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    Cocoon: A Prenatal Immersion Retreat

    This event has been postponed.

    When: Friday, 3/20/2020 5:00 PM - 3/22/2020 11:00 AM

    Where: Off Campus

    OFJCC Palo Alto JCC A meaningful alternative to the traditional American baby shower, Cocoon is a modern ritual designed to honor the important lifecycle journey and rite of passage that is pregnancy. Borrowing inspiration from across cultures East and West and infused with age-old Jewish wisdom, Cocoon offers expecting couples a way to prepare spiritually and emotionally for the journey ahead.

    This all-inclusive, two-night weekend retreat is set among the stunning redwoods of the Monte Toyon resort on California's central coast. Enjoy activities that range from meditative breathing exercises to nature walks, Jewish inspiration and an entire ritual dedicated to you and your pregnancy journey past, present and future. There will also be dedicated activity options for the non-pregnant partner. Bring in the Jewish Sabbath together and create a space for mindfulness and restoration.

    This program is open to all members of the community, regardless of religious background. The program cost includes all lodging, food and activities. A limited number of spaces are available.

    Facilitators:

    OFJCC Palo Alto JCCKaren Friedland-Brown, MA, is the founding director and a longtime Parent Consultant at Parents Place and the Center for Children & Youth, specializing in social and emotional development, temperament, discipline and limit-setting, school issues, peer relationships, parenting as a couple, co-parenting through divorce, raising only children, and parenting boys.

    A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, where she earned her bachelor's degree in clinical psychology, Karen has a master's degree in educational psychology from Montclair State College. She leads workshops, teaches parenting classes and offers consultations to families seeking guidance on many issues.




    OFJCC Palo Alto JCCJenny Ward, MFA, has been a Parent Educator with Parents Place and the Center for Children & Youth for more than a decade. She is a renowned speaker and author and works with families on parenting and play, mindful parenting, stress eradication, recovery and meditation, and play-based living. She has crossed the continent, bringing play, work/life balance and work/life workshops to major corporations and nonprofit organizations including Google, Stanford, Nickelodeon and more.

    Jenny's work has been recognized in many media outlets. A graduate of the State University of New York, New Paltz, where she majored in psychology, Jenny received her MFA in dance education, choreography and performance/education from New York University. She is a licensed yoga educator, specializing in yoga therapy and family yoga; wellness coach; and the author of Who Said So, 101 Ways to Play and Who Said So about Parenting.



    With gratitude to Ilana Seidel, MD for her generous input and guidance on program content.

    Program Schedule       Frequently Asked Questions


    Friday, March 20–Sunday, March 22
    5:00 PM–11:00 AM
    Monte Toyon Resort, 220 Cloister Lane, Aptos, CA 95003
    $550 Per Couple | $375 Individuals
    When registering, please indicate names of all participants and any food restrictions in the Special Requests section.
    Contact: Andrea Longini | (650) 223-8663 | [email protected] 

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