What To Expect

Relax and enjoy yourself on our beautiful ranch in Santa Barbara and Explore…Inside and Out. We will be staying at a beautiful 150 acre ranch that was once owned by Jane Fonda. It has stunning views of the city of Santa Barbara and the ocean. (In fact the workout room where she filmed her aerobics classes is on the ranch.). Very nice sleeping accommodations and three delicious meals are served each day.

Each day will include Torah learning with world renowned educators from North America and Israel in addition to the wonderful activities that the location has to offer.


  • Touring the beach town of Santa Barbara
  • Golfing lessons at the famous Sandpiper Resort
  • Meeting with some Hollywood personalities.


  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Jewish Genetics
  • Jewish insights into Practical Living
  • An in depth look at our humanity and how it touches our soul
  • Explore Femininity through a Jewish Lens
  • One on one: study the topic of your choice with a member of our staff

Dates and Location:

Summer 2016 in Santa Barbara

July 31st to August 7th, 2016

Explore…Inside and Out


8:00 – (Optional) Prayer class and Explanatory Service
8:45 – Breakfast
9:30 – 10:30 The Dynamic of Choice: The Person versus Her Desires and The Power of Illusion
10:35 – 11:30 – Cain’s Response To Criticism Investigating Our Personal Belief System
11:35- 12:30 The “Bechira Point”: How We Define Our Struggles and Map Our Growth
12:30 Lunch
2:00 – Tour of Herzog Winery in Oxnard
6:30 – Dinner
7:15 PM – Study with a Buddy


I must admit that I was skeptical about Heritage Retreats, because I thought that all introduction-to-Judaism programs would be superficial and intellectually weak. But Heritage Retreats was the opposite. http://www.heritageretreats.com/womens-retreat-winter-2016/The more basic the question, the more deep and penetrating were the answers. Instead of trying to “wow” me with a Judaism show, they allowed me to discover the intellectual rigor and depth of Jewish learning and I found it very satisfying.

Justin Shubow
Doctoral student in philosophy, University of Michigan

How long is each session?

The program is a week long, from Sunday to Sunday.

How many years has Heritage Retreats been conducting retreats?

We began conducting retreats in 2000 in Yosemite, California

Do I need a certain level of background in Judaism to attend?

No, the program is geared towards young adults from a variety of affiliations, with limited backgrounds in Judaism who want to learn more about their heritage. It has been our experience that participants with very limited knowledge, as well as those who have already begun to explore their heritage, have found the level of study to be accessible, relevant and engaging.

What age groups participate in the program?

Heritage Retreats participants are undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate students, and young professionals.

Can I speak with some of the alumni of the program to get a better understanding of what I will get out of attending?

Yes. Please call us in the U.S. at 800-927-0476 or in Canada at 866-600-5013 to arrange to speak with some of our alumni. We have alumni in most major cities in the U.S. and Canada.

Whom do I contact for more information about the program?

Mrs. Yael Resnick: 646-519-4480
Rabbi Mordechai Kreitenberg
From US: 800-927-0476
From Canada: 866-268-7169
Email: info@heritageretreats.com

How do I apply?

Go to the apply page. Fill out the application online.

Am I guaranteed a place if I apply?

You are guaranteed a spot only after you have received a hard copy or emailed acceptance letter from Heritage Retreats, and have submitted payment for the program in full. Acceptance may be contingent on a personal interview and/or references.

What is the total cost to attend the program and what is included in that price?

The total cost for the program, including room and board for the duration of the session, is:

$199 for individuals whose applications are received before July 1st.
$250 for individuals whose applications are received after July 1st.

Non Students:
$299.00 for individuals whose applications are received before July 1st.
$335.00 for individuals whose applications are received after July 1st.

There is an additional $50.00 transportation fee for individuals who will need Heritage Retreats to provide them with transportation to and from the retreat location.

What if I cannot afford the cost of the program? How do I apply for a scholarship?

