Jewish Mindfulness for Educators:
An Immersive Retreat

JUNE 3 - 4
BRANDEIS-BARDIN INSTITUTE | 1101 Peppertree Ln. Brandeis, CA 39064
2 days
Early Bird: $180 Regular: $225



Join us for an immersive and interactive retreat for educators to explore concepts and practices of Jewish mindfulness and meditation for ourselves and our communities. Together, at the Brandeis-Bardin Institute, a 2,700 acre retreat center in the beautiful Santa Susana Mountains, we’ll deepen our own understanding of contemplative practices and learn tangible tools to use for ourselves, our teams, and our learning communities.
Join this 2 day retreat with fellow colleagues interested in exploring the practice and value of Jewish mindfulness. Led by Alison Laichter and Rabbi Dave Burstein, both educators and mindfulness practitioners for over two decades, together we will explore how to bring the practice of mindfulness into our lives and our work. Sessions will include contemplative practices including meditation and mindfulness, movement, writing, singing and chanting, and art. We will explore helpful tools and resources, practical applications, and our own successes and challenges incorporating mindfulness into our work, culture and learning communities.
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Participation Fee:
$180 Early Bird – Register by April 19th
$225 Regular – Register by May 10th
Registration fee includes meals and one night of accommodation.
*Discounted price for organizations sending 3 or more team members.
Contact Jody for more information about group discounts, travel subsidies for those traveling to Los Angeles, and financial assistance.


Rabbi David Burstein serves as the Rabbi/Educator at Congregation Beth Adam in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has worked for the past 25 years as an experiential educator and was ordained as a rabbi from HUC-JIR Cincinnati in 2001. He has served congregations in Richmond, Indiana and Dayton, Ohio and served on the staff of Earlham College. He was the director of Kulanu -The Cincinnati Reform Jewish High School from 2003-2018 and is a national expert in teen education. He is known for his work in the field of spirituality and meditation and is an educational consultant for innovative and creative programs.

He has taught mindfulness meditation for over 20 years and led over 50 retreats for all ages. Rabbi David is a recent graduate of the M2 Experiential Educator Cohort and was a co-creator of the Cincinnati Teen Collective Grant. He has been trained at Harvard College in their program on mediation and negotiation. He has also traveled with peace negotiation missions to Israel, Syria, Jordan, Egypt and Northern Ireland.

Rabbi David has played the hand-drum and studied meditation for more than 25 years, holds two black belts in martial arts and is working on his third in Krav Maga serving as an instructor. He has also coached youth, high school, prep school, and college club lacrosse.
His greatest joy comes from being a dad to Emma, Coby and Nadia, and husband to Elizabeth.
Alison Laichter is a meditation teacher, consultant, urban planner, community organizer, and former Brooklynite, now based in sunny southern California. She designs and facilitates immersive experiences, leads meetings and retreats, coaches individuals at all levels, and helps organizations strategize visions. She founded and directed the first ever grassroots and community-led Jewish Meditation Center in NYC, was the recipient of the Joshua Venture Group’s two-year $100k fellowship for social entrepreneurs, and was named one of the Jewish Week’s “36 Under 36: Visionaries for a New Era.”

Her urban planning career includes working in economic consulting, pro-poor business development at the UN, and directing a campaign for Transportation Alternatives to re-imagine the entire east side of Manhattan for bicycle and pedestrian safety. She has a Bachelors in Civil Engineering from The Cooper Union and a Master of Science in Urban Planning from Columbia University.

Alison teaches meditation classes and retreats for people of all ages around the world, including workshops for children and teens in schools and community centers, social entrepreneurs in Jerusalem, humanitarian activists in Mumbai, has been the “mystic-in-residence” at festivals in Mexico City and Palm Springs, and leads a monthly Jewish meditation class at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. Alison believes that truly sustainable repairing the world happens from the inside out, and she loves working with individuals and communities to create inclusive, resonant, and radically amazing experiences. Learn more about her at

Rabbi Adina Allen is a spiritual leader, writer, and educator who believes in the power of creativity to revitalize our lives and transform Jewish tradition. As Co-Founder & Creative Director of Jewish Studio Project (JSP) Adina’s work activates creativity to make life more meaningful, Judaism more vibrant and the world more just.
Bringing a lifetime of experience in the creative arts together with her rabbinic training, Adina pioneered the Jewish Studio Process – a methodology for integrating Jewish learning, spiritual reflection and creative expression that she has brought to thousands of Jewish educators, professionals and lay leaders across the country. Adina’s writing is widely published and her original research on using creative process to generate contemporary midrash was published in the CCAR Journal in 2012. A recipient of The Covenant Foundation’s 2018 Pomegranate Prize for emerging Jewish educators, Adina was ordained in Hebrew College’s pluralistic training program in Boston in 2014 where she was a Wexner Graduate Fellow. Adina is married to Jeff Kasowitz, co-founder and Executive Director of JSP. They are proud parents to two amazing young kiddos and one cuddly pup.