About This Program
Franciscan Center in Tampa Florida
Ecstatic practice is the experience of full surrender to the life force. That surrender entails both opening to that flow of the Divine spirit and the unself-conscious expression of that spirit through us.
In contemplative practice we cultivate loving awareness of our direct experience, and refine our hearts through sincere intention and prayer.
The dance between the ecstatic and the contemplative expands our capacity for love in all its depth and expression. In this retreat, we will explore this dance by diving deeply into meditative silence and stillness, and also unlocking the treasures of expression through sound, movement, poetry and sacred text.
Feedback From Participants in Shefa Gold’s Trainings...
Soulift was an amazing retreat and unlike anything I have ever done before. The retreat more than lived up to its name and was indeed soul lifting. Rabbi Shefa is a deep spiritualist and inspiring teacher. The opportunity to be led by her in chant and then sit in silence is unique and uplifting. I’d sign up for another one in a heartbeat!
SoulLift truly lifted my soul; it was nourishing, intense, fun. I felt welcomed from the first moment, and each of us was able to do our own internal work in a way that also felt universal and shared. It was like a spiritual bath for my soul--I highly recommend a week with Shefa. In addition to beautiful chanting, spiritual journeys and healing moments, the group solidified immediately and became an amazing nurturing container for all of us. I left feeling renewed, and reconnected to God and my highest self.
My soul was nourished, embraced and and supported and I was able to feel healed by being in a loving community striving for wholeness. We chanted, learned, exercised and learned, and I felt renewed and restored. As always Reb Shefa provided kindness, wisdom and warmth to help us engage in tough self examination and find the path to healing.Reb Shefa has a unique vision and it is a blessing to learn with her and other striving souls. Finally, there were just endless "wow" moments as we felt safe to be vulnerable and travel together into the unknown.
Dear Rabbi Shefa, Rachmiel, Yaffah and Judith,
I am writing to thank you for creating an absolutely wonderful week of chanting, art, movement and healing during your Soullift program in Santa Fe this August. I loved every minute of your outstanding program from the outdoor morning services chanting Shacharit until the evening personal blessing ceremonies, conducted as the sun set under beautiful New Mexican skies. Each moment of music was marvelous, with the beautiful melodies by Shefa and the lovely voices singing in harmony. And the whole experience was greatly enhanced by the fascinating neurological and psychological insights presented by Shefa daily. This work is transformative, and was very important for me in a time of personal challenge! I learned so much from the exquisite and joyful chanting to the deeply spiritual insights. Dear Rabbi Shefa, you are a true Jewish shaman and spiritual leader and your approach is extremely powerful!
Other delightful aspects of your program include the inspirational mandala making instructed by Judith, learning the ten minute tune up from Rachmiel, and the excellent organizational kills of Yaffah that brought everything together so smoothy! I should also mention the absolutely outstanding food and the lovely rooms of the retreat center, both of which made it hard to leave on Sunday! Last but not least, you had gathered an warm and interesting group of participants, and created a fine community out of all of us. Truly, this is one of the best experiences of my life. Thank you one and all!
With love and gratitude to all of you,
PS. I love listening to the four exquisite CD's that I purchased and reading the profound insights in Shefa Gold's "Torah Journeys".