We are thrilled to invite you to join us at our Winter Retreat at Westerbeke Ranch in Sonoma January 10–11, 2022 featuring Dr. Kathy Simon. This will be a 1-night retreat with an option to just come to Westerbeke for the day. We know how important it is to have an opportunity for self care, and this retreat is your mid-year opportunity to rejuvenate, connect to other youth professionals and learn together. You are invited to register for the overnight (Monday afternoon beginning any time after 2pm) or come for the day retreat only (Tuesday from 9:30 am-7:00 pm). Due to popular demand, Dr. Kathy Simon will be teaching Non-Violent Communication on Tuesday. Either option you choose, there will be time to enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of Westerbeke Ranch, to learn together, to strengthen our network of youth professionals and to have fun!

Early Bird prices end on Monday, November 29

Connect, Learn and Rejuvenate at the January 2022 Winter Retreat. Participants will each have their own lodging/bathroom and COVID protocols will be followed. For more information and to hold a spot at the retreat, email deb@jewishlearning.works.

Our Scholar-in-Residence will be Dr. Kathy Simon. Kathy is a local educator who is passionate about teaching skills for communicating across difference, whether the differences arise across the kitchen table, in the classroom, the board room, or across religious, racial, and political divides. Her work draws on the insights of Marshall Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication and incorporates her decades of experience as an educator, non-profit director, parent, and partner. I’m a certified trainer with the international Center for Nonviolent Communication. Kathy was our scholar at our 2019 Retreat and we are excited to bring her back to work with us again.

Facing Controversial Issues and Hard Conversations: Taking leadership in conflict into deeper learning and connection 

Many issues that are very important to our youth and their parents right now — how to approach Covid safety, issues around race and racism, issues in Israel/Palestine, among others — are also incredibly hard to talk about. As youth professionals, it is so important to be able to support our teens to dig into meaningful conversations about highly charged issues.  But how?

How can we approach hard topics with less fear and a greater sense of internal capacity?

How can we turn painful comments into educative experiences?

How can we help everyone involved feel more curious and open-hearted toward those with whom we disagree?

In this interactive workshop, we’ll practice skills for listening and for speaking up that can make conversations about controversial topics less painful and more meaningful.

This workshop is appropriate for everyone, whether or not you have studied with Kathy before. To get everyone on the same page, there will be a brief review of key ideas, and then we will jump into role plays based on examples you bring of real-life difficult conversations.