Gathering in the Presence: A Way In Omer Retreat


Jewish Mindfulness Retreat in the High Desert of New Mexico Guided by Rabbi Yael Levy

May 23-28, 2019, Ghost Ranch Education and Retreat Center, Abiquiu, NM

Join us as we gather for the A Way In Omer retreat in the sacred beauty of the red rock desert of New Mexico. The Earth and sky will hold us as we journey through the 33rd—38th days of the Omer together.

These days call forth presence, awareness and rooted connection with Mystery that flows through all life. Through silence, prayer, song and movement, woven together by Rabbi Yael’s teachings, we will open to receive the wisdom and guidance that flows through this time.  

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See photos and read testimonials from 2018 retreat.

Registration for the Omer retreat is closed as of May 1, 2019.

The Unfolding of Infinite Possibility is with us.
This is our refuge and strength.
— Psalm 46:12

In our days together, the rhythms of the natural world will guide us as we honor the calls of this sacred time through silence and spiritual practices that encourage amazement, gratitude and awe.

Rising with the sun, we will share prayers and songs. Focused teachings from Rabbi Yael will set an intention for each day as well as continuing guidance for our individual and communal journeys.


I walk in the presence of the Mystery in the lands of life.
— Psalm 116:9

What to Expect

We will take easy to moderate hikes along canyon streams and sit in silence among grass, trees, rocks and sky. There will be ample free time for personal meditation, exploration and rest. For those who wish, there also will be time for more challenging hikes.

Much of the retreat experience will be silent, to help calm the mind and listen deeply into the Presence of the Mystery. In addition, there will be time for shared reflections. Other practices include a distinctive brand of “body prayer,” a Jewishly-themed labyrinth walk and, as always, the shared wisdom of the retreat-goers themselves.  

Everyone is welcome. Mindfulness experience and openness to silence is helpful.



Ghost Ranch Education and Retreat Center in Abiquiu, New Mexico is located about 2.5 hours by car from the Albuquerque airport. For those interested, we arrange a shared van transport to and from the retreat center.

Ghost Ranch is best known as the site where Georgia O’Keefe lived and painted for much of her life. Sitting on the porch outside the dining room, it is easy to see the landscape that inspired many of her paintings.

Accommodations are simple but adequate, with options for private and shared baths as well as dormitory-style. The food is served cafeteria style in a large dining hall. Vegetarian options are always available.


Throughout the retreat silence will fill the spaces in between, a sacred vessel that holds us and guides us.



Fees quoted are per person and include A Way In program fees, room accommodations with a private or semi-private bathroom, all meals from Thursday dinner through Tuesday breakfast, and snacks. Dorm-style rooms have communal bathrooms.

Payment in full can be made here below or by check to A Way In, P.O. Box 63912, Philadelphia PA 19147-7779.

Enter “Omer Retreat” on the memo line. Please include if you would like a roommate match and any dietary requirements beyond vegetarian.

Final deadline for registration to avoid a $50 late fee is April 19, 2019, and registration closes on May 1.

Discounts apply anytime for A Way In Friends* and Mishkan Shalom members* in good standing. Apply only one of these two discount categories.

*A Way In Friends' Discount applies to individuals who have donated or pledged $1,000 or more to A Way In in 5779 (July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019), as well as to rabbis & rabbinical students.  Deduct $108

* Mishkan Shalom Members who do not qualify for the Friends' Discount may apply this discount. Deduct $36

Registrants wishing to share a room with a private or semi-private bath, or indeed anyone with additional questions, please contact Bea Leopold at

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