Shabasana: Where Shabbat Meets Vipasana

A Day Long Meditation Retreat
Date & Time
April 22, 2017
10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Join us for a day long silent meditation retreat on Urban Adamah’s new farm. We’ll start the day with contemplative shabbat chanting and then journey together through silent meditation, sitting and walking (on the farm or along the creek). Optional mindfulness yoga will also be offered. Except for the morning chanting service and instruction during the yoga classes, the entire day will be held in silence. A short introduction to meditation will be offered at the beginning of the day. No prior meditation, or yoga experience is necessary. A link to the schedule can be found here.

We’ll break silence together with a communal dinner. Participants should pack their own lunch.

Co-led by Dr. Zvi Bellin and Rabbi Batya Friedland. The cost for the retreat is by donation, with a sliding scale suggestion of $18 to $180. No one will be turned away for lack of funds, so if cost is prohibitive please email

Instructors: Rabbi Batya Friedland and Dr. Zvi Bellin

Rabbi Batya Friedland, who is at once Bat Cohen, Ger Chasid, and Zen Chaplain, received her non-denominational ordination in 2015. She is the founder and director of the Akha Children’s Dream Home, a new indigenous orphanage in Thailand. Batya offers Indigenous Torah programming at the Center for Sacred Studies, co-leads the Moishe House annual Jewish meditation retreat, and is training to be a midwife in Santa Rosa, CA.

Dr. Zvi Bellin is an Assistant Professor of Holistic Counseling Psychology. He is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor specializing in meaning-centered psychotherapy, infused with narrative and mindfulness therapies. His recent publications include articles about post-conventional faith, and the relationship between mindfulness practice and meaning in life. Dr. Bellin is a committed practitioner of mindfulness and leads therapeutically-oriented mindfulness retreats. Additionally, he was a principle researcher on a grant-funded program to improve LGBTQI2-S competency for Alameda County behavioral health providers.