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Transform Yourself through Jewish Wisdom

Exploring the Spiritual Discipline of Mussar

1440 Multiversity 800 Bethany Drive Scotts Valley,CA 95066

Are there life challenges you keep bumping up against? Imagine what it would mean to be the best version of yourself, every day; to be a true “mensch,” a person of extraordinary character. Harness the wisdom of the 1000-year-old Jewish spiritual discipline of Mussar and learn how to focus on personal and spiritual growth in the midst of a busy, involved life.

Guided by Greg Marcus, PhD, and Nancy Weiss, LCSW, you will experience an interactive weekend of teaching your heart by doing. You will engage in easy, fun practices that incorporate cognitive and experiential activities, and you will explore:

  • Mindfulness meditation, visualization, and small group and dyadic exercises
  • Art activities such as collage, drawing, and journaling to help you connect with your inner voice and deepen self-reflection
  • Spiritual texts using questions to enhance your understanding of the Mussar ideas
  • Simple practices to help you internalize learning when the group is not in session (e.g., smiling at a someone you do not know).

The weekend builds toward creating your own personal action plan for how to live and work with gratitude, patience, compassion, truth, and joy. You will go home with an understanding of the path of Mussar, empowered to change habits that are keeping you from getting the most out of life.

This workshop is open to anyone with an interest in how ancient Jewish wisdom is relevant to modern life. Jewish and non-Jewish people alike are welcome.

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Greg Marcus, PhD | Nancy Weiss, LCSW

December 15 - 17, 2017
Friday-Sunday , 2 nights

$325 Tuition

Plus 2 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately below.

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Program Description

Are there life challenges you keep bumping up against? Imagine what it would mean to be the best version of yourself, every day; to be a true “mensch,” a person of extraordinary character. Harness the wisdom of the 1000-year-old Jewish spiritual discipline of Mussar and learn how to focus on personal and spiritual growth in the midst of a busy, involved life.

Guided by Greg Marcus, PhD, and Nancy Weiss, LCSW, you will experience an interactive weekend of teaching your heart by doing. You will engage in easy, fun practices that incorporate cognitive and experiential activities, and you will explore:

  • Mindfulness meditation, visualization, and small group and dyadic exercises
  • Art activities such as collage, drawing, and journaling to help you connect with your inner voice and deepen self-reflection
  • Spiritual texts using questions to enhance your understanding of the Mussar ideas
  • Simple practices to help you internalize learning when the group is not in session (e.g., smiling at a someone you do not know).

The weekend builds toward creating your own personal action plan for how to live and work with gratitude, patience, compassion, truth, and joy. You will go home with an understanding of the path of Mussar, empowered to change habits that are keeping you from getting the most out of life.

This workshop is open to anyone with an interest in how ancient Jewish wisdom is relevant to modern life. Jewish and non-Jewish people alike are welcome.

Faculty Bio

Greg Marcus, PhD

Greg Marcus is a practitioner, facilitator, and innovator of American Mussar, a 21st-century spiritual practice for an authentic and meaningful life. He is a graduate of the Mussar Institute’s facilitator training program and has been practicing and teaching for five years.

Greg offers guidance on how to lead a life of mindful harmony and spiritual integrity, drawing upon timeless Jewish teachings and contemporary wisdom. He has a doctorate from MIT, and worked for ten years as a marketer in Silicon Valley helping to guide cutting edge technology for genetics research to market.

Mussar taught him why he was a workaholic and gave him the tools to bring healing and balance into his life. He started teaching and facilitating Mussar groups within months of starting to practice it, creating his own curriculum for work-life balance.

Today he is a writer, speaker, workshop facilitator, and stay-at-home dad. He is the author of The Spiritual Practice of Good Actions: Finding Balance Through the Soul Traits of Mussar.

 

Nancy Weiss, LCSW

Nancy Weiss is a psychotherapist, spiritual director, and Mussar facilitator dedicated to helping others discover unique pathways to their soul’s expression. Her private practice blends depth psychology, dream work, and expressive arts.

She facilitates Mussar groups in Los Angeles, and as coordinator of Manchim, the Facilitator Training Program for The Mussar Institute, she leads online trainings for rabbis and lay students around the world.

Nancy’s personal Mussar practice inspires her to be conscious and present in ways that enrich her connection to herself, to others, and to the Divine.

As a collage artist, poet, and SoulCollage® facilitator, Nancy guides people in bringing an expressive voice to the Mussar traits and to other Jewish spiritual principles. She has led numerous expressive arts workshops and trainings for psychotherapists, educators, families, and other organizations, including UCLArts and Healing.

Nancy developed MeCards4Kids®, a collage and poetry adaptation of the SoulCollage process for children. She piloted this process in a multi-age elementary classroom, and coauthored How to Make MeCards4Kids: Creative Expression for Children and the Grown-Ups in Their Lives.

Why Attend

  • According to Rabbi Eliyahu Lopian, a prominent rabbi of the Mussar movement, “Mussar is making the heart feel what the intellect understands.”

  • Take small steps towards greater balance—if you have a heart that wants to open, and desire to shine and thrive, Mussar practices will help you become your best self.

  • Study Mussar as a companion to yoga, gratitude journaling, mindfulness, prayer, and other spiritual practices, and discover how it can make life more meaningful.

Things to Know & Schedule

Accommodations

Standard Double
Affordable comfort with a hall bathroom.
Weeknight rates from $160 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Standard Single
Affordable solo comfort with a shared hall bathroom.**
Weeknight rates from $175.

Traditional Double
Tastefully designed rooms with a range of bed sizes.
Weeknight rates from $190 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Suites
Spacious rooms with additional seating and special touches.
Weeknight rates from $330 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Pods
Modern, Asian-style sleeping space for 8 with twin beds.
Available for booking in January 2018.
Weeknight rates from $140 per person per night.*

Commuter Pass
Register for a program without spending the night. Includes all meals + use of campus amenities. Limited availability.
Weeknight rates from $95 per program night.***

Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in. Per-person per-night rates include:

  • nourishing farm-to-table meals
  • daily meditation and yoga classes
  • non-ticketed evening events
  • use of all facilities, including the fitness center, steam rooms, and whirlpool.

Guests also enjoy access woodland trails, and enjoy cafés, shops, and evening programs.

*Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. There is an additional charge to book a room privately.
**Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. Limited availability.
***Plus tax. A program night starts upon check-in and goes through lunchtime of the following day (roughly 24 hrs).

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