Silent Meditation Retreats
with Rabbi David, Shoshana Cooper and Eliezer Sobel

Both beginning and advanced meditation practitioners have been enjoying these week-long retreats with Eliezer and Rabbi David and Shoshana Cooper for over 18 years, many returning again and again to experience a deep, contemplative immersion in a sacred cocoon of silence. Each day begins at dawn with optional meditation and yoga, followed by a daily chanting and prayer service in the Jewish tradition, a blend of Kabbalistic teachings and beautiful melodies, accompanied by Eliezer on keyboard and guitar, interspersed with sitting quietly. For many, these morning gatherings are the highlight of the retreat.

The heart of each day is devoted to traditional meditation, drawing on Buddhist sources, alternating sitting and walking practice, with instruction classes for both new and seasoned meditators, as well as small group gatherings with the teachers that allow for more intimate exchanges and questions. Eliezer offers an optional 5Rhythms™ movement class each afternoon, and every evening one of the teachers offers a "Torah-Dharma" talk. The week culminates with a silent though usually ecstatic celebration of the Sabbath. 

Meals will be vegetarian, but not kosher. David, Shoshana and Eliezer have been offering this retreat format for over a dozen years in different parts of the world, and have dramatically influenced the development of Jewish meditation in the U.S.

Silence and Transformation:
7-Day Silent Meditation Retreat
(includes 5Rhythms™
Movement Meditation Practice)
with Rabbi David & Shoshana Cooper
and Eliezer Sobel

date(s) June 17-24, 2017

time(s) Full day events

location St. Francis Center for Renewal
395 Bridle Path Road
Bethlehem, PA 18017

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To register, send a $200 deposit by check, credit card or Pay Pal, required to hold a space. Single and double private rooms (shared bath) are available. $650 double; $850 single

By Check, Mail to
David Cooper
11905 Sara Rd., Unit #84-172
Laredo, TX 78045

By Credit Card
Click the “Let's Shop” button via the register link above for easy payment. If paying via credit card, see the Cooper Store pages for submitting the deposit (which can be made any time prior to mid-May). We do at times run out of rooms, so if you want to be certain of space, do not delay. If we run over, we may have a waiting list.


summary Once again, this coming summer, Rabbi David, his wife Shoshana, Eliezer Sobel along with new teachers who assisted last year, Naomi Hyman and Beth Resnick, will be offering a week-long, silent meditation retreat for beginning and advanced practitioners who seek to deepen their contemplative practice.

This year it will again be held at the St. Francis Center for Renewal in Bethlehem, PA, a lovely retreat center which provides an intimate setting for a smaller group of attendees.

donations The fees shown above cover room and board. We do not charge fixed tuitions at our retreats. 



David Cooper is the author of God is a Verb, Silence Simplicity & Solitude, The Ecstatic Kabbalah, and many other books. His wife, Shoshana Cooper, is a long-time meditation teacher, artist and senior practitioner of the Japanese Tea Ceremony.

You don't have to be Jewish to feel completely welcome, at home, and benefit from these gatherings!

The retreats are offered in the spirit of "dana" or "generosity." Meaning, the fees only reflect room and board charges for the facilities, and there is no tuition added in to pay the teachers. Participants are asked to contribute to the teachers at the end of the retreat, each according to their own hearts and financial means.

*The large numbers of retreatants at the December retreats require that the 5Rhythms™ classes be divided into two groups that each meet three times during the week. An additional afternoon yoga session is also available.

Note: Yoga is not generally offered at the June retreats.