Yoga Retreat

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Welcome to the Yoga Retreat at Ramah in the Rockies, in partnership with Reshet Ramah!

Friday, September 2, 2016 through Monday, September 5, 2016

Due to enrollment, we have cancelled this retreat. Stay tuned for future retreats!


Escape to the tranquility of the Rocky Mountains with Dr. Zach Lasker (bio) and seize an opportunity to stretch and center yourself over Shabbat!

Yoga is a practice designed to bring your mind, body, and soul into alignment for the purpose of self-exploration and growth. We learn to steady the breath, turn our gaze inward, move with intention, and engage with a variety of postures that help us cultivate a heightened sense of motivation, awareness, balance, endurance, compassion, and confidence. These same skills and abilities can be integrated into our Jewish practice and help us discover new dimensions to our spirituality. Together we will engage in a variety of yoga sequences designed to activate our sense of Jewish self through nature, Shabbat, community, and respectful dialogue and learning.

The backdrop for this retreat is the serene ranch at Ramah in the Rockies. Join with friends – new and old – for a unique and uplifting camp experience complete with hiking and biking trails, stunning sunrises and/or sunsets, ruach, delicious food, Havdallah, and more.

You can read more about the retreat basics below. We look forward to seeing you at Ramah in the Rockies!

Register before May 15th and save $50

Under the Stars (Tent) – $575*

Participants have the option to bring their own camping tent. Those who choose this option are required to bring their own linens (sleeping bag, towels, etc.). These tents will be setup near our cabins and have access to public bathrooms and private open-air shower stalls.

Cabin with shared bathroom – $600*

Participants have the option to stay in our newly refurbished cabins. Each cabin comes equipped with two twin beds and cubbies for personal items. Electricity or internet is not available in the cabins. Our cabins have access to public bathrooms and private open-air shower stalls.

Beit Kesher Room (Hotel-style) with private bathroom – $750*

Participants have the option to stay in our brand new Beit Kesher Retreat Center. These hotel-style rooms have electricity, internet access, and come complete with a private in-suite bathroom.

*Rates based on double occupancy. Single occupancy available for an additional $250 per person. Prices include all programming, lodging, food, and transportation to/from Denver International Airport.  

Prices above are listed per person at double occupancy rates and include all programming, lodging, food and transportation to/from Denver International Airport as long as the flights are within the designated arrival/departure windows.

Single occupancy is available for an additional $250 fee.

Linens will be provided ONLY to those who stay in the Beit Kesher Retreat Center and Cabins. Those staying in tents will be required to bring their own linens like sheets, blankets/sleeping bags, and towels.

Cabins and Beit Kesher rooms can accomodate up to four (4) individuals. Guests who choose to sleep “under the stars” will be required to bring their own tents. Ramah cannot provide tents or tarps.

Participants can expect a wide variety of meals, snacks, and special treats throughout the retreat. Meals will be served from Friday dinner through Monday lunch. Most of the meals served will be vegetarian with some fish. No meat will be served.

While we try our best to accommodate all food preferences and allergies we cannot guarantee no cross-contamination. Our facility is nut-aware and does not serve any food that contains nuts. We do not have a specific gluten-free kitchen or area but gluten-free and dairy-free options are generally available. If you have a specific food allergy or preference please list it on the registration form. All food served will be kosher in accordance with the National Ramah Commission kashrut-standards.

Ramah will provide grape juice for kiddush but cannot provide any alcohol. Guests may choose to bring kosher wine and other adult beverages but Ramah will not be able to provide refrigeration or ice.

Dates: Friday, September 2, 2016 through Monday, September 5, 2016

Participants flying are expected to arrive into Denver International Airport by 11:00 am on Friday, September 2nd and depart on any flight after 3:30 pm on Monday, September 5th.

Participants can either drive themselves to camp (specific driving directions will be available upon registration) or fly into Denver International Airport (DEN).

Participants who fly must arrive with enough time to meet Ramah staff at baggage claim #10 by 11:00am. Most of our campers arrive at DEN between 9:00am and 10:30am.

Transportation will then be provided from Denver International Airport to camp. The bus ride up to camp is about 2 hours. Please keep out a sweatshirt as mountain weather can change in an instant and make sure you fill your water bottle before entering the bus. Dehydration at 8,000 ft can be a serious issue and staying hydrated is extremely important. Feel free to buy snacks in the airport but keep in mind we are a strictly kosher, nut-free, facility.

The airport bus will arrive at camp around 2:00 pm and participants who plan to drive should arrive no later than 2:00 pm as well.

For those who flew to camp should plan to depart on flights after 3:30pm on departure day.  The airport shuttle will depart around 11:30am, shortly after a closing circle. We expect the airport shuttle to arrive at Denver International Airport no later than 2:00pm,  so participants should plan accordingly. We cannot guarantee you will make any flight before 3:30pm on departure day.

Participants who drove can plan to depart after 11:30 am on departure day.

While services may be less traditional than one is used too all programming on Shabbat will be conducted in an observant Jewish community. Questions about Shabbat observance and programming should be addressed directly to Dr. Zach Lasker (zalasker@jtsa.edu).

Yoga is a practice designed to bring your mind, body, and soul into alignment for the purpose of self‐exploration and growth. Join with friends – new and old – for a unique and uplifting camp experience complete with hiking trails, mountain biking, stunning sunrises and/or sunsets, ruach, delicious food, Havdalah, and more.

On Sunday afternoon  we will have the opportunity to offer a longer hike  or organized mountain bike ride. Ramah will provide mountain bikes, helmets, and all necessary equipment for this activity. Participants can also bring their own personal mountain bike for both Sunday afternoon and free-time.

Sports equipment and fields will be available during free time as well.

There is no cell phone service available on our property and extremely limited internet. Participants are welcome to use their own devices in their rooms throughout Shabbat but cellphone/tablets/laptop etc. cannot be present in public areas during Shabbat. We will NOT have public phones or computers available.

We will NOT have a doctor/nurse available. Jake Schwab (Ramah Ranch Manager), Dr. Zach Lasker (Retreat Program Director), and Ramah Retreat Staff will carry radios in case of an emergency. There is NO cell phone service at camp. Adults will be responsible for their own medication/allergies. We will have basic first aid available like Band-aids, over the counter medicine, etc. and will help facilitate calling 9-1-1 if needed. Participants will be asked to complete a basic health history form as well.

Those who smoke will be allowed to do so in designated smoking areas around camp and under no circumstances is smoking ever allowed inside a building, tent, or cabent.