Elemental Judaism Retreat - Rancho La Puerta

Earth. Water. Fire. Air: Elemental Judaism Retreat

Wednesday, January 26 – Sunday, January 30, 2022 at Rancho La Puerta

To register call or email Rancho La Puerta and say you’re with the Elemental Judaism group: Tel: 800.443.7565 or 858.764.5500 or reservations@rancholapuerta.com

Blending Jewish wisdom with earth-based arts, Elemental Judaism invites each of us back to “the Land of our Soul.” In our contemporary world, the concept of “a Jewish Land” is tied to one particular geographic region; however, a Jewish land is as pervasive as the lands of indigenous peoples, and the Bible is a paradigm shift in the earth arts as the scribes of the Torah crafted text and language to deepen our apprehension of this earth form.

Our five-day retreat at Rancho La Puerta, itself a holy land of its indigenous people, also shares the same latitude as the Biblical land of Israel. Deepening our earth connection alongside the Ranch’s oak trees, vineyards, and even Sumerian pools, “Elemental Judaism” awakens “Sh’mitah Consciousness,” when we release ourselves from our obligations to time bound, earthly obligations.

“Release” engages us through the Four Elements: Earth, Water, Fire and Air and renews, restores, and resets our direct connection with the ancestral wisdom within. Participants are invited into modalities including infrared sauna, labyrinth, hikes up a sacred mountain, mikvah and more as we cultivate an understanding of the earth wisdom within and re-connect to our soul‘s earth-based compass. We emerge with a deepened and defined sense of our place in our lives, our earth and our Soul Journey.

More on the Ranch

Long before Esalen and the Golden Door, Rancho La Puerta was founded in 1940 by Jewish family Edmond and Deborah Szekely to be the world’s first all-inclusive wellness resort, integrating the mind, body and spirit through transformative experiences. The Ranch, still owned by the founding family, sits on 4,000 private acres of gardens, mountains and meadows in Baja California, Mexico. All facilities and land are for the exclusive use of guests, ensuring the delights of a warm, safe and welcoming shared community. The climate is near-perfect; warm and dry, with some showers and cold nights, in winter, and warm with very low humidity and no rain in summer. Rancho La Puerta is located only about 25 miles “as the crow flies” from the Pacific Ocean (near San Diego, California, U.S.A.) at an elevation of 1,700 feet. (An hour drive South of San Diego)

In addition to being part of the Elemental Judaism Retreat, guests can choose from 40 daily fitness, wellness and creative classes, all included. In addition to Rabbi Lori and our programming, the Ranch features five wellness gurus, artists and musicians who offer complimentary classes and performances during your stay. The other visiting scholars that week are Yogi Dana Rae Pare, Chef Isabel Cruz, Chef Jean Courtney, Astronomer John Scott Marrone, Author/therapist/coach Dr. Randy Kamen plus four renowned classical and jazz musicians.

The cuisine is semi-vegetarian, featuring an abundance of organic fruits and vegetables mostly from the on-site organic farm. The freshest-of-the-fresh seafood from the port of Ensenada, Baja California. All meals offer both vegetarian and modified-vegetarian alternatives. Those on gluten-restricted diets can be accommodated, as can those who keep Kosher informally easily can.

Retreat Details

Rabbi Lori Schneide Shapiro, Founding Rabbi/Artistic Director
“For the Jew-ishly Curious and those who love us.”

Founder of Open Temple in Venice, CA, Lori’s rabbinate is dedicated to reaching unaffiliated and intermarried families and seekers. Previously the Director of Jewish Life and Senior Consultant for Interfaith Relations and Outreach at the University of Southern California Hillel, Lori’s transdenominational rabbinate was informed by her studies at the American Jewish University, years living in Israel studying within an Orthodox Jewish framework and graduation from both the Academy for Jewish Religion/California (MA in Rabbinics) as well as the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (MA in Jewish Studies). Rabbi Lori and Open Temple began as a part of a national incubator supporting cutting edge and innovative Jewish programming mentored by Rabbis Without Borders and CLAL. Rabbi Lori and Open Temple were then admitted as a member of Upstart Labs’ 10th Cohort and as a member of David Cygielman’s Open Dor Project. Rabbi Lori is a graduate of the Spiritual Direction program with the Yedidya Center for Spiritual Direction and is a member of Spiritual Directors International. Rabbi Lori is a member of the current cohort of the Interfaith Inclusion Leadership Initiative and is a proud Lion of Judah. Rabbi Lori is a member of the Board of Rabbis of Southern California and the Sandra Caplan Beit Din. She and her husband, Dr. Joel Shapiro, live in the Venice canals with their two daughters and labradoodle.

