The Red Shoes, in conjunction with Hadassah of Baton Rouge, will welcome Rabbi Diane Elliot, of El Sobrante, California, as scholar in residence for this weekend’s spiritual retreat, “An Island in Time.”
Held at The Red Shoes, 2303 Government St., the retreat is a weekend for people of all faith traditions or no faith tradition to pause and listen to their inner selves as they refresh the body, mind and soul, a news release said.
The retreat schedule:
FRIDAY, 6:30 P.M. TO 9 P.M.: a shared meal framed by simple ritual, song and contemplation leading into what the Jewish tradition refers to as Shabbat, or the Sabbath, a time of ceasing or release
SATURDAY, 10 A.M. TO 4 P.M.: a day of nurturance, expressing the soul’s deepest yearnings through stillness and movement, chanting and silence, shared conversation and art making
SUNDAY, 10 A.M. TO 1 P.M.: introduction to the ancient Kabbalistic practice of counting the Omer, a unit of dry measure, as a time of inner cleansing, a reading by Elliot from her recent book, “This is the Day, Ha-Yom Yom,” as she guides participants in exploring qualities of heart and soul
Cost is $25 with dinner included for Friday only, $50 for Saturday only, $20 for Sunday only or $70 for the full retreat.
Elliot is a published essayist and poet with a 25-year career in art and choreography and 40 years in the somatic movement for Body-Mind Centering. She is the director of Wholly Present and inspires people from various faith traditions to develop spiritual practice through meditation, movement and nuanced interpretations of text, a news release said.