Peer-Led Retreat Jewish Educators Database

A list of excellent Jewish educators worldwide who are pre-approved to teach at Peer-Led Retreats.

Educator Location Keywords Retreat
Location: Detroit, MI Keywords: Experiential Education Retreats: The Well Hack-a-Thon; A Taste of the Well - Emerging Leaders Retreat

Rabbi Dan Horwitz is the founding director of The Well, a nationally recognized Jewish community-building, education, and spirituality outreach initiative in Metro Detroit geared to the needs of young adults. Committed to lifelong learning, Dan holds a BA in Politics from Brandeis University, an MA in Jewish Studies from Gratz College, a JD and an MA in Sport Management from the University of Michigan, and an MA in Jewish Education from Hebrew College. Ordained by the non-denominational Mesifta Adas Wolkowisk, he worked for a number of years as the Rabbi and Director of Immersive Learning for Moishe House, has been designated one of America’s Most Inspiring Rabbis by The Forward, is a graduate of the Clergy Leadership Incubator housed at Hazon, and is 1/4 of The Open Dor Project’s inaugural cohort of spiritual entrepreneurs. A regular basketball player, Jewish jam session participant and hummus enthusiast, Dan makes his home in suburban Detroit with his spouse Miriam and their kiddos Jonah and Micah.

Gavrila Abramson

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Location: Nevada City, CA Keywords: Mindfulness; Embodiment; Grief; Yoga; Connection; Feminism Retreats: Connecting the Wisdom of Judaism and Permaculture; Return to the Wild Woman

Gavrila Nikhila is a mindfulness and awakening educator whose work has been developed from a diverse background of teachers and cultures. Originally certified in Osho Active Meditation, Gavrila worked with spiritual communities around the world to invite people into the radical space of awareness, liberation, and self-acceptance. Thirsty with a passion to intimately understand the human experience, she went on to become a certified yoga teacher, meditation facilitator, and mediator. Gavrila participates in extended, silent meditation retreats to deeply study the techniques of mindfulness and how they lead to joy and contentment. She is devoted to offering transformational experiences at trainings, workshops, and retreats. Gavrila is interested in pioneering new ways to honor the grieving process and tending to unresolved trauma. Based in California, she teaches mindfulness to teenagers, in collaboration with Spirit Rock and Inward Bound Mindfulness Education, as well as to incarcerated women at her local jail. In addition, Gavrila is a member and contributor of the Evolutionary Leadership Community, as well as the Wild Feminine Collective.