Boston Mental, Emotional, and Social Health for Experiential Educators (MESH-EE) Retreat

Dates: April 4, 2022
-April 6, 2022
Cost: $360 (scholarships available)
Location: Ashland, MA

Course Details

Jewish professionals are uniquely situated to create positive environments where not only Jewish learning, but also mental health and wellness, can flourish. BaMidbar, supported by Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston, is excited to host a Mental, Emotional, and Social Health for Experiential Educators (MESH-EE) retreat on April 4-6, 2022 at The Warren Center. This in-person learning experience is an opportunity for Boston-based Jewish communal professionals to gather in a community of learning to expand their understanding of mental health and wellness through experiential education and a Jewish lens. Over the course of three days, professionals will explore ways in which they can foster social and emotional growth in the teens and young adults they serve, and build the tools and supportive network they need to actively promote resilience and help their students thrive.

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As a result of BaMidbar’s MESH-EE program, Jewish professionals build the knowledge, skills, and confidence to:

  • Promote healthy social and emotional development for all of the youth they serve.
  • Recognize when youth are at risk of experiencing mental health challenges
  • Explore connections between Jewish tradition and mental health and wellness
  • Create Jewish educational experiences through a whole-health wellness lens

Cost of the course includes all program materials as well as daily vegetarian options for breakfast and lunch.


Who It’s For

This course is designed for Massachusetts-based teen and young adult-serving Jewish community professionals interested in expanding their understanding of mental health and wellness in order to better support their students and actively promote social and emotional growth. 

If you are a teen and young adult-serving Jewish community professional NOT based in the Boston/Massachusetts area but are interested in this type of experience, please fill out our Interest Form to either be kept up to date on upcoming opportunities or to recommend a new regional base.



This immersive three-day retreat will convene daily during business hours, and presents an opportunity to deepen educators’ mental health and wellness literacy as well as their professional networks. Session topics will include, but are not limited to:

Day 1: What’s Jewish About Wellness?

  • Mental Health cs. Mental Wellness
  • Judaism and Whole Health Wellness
  • Protective Factors and Risk Factors

Day 2: Meeting Students Where They Are on the Mental Health Continuum

  • Mental Health through a DEI Lens
  • Designing Experiences for an Anxious Stressed-Out World
  • Bottom Up Regulation

Day 3: Moving Students From Languishing to Flourishing

  • Facilitating for Resilience
  • Positive Psychology
  • Strengths-based Facilitation

BaMidbar takes an experiential approach towards all content, and throughout the retreat, educators will have the opportunity to process, reflect, and think about how they might apply learning in their personal contexts. The goal is that educators walk away with new skills and perspective, ready to implement their learning in their classrooms and communities.


Registration Details

There is limited space available in this course. To apply for participation, please click the button below and complete the form. We will be in touch after receiving your application to confirm participation and share payment information. 

In the meantime, please mark the dates on your calendars, and be in touch with Emily Heeren at with any questions.



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