July 8-14, 2019
Stony Point, New York
The Call of the Earth to Love and Truth
Join us for a week-long retreat featuring classes with some of your favorite Jewish Renewal teachers, musicians, and artists, and extraordinary teachers from other faith traditions offering opportunities to learn about, experience, practice and question the world we are called to co-create.
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 beautiful 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.
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.
ON SITE LODGING:
Four lodges on campus provide the housing for retreat participants.
Most rooms offer two beds, some with two twin beds or a twin bed and a double bed (six rooms have only one double bed and are good for a single person or a couple).
Each spacious, air-conditioned room has a desk and a sink. Single-person bathrooms are located in the hallways, directly opposite the rooms, and are shared by other guests on the hall (there is one for every 2-3 rooms).
Each lodge offers a shared lounge and an area with a microwave, sink and small refrigerator.
Wireless internet access is available in all of the lodge lounges (though it may not reach to private lodge rooms), and throughout the public spaces with the exception of the Meditation Space.
Fees include program tuition, meals, administrative costs, and lodging (unless choosing the commuter option).
$ 1620 – Adult Single Room*
$ 1440 – Adult Double (shared) Room, per person
$ 800 – Teen (13 -18), shared room w/Parent or other teen
$ 360 – Child (4 – 12), shared room w/Parent (or sibling if more than 3 family members register)
*Please note: the number of single rooms available will depend on registration numbers and will be filled on a first come, first served basis.
Commuter Fee (no lodging):
$1080 – Commuter (includes meals)
Early Check-In Option:
Arriving on Sunday, July 7th in the afternoon –
$150 for Sunday night lodging and Sunday dinner through Monday lunch
Take advantage of these discounts:
Been to Ruach before? Take $50 off your registration fee.
Refer a friend who is coming to Ruach for the first time – take $50 off your registration.
If Ruach Ha’Aretz does not fill to capacity, there will be the option of attending for Shabbat only, Friday afternoon through Sunday morning. Please check back here by April 1st, for availability and registration options. These fees include programs, lodging (as applicable), meals, and administrative costs. Both options depending on space availability.
$460 Adult – Shabbat w/ housing (double accommodations)
$340 Adult – Shabbat Commuter
OFF CAMPUS LODGING:
We strongly encourage Ruach Ha’Aretz participants to stay on campus, where community becomes more than the encounters during programs and meals. However, for those desiring an off-campus location, we will arrange a group rate at a hotel within 7-10 miles of the retreat center. Please return to the website for more information about this option by early March.
- Make your plans to arrive by mid-day on Monday, July 8th. Registration begins at 2:00 pm, and the program will formally begin with dinner at 5:30 pm.
- For return flights, note that our program will end on Sunday, July 14th at 12 noon.
- It is recommended that participants traveling by air should fly into Newark Liberty International Airport, as Stony Point provides a subsidized shuttle to/from that airport. The travel time is about 1 hour.
- Alternately, you can choose any of the other New York metropolitan airports and arrange your own overland travel.
- For more travel options, see this information on the Stony Point website.
- For driving directions from the airport and other origination points, map your travel to:
17 Cricketown Road,
Stony Point, NY 10980
- Driving to Ruach Ha’Aretz?
We have set up a RIDE BOARD. Click on the link to access the form online where you can offer or seek a ride to/from Ruach Ha’Aretz. Please pay close attention to the two options – Ruach Ha’Aretz is immediately preceded by our ALEPH Ordinations Students intensive study week/’Smicha Week’. Some may be seeking or offering rides at different times this summer.
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