We are pleased to announce that the beloved contemplative summer retreat with Rabbi Batsheva Meiri and Joshua Canter (True Nature Founder/Director) is back! August 6-8, 2021.

This year the theme will be Healing the Spirit: A Shabbat Retreat 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 weave together ritual, meditation, music, and celebration; healing our hearts as individuals and also reconnecting 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.



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

In order to minimize the health risk, as a request of CBHT, participants will be expected to be fully vaccinated. If you have any questions, please let us know.

For More Information Contact: Joshua Canter. Joshua@TrueNatureEducation.com

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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

Ordained by the Hebrew College Jewish Institute of Religion in 1996, Rabbi Batsheva H. Meiri is currently the spiritual leader of Congregation Beth HaTephila in Asheville, North Carolina. Inspired by her training at the Jewish Institute for Spirituality, for the last decade she has turned her rabbinic focus both personally and professionally to exploring meditation and Jewish spirituality and how to integrate mindfulness into mainstream synagogue life. She has partnered with various mindfulness teachers in the Asheville community who specialize in different modalities of mind, body and soul work, to develop classes and experiences that infuse Judaism into contemplative yoga classes, mindfulness and spirituality classes, retreats for adults and b’nai mitzvah students and adventure trips abroad.

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 6-8, 2022

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

Retreat Tuition: $395.00 (double occupancy)


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

Commuter Retreat Tuition $295 USD

Includes all retreat activities and meals. Does not include lodging. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the center. Commuters must participate in the entire retreat in support of the group retreat energy and cohesion.

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: info@truenaturetravels.com

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