Thrive Weekend Resilience Workshop at Pearlstone

Pearlstone is thrilled to launch this program. This will be an immersive learning experience that empowers adults with the knowledge, hands-on skills, Jewish and earth-based wisdom, and connections they need to be more resilient, enabling more sustainable choices and actions related to food, water, energy, community action, and spirit.

Participants will stay in Pearlstone lodge rooms, enjoy Pearlstone meals, walk the grounds, and utilize the campus as an ideal learning environment for skills and understanding. In alignment with the theme for the weekend, all meals will be either vegetarian or vegan to reduce our carbon footprint. Our kitchen and dining room are glatt kosher under supervision of the Orthodox Union.

The schedule below is a sample and is subject to change.



3:00-5:00PMCheck-in & Settling In
5:00- 5:50PMHands-on skills such as pickling and fermentationEve Wachhuas and Stern Christian
6:00 – 6:30 PMShabbat Spiritual Practice – Shabbat as spiritual tool for resilienceRabbi Psachyah Lichtenstein
6:30-7:15 PMDinner
7:30 – 8:00 PMWelcome & Introductions—What is Resilience?Jakir Manela and Joan Plisko
8:00 PM – 9:00 PMFireside ChatJakir & Nets Manela
9:00 PMStory Telling and Indigenous ResilienceModerated by Psachyah Lichtenstein with Jennifer Foloyan, Joe Murray and Nets Manela



8:00 – 8:45 AMBreakfast
9:00 – 9:45 AMFramework of ReslienceJoan Plisko
10:00 – 10:50 AMTai ChiNets Manela
11:00 – 11:50 AMHitbodedut (Outdoor) MeditationPsachyah Lichtenstein
12:00 – 12:45 PMLunch
12:45-2:00 PMBreak/Reflection Time
2:00 – 3:15 PMWorkshop 1: Resilience in the homeJoan Plisko and Clara Feigelson
3:15 – 3:45 PMReflection
3:45 – 5:00 PMWorkshop 2: Community Scale ResilienceJakir Manela
5:00 – 6:00 PMReflection
6:00 – 6:45 PMDinner
7:00 – 8:30 PMMovie and discussionModerated by Jakir Manela
8:30 PMCampfire and/or Night HikeClara Feigelson



7:00 – 7:50 AMTai ChiNets Manela
8:00 – 8:30 AMBreakfast
8:45 – 9:45 AMWorkshop 3: Water: Rain barrels and rain gardensStern Christian
10:00 – 11:00 AMWorkshop 4: Energy: Renewable Strategies for home and communityJoan and Marc Plisko
11:00 – 11:15 AMSnack
11:15 – 12:30 PMWorkshop 5: Soil and Gardening EssentialsGreg Strella
12:45 – 1:30 PMAccountability partners and closeJoan Plisko and Jakir Manela
1:30 PMLunch

The Thrive Weekend Instructors:


Stern Christian

Pearlstone's Lead educator and all around earthy guy who facilitates immersion and connection to people, land, and community.

Clara Feigelson

Environmental educator whose focus is addressing climate change through sustainable initiatives, prioritizing both human and ecosystem health.

Jennifer Folayan

HR and Culture Coordinator who is passionate about Indigenous Peoples and healing through the Arts.

Rabbi Psachyah Lichtenstein

Director of Education who is a teacher, farmer, scribe, and designer focusing on earth-based Torah and Jewish mysticism.

Jakir Manela

Chief Executrive Officer who as works as a Jewish environmental educator and nonprofit leader and helps build models of justice and sustainability that are informed by ethical leadership and vibrant spiritual, joyous community.

Nets Manela

Nets Manela gives thanks for the opportunity to live here, just up the road from Pearlstone, with Jakir and our four boys. Nets is a homeschooler, birth worker, and practitioner of Yang style Tai Ji Quan.

Joe Murray

Educator, naturalist, and caretaker, whose life’s work is to learn from the indigenous peoples of the earth and share the old ways with as many people as possible.

Joan Plisko, PhD

Community Sustainability Director who creates environmental and social strategies to help organizations thrive.

Marc Plisko

Marc is a technical and process guy by training, enjoys being outdoors, and is always curious to discover how things work; he is passionate about sharing his knowledge with others.

Greg Strella

Director of Stewardship who spends time cultivating and tending to the plants, fields, streams, and forests that bring the Pearlstone Campus to life for visitors and guests.

Eve Wachhaus

Deputy Director with a passion for mediterranean and middle eastern spices and cooking.

Questions about the Program? Contact Joan Plisko