Goodness of the Body – a Spiritual Beings in Human Bodies Retreat
August 1, 2020
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Goodness of the Body will explore how the Hebrew Scriptures and Old Testament view the body in all its goodness, and how the body can be used as a channel of communication with God. In the beginning, God created human bodies, and they were good. Every human body is a beautiful reflection of God’s image to be embraced and honored, and in that reflection is an intimate connection to the Divine.
We will learn and practice ways we can embody prayer in our physical beings. In the Jewish tradition, praying kindles “the light in his soul…and he sways to and fro like the flame of a candle.” (Zohar to Numbers 218b-219a) We will learn a gentle, restorative yoga practice (welcoming of all abilities) that focuses on the breath, and how movement can become the catalyst to connect above. We will explore and learn how people have utilized their bodies in Divine communication throughout history. Attendees are encouraged, but not required, to bring a photograph, image, or posture that speaks to you, depicting praying through the body.
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, two wonderful kids, and a dog named Squirt.
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