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Winter Meditation Retreat
12/08/2017 04:00 PM - 12/10/2017 01:00 PM CST
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Looking for an opportunity to build a mindfulness meditation practice through a Jewish lens and in supportive community? Here's your chance! Join Rabbi Lauren, Ellie Spitz, and special guest teacher Yael Shy for a weekend at Loyola's Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, IL (an hour and a half from Chicago) to escape the winter gloom and kindle your inner light. The cost of this retreat is $225 ($175 for Builders, Email Rachel Gray for the code.) and includes basic accommodation and meals. Private rooms and semi-private rooms are available for a nominal extra fee. If cost is prohibitive to you, please email Ellie

Friday December 8th
Bus Departure from Mishkan: 2:30pm
Retreat start time: 4:00pm arrival if driving yourself to Loyola Retreat and Ecology Campus

Sunday December 10th
End Time: 1:30pm
Bus arrival back at Mishkan: 3:15pm 

The Friday night through Saturday night portion of the retreat will be held in social silence, with mindful speech incorporated throughout the day, in order to create a container for deeper meditation practice. We'll be giving more instructions about the silent portion as the retreat gets closer. 

Sample Schedule
Morning: Wake up, sitting meditation, chanting, prayer practice, breakfast
Late morning: Sitting and walking meditations, heart-opening discourse on meditation practice and life, lunch
Afternoon: Q&A on meditation, walking, sitting, text study
Evening: Dinner (sharing poems, stories, and songs), havdalah, evening program, bedtime!

Retreat Policies:
In order to foster a sense of community, this will be a closed retreat. We ask that no one bring outside visitors or leave Loyola campgrounds during the course of the weekend, unless for a pre-arranged circumstance. We abide by Mishkan standards of conduct and behavior. Please leave alcohol and other substances at home. If we feel like someone is in violation of these standards, they will be given a warning. Repeat infractions may result in being sent home at the participant's expense and arrangement.

Code of Conduct:
The open exchange of ideas, freedom of thought and expression, and productive debate are central to the mission of Mishkan Chicago. These require an open and diverse environment that is built on dignity and mutual respect for all participants and Mishkan staff members, and is free of bias and intimidation. Therefore, Mishkan is dedicated to providing a safe, welcoming, and productive experience for everyone participating in this Winter Retreat, regardless of age, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, marital status, military service status, national origin, parental status, physical appearance, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation. Mishkan will not tolerate harassment of or by participants (including volunteers and staff) in any form. Participants in activities who violate this principle are subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion from the retreat.

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