit and grounded in science as an acupuncturist and herbalist and facilitator. Based in Boulder, CO, he co-founded Heartseed Health, a practice devoted to supporting people in connection with their bodies and souls in order to create more joyful relationships with the world. Oriented towards the innate health within, Noah specializes in mental health often working with anxiety, depression, and burnout. Through his work he’s discovered that Chinese medicine offers incredibly useful paradigms for personal cultivation and development serving as a potent tool for personal growth. He is deeply devoted to enhancing the lives of well people in addition to his work transforming pain and suffering. He also loves time with his family, cooking, spending time in nature, gardening, and dancing.

Jeffrey Yoskowitz

Jeffrey Yoskowitz is a food entrepreneur, a revivalist of heritage cuisine, and an educator. Based in Brooklyn, NY, he’s a leader in the emerging renaissance of Jewish food. He co-owns The Gefilteria, which re-imagines Eastern European Jewish cooking. He co-authored The Gefilte Manifesto: New Recipes for Old World Jewish Foods (Flatiron Books 2016)–named a National Jewish Book Award finalist. Jeffrey travels the globe speaking, cooking, and teaching. His writings on food, culture, and the nutritional wisdom at the intersection of traditional folkways and modern techniques have appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The New Republic, among others. He teaches culinary anthropology at The City College of New York and serves as chef and scholar-in-residence for a culinary heritage tour he developed in Eastern Europe with the award-winning Polin museum in Warsaw. He has cooked as a guest chef at the esteemed James Beard House kitchen and was named to the Forbes Magazine 30 under 30 list for Food and Wine, as well as The Forward 50.

Sample Schedule


3-5 pm Arrival
6 pm Dinner
8 pm Evening program


8-9:30 am Breakfast
10 am-12 pm Workshop
12-1 pm Lunch
1-2 pm Break
2-4 pm Workshop
4-5:15 pm Shabbat prep
5:15-5:30 pm Candle lighting (official candle lighting time 5:39)
5:30-7 pm Optional Shabbat services or alternate program
7-9:30 pm Dinner
9 pm Evening program


8-9:30 am Breakfast
9:30 am-12pm Shabbat services or wellness program
12-1:30 pm Lunch
1:30-3 pm Break
3-5 pm Afternoon program
6-7 pm Dinner
7 pm Havdallah (Shabbat officially ends at 6:39)
9 pm Evening program


8-9:30 am Breakfast
10:30 am-12 pm Session and closing program
12-1 pm Lunch
1 pm Departure