Instant Intentional Jewish Community
Stony Point Center
Stony Point, New York
July 8-14, 2019
The Call of the Earth to Love and Truth
Psalm 85 teaches us that the encounter between Love and Truth will engender a world where Justice and Peace prevail.
Lovingkindness and truth meet together; justice and peace kiss each other.
When we listen carefully to the ground of Being, the Earth itself will sprout the Truth, and the wide expanse of Heaven will open to show us the way to Justice.
At Ruach Ha’aretz, we will listen to the Spirit of the Earth who is calling us to the integration of our deepest love through our relationship to all beings, with the Truth that is emerging through Torah, science, poetry, music, art and embodied spiritual practice.
THIS SUMMER, Ruach Ha’Aretz will come to life at Stony Point Center in the scenic Hudson River Valley, northwest of Manhattan in New York State – home to the Community of Living Traditions, a multifaith intentional community dedicated to the practice and study of hospitality, nonviolence and justice.
Our program begins on Monday, July 8, in the late afternoon (registration opens at 2:00 pm) and concludes at 12:00 pm on Sunday, July 14.
Ruach Ha’Aretz participants are able to choose single or double accommodations. Families of 3 may also be lodged together. Larger families will be housed in adjoining rooms.
The campus is beautiful and accessible, and includes a Japanese Peace Garden, Labyrinth and working Farm, as well as a Fair-Trade Gift Shop, playing fields and a state of the art Art Space.
The kitchen will be made kosher, under the supervision of Rabbi Victor Gross, and all meals will be dairy/vegetarian with fish options at times. Vegan diets and other special dietary needs will be accommodated to the very best of our ability.
We will be treated to fresh seasonal vegetables, eggs, and fruits grown in their gardens. All of the food grown at Stony Point is produced using organic methods and they strive to practice agriculture in a way that is sustainable and just. This means nurturing their soils, utilizing local resources, raising livestock in an ethical way, and much more.
Ruach Ha’Aretz, founded in 1995, has been creating week-long retreats for seekers of all ages, featuring classes with some of your favorite Jewish Renewal teachers, musicians, and artists, as well as extraordinary teachers from other faith traditions. Each thematic retreat offers opportunities for learning, experience, practice and questioning – in a safe, inclusive and intimate container we call our ‘village’.
Our Ruach Kids Program is an integral part of the village, offering unique experiences for children and supporting a magical week of connection and discovery for the entire family.
A Day at Ruach Ha’Aretz…
Every morning begins with an opportunity to enter into the Divine Embrace through prayer, movement, or silence. Then plunge into a deep encounter with our theme and the teachers of your choice. Delicious meals and sweet encounters with other retreat participants will provide nourishment between the spiritual and intellectual courses. Following our afternoon classes and dinner, a brief Mincha time offers opportunities for enrichment and rest.
Our entire community gathers each evening for programs that celebrate and enhance our experience, with beautiful music, moving poetry, dancing, drumming circles, lively discussions and inspired dream work.
Our week together leads to a Shabbat full of beauty and love in which the davvening may become the fullest expression of our true selves. There are more opportunities for study with wonderful teachers on Shabbat afternoon for all participants. The entire Ruach village comes together for a Havdalah ritual, as we say goodbye to Shabbat and embrace the week to come.
The Sunday closing ritual will seal your experience and guide you back to your homes and communities.
Jewish Practice at Ruach Ha’Aretz
Yerusha is an explicitly Jewish Renewal organization created to carry forward those parts of Reb Zalman’s legacy which inspired the founders. Our programs and practices are based in our understanding of his teachings and often, in the past, his direct guidance.
Kashrut: Rabbi Victor Gross has been the mashgiach for Ruach Ha’Aretz, OHALAH and the AOP Smicha Week for more than 20 years. He supervises according to accepted halachic norms of kashrut and the ever-expanding understanding of Eco-Kashrut, first articulated by Rabbi Arthur Waskow and Reb Zalman and now further developed by Rabbi Victor Gross and his students.
Davennen [prayer]: We are guided by Reb Zalman’s teachings on davvenology (teachings on the forms of prayer). Ruach Ha’Aretz has always been committed to experimentation and innovation in its offerings at daily davennen, which include Shacharit/morning practice and Mincha/afternoon prayer and workshops, and on Shabbat at Kabbalat Shabbat (Friday evening), Shabbat Shacharit (morning), Mincha (afternoon) and Havdalah (end of Shabbat).
Shabbat: We honor the spirit and intention of Shabbat as articulated by Reb Zalman in his writings and teachings. We respect the needs of those who are more halachicly observant, providing food that is not cooked on Shabbat and supporting non-use of electricity in lodging rooms. We explicitly do not manage or shame anyone’s personal practice, and we create a community atmosphere of inclusiveness and tolerance.
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