A limited number of scholarships are available for eligible applicants. Once you have filled out an application for the session you would like to attend please be in touch with us to discuss the various scholarships available. Once granted a scholarship, participants will only be awarded the appropriate reimbursement upon successfully completing the program. In the event that a participant departs the program prior to the end date of the program, student will be responsible for all related incidental expenses and tuition payment will not be reimbursed.
From the US: 1-800-927-0476
From Canada: 1-866-268-7169
or email us at: scholarships@heritageretreats.com

Who pays for the airfare? What if I cannot afford the cost of the airfare?

Travel is not included in the price. You must arrange and pay for your own travel expenses to attend the retreat. Transportation scholarships are available to eligible applicants. Please call 1-800-927-0476 from the US, or 1-866-268-7169 from Canada, or email us at scholarships@heritageretreats.com.

Why is the program so affordable?

We are able to charge a reduced tuition of $199.00 because of the philanthropy of various charitable foundations and community leaders. Their gifts enable us to bring down the cost of the program to participants.

Once I am accepted, what is my next step?

Send in your payment as soon as possible in order to guarantee your place in the program.

How do I send in my payment?

Payment is due in full upon receipt of your acceptance. You may pay online, via credit card or pay pal. If you prefer to pay by check, checks should be made payable to Heritage Retreats and send to:

Heritage Retreats
557 Fenlon Blvd.
Clifton, NJ 07014

How do I get to the retreat?

After you claim your luggage, you will take a hotel shuttle from Ground Transportation to a hotel that we will announce shortly. Upon arrival at the hotel please proceed to the Heritage Retreats meeting room. There will be transportation departing from the hotel at airport that will take you directly to the camp grounds. Transportation back to the airport will be arranged upon the culmination of the session. Please do NOT schedule your departure flight before 11:00 AM.

We will do our best to provide transportation for all participants who request it. Please contact us at least two weeks in advance to make those plans.

To whom do I send my travel itinerary?

Once you have booked your flight, please email info@heritageretreats.com. Please include your cell phone number on any information you send us. This number is important in coordinating airport pickups

What time should I plan on arriving? Leaving?

Schedule your flight so that you arrive at the PHX airport by 3:00 PM the Sunday Aug 6th. Dinner is served upon arrival at program and orientation follows. The programs end on Sunday after breakfast. For your convenience book your return flight after 12.00 PM Sunday Aug13th, allowing yourself ample time to eat breakfast and get to the airport.

How do I find inexpensive plane tickets to Heritage Retreats?

Here are a few sites to make your ticket purchase easier and less costly: kayak.com priceline.com, travelocity.com, orbitz.com,cheaptickets.com, jetblue.com. Canadian participants should try travelcuts.com.

Is there email access there?

Yes, there is email access.

Are there laundry facilities there?

There may not be laundry facilities so best to bring sufficient clothes for the week

What is the weather like there?

Temperatures vary. Please check Weather.com for exact temperatures. Camp Verde, AZ 86322.

When is the program conducted?

Summer 2017 – women’s program runs from August 6 – 13, 2017

Which airport should I fly into?

You can fly into PHX Airport by 3pm on the day of the program. We will be providing transportation to the retreat from the airport.

What do I need to pack?
  • Enough clothing for 1 week
  • comfortable walking shoes (closed shoes, without heals)
  • nicer clothing for shabbat (you may want to bring along a skirt/dress)
  • light jacket/ sweater as nights may be cool
  • rain gear: poncho, umbrella in case of rain
  • toiletries: shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothpaste etc.
  • medication
  • towels for bathing and swim
  • bathing suit/appropriate clothing for water sports
  • Sunscreen
  • sunglasses
  • camera (optional)
  • 2 reusable water bottles- very important!
  • day pack
Can I fly into the area several days before the program to visit friends and family? If so, how can I arrange a ride to the camp?

Yes, you can come into the area earlier and we will provide transportation from LAX airport to the program. Just be in touch with us to let us know your transportation needs.

What are the accommodations like? What sort of food is provided?

This summer we will be on a beautiful Dude Ranch just outside of Sedona, Arizona. In addition to being home to Heritage Retreats for a number of years the Ranch is utilized for corporate retreats and provides comfortable and clean sleeping accommodations as well as conference facilities. Three delicious meals are served daily.

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