IFFP’s Annual Women’s Retreat


We invite you to join us for the IFFP Women’s Retreat on May 6th and 7th! Please register soon so we can anticipate the number of attendees.
This year’s retreat theme is Reconnect, Renew, Restore. The retreat will be an opportunity to spend quality time together and replenish our souls, including options for yoga, dancing, poetry, a book reading, nature, art, great food, and more. A portion of the retreat will be online, allowing our whole community of IFFP women to participate and connect, including those of us both near and far. The in-person portion of the retreat will be held at a park in Wheaton that has an indoor space and a wrap-around covered porch, surrounded by wooded trails.

When: Friday, May 6 (evening) and Saturday, May 7

Where: Zoom and Wheaton Claridge Local Park, Wheaton, MD

Fee: $25 online only; $75 online and in-person

Questions: contact Jill Bernstein at jtwbernstein@yahoo.com


Friday evening (online only)

  • 7:00 – 8:30 pm — Welcome, Introductions, Lighting of Shabbat candles

Saturday Morning (online only)

  • 8:30 – 9:00 am — Coffee Klatsch (optional; informal conversation)
  • 9:00 – 10:00 am — Guided Chair Yoga led by Ashley Erwin
  • 10:00 – 10:30 am — Introduction to Retreat Theme
  • 10:30 – 11:30 am — Poetry workshop
  • 11:30 – 12: 30 pm — Author reading/Book Group: Irene Landsman, The Good Poetic Mother (purchase book here)

12:30 – 2:00 pm — Break, lunch on one’s own, in-person participants make their way to the park

Saturday Afternoon Activities (in-person only,* Wheaton Claridge Local Park, Wheaton, MD)


  • 2:00 – 3:00 pm — Salsa dancing workshop with Rev. Sam OR Independent arts and crafts activities
  • 3:00 – 5:00 pm — Forest bathing workshop with Certified Forest Therapy Guide Adria S. Zeldin
  • 3:00 – 5:00 pm — OR Gel printing workshop with Jane Silver
  • 5:00 – 6:00 pm — Closing Circle/Havdallah (online option TBD*)
  • 6:00 – 8:00 pm — Dinner and relaxation

New members and first-time women’s retreaters are encouraged to attend. This event is inclusive of non-binary and trans individuals. We look forward to seeing you there!