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3rd Annual Embracing the Spirit Retreat: An Exploration into the Heart of Judaism

August 11, 2016 - August 14, 2016

with Rabbi Batsheva Meiri, Joshua Canter, Billy Jonas and Special Guests

August 11-14, 2016*
Bend of Ivy Lodge, Alexander, North Carolina (20 min. from Asheville)
Retreat Tuition: $395.00
(*One/Two Day Option is Possible, Space Permitting)

IMG_0600-1024x682Join us for the 3rd Annual Embracing the Spirit Retreat, a Special 3-Day Shabbat Retreat nestled in the mountains of North Carolina. For thousands of years, Jews have taken space from their regular lives and weeks to celebrate shabbat on retreat. During this special weekend, we will delve into the spirit of the practice of shabbat, weaving together ritual, meditation, music, and celebration, opening our hearts as individuals and also deepening our connection as a community.

The retreat will take place at the beautiful Bend of Ivy Lodge. Nestled on 63 acres of land in a secluded valley not far from Asheville, NC, Bend of Ivy is a special and inspiring space that has been hosting retreats for many years in this region.

Retreat Includes:
-3 Nights at Bend of Ivy LodgeIMG_1436
-Vegetarian Meals
-Sacred Song
-Jewish Prayer
-Mindfulness Meditation
-Nature Walks
-Time to Rest and Renew
-and More…

For More Information Contact: Joshua Canter


Rabbi Batsheva Meiri


Rabbi Meiri comes to Congregation Beth HaTephila in Asheville, NC, after serving as spiritual leader of Temple Emanuel of Baltimore for eight years and Associate Rabbi at Temple Sinai of Roslyn for four years. She graduated with distinction with a degree in Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1991, and was ordained from the Hebrew Union College in New York in 1996. During her career, Rabbi Meiri has been involved in numerous community organizations. She served as secretary of New York Association of Reform Rabbis and she was the New York Campus Liaison of Women’s Rabbinic Network. In the greater Baltimore Jewish community, she served on the board of the Jewish Community Center, the Board of Teachers Licensing, the Interfaith Council of Baltimore Jewish Council, and was also active with the Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies in Baltimore. Nationally, she is a member of the CCAR Committee on the Environment and is Secretary to the Women’s Rabbinic Network.

Joshua Canter
Co-Founder of True Nature Education and the CREER Service Organization.
Joshua is the Director of True Nature Education. He has a BA in Intentional Community Development and an MA in Contemplative Psychology with an emphasis on Mindfulness.  Joshua is a trained facilitator, mediator, NVC (Non-Violent Communication) practitioner, and yoga and meditation instructor.  The past 10 years Joshua has been living part-time in Costa Rica and Asheville, North Carolina, teaching courses and workshops, leading retreats, and accompanying his wife musically while they travel throughout the country.

Billy Jonas Solo - red hat gratitudeBilly Jonas
Billy is a singer-songwriter, teacher, percussionist and multi-instrumentalist
who works as both a general audience performer and family entertainer.
Billy is also part of the CBHT Music Team.


sleeping_indiaBend of Ivy Lodge has a range of accommodations designed for comfortable sleep and to provide beautiful spaces for rest and reflection in the midst of retreat. Each bedroom in the Lodge has a cultural theme with original art to reflect our global connection and to remind us of the beauty of the many different expressions of art and culture around the world. Rooms are double and triple occupancy. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be catered and prepared daily.

Register early as we have limited space and expect this retreat to fill quickly!
Payment can be made via credit card using the payment drop-down box below. Payment can also be made via check made payable to:
True Nature EducationIMG_6391
109 Fisher Lane
Asheville, NC

Payment Options


Half Tuition is Non-Refundable.
Full Tuition is Non-Refundable within 90 days of the Retreat
Full Tuition is refunded if the event is canceled due to low enrollmentIMG_1467

True Nature Education
True Nature is an Educational Travel Company which provides full service in the planning, support, and guiding of a diverse catalog of trips Internationally each year. The last two years we have had the pleasure to host the Beth Ha Tephila Tikkun Olam and Adventure Trip to Costa Rica with Rabbi Meiri along with various programs with synagogues throughout the US.

We believe in the power of holistic education, experiential travel abroad, and the multitude of effects it has on one’s growth. We have hosted thousands of participants and have been honored to share in the life-changing experiences of our guests. It is True Nature’s goal to strive meet the needs of our guests and to be of support from the time you first contact us until you return home from your journey. For more information contact: info@TrueNatureEducation.com



August 11, 2016
August 14, 2016