From Fear to Love

Rabbi Miriam Margles and Shoken Michael Stone

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mindful meditation with Jewish and Buddhist practice

Thursday, Nov. 26th, 4:30pm to Sunday, Nov. 29th, 1:30pm

Galilee Centre, 398 John Street North, Arnprior, ON, Canada

How does fear block our ability to have an open, resilient and responsive heart? Can we cultivate a loving orientation even in the face of challenge, fear or pain? What practices help us open our hearts? During this weekend residential retreat we will combine silent mindful meditation practices with exploration of Jewish and Buddhist teachings that cultivate awareness of our fears, give us tools to meet them, and grow a loving orientation to all the experiences of our lives.

The retreat will combine seated and walking meditation; learning from Buddhist and Jewish sources; a joyful celebration of Shabbat and creative Shabbat morning Torah service; meetings with teachers; opportunities to ask questions; 3 vegetarian meals daily and mindful eating practice.

No previous meditation experience or Jewish knowledge required. Everyone is warmly welcome.

Fees: Fees include retreat, room, board, parking, teacher's fees, and administration.
Early Bird: Before Sept 1/15: double occupancy: $489, single occupancy: $549
Regular Bird: Sept 1/15 to Nov 11/15: double occupancy: $549, single occupancy: $599
Late Bird: Nov 12-16/15: add $30 to Regular Bird rates as available.

Cancellation Fees
Please contact us as soon as possible if you need to cancel. Cancellations after 11 am on opening day of the retreat may prevent those on the wait list from attending.
* If you cancel 4 or more weeks before the retreat begins, your ticket is refunded, less a $50 fee.
* If you cancel less than 4 weeks before the retreat begins, your ticket is not refunded.
* All cancellation fees are added to our scholarship fund.
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Shoken Michael Stone

Shôken Michael Stone illuminates the ancient teachings and practices of Vipassana meditation, yoga and Mahayana Buddhism while integrating the teachings with psychology, philosophy and medicine. Internationally recognized as a transformative visionary, teacher and agent of social change, his work manifests the fusion of spiritual practice and social action.

Rabbi Miriam Margles

Rabbi Miriam Margles is the rabbi of the Danforth Jewish Circle and is a teacher of Jewish text and spiritual practice. She is a composer of new music for Jewish prayer and leads communities in moving services that integrate the rich meanings of prayers with exploration through voice and breath, contemplative silence and joyous song. She is also the cofounder of Encounter, training Jewish leaders to be agents of change in transforming the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.