Idan Mehir is a musician, therapist and a spiritual leader.  Idan spent his early years studying the philosophy of yoga and meditation, he also studied the art of Indian music, specializing in playing sitar and singing Hindu Mantras.  Later in his life he came back to his own roots, the jewish tradition and started leading Hebrew music ceremonies and Kabbalah lessons.

Idan is also a somatic therapist, certified in healing modality named PNE (Psycho Neuro Energetic) that helps people to deal with their past traumas and chronic pain.

Who is this for?

Anyone 14 and over who is seeking to evolve in their Jewish faith or has a Jewish loved one they’d like to deepen their spiritual connection together. Rabbi Lori is radically inclusive. Singles, couples, multi-generational families and individuals of all genders will feel welcome. There are many casitas that have 3 beds so three family members or friends can share a room.

How do you register?
Call Rancho La Puerta and say you’re with the Elemental Judaism group. SPACE IS LIMITED TO 20 IN OUR GROUP!
Tel: 800.443.7565 or 858.764.5500 or reservations@rancholapuerta.com

How do I get there?
Find out more by following this link.
Getting to The Ranch

Do I need a current passport? (YES)

What will I find out after I register?
The detailed program and who else is coming. It’s going to be amazing. Our group is limited to 20 people – so it will be intimate and we’ll create a tribe over our five days together.

Deadline to Register is December 6, 2021.
Final payment is due December 26, 2021
Cancellation policy

Group Rate: Rate is offered for Villa accommodations only. This offer is non-combinable with other offers and specials. Maximum number of solo guests will be three.

Rate includes the following for a 4 night Wednesday to Sunday stay:

  • Accommodations
  • All meals and beverages
  • Access to facilities, programs and fitness classes
  • Complimentary scheduled pick up from San Diego airport on Wednesday at 9:30am and 1:00pm and scheduled drop off to the airport from the Ranch at 7:30am and 11:00am on Sunday.
  • Fifty minute massage per person (not including Four Hands Massage)

Villa Accommodations

A large room featuring a living area, fireplace and writing desk along with private outdoor patio capable of accommodating up to three guests.

  • Villa Triple  $2,505 per person
  • Villa Double $2,985 per person
  • Villa Single $ 3,425

A $500 deposit per person is due at time of booking to guarantee registration. Full balance is due within 30 days of registration or within 30 days of start of Retreat, whichever comes first.

All accommodations are limited.
Includes %17.65 Mexican tax. Tax is subject to change
Resort will not guarantee specific lodging units.

The Ranch Program

Spend a week at Rancho La Puerta, one of the world’s top destination spas—set on thousands of acres of wildlands and landscaped gardens in sunshiny Baja California. Customize an ideal routine to energize your body, calm your mind and lift your spirits. You’ll enjoy:

  • Guided hikes on 40 miles of mountain trails.
  • More than 50 daily fitness classes, including Pilates, Barre, TRX, circuit training, Hydro-Fit, yoga and Zumba.
  • Three farm-to-table meals, sourced from our organic garden and other local farms.
  • Eleven gyms, four pools, a running track, as well as tennis, Pickleball, basketball and volleyball courts.
  • Three full-service spas offering massage, facials, wraps, scrubs and other holistic therapies.
  • Meditation, Feldenkrais, sound healing and other mind-body activities.
  • Painting, sculpting, jewelry making and various art classes.
  • Presentations on culture, history, health, science and psychology.
  • Nature activities including bird walks, garden tours and farm hikes.
  • Live concerts, talks by special guests and other evening entertainment.

Please keep in mind we are located in Tecate, Baja California, Mexico and a valid passport is mandatory for travel to Mexico from the US.

Find out more by following this link.

Getting to The Ranch

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24 hours advance notice is required if you must cancel or change an appointment. Missed scheduled treatment times will be charged at full rate plus tax

  • Some restrictions apply.
  • Prices can change without notice.
  • Additional Mexican tax is not included in these prices.

To add over 14 Spa Treatments please list your additional desired services in the area below. We will do our best to accommodate all requests.

If you have any questions, please email appointments@rancholapuerta.com or call us directly at 858-925-1214