Workshops & Retreats

 Shabbat ShalOM Retreat, 2018  Photo Courtesy of  Rob Corpuz Photography

Shabbat ShalOM Retreat, 2018

Photo Courtesy of Rob Corpuz Photography

TORAH YOGA RETREAT:  Acquiring Garments of Light

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with Diane Bloomfield, Nancy Wolfson, and Julie Emden

Mon. July 23 - Sun. 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.

YOGA FOR RENEWAL with Julie Emden


Sun. Sept. 16, 2018 • 2 - 4 PM

4th Street Yoga in Berkeley

$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 High Holy Days are a time of new beginnings and renewed commitment to living in physical and spiritual alignment with our deepest intentions. Join us for an embodied practice infused with beautiful teachings from the Jewish mystics during this significant time between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur on the Hebrew Calendar.

No previous experience with yoga or knowledge about Jewish Holidays is required. Please wear comfortable loosely layered clothing in which you can easily move.

Co-Sponsored by 4th Street Yoga, Chochmat HaLev, and Kehilla Community Synagogue 


 Joy! Weekend Retreat Westerbeke Ranch, 2016

Joy! Weekend Retreat Westerbeke Ranch, 2016

Fri. Nov. 30 - Sun. Dec. 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 beautiful themes about the light of Hanukkah, the light of creation, and Shabbat 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.

Plan ahead for this amazing immersive experience! 

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.

 Photo Courtesy of  Rob Corpus Photography : 

Photo Courtesy of Rob Corpus Photography

Early Registration by Sept 1, 2018:
$695 all-inclusive for one ticket
$1340 all-inclusive for two tickets ($670 each)

Later Registration after Sept 1, 2018:
$825 all-inclusive for one ticket
$1600 all-inclusive for two tickets ($800 each)

- OR -

Payment plans are available for early registration by Sept 1:
$235 deposit
$235 2nd payment due Oct 1
$235 3rd payment due Nov 1


Contact julie (at)

About your Instructors

Julie Emden is lead faculty, with assistance from special guest faculty Mia Zimman 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. 


 Photo Courtesy of  Rob Corpus Photography : 

Photo Courtesy of Rob Corpus Photography

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


Fri. May 3 - Sun. May 5, 2019

Stay tuned for more details!

Offered in partnership with the Peninsula Jewish Community Center and the Addison-Penzak JCC.

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.

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

 Celebrating Lovingkindness Retreat at the Land of Medicine Buddha, 2018

Celebrating Lovingkindness Retreat at the Land of Medicine Buddha, 2018