Workshops & Retreats

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with Julie Emden & Tracey Green

Sunday, February 11, 2018 • 1:30-3:30 PM
Peninsula Jewish Community Center, Foster City

Support and cultivate lovingkindness in your life. Join us for a yoga practice of seated and standing forward bends infused with teachings from the Jewish mystical tradition as we focus on the qualities of release, flow, and ease in the practice and in our lives. Pre-registration required.



YOGA FOR PASSOVER with Julie Emden


Sunday, March 18, 2018 • 2 - 4 PM

4th Street Yoga in Berkeley

Co-Sponsored by 4th Street Yoga, Chochmat HaLev, JCC East Bay, Kehilla Community Synagogue, and Reboot's National Day of Unplugging.

$20 Members of Co-sponsoring Organizations/$25 Public

Integrate mind, body, heart and spirit via a gentle Iyengar-based yoga and movement practice rooted in Jewish mystical teachings.  The Passover holiday celebrates the liberation of the Israelites from Egypt and this story is meaningful for all beings. Experience, via an embodied practice, why the Jewish mystics believe that the places of constriction hold the key and secret to freedom.

In this workshop we will enter into the tighter and less known places in the body with conscious awareness, loving-kindness and compassion. We will move from these places of restriction/constriction to freedom on all levels of being, via yoga, movement, art and writing.  No previous experience with yoga or knowledge about Passover is required. Please wear comfortable loosely layered clothing in which you can easily move. 

Register Here






Tuesday April 10  • 7 - 9 pm

Chochmat HaLev in Berkeley

One in a series of Tuesday night programs offered by different teachers in the Chochmat HaLev community. Class schedule here. TUESDAY nights:  April 3, 10, 17, 24, and May 1, 8 and 15.

Enrich your life with this gentle Iyengar-based yoga and movement class infused with mystical teachings about the quality of Gevurah –often translated as strength or boundaries. Gevurah be associated with structures, setting limits, and creating discipline in our lives as we reflect upon and purify this quality during the counting of the Omer. We’ll open the evening with some teachings about Gevurah, and a bit of personal reflection and writing. Then the bulk of our time will be spent in an embodied practice, with time for more reflection and sharing after exploring the essence of this quality in our beings.

No previous yoga experience or knowledge about the Sefirot is necessary. Yoga props will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own yoga mat if you have one.

Childcare Provided with Advance Registration






with Julie Emden

3 Tuesdays: April 24, May 1, May 8 • 7 - 9 pm
Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco

$36 for the series for members of Emanu-El/$54 Public

Enrich your life with this gentle Iyengar-based yoga and movement class infused with Jewish wisdom. Explore and embody mystical teachings about the Sefirot, divine attributes for balance and harmony in your life.
Class One:  Hesed (Lovingkindness) and Gevurah (Strength)
Class Two:  Netzach (Perseverance) and Hod (Humility)
Class Three: Yesod (Foundation) and Malchut (King/Queenship)


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with Julie Emden, Rabbi Lavey Derby, Rabbi Hugh Seid-Valencia, Tracey Green and Rabbi Laurie Matzkin

Fri. April 13 - Sun. April 15, 2018
Soquel, California

Offered in partnership with the Peninsula Jewish Community Center and the Addison-Penzak JCC and held at the Land of the Medicine Buddha in Soquel, California.

Experience the power of nature, Shabbat, periods of silence, and develop mental and physical tools for cultivating and celebrating lovingkindness surrounded by a supportive community-- all in the beautiful, rural foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Registration fee includes optional bus transportation to the site, room and board for two nights, and a $200 tuition fee. Need based scholarships are available for APJCC and PJCC members. 




with Julie Emden & Tracey Green

Sunday, May 6, 2018 • 1:30-3:30 pm
Peninsula Jewish Community Center, Foster City

$25 Public/ $18 Members of PJCC


Awaken and open the body to cultivate equanimity (Menuchat Ha'Nefesh) in your life with this Iyengar-based yoga practice focused on balancing postures and twists.  The practice will be infused with teachings from the Jewish mystical tradition.





Saturday, May 19, 2018 • 7 pm til dawn
JCC East Bay, Berkeley

Embodying the Desert Yoga Session at 7 pm
Embodying the Sacred Sefirot with Wilderness Torah at 11 pm


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with Julie Emden & Aviva Shanti

Friday, May 25 - Sunday May 27, 2018
Portland, Oregon

$72 subsidized tuition made possible by funds from Moishe House 

Cultivate deep relaxation and rest in our lives by drawing from the spiritual traditions of Yoga and Judaism. Open to people from all backgrounds and experiences. You don't have to be able to touch your toes or have a background in Judaism to be a part of this beautiful retreat! 

