With Rabbi Nadya Gross and Rabbi Victor Gross
People have been dying
ever since the world began and yet
each one of us clings to the illusion
that death is something
that happens to other people but not to us.
–Rabbi Jack Reimer
When we recognize that life is finite we are challenged to live each moment fully and to accept the gift of our soul’s breath as our most precious commodity. Part TWO of our program focuses on facing our mortality and learning from it how to re-prioritize and redefine the values in OUR lives.
We may choose to BE rather than DO. We can freely choose to NOW focus on the meaning of our lives and make the adjustments that allow for that meaning to be expressed before we are faced with the ‘final curtain call.’
Using processes and tools that take us into the imaginal realm, we will visit the end of our life to explore medical and ethical choices and the psycho-spiritual obstacles to a ‘beautiful death’. We will encounter the Soul, and what our Jewish mystical tradition, as well as other traditions, teach us about the journey our soul takes before, during and after this lifetime.
Each of us will write our own vidui – deathbed confession – and begin the process of writing a Spiritual-Ethical Will. We will take home with us the tools to update and expand both of these gifts as life continues to unfold.
Parts One and Two may be taken in any order.
DATES AND LOCATIONS FOR UPCOMING PART 2 RETREAT
Sage-ing Part 2 – Death As Homecoming
Feb 4-9, 2018 (all-day retreat)
The Franciscan Center, Tampa Florida.
The Franciscan Retreat Center in Tampa, Florida, offers the quiet seclusion of a faraway retreat, and yet it isn’t far away at all. The Center’s Main building includes a chapel, a spacious dining room overlooking the Hillsborough River, and comfortable bedrooms with private showers, including both single and double rooms. Single rooms will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Two of the bedrooms are handicapped equipped. All public areas are handicapped accessible. The building has central air-conditioning and heat and ceiling fans in each room. Bed linens and towels are provided. Our program will take place in Sabbath House, a separate home-like building with a beautiful private meeting space. The Center’s labyrinth is located between the Main Building and Sabbath House. An outdoor pavilion is situated at the edge of the river which flows along the property.
Please plan to arrive on Sunday, February 4 between 3:00 – 5:00pm for registration and to settle into your room. The program will begin with a meet and greet at 5:00pm and dinner at 6:00pm, followed by an evening program. The program will end on Friday, Feb 9 at 11:00am. Lunch will be available.
Costs include registration, tuition, room, and board (commuter rate includes all but the room). Vegetarian meals (with fish options at some meals) will be prepared by the center staff.
Double/Shared Room: $1415
Single Room: $1520
For more information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org