Join us for the 7th Annual Embracing the Spirit Retreat, a Special 3-Day Shabbat Retreat nestled in the mountains of North Carolina. For thousands of years, Jews have taken space from their regular lives and weeks to celebrate shabbat on retreat. During this special weekend, we will delve into the spirit of the practice of shabbat, weaving together ritual, meditation, music, and celebration; opening our hearts as individuals and also deepening our connection as a community.

The retreat will take place at the beautiful Bend of Ivy Lodge. Nestled on 63 acres of land in a secluded valley not far from Asheville, NC, Bend of Ivy is a special and inspiring space that has been hosting retreats for many years.


  • 3 Nights at Bend of Ivy Lodge
  • Vegetarian Meals -Sacred Song
  • Jewish Prayer
  • Mindfulness Meditation
  • Movement -Nature Walks
  • Time to Rest and Renew
  • and More…

For More Information Contact: Joshua Canter.


Bend of Ivy Lodge has a range of accommodations designed for comfortable sleep and to provide beautiful spaces for rest and reflection in the midst of retreat. Each bedroom in the Lodge has a cultural theme with original art to reflect our global connection and to remind us of the beauty of the many different expressions of art and culture around the world. Rooms are double and triple occupancy. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be catered and prepared daily.

Rabbi Batsheva Meiri

Rabbi Meiri comes to Congregation Beth HaTephila in Asheville, NC, after serving as spiritual leader of Temple Emanuel of Baltimore for eight years and Associate Rabbi at Temple Sinai of Roslyn for four years. She graduated with distinction with a degree in Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1991, and was ordained from the Hebrew Union College in New York in 1996. During her career, Rabbi Meiri has been involved in numerous community organizations. She served as secretary of New York Association of Reform Rabbis and she was the New York Campus Liaison of Women’s Rabbinic Network. In the greater Baltimore Jewish community, she served on the board of the Jewish Community Center, the Board of Teachers Licensing, the Interfaith Council of Baltimore Jewish Council, and was also active with the Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies in Baltimore. Nationally, she is a member of the CCAR Committee on the Environment and is Secretary to the Women’s Rabbinic Network.

Joshua Canter

Co-Founder of True Nature Travels and the CREER Service Organization, Joshua is the Director of True Nature Travels. He has a BA in Intentional Community Development and an MA in contemplative psychology with an emphasis on Mindfulness. Joshua is a trained facilitator, mediator, NVC (Non-Violent Communication) practitioner, and yoga and meditation instructor. The past 10 years Joshua has been living part-time in Costa Rica and Asheville, North Carolina, teaching courses and workshops, leading retreats, and accompanying his wife musically while they travel throughout the country.

August 6-9, 2020

Bend of Ivy Lodge, Alexander, North Carolina (20 min. from Asheville)

Retreat Tuition: $425.00


Register early as we have limited space and expect this retreat to fill quickly!

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  • Half Tuition is Non-Refundable.
  • Full Tuition is Non-Refundable within 90 days of the Retreat
  • Full Tuition is refunded if the event is canceled due to low enrollment

True Nature Travels 

True Nature is an Educational Travel Company which provides full service in the planning, support, and guiding of a diverse catalog of trips Internationally each year. The last two years we have had the pleasure to host the Beth Ha Tephila Tikkun Olam and Adventure Trip to Costa Rica with Rabbi Meiri along with various programs with synagogues throughout the US.

We believe in the power of holistic education, experiential travel abroad, and the multitude of effects it has on one’s growth. We have hosted thousands of participants and have been honored to share in the life-changing experiences of our guests. It is True Nature’s goal to strive meet the needs of our guests and to be of support from the time you first contact us until you return home from your journey. For more information contact:

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