Experience the power of nature, Shabbat, movement, and develop mental and physical tools for cultivating and celebrating rest surrounded by a supportive community- only a half hour from downtown Portland, Oregon.


Email with further questions


TORAH YOGA RETREAT:  Acquiring Garments of Light

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with Diane Bloomfield, Nancy Wolfson, and Julie Emden

Monday July 23- Sunday, July 29, 2018  

Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, Falls Village, CT

"The soul comes to this world from a very high place but in this world it is clothed in several garments."

—Sfat Emet Parshat VaYera


Through the study of Torah and the practice of yoga, we will seek out the light in our body, mind, heart, soul, and ultimately the world.

Each morning, the teachers will lead a full Iyengar yoga practice that is integrated with a Jewish teaching. In each session, we will focus on a different family of thoughtfully sequenced yoga poses including standing poses, forward bends, baby back bends, and beginning inversions, so that throughout the week we will cover a wide and balanced range of poses. These yoga sessions are suitable for all levels of experience. Trained Torah Yoga assistants will be available to help individual students adapt the poses as needed.

Each afternoon, we will learn the Torah text from that morning’s practice through classical shiurim (teacher-led Torah), group discussions, and traditional Jewish chevruta (study with a partner). Knowledge of Hebrew is not necessary because we will examine original Hebrew texts together with their English translations. At the end of each day, the afternoon Torah study sessions will be integrated back into a series of restorative yoga postures and breath work.

In the early mornings and late afternoons, there will be Torah Yoga classes offered to the whole community by alumni of the Torah Yoga program. There will also be the opportunity to join the Davenen Leadership Training Institute community for prayer services.

In the evenings, we will be treated to experiential learning sessions connected to our theme led also by alumni of the Torah Yoga Program.



 Joy! A Weekend Retreat for Women

Friday November 30 - Sunday December 2, 2018

Westerbeke Ranch, Sonoma CA


Treat yourself to a weekend of movement, yoga, dance, song, rest, play and creative expression in a gorgeous natural setting with delicious and nourishing meals as we embody and explore the theme of joy according to the Jewish mystical tradition.

Discover your own sensing, moving body as a primary resource for presence, joy and calm while gaining a deeper connection to Torah, the Hebrew Calendar and to yourself.

Experience the power of nature, Shabbat, periods of silence, and a consciously created community of women as you are gently guided into the ever deepening well of your own being - mind, body, heart and soul.

Plan ahead for this amazing immersive experience! 


Early Registration by July 15, 2018:

$695 all-inclusive for one ticket

$1340 all-inclusive for two tickets ($670 each)

Later Registration after July 15, 2018:

$825 all-inclusive for one ticket
$1600 all-inclusive for two tickets ($800 each)


Payment plans are available for early registration by July 15:

$225 deposit
$235 2nd payment
$235 3rd  payment

Want to be put on the waitlist for these retreats?

Contact julie (at) 


About your Instructors: Julie Emden is lead faculty, with assistance from special guest faculty Mia Miriam Cohen and Tracey Green.


Julie Emden, RYT-500, is the Founding Director of Embodied Jewish Learning.  A graduate of five fellowship and teaching certification programs related to her work as a Jewish educator, Iyengar-based yoga instructor and movement/expressive artist, Julie has two decades of experience guiding others in exploring Jewish wisdom, text and practices via the body in a variety of settings.  Her greatest passion is to move and dance and to share that joy with others.

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Mia Zimman is a Spiritual Director, Jewish Educator, and facilitator of Lifecycle rituals. She has been a Talmidah Chachamah, student of Jewish Wisdom for more than 18 years.  Mia regularly leads retreats, kids & family programs, Shabbat & Holiday services, and Interfaith events.  She most recently served the B'nai Israel Jewish Center as the Rabbinic Associate.  She lives in Petaluma CA and loves spending time in nature, gardening, making music and spending time with her husband Alejandro. 

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Tracey Green Tracey has over 1000 hours of Yoga Teachers Training and 20 years experience teaching yoga. Tracey receives great pleasure teaching students how to bring more attention to the presence of their bodies while flowing through yoga poses and attending to the breath. She creates a safe, peaceful space to explore and feel renewed in mind body and spirit. She is a graduate of Embodied Jewish Learning's Yoga and Jewish Wisdom Teacher Training and teaches regularly at the Peninsula Jewish Community Center in Foster City.


**Because we are a small operation and limited in our capacity to handle the complexity of ticket sales, your purchase is final. If, after purchasing, you are unable to come to the retreat, please let us know. If we have a waiting list, we will be happy to refund your ticket minus a $75 cancellation fee. If we do not have a waiting list, you will be responsible to sell your ticket to someone else.