- March 14, 2020
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Goodness of the Body will explore how Judaism views the body in all its goodness. According to the Hebrew Bible, the human body expresses divine reality and is a key to divine knowledge. Bodies can also be a powerful tool for communicating with God through prayer. Every human body is a beautiful reflection of God’s image, to be embraced and honored. Attendees will leave with a new or renewed sense of comfort in their physical body, and the knowledge needed to pray through their whole being.
The day will begin with a gentle, restorative yoga practice, welcoming of all abilities. Attendees will learn how to use their bodies and breath in prayer to God. We will also explore how people throughout history have utilized their bodies in Divine communication. Attendees are encouraged, but not required, to bring a photograph or image that speaks of this idea to them.
Lunch is included for all participants. Due to changes at the Jesuit Center, participants will not be able to stay overnight.
Jenny Schulder Brant is an artist, ayurvedic practitioner, and yoga teacher. She grew up studying Middle Eastern Dance and the Martha Graham technique of modern dance. As a Jewish woman who grew up Modern Orthodox, she finds great joy in sharing her love of Jewish ritual and the spirituality that accompanies it. Jenny lives in Lancaster PA with her husband Spike, two wonderful kids, and a dog named Squirt.
Spiritual Beings in Human Bodies Retreats
This series of three retreats, curated by Jean Lengacher, will focus on personal and cosmic awareness of the Human-Divine connectedness with one another and with our good Earth. We will explore what it means to live as holy beings who radiate light, vibration, wisdom and goodness. Sacred movement, prayers, and group reflection will inform the rhythm of these retreat days. The series can be enjoyed as a whole or individually.