Born in Melbourne, Australia, Rishe Groner is the founder of The Gene-Sis, a movement embodying the Jewish mystical experience. As Jewish spiritual educator for almost two decades; Rishe now presents at retreats, conferences, and arts-and-music festivals, from Limmud to Burning Man, focusing on ancient and innovative spiritual practices that incorporate body and soul, especially Chassidic traditions of niggun, dance and immersive ritual. She has been a prayer leader and scholar-in-residence for Jewish holiday programs at Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center and Pearlstone Center, and produced her own Moishe House PLR as well as been resident educator on other peer-led retreats. Rishe produces embodied Shabbat experiences in Brooklyn and at retreats has shared her embodied dance prayer with communities through Aleph, Limmud, Hazon, and JTS. Over the summers from 2015 – 2019 she has created “Goddess Shabbos” ceremonies and Jewish-ritual and wisdom-based workshops at festivals in the Burning Man arts, music and healing communities, including Nomadico, Gratitude Migration, Northern Nights, Permajam, and more. Rishe is a volunteer Mikveh guide with Immerse NYC and is embarking on her Masters in Jewish spirituality and gender studies, examining body-based rituals and prayer through the lens of Kabbalah and the Divine Feminine. She has created sacred spaces in the Brooklyn nightlife and wellness communities for Shabbat, Chanukah, Purim and the New Year. She shares teachings that empower feminist spirituality on Jewish websites such as Lilith, Alma, JTA, The Wisdom Daily, and Tablet as well as www.thegene-sis.com. She has is currently studying for Rabbinic ordination at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, and will be spending 2019 – 2020 based in Jerusalem.