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From Kabbalah to the Big Bang: Ancient Wisdom and Contemporary Spirituality

  • Holy Spirit Retreat Center 4316 Lanai Road Encino, CA, 91436 United States (map)

A very special weekend retreat with Daniel Matt, translator/annotator of the most important text of the Kabbalah, The Zohar.

 The retreat will commence on Friday, March 23, with check-in at 4 PM (Kiddush and dinner at 6) and conclude on Sunday, March 25 at 12 PM.  In between will be a full schedule of teachings by Daniel Matt and opportunities for spiritual practice. Teachings will touch upon such subjects as, Shekhinah - The Feminine Half of God; Raising the Sparks: Finding God in the Material World; The Zohar: Masterpiece of Kabbalah; and God and the Big Bang: Discovering Harmony between Science and Spirituality

General Retreat Schedule, March 23 - 25:

Friday:  Registration at 4 PM.   

Dinner 5:30. 

Session: 7 - 9 PM


Meditation 7 AM (optional). 

Breakfast 8 - 9

Session 1:   9:30 - 12.   

Lunch 12 - 1

Session 2:  5:30 PM

Dinner 5:30 - 6:30 PM; 

Session 3:  7 - 9 PM

Sunday:  Meditation 7 AM (optional). 

Last session  9:30AM — 12 PM

Retreat Costs (includes lodging and food, unless otherwise noted. No single day options)

  • $425 for a single room
  • $360 for a shared room
  • $275 for commuters (Food only)

Limited scholarships are available upon request.  Please email:

Daniel Matt Retreat Cancellation Policy:

For attendees with room reservations (residents): Up to one month prior to the retreat (February 23),  registrations are refundable less a 10%. processing fee.  After February 23 to March 9 , 50% refundable.  After March 9 (two weeks prior) - registrations are non-refundable.

For commuters:  Cancellation up to one month prior (Feb 23), refundable less 10% processing fee;  Cancellation afte Feb. 23 to March 16: 50% refundable. Cancellation after March 16 (one week prior): non-refundable.

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Daniel Matt is one of the world’s leading authorities on Kabbalah and the Zohar. He has been featured in Time and Newsweek and has appeared on National Public Radio and the History Channel. His over a dozen books include The Essential Kabbalah (translated into seven languages), Zohar: Annotated and Explained, and God and the Big Bang: Discovering Harmony between Science and Spirituality(revised edition, 2016). His award-winning translation of the Zohar took 18 years to complete and has been hailed “a monumental contribution to the history of Jewish thought.”

 A much beloved speaker and teacher internationally, Daniel Matt for 20 years also served as professor at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. He makes his home in Berkeley, Ca.