Divorce & Discovery: A Jewish Healing Retreat

October 17th-20th, 2024

In It’s Third Year and First Time Being Offered at BB Camp during Sukkot!
A long weekend of immersive Jewish healing, community building, and self-discovery in the stunning beauty of BB Camp in the PNW. Traverse one of life’s great challenges with the support and guidance of Jewish ritual, wisdom and community offered to anyone who has ever navigated the multi-faceted challenges of divorce or the end of a long-term relationship. Adults of all ages are welcome.

Judaism offers guidance for many milestones right – birth, marriage, death – with prayers and traditional customs to honor life’s rites of passage. But when it comes to divorce, Jewish tradition historically only offers a Get (a divorce contract). This retreat seeks to fill that void by helping people who may feel broken, guilty, shame, or in pain find their way back to wholeness – guided by Jewish healing rituals, communal support, and professional expertise.

Lodging, Food, Activities, and Facilities

Experience all that BB Camp has to offer: campfires, song sessions, Shabbat, boating on the lake, pool dips, arts and crafts, the challenge course, yoga, early morning beach walk, stargazing and delicious food! Our serene lake front wilderness location just one mile from the shores of the beautiful Pacific Ocean, offers authentic, immersive experiences in nature. Read more about BB Camp’s location and facilities here.

Vision of Program

Divorce and Discovery seeks to create a sea change in how the contemporary Jewish community responds to divorce. Visioned and founded by Rabbi Deborah Newbrun (renowned Tawonga Camp Director Emeritus and Covenant Award Recipient) and developed along with Wendy Kesser (Certified Divorce Coach and Wexner Heritage Fellow), every aspect of Divorce & Discovery intentionally leads you on a journey to let go of hurt, anger, guilt, and resentment within a supportive Jewish community. To learn more about this unique and groundbreaking program visit https://www.divorceanddiscovery.org/

Highlights

Attending an adult retreat can feel intimidating. All participants will be assigned to a Havurah Group… think of this as your retreat friendship group. You will meet daily to have a chance to get to know one another in a small facilitated group, process the day’s activities, share experiences and serve as each other’s anchors while at camp.

Professional experts and religious and spiritual leaders will help you find a path back to wholeness. From rabbis, therapists, and healers to divorce coaches, yoga instructors, and challenge course facilitators, our team of guides is here to support you:

Rabbis and Jewish Educators – These spiritual leaders will be the backbone of the weekend’s Jewish learning and engagement. They will lead workshops, Jewish rituals, and art-focused activities to help facilitate healing.

Therapists – Therapists (along with our faculty) will help facilitate the Havurah Groups and be available in the afternoons to check in with participants who sign up to meet with them.

Certified Divorce Coaches – To provide expert, empathic listening and suggestions for specific approaches and activities for people going through the early phases of divorce.

Massage Therapists – Two massage therapists will be at camp during the retreat offering hour-long massage sessions, for an additional fee. Body work can be both healing and comforting.

Yoga & Challenge Course Instructors – Physical movement helps us to be in sync with our bodies and tap into newfound strength. Our yoga instructor will support participants to still the mind, feel grounded in the body, and connected to the breath. Challenge Course facilitators will empower participants through overcoming physical and mental obstacles.

The timing of our Retreat was mindfully planned to fall inside the Festival of Sukkot. Our Sukat Shalom (Canopy of Peace) will be a shelter for healing, discovering, celebrating, and embracing all that we are, in times of both our stormy and our star filled skies.

Activities

In addition to Divorce Healing programming, we will offer our classic weekend activities, including yoga, swimming pool, arts and crafts, the challenge course, hiking, campfires, boating on the lake, stargazing, and more!

Meals

BB Camp will serve tasty and nutritious kosher-style meals to participants with vegetarian and vegan alternatives as well as food sensitivity options at every meal.

Housing

For this retreat, all participants will stay in our spacious ADA accessible cabins with a bathroom, electric outlets, and temperature control. Most participants will share with just a few other people. Upon special request, possibility of private housing available with an additional fee .

Divorce and Discovery FAQs

Registration for Divorce & Discovery is open to the public! Sign up by clicking here. If you joined last year at Camp Tawonga’s location, you’re welcome to come again.

$640-Covers all expenses of a 4 day/3 night retreat, including professional, expert-led programming, access to a therapist or certified divorce coach, lodging, meals, snacks, bar and coffee service, and more. Financial aid/scholarship available.

This retreat will support people who feel broken and in pain following a separation from a close romantic partner. You do not need to have been married to attend, nor do you need to have officially divorced. If you aren’t sure if the program is right for you, reach out to Kim Schneiderman at kschneiderman@bbcamp.org.

While you don’t have to be Jewish to attend, anyone who joins should have an open mind and an interest in Judaism. A major focus of the retreat will be engaging in Jewish rituals and practices as a way to process and heal from divorce. We expect all types of Jews and Jew-adjacent folks to attend.

If you have made the decision to no longer be with your partner, and want to experience healing through Jewish ritual, then this is the right program for you. If you’re not sure, please contact Kim Schneiderman at kschneiderman@bbcamp.org. She will be happy to discuss with you.

Yes. The pain and suffering caused by divorce can stay with us for a very long time. This retreat will still have much value for you, no matter how many years have passed since your divorce.

Yes! Participants from last year are welcome to join again. The program will feel familiar and at the same time offer continued healing and growth.

You don’t have to be an avid camper to appreciate this retreat at our beautiful BB Camp location off of the Oregon Coast! Those who are interested will be able to partake in hikes, beach walks, lake activities, and exploration both on and surrounding the grounds of BB Camp.

We can’t be sure who will sign up, but BB Camp takes pride in our leadership with LGBTQ inclusion and celebration. We anticipate having LGBTQ as well as straight participants and welcome everyone of all genders and identities.

If you have questions regarding the program retreat, registration, housing, or other logistical questions, feel free to reach out to BB360’s Chief Community and Jewish Life Officer, Kim Schneiderman at kschneiderman@bbcamp.org

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