When June 03, 2023 at 10:00 am EDT 3 hrs 30 mins

Saturday June 3rd, 10:00-2:00pm ET • Onsite or on Zoom 

Come and join us for a special Shabbat Retreat with our guest...

Kohenet Elana Brody, song-holder & prayer-leader.

Elana is an enchanting and powerful song-holder of our tradition. This Saturday retreat will be your chance to learn new songs and chants and feel the connective power of Elana's group song-leader facilitation. Our retreats are a chance to get to know luminaries in the wider world of Jewish Renewal and Jewish Contemplative Practice, in intimate settings.

Four Worlds Kabbalistic Meditation

Elana will also introduce us to a four worlds meditation as taught by the Bal Shem Tov to his followers, as a tool for finding and integrating Jewish mystical states. This meditation can help us "come down from the mountain" of Shavuot, and support us to experience high mystical states in our daily lives.

A morning of connection and music interwoven with nature connection and contemplative meditation techniques.

We will be outside for part of this retreat if the weather accommodates us.

About Kohenet Elana Brody

Elana Brody, as a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and celebrated vocalist, brings a sound to the world that crosses genres and bends expectations. 

Her first release “Stars Out of My Eyes” is an Americana tune, harkening to her Appalachian roots. Raised up by “back-to-the-land” homesteaders, in the mountains of Virginia, she was readily exposed to the sounds of country, bluegrass, and folk music traditions. In a home with “hippie” consciousness, Elana also had her fair share of exposure to the folk music from the 60s and 70s, where the poet-lyricist speaks to the shadows of our American culture and the times. 

Early NYC life for Elana was one of performing, and busking on streets and subways. This experience, “on the ground” with folks, was one that, actually, elevated Elana’s musicianship to a higher level. In the unique rooms of the underground, she was able to find the nooks and crannies of the acoustic space and the emotional needs of the crowds, and improvise music that might provide some kind of healing, transformational experience for the people in front of her. With the ever-changing crowds of the subway station, Elana was able to hone her ability to quickly connect and draw folks in to the musical experience. 

Elana's ability to connect to the heart of the universal person is what has led Elana also to the role of prayer-leader. Her voice was “discovered” by musician & Rabbi Shir Yaakov Feit in 2014, and she has been hired to lead musical prayers for mostly Jewish congregations and events, all over the country. 

Register here to join us in the Hudson Valley, or on Zoom. Please also indicate if you are joining on site.

Tickets: Our prices reflect Kol Hai’s expenses. We encourage additional voluntary donations as we depend upon your generosity to sustain and grow a thriving Jewish Renewal community in the Hudson Valley. We are also committed to accessibility. If you need another price option, please reach out to Nancy at [email protected] for discount options. No one is turned away from Kol Hai for lack of funds. ❤️ 

We look forward to sharing this shabbat with you!

Listen to Elana and Renée on Youtube.

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