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    Registration deadline: June 18th

    This year’s theme of עִיר מִקְלָט “Ir Miklat: City of Refuge” can be found in a small corner of parshat Matot-Masei (Numbers 30:2 - 36:13). It epitomizes how we want this year’s institute to feel: a space where both the individual and the community at the heart of the Havurah ethos can come together in a safe space to create something meaningful, where our connections are welcoming and inclusive, fun and exciting, relaxing and energizing, and insightful and spiritually significant for our diverse community of participants.

    The Core Team envisions Institute as our City of Refuge--a place that’s safe--this year more than ever. What is it YOU need refuge from? We welcome you to join us at Pearlstone Center for sanctuary and refuge, to renew and refresh, and to play, rest, create and learn with us! Summer Institute will take place july 29-August 4, 2024.

2024: Summer Institute Pricing, Housing, and Details

More Details about Summer Institute

Housing

Accommodations at Pearlstone area mix of youth hostel dorms and hotel style rooms. Hotel rooms have ensuite bathrooms and one or two queen beds. Most also have either a foldout couch or sleeper chair. The youth hostel dorm has up to six beds per room and shared bathrooms. Youth hostel beds are a mix of bunk beds and twins. If you’re registering for a family of four or more, you’ll be able to select an entire room in the dorm.

Click here to see photos of the different room types–and the beautiful surrounding campus–on Pearlstone’s website.

Pricing

Our prices depend on (1) registrants’ age and (2) whether you’re choosing housing in a hotel room or a youth hostel room. Base prices are per person and include housing, food, and programming.  For hotel rooms, the base pricing assuming double occupancy. Most people will pay only the base price, but there will also be a single supplement fee for anyone staying alone in a hotel room and an extra room fee of for families with fewer than three young children who take two adjoining hotel rooms.

The “base prices” represent the NHC’s break even point.

When you register, you be able to easily pay the base price or pay a sliding scale price that is 10% or 20% less than the base price.  (And if you’re able to pay more than the base price, we encourage you to do so. That supports registration fees for others and contributes to our year round costs.)

We’re committed to making Summer Institute financially accessible for as many people as possible. When you register, you be able to easily pay the base price or pay a sliding scale price that is 10% or 20% less than the base price.  (And if you’re able to pay more than the base price, we encourage you to do so. That supports registration fees for others and contributes to our year round costs.)Other ways to receive a discount off of the base price include:

  • Applying for a work study job. This year, we’re looking for people to work both before and during Institute.
  • Applying to be a counselor at Kids’ Camp.
  • Applying for a Zeitler Fellowship. This cohort of young adults pay just $200 to attend Institute. Applications are due on April 4th.
  • Applying for a grant. The Grants team members are committed to discretion, and to meeting the needs of community members. Awards are limited by NHC’s annual budget.

 If you’re applying for work study jobs, counselor positions, or a grant, you will need to do so before you register for Institute. If you apply by April 10th, we’ll give you an answer before registration opens on April 25th. This way, you’ll be able to register and choose classes as soon as registration opens.

Transportation

Pearlstone is about thirty miles from Baltimore. The closest airport is Thurgood Marshall (formerly BWI) and the closest Amtrak station is in Baltimore. When registration opens, we’ll have a ride board set up where you can look for a ride if you need one or offer a ride if you have space in your car. Would you like to volunteer to coordinate ride shares or to research and coordinate buses? Please get in touch!

Covid Policy

Proof of vaccination will be required for everyone 5 and older. Testing will be required the day Institute begins and at least 2 or 3 times during Institute. There will be both indoor and outdoor spaces for classes and dining. Masking will be required indoors except while eating. The Covid policy will be further refined before registration opens and depending on circumstances may be tweaked closer to the event.

More Information Coming Soon

We’ll have more details about programming as we get closer to Institute–but if there’s an activity that you’d especially like to see at Summer Institute, please consider volunteering to make it happen!

We’ll be unveiling our logo in late spring. You’ll be able to order t-shirts and other merchandise before you arrive.

Remember, the best way to hear about updates is to make sure you’re getting our emails. 

 

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