Yoga and Jewish Wisdom Cohort 1, Westerbeke Ranch

                         Yoga and Jewish Wisdom Cohort 1, Westerbeke Ranch

I have been studying and training in the field of mind/body practices for more than 22 years, and this is by far one of the most profoundly valuable programs I have taken. It’s structured and supportive in every possible way.
— Kendra Fried

This Program is for:

  • Certified yoga instructors with a minimum 200-hour level training who are currently teaching


  • Develop and refine your own unique offering in this field
  • Have the opportunity to be included on Jewish LearningWorks' and Peninsula Jewish Community Center's websites as a Yoga and Jewish Wisdom Teacher


  • Learn and grow with a community of local practitioners who are deepening together in this work
  • Broaden your knowledge base of Jewish source texts for classes
  • Sharpen your ability to skillfully select Jewish themes, create related sequences, and integrate Jewish teachings throughout the asana practice
  • Deepen your capacity to identify body-mind-heart-spirit relationship to any Jewish source text
  • Pilot programs in Jewish settings with feedback and mentorship from experienced teachers


  • 4 Residential Immersive Retreats at Westerbeke Ranch in Sonoma, California
  • Online and In-Person Seminars/Workshops 
  • Weekly text study – either Torah from Jerusalem online class with Diane Bloomfield on Thursdays at 10 – 11 am or self-designed study plan
  • Weekly hevruta study with texts and study partners from the training
  • Practice teaching with feedback from peers and mentors
  • Offer a workshop (s) and/or a series of weekly classes at a hosting institution or independent location with mentorship and feedback from Julie

Program Dates:

Program Runs from January 15, 2018 - June 21, 2019

Immersive Retreats to be held in California:  January 15-19, 2018, June 18-22, 2018; January 14-18, 2019;June17-21 2019

Though Judaism is a major part of my identity, I tend to shy away from formal study of Torah. This program has really opened the door for me to investigate Jewish wisdom through an embodied practice, a totally new approach for me.
— Sarah Berkovich
I have never felt such a sense of spaciousness and connection with my Judaism. Through Jewish wisdom and embodied yoga practice I feel walls being dismantled from my past that no longer serve me and more joy in my Jewish life.
— Tracey Green


Julie Emden directs the Embodied Jewish Learning Initiative at Jewish LearningWorks. She served as an educator in the Jewish community for nine years before joining Jewish LearningWorks in 2007 as the Director of the Jewish Teen Alliance. A graduate of three fellowship and certification programs related to her work as a Jewish Educator integrating Jewish teachings and physical practice, Julie also holds a BA from the University of Michigan and is certified in Iyengar-based yoga from the Yoga Room in Berkeley, in Yoga and Jewish Spirituality and in Dance Midrash from Elat Chayyim Center for Jewish Spirituality, and in Movement-based Expressive Arts from Tamalpa Institute. She has a passion for bringing Jewish text, wisdom, and practice alive via movement, dance, yoga and the expressive arts; and seventeen years of experience in this field. 

Rabbi Lavey Derby joined the PJCC as Director of Jewish Life early in 2011, and brings with him a distinguished background as a Wexner Heritage Foundation faculty member, Senior Rabbinic Fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, and Founder and lead teacher of "The Idra: A Community for Jewish Spiritual Learning and Practice". As the long-time rabbi of Congregation Kol Shofar in Tiburon, California, he helped build a community based on the principles of Torah study, spiritual quest and practice, and social justice. Previously Rabbi Derby served as the Director of Jewish Education of the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan, as a faculty member and personal advisor to Rabbi Yitz Greenberg at CLAL -- the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, and as the Director of the Council for Jewish Life at the Federation of Greater Los Angeles. He has taught for the Institute of Jewish Spirituality and for the Industrial Areas Foundation, and has lectured extensively across the country on subjects ranging from rabbinic and Jewish thought to Hasidism and contemporary Jewish spirituality. He is certified as a Jewish mindfulness meditation teacher by the Institute of Jewish Spirituality. Rabbi Derby is the eighth generation descendent of Rabbi Levi Yitzchok of Berditchev and comes from a family line of rabbis that traces back to the 16th century.

Diane Bloomfield is the author of Torah Yoga: Experiencing Jewish Wisdom through Classic Postures. Diane lives in Jerusalem, where she teaches ongoing Torah and Torah Yoga classes, live and on the web. Diane has learned Torah since the mid-eighties in yeshivas and with private teachers. She is currently studying the works of Sfat Emet, The Maharal of Prague, The Piazetzner Rebbe, and Rav Kook. Diane is a certified Junior level Iyengar Instructor and a Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist and has helped train new Torah Yoga teachers for the last 8 years. 



Program Fee:

Tuition: $4000. Room and Board: $825/per each retreat.  Payment plans are available.