October 26th-28th, 2017 – Women Only
The first Getting unSTUCK retreat will take place at the Educational Center on Kibbutz Hannaton, beginning Thursday evening and ending on Saturday night. This is a tranquil and relaxed setting located in the Lower Galilee area and overlooking the beautiful Beit Netofa valley, about 20 minutes from Route 6 and midway between Haifa and the Sea of Galilee. The application form can be found at the bottom of this page. Space is limited!
- Dormitory-style guest house (single, double, triples or quadruples *see cost below)
- Beit Midrash (for the classes, meditation, yoga, meetings, and prayer sessions)
- Kosher dining room (Kashrut certificate by the Rabbinate of Emek Yizreal; Mashgiach Hillel Ori)
- Outdoor and grass areas for walking, meditation, and contemplation
- How do I get to Hannaton? We will not be providing any transportation. Public transportation (bus) is possible. Otherwise, once you fill out the application and place your security deposit, you will be added to a Google doc, in which you will be able to see who else is attending the retreat and if they will be driving from your area. You can then be in touch with them to coordinate carpooling. Arranging transportation is your responsibility.
- Is this a religious retreat? What if I’m not religious? The diversity of the members of the Getting unSTUCK community is one of our greatest strengths.We welcome you, no matter what your level of observance is. We serve Kosher food and we observe Shabbat together as a group (for instance, we will not be journaling on Shabbat). If you are sharing a room with others, you will decide together with your roommates how you wish to operate in your individual room. We will be doing meditation and Hebrew chanting throughout the retreat. Whether you are religious or not, some of these practices may be new to you. While we support you in fulfilling your personal religious obligations, we also welcome you to come, open your hearts, and experience what this retreat has to offer you.
- What about cell phones? We will place your valuables (including your phones) in a safe when you arrive, and they will be returned upon the conclusion of the retreat.
- How do the rooms work? When you fill out the application, you will let us know if you plan to take a single, double, triple or quadruple. If you are planning to share a room, you will let us know if you want to room with someone specific or if you want us to place you in a shared room with others.
- What language will the classes be? All of the sessions will be taught and led in English. While there will be no speaking on the retreat, you must feel comfortable with understanding the spoken English language.
- If the retreat is silent, what do I do if I need something? What about an emergency? There will be a retreat manager that you will meet on the first night. She will be with us throughout the entire retreat, and you will have the opportunity to communicate with her via writing notes (and via voice on Shabbat), if needed. She will have phone access, in case of emergency.
- Will there be men on this retreat? No, this retreat is for women only.
- Is there a schedule? Yes. Please see a sample schedule below. We encourage you to stick to the schedule as much as possible in order to make the most out of the retreat. You will get out as much as you put into the retreat. That being said, we welcome you to make this retreat your own as much as possible.
- What if I need to cancel last minute? Up until a week before the retreat, you will be given a full refund. Otherwise, anytime during the last week including up until the last minutes of the retreat, you will be charged 20% of the facility cost for any cancellations.
After filling out the application, we will hold your credit card as a security deposit. Upon arrival to the retreat, you will pay the cost of the facilities (room and board only) in cash, check or credit card. During the closing circle, Shira will speak to you about opening your hearts to offer her a donation. Besides your room and board (which you pay to the site), Shira does not charge money for the retreats. This approach is something she has learned from her teachers before her and she would like to continue the tradition. She will invite you to open your hearts and donate what you can. The suggested donation is the same cost as what you pay for your room and board. You do not need to decide in advance of the retreat what your donation will be. Ultimately, you will donate what you can and what sits best with you. There will be a closed box for you to make the donation of your choice before you leave.
(Facility cost – for 2 nights, including food – to pay upon arrival):
Single 850 shekels
Double 550 shekels/person
Triple 400 shekels/person
Quadruple 330 shekels/person
16:00 – 17:00 Arrival/Registration/Settle into Rooms
19:00 Welcome Class, Q&A, Review of the Retreat, Committing to Silence, Getting unSTUCK class (S=STOP), Breathing exercise, practice sit
20:30 Evening Hebrew chanting/prayer
21:00 Return to Rooms
6:00 Wake up
6:30 Morning Hebrew chanting/prayer
7:00 Gentle morning yoga
8:15 Getting unSTUCK class (T=Tell)/(U=Uncover) Journaling
9:00 Laying down meditation (emotions in the body)
9:30 Hallelujah walk
10:00 Focused breathing exercise/sit
10:30 Gentle yoga
11:30 Mindful Eating (I)
11:45 Noon Hebrew chanting/prayer
12:15 Mindful walking to lunch
13:30 Getting unSTUCK class (C=Consideration)/Journaling
14:30 Open group, Q&A
15:30 Prepare for Kabbalat Shabbat
16:30 Musical Kabbalat Shabbat
17:30 Sit, mindful walk, personal prayer time
18:00 Mindful Eating (II)
19:00 Getting unSTUCK class (K=OK=self-compassion), partner sharing, mindful listening
21:00 Return to rooms
6:30 Wake up
7:00 Morning Hebrew chanting/prayer
7:30 Gentle yoga
8:30 Hitbodedut walk
9:15 Open group, Q&A
10:15 Gentle yoga and Laughter yoga
11:30 Mindful Eating (III)
11:45 Mindful walking to lunch
12:30 Noon Hebrew chanting/prayer
13:00 Laying down breathing exercise/meditation
14:00 Getting unSTUCK class (sit, practice, awareness, considerations, vulnerability, yoga balance)
15:00 Forgiveness exercise, partner sharing/mindful listening/sit
16:00 Closing circle, sharing, and preparing to return to “real life”
17:30 Dinner (Seudat Shlishit)
18:30 Havdalah and Evening Hebrew chanting/prayer
19:00 Donations, book sales
Don’t forget to change your clocks back one hour before you go to bed!
Fill out this form to apply to the October, 2017 retreat. (Registration deadline – October 22, 2017)