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July 29 @ 3:00 pm August 4 @ 4:00 pm

116 Johnson Rd
Falls Village, CT 06031 United States
Isabella Freedman

A Torah Yoga Retreat into our Spiritual Natures

Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Space with Diane Bloomfield and Sharon Epstein

Together with Julie Emden, Lou Haber, Ashira Katz and Mark Russo, we will immerse into the 5 elements around us and within us through the eyes of our Jewish sages and yoga practices. Each day we will draw from Torah Yoga teachings and the beautiful nature around us.

Come away with us this summer to a beautiful setting in the southern Berkshire mountains!

Torah Yoga Immersive Retreat: Monday, July 29 – Sunday, August 4, 2024

This experience is for anybody looking to join an uplifting and relaxing Jewish-inspired spiritual retreat. No previous yoga practice or Torah study is necessary to participate, all are welcome!
Retreat Details


All prices are inclusive of meals and program and teacher fees.

  • Standard Room (Private Bathroom): $1,980 per person in double occupancy | $2,640 per person in single occupancy
  • Basic Room (Shared full bathroom between two rooms): $1,710 per adult in double occupancy | $2,220 per adult in single occupancy
  • Dormitory Style (shared half bathroom between two rooms) multiple occupancy: $1,500 per adult
  • Camper (bring your own tent, access to shared bathrooms and hot showers): $1290
  • Commuter (lodging not included): $1290

Program Highlights

Monday & Tuesday – Adamah – Earth

Grounding yoga, Torah roots, Farm tour.

Wednesday – Mayim – Water

Flowing yoga practices, Forest bathing, Waterfall hike.

Thursday – Aish – Fire

Illuminating Torah teachings, Fiery yoga practices, Campfire stories and songs. 

Friday – Neshima – Breath

Pranayama, Breath of life Torah teachings, Restorative yoga.

Saturday – Merchav – Space and expansive rest

Prayer, Torah study, Yoga nidra.

Retreat Guides

Lev Shalem together with Torah Yoga are bringing together an inspiring group of practitioners, teachers, and Rabbis who artfully combine ancient Jewish wisdom with mindfulness practices to reveal and illuminate the Torah within body, mind, heart and soul. 

Sharon Epstein, Yoga Alliance, E-RYT-500, YACEP, LCAT

Sharon Epstein fell in love with yoga at the tender age of 16 years old. She began her journey studying and performing as a dancer and actor, later transitioning into the field of the healing arts as a movement therapist and yoga teacher. Sharon has been working as a yoga teacher for over 17 years. She loves expanding her knowledge through the lens of yoga and in particular integrating Jewish spirituality into her practice and offering.

She is the co-author of  Into a Jewish Holiday Year with Yoga, a Workbook and Guided Journey For Body, Mind and Soul. Sharon lives in Great Neck, New York, with her husband, Ron. Together, with great pride and joy, they have raised two sons.

For more info see: www.LevShalemYoga.com

Diane Bloomfield, creator of Torah Yoga and a certified Iyengar yoga instructor

Diane Bloomfield is the creator of Torah Yoga and author of two books. Torah Yoga: Experiencing Jewish Wisdom through Classic Postures and Playing With Fire: Hebrew Doorways to the Jewish Soul.

Diane lives in Jerusalem where she teaches Torah and Torah Yoga classes live and on the web. Diane also teaches Torah Yoga retreats and workshops in the United States at the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center and at synagogues throughout the United States and Canada.

She is a certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor and a Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist.

For more, please see http://torahyoga.com.

Julie Emden, Halprin Practitioner, Yoga Alliance, E-RYT-500, YACEP

Julie Emden, E-RYT-500, Halprin Practitioner (she/her), is the Founding Director of Embodied Jewish Learning (EJL) and the Embodied Jewish Wisdom Network, a global collective of leaders and seekers of movement practices infused with Jewish wisdom. A graduate of five fellowship and teaching certification programs related to her work as a Iyengar-based Yoga instructor, dancer, Jewish educator, and movement/expressive artist, Julie has over two decades of experience guiding others in somatic explorations of Jewish wisdom teachings as a resource for living in balance and wholeness.

Julie has served on faculty for various organizations and EJL hosts an Advanced Teacher Training; a Global Directory and Class Calendar for leaders of embodiment in the Jewish world; podcasts, classes, workshops, coaching, mentorship and more. More info at www.embodiedjewishlearning.org.

Nancy Wolfson-Moche, Certified Torah Yoga teacher, Yoga Alliance, RYT-200

Nancy Wolfson-Moche is a certified macrobiotic counselor, cookbook author, and culinary arts educator. Her book, Vegetables for Breakfast from A to Z, invites the reader to re-imagine breakfast, lunch, and dinner by enjoying plant-based meals with locally grown produce. Nancy presents eating as a sacred Jewish practice, creating symbolic meals and menus infused with meaning and ritual.

Baba Lou Haber, certified Yoga Teacher

Baba Lou Haber has led yoga in many Jewish settings including the Menschwork Jewish Men’s Retreat and a number of synagogues in the NY Metro area. He teaches Torah Yoga at Merkaz Community High School for Judaic Studies in CT and Kaia Yoga in CT and NY. He presently is studying to be an Ayurvedic Health Counselor. He is a certified Yoga Teacher

Ashira Sheila Katz, PhD, BCBA

Ashira Sheila Katz brings a deep love of Jewish spiritual practices that cultivate awareness of the Divine connection within us all. She has completed multiple trainings in Jewish spirituality and brings over 18 years of experience in leading meditation groups and retreats that include modalities of chant, silent meditation, yoga/embodied prayer and Chasidic storytelling to communities nationwide. Ashira is also a licensed psychologist specializing in Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Mark Russo, certified nature therapy guide

Mark Russo has been a practicing veterinarian for 51 years. He has completed several 2-year training programs including Torah Yoga Teacher Training, Jewish Meditation Teacher Training and Davening Leadership Training Institute. He has served as chair of the Board of Directors of Elat Chayyim and Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, treasurer of Hazon and chair of the Isabella Freedman Advisory Council. He is a certified nature therapy guide (forest bathing), and though a complete musical klutz endeavors to unlock the magic of his Celtic harps.

For questions and more information about the retreat please reach out to Sharon at


Details About Isabella Freedman

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Isabella Freedman Guest Experience & FAQ
860.824.5991 | freedman@adamah.org
116 Johnson Rd, Falls Village, CT 06031