• Commuter – $120.00
  • Private Room: Single – $360.00
  • Private Room: Couple – $610.00
  • Junior Suite: Single – $520.00
  • Junior Suite: Couple – $830.00

Date & Time Details: Sunday, April 28 (check in 3 PM; program starts 4:15 PM) until Tuesday, April 30 (checkout 1:30 PM)

Location: Dharmakaya Center for Wellbeing

Address: 191 Cragsmoor Road, Cragsmoor, New York 12566, USA

Contact: [email protected]

Check-in Time: 3 PM

Per Person Price: Prices include 3 meals per day and use of all campus facilities.

  • Commuter – $120
  • Private Room (shared bath): Single – $360
  • Private Room (shared bath): Couple – $305
  • Junior Suite (private bath): Single – $520
  • Junior Suite (private bath): Couple – $415
Please note: Prices do not include teacher dana, offered at the conclusion of the program.

To extend your stay on Personal Retreat: Simply add days before or after the program during step 2 when making your reservation.

Cancellation Policy: Refundable up to two weeks prior to the program (less a $50 processing fee). See our policy to learn more.

Loving Kindness at the Heart of Liberation: An End of Passover Retreat

With Roberta Wall and Reb Karen Levine

April 28 - 30, 2024


Join us for a two-day retreat at the end of Passover, an especially rich time for spiritual deepening. On the seventh and eighth days closing the Passover week we will explore creative interpretations of traditional Jewish mystical and contemplative practices. We will put special attention on loving kindness (Chesed in Hebrew) as the quality that permeates the Passover week. Our time together will include teachings, discussion, music, ritual and movement drawn collectively from Jewish, Buddhist and Nonviolent Communication practices.

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The seventh day of Passover, called Shvii Shel Pesach in Hebrew, takes us on a mystical journey toward freedom, through the splitting sea. Through ritual, teachings, discussion, music, movement and song we will explore letting go of the constrictions we wish to leave behind and embrace the openings and insights we want to take with us. In the beauty and peace of the retreat center we will draw on Jewish, Buddhist and Nonviolent Communication teachings and practices to integrate loving kindness as a path to individual and collective liberation.


  • Ritual experience crossing from our narrow places through the birth canal of the sea
  • End of Passover Mystical Feast for integration of liberation consciousness
  • Interactive Nonviolent Communication practices for cultivating loving kindness linked to Passover themes 
  • Jewish mystical teachings, including the splitting of the sea on the seventh night of Passover and the rhythmic movement of the sacred Hebrew calendar, from Passover to counting the Omer
  • Intimate setting with personal access to the teachers and small group discussion
  • Integration of Buddhist mindfulness and Jewish practices 
  • Interactive sessions with question and answer periods
  • Personal and guided meditation sessions
  • Delicious all-vegetarian meals with locally sourced ingredients, tailored to Passover dietary observance** 
  • Option to extend stay for a personal retreat
  • Extensive library of spiritual  books for your enjoyment
  • Expansive wooded grounds with beautiful flora and fauna for walking meditation and contemplation

**Please note that from our Sunday arrival until the conclusion of our liberation feast after sundown on Monday, we will follow the Passover observance of eating matzah and refraining from eating leavened bread and other products that contain leavening.


This retreat is designed to offer insights and experiences that nourish and deepen the practice of participants at every level—beginners just embarking on a spiritual journey, professionals seeking to integrate contemplative practices into daily life, and “old hands”  wanting to continue practicing and deepening their understanding and connection. Our teachings are rooted in timeless wisdom, yet presented in a manner that resonates with modern seekers. Whether you’re familiar with Jewish, Buddhist or Nonviolent Communication teachings or are encountering them for the first time, you’ll find a welcoming space to explore, reflect, and grow.


The teachers are offering this retreat on a gift economy. Registration fees only cover room and board, and do not include tuition or payment for teachers.  At the conclusion of the retreat, the teachers will ask for free will/gift donations. As a guide you may consider that tuition fees for similar retreats run from $180-$600 for a 3-day retreat. The teachers work on a gift/donation system so that those who can will give at the higher end and others are welcomed to give at the lower end. Check, cash, and Venmo are welcomed for your offering.


(subject to change)

Sunday, April 28

3:00-4:00 PM Check in and snacks
4:15-6:15 PM Welcome, Orientation and Intention Setting
6:30-7:30 PM Dinner (with matzah)
7:30-Midnight Evening Program and Ritual

Monday, April 29

7:00-7:45 AM Morning Chanting, Sitting and Walking Meditation, Movement (optional)
8:00-9:00 AM Breakfast
9:30 AM-12:30 PM Morning Program
12:30 AM-1:00 PM Break
1:00-2:00 PM Lunch
2:00-5:00 PM Afternoon Program
5:00-6:00 PM Break
6:00-7:00 PM Dinner
7:30-8:30 PM Evening Program and Ritual

Tuesday, April 30

7:00-7:45 AM Morning Chanting, Sitting and Walking Meditation, Movement (optional)
8:00-9:00 AM Breakfast
9:30 AM-12:30 PM Morning Program
12:30-1:30 PM Lunch
1:30 PM Checkout and Departure



Roberta Wall
Many years ago Roberta Wall’s Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh encouraged her to find the mindfulness in her root Jewish tradition. Now, drawing on two decades of immersion in Jewish learning and practices in the US and Israel, Roberta publishes Torah at the Intersection, a weekly blog integrating the teachings of Buddhism, Judaism and Nonviolent Communication (NVC). For over 20 years she has been offering Jewish Mindfulness retreats and practices and Nonviolent Communication Mindfulness practices in Jewish, Buddhist and other communities, schools, war zones, leadership trainings and organizations globally. She has shared Nonviolent Communication in Palestine and Israel for over ten…
Learn more about Roberta Wall
Reb Karen Levine
Reb Karen Levine is a member of the Clergy Team of the Woodstock Jewish Congregation in Woodstock, New York. Karen brings her years of skilled and creative ritual leadership along with her deep love for nature and contemplative practice. She is also a multi-instrumental musician  and visual artist.
Learn more about Reb Karen Levine
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Cragsmoor, New York 12566

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191 Cragsmoor Road Cragsmoor, New York 12566

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