Aquarian Minyan Shavuot Retreat

Thursday, June 5 (arrive after 5:00 PM) - Sunday, June 8

The retreat will be held at Pema Osel Ling a lovely Buddhist retreat center located on 102 acres of pristine redwood forests, rolling hills and meadowlands in the mountains near Santa Cruz (about 2 hrs south of Berkeley, 1 hr from San Jose or Monterey, 35 minutes from Santa Cruz). Facilities include a redwood grove amphitheater, fire circle, full-size lap pool, forested mountain hiking trails, a year round creek, and ample lawn space for playing volleyball, badminton, and other outdoor sports. (website:
The Sangha House is a modern 4-bedroom lodge with a tea service kitchen, 2 bathrooms, carpeted meeting room that seats 35-40 people, and a deck with a view of the Monterey Bay. Six heated Cabin Spaces with high ceilings and large windows are on a quiet hillside of the camp; a heated bathhouse with showers and toilet facilities for both men and women is nearby. The Campground can accommodate up to 180 campers; some campsites are close to the cabins while others are secluded amidst the redwoods. Bathhouses with showers are convenient to camping areas. The Main House has 3 bedrooms, full kitchen, 2 1/2 bathrooms, living room with fireplace, and a large redwood deck overlooking a private meadow and orchard.
Shavuot is traditionally a time for offering one's "first fruits," of the year and receiving revelation. It is customary to stay up all night on Shavuot (Thursday night) to study Torah. There will be time for individuals to share offerings with the group (such as teachings, art, writings, readings, movement, or new revelations) either Thursday night or at other times during the retreat. Everyone is encouraged to participate and bring something to share with the group. If there is an activity or any type of offering that you would like to share at the retreat, please email Miriam(, Hanna ( or Marty ( with details (i.e. general description, when during the retreat you would like the activity to take place, and how much time you would like allocated).
Minyan Shavuot Retreats are particularly wonderful opportunities for folks to gather in beautiful natural settings to play together, pray together, and learn together. It's a time to open to revelation for direction in one's personal path and experience each other in an informal, relaxed setting within a spiritual context. It's also a great opportunity for families to spend more time with each other. Shavuot Retreats have played important roles in bonding Community Members and others in love and caring respect. We encourage all who can and so wish to use this opportunity to join us in this retreat.
We are blessed with the presence of Rabbi Leah Novick for our preparations to receive Torah. Reb Leah has been a long time participant and leader in the Aquarian Minyan, and a leader of the Jewish Renewal Movement, in which she is one of the few people to have the honor of being a PATHFINDER. She is also a Founder of Ruach Ha Aretz. Among her other valuable work, Reb Leah has opened many people to the sense of Shechinah Consciousness and has done much seminal work on unearthing the contributions of great women Rabbis, Teachers and Rebbetzin throughout our history.
Shavuot Registration Form

NOTE: Please indicate which nights each person will be spending at the retreat center (Thurs/Fri/Sat); rates are based on overnight stay regardless of check-out time. Adult Names/Nights: __________________________________________________ Children's Names/Ages/Nights:__________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ Phone: _____________________________________email:___________________ Address:____________________________________________________________ The following fees include prepared meals for Friday night through Saturday night. The Thursday night meal will be potluck, and we will organize the remaining meals from those attending. For anyone staying only Thursday night, the cost for 1 night will be less $40/adult or teen; $20/child. We will only rent the Main House if a minimum of 6 adults wish to reserve it. Single nights in the Main House are not an option. Reservations are required by May 27, and require a minimum deposit of $30/adult; full payment is required at the latest upon arrival at the retreat. See below for costs for 3 nights, 2 nights, 1 night. Please list number of people and total amount. Costs for Sangha House or Cabins: adult ------------------------------ $150 *** $125 *** $90 ______ ______ teen ------------------------------- $120 *** $100 *** $80 ______ ______ child 4-11 ------------------------- $85 **** $70 **** $50 ______ ______ Costs for Camping: adult ------------------------------ $125 *** $105 *** $80 ______ ______ teen ------------------------------- $105 *** $85 **** $65 ______ ______ child 4-11 ------------------------- $75 **** $60 **** $45 ______ ______ Costs for Main House: adult ------------------------------ $225 *** $165 *** N/A ______ ______ teen ------------------------------- $150 *** $115 *** N/A ______ ______ child 4-11 ------------------------- $95 **** $80 **** N/A ______ ______ children 1-3 (all locations) ------ $30 **** $20 **** $10 ______ ______ Total Due for retreat: $_________ Amount enclosed (or paid online) -- Minimum $30/adult deposit: $ _______

Some limited work exchange is available and should be arranged with Marty prior to registering by contacting him at the office: (510) 655-8530. If you prefer not to register online, please mail your completed registration form (checks payable to The Aquarian Minyan) to: Aquarian Minyan, PO BOX 7224, Berkeley, CA 94707 For online registration click here. Aquarian Minyan members have an option of taking a 10% discount when they pay in full online for Aquarian Minyan events. Click here to become a member.