Preparing the Heart and Soul for Passover

April 12 – 14, 2019

8 – 10 Nisan 5779

At the Garrison Institute, Garrison, New York, 10524

The Festival of Passover calls us to leave the narrow places in our hearts and minds and expand our capacity for compassion, empathy, understanding and relationship.

Through sitting and walking meditation, yoga, prayer, reflection on traditional texts and listening to the wisdom of the water, sky and Earth we will practice softening our hearts and releasing thoughts, habits and behaviors that keep us bound. Our aim is to touch the courage, strength and faith that will guide us in stepping into the fullness of our lives and serving the highest good.

We will engage in the practices of:
Tikkun halev: The softening of the hardened heart
Bedikat chamaytz: Taking notice of what keeps us from engaging fully with the challenges and gifts of life, and
Yitziat mitzriam: Leaving the narrow places of judgment and fear, to enter into a wider expanse of perspective and possibility.

I welcome you to join us for this annual retreat to prepare our hearts and souls for Passover.

—   Rabbi Yael Levy

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From the narrow place I called out and I was answered with expansiveness.
— Psalm 118:5

Join Rabbi Yael Levy and the A Way In community on retreat in the magnificence of the Hudson Valley to prepare our hearts and souls for Passover.

Wisdom from the river, trees, hills and sky will help guide the journey as we welcome the month of Nisan and turn our attention to the spiritual work of preparing for Passover. The sacred beauty of the retreat center will bring strength to our practice.

We will gather at Garrison Institute, a renovated former Capuchin Monastery, located on the Hudson River amid rolling hills and forests.

The drive is about 2.5 hours from Philadelphia.

For directions by train or car from New York, New England or points South, look at Garrison Institute's transportation information

We will practice softening our hearts and releasing thoughts, habits and behaviors that keep us bound
— Rabbi Yael Levy

We Experience

Arrive between 3:00 – 4:00PM on Friday.
Settle and meet the group.
The retreat will start at 5:00PM with song, prayer, a festive meal and teachings.

Shabbat: morning practices, mindfulness prayer service, outdoor time and rest
Saturday evening: Havdalah and evening teachings
Sunday: morning practices and setting intentions for the journey into Passover and the Omer

Plan to depart for home after lunch.


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



The registration fee includes your room, all meals from Shabbat dinner through Sunday lunch. Fees quoted are per person.

Space is limited.

Payment in full can be made online or by check to A Way In , P.O. Box 63912, Philadelphia PA 19147-7779. Apply a $50 Late Fee for registrations processed or postmarked after Friday, March 15.

For all payments by check, enter “Pre-Passover Retreat” on the memo line and include a note if you would like to participate in A Way In's Roommate Match. Also include dietary requirements beyond vegetarian.

Discounts apply anytime for A Way In Friends* and Mishkan Shalom members*. 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 $72

* Mishkan Shalom Members who do not qualify for the Friends' Discount may apply this discount. Deduct $18.


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