Jewish Mindfulness Trip


This trip is FULL- Wait List only

Since 2000, Rachel Cowan has joined Kurt Hoelting to co-host gatherings of Jewish leaders and friends of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, for an Inside Passages contemplative retreat in Alaska. These extraordinary sea kayaking retreats bring together familiar elements of IJS work, in combination with daily meditation, yoga and contemplative kayaking in a stunning wild landscape. This year Rachel will again join Kurt as a co-leader of a special Jewish mindfulness and kayaking retreat for friends and colleagues of IJS.

Rabbi Rachel Cowan is a pioneer in bringing the spiritual resources of mindfulness into the heart of Jewish practice. She is a co-Founder of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality (IJS), an organization that works with rabbis, cantors, educators and lay leaders to deepen the spiritual dimension of contemporary Judaism.  She served as the Executive Director of IJS from 2004-2011. From 1990-2003 she was Program Director for Jewish Life at the New York based Nathan Cummings Foundation. In 2007 and 2012 she was selected as one of the 50 most influential rabbis by Newsweek magazine, and in 2010 was chosen as one of the 50 most influential women rabbis by the Forward.  She is the co-author, with Dr. Linda Thal, of the Best Selling Wise Aging: Living With Joy, Resilience and Spirit.

Kurt Hoelting will be our host, lead kayak guide, and co-teacher with Rachel. He has been a mindfulness teacher for over two decades, along with his work as a writer and wilderness guide. Kurt founded Inside Passages in 1994, bringing together his love of contemplative practice and wilderness exploration. He has been a Zen practitioner for 35 years, and spent three decades as a commercial fisherman in Southeast Alaska. He has an extensive knowledge of both the inner and outer terrain of this trip. When not guiding in Alaska, Kurt is a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction teacher (MBSR) in the VA Hospital in Seattle. He is the author of The Circumference of Home: One Man’s Yearlong Quest for a Radically Local Life, which was a finalist for the 2011 Washington State Book Award.