Who can apply?

Jewish 20s and 30s in the DC area who are open to exploring new and alternative paths of Jewish expression. This experience is non-denominational with no background experience or knowledge required.

Where is it?

Pearlstone Retreat Center, about 60 miles outside of DC. (Transportation provided)

When is it?

Saturday, January 14th to Monday, January 16th (MLK weekend). The retreat will begin at 11 am on Saturday and end at 11 am on Monday. Transportation to the retreat will leave at 9:30 am from DC on Saturday and return to DC by about 12:30 pm on Monday.

How much is it? 

  • Early Registration: $75 - through November 16 at midnight 
  • Regular Registration: $99 - through November 30 at midnight 

These costs are all-inclusive of transportation, meals, lodging, drinks and facilitated workshops throughout the weekend - a $400 value! 
Financial assistance is available upon request - email beyondthetentDC@gmail.com for more information.

Will I have roommates?

Yes, guests will be staying in lodge-style rooms with 1-2 other roommates.

Can I request a roommate? 

Yes, upon acceptance you will be given the option to request a roommate, and we will do our best to accommodate those requests.

What if I have specific housing/accommodation needs?

Please email us at beyondthetentDC@gmail.com.

What dietary restrictions can be accommodated?

Food will be kosher. Vegetarian, gluten-free and nut-free options will be available at each meal - you’ll be asked to provide any dietary restrictions in advance.

I don't drive on Shabbat, what should I do?

We will be running another Beyond the Tent Retreat in the summer that will begin on Friday afternoon. Email beyondthetent@gmail.com to receive updates about that application! 

Can I come for only a part of the retreat?

No. In order to make this experience fully immersive, we ask that all participants be present, both physically and mentally, throughout the entire weekend. 

Can I drive there on my own?

Yes, but you must be at the retreat center by 11 am on Saturday, January 14th.

Can I meet with someone about this before signing up?

Certainly! Email Reb Aaron (rebaaron@gatherthejews.com) to learn more about the retreat, find out if this is right for you, or ask any other questions that are on your mind. Or, if you'd like to speak with a past participant who was on the first Beyond the Tent Retreat in July, email beyondthetentDC@gmail.com and we'll connect you to someone who can speak about his/her experience.