Shabbaton at HOWL, April 15-16

Shalom chaverot,

Come celebrate a delightful women’s spring Shabbat at HOWL (Huntington Open Women’s Land): 895 Salvas Road (the very top!), Huntington, VT:  Friday, April 15th through Saturday afternoon (twoish), April 16th.  (What better way to celebrate tax day?)  Drop in for just a part, or bring your tent (limited indoor space in the HOWL house is available) and stay through Saturday.  Please spread the word to all interested women!  This event is free, though donations to HOWL—a 100% volunteer organization–are always very, very appreciated.  A small camping fee is requested for overnight guests. ALL interested women–Jewish/Jew-ish/Jew-wish or not–are invited to enjoy this shabbat gathering!

Friday night, April 15: Kabbalat Shabbat, Potluck, and Stargazing (drop-in & out as you please, start times will be prompt)

6:00 Sing in Shabbat (listening, bim-bomming, lay-di-day-ing all highly appropriate!).  We’ll provide song sheets, and encourage additions.  Have a chant, Shabbat teaching or pondering to share?  We’ll add it to the mix.  Rather just watch quietly?  Perfect.  No advanced knowledge of Hebrew or Jewish ritual required.

7:00 Potluck dinner.  Yum!  Though not exactly a kosher yum, please no pork, shellfish, bacon-double-cheeseburgers & the like for this Shabbat event.  (Also, per HOWL’s visitor guidelines, please no alcohol at the potluck.)

Into the night…Stargazing, spring peepers stroll, perhaps a good ol’ fashioned campfire weather (and enthusiasm) permitting, schmoozing.

If you are staying overnight or otherwise would enjoy arriving early, Anya and Lani will be on hand to welcome you to the HOWL house, point you to camping spots, trails, etc. starting at 5:00.  New to HOWL?  Check out HOWL’s visitors guidelines. Want to arrive earlier or stay longer than one night?  Fabulous!  Questions about what to bring?  Contact Anya: (802) 453-7622 or

Saturday, April 16 (come for whatever parts you’d like—we’ll make sure we stick to the schedule)

For overnighters: Early bird meditation, birdsong appreciation stroll, sun salutation, perhaps a touch of chant.  Check in Friday night for times.  Need to nosh?  Help yourself to a simple breakfast (any time, while supplies last).  We’ll provide hard-boiled eggs, English muffins, and some fruit.  Additional contributions to share encouraged!

9:00 Jewish chant:  Join us for an hour of Jewish chant in the tradition of Rabbi Shefa Gold.  No advanced knowledge of chant or Hebrew required.  All chants will be taught.

10:00 Shabbat celebration, listening, singing, teaching (aka Shabbat Service): Dress for the (chilly, likely) outdoors for this nontraditional/yet rooted-in-tradition service.  (We’ll be indoors if the weather is frightful.) Thank you Melanie Kessler for offering a dvar torah!

11:00 Potluck brunch:  As above, skip the bacon-double-cheeseburgers and anything else egregiously treif.

12:00 Peace in the middle east presentation & discussion—on a loving & supportive note: led by HOWL collective member Lani Ravin, based on her years in Israel and work with women working for peace in the middle east.

1:00 A Walk in the Woods & Fields of HOWL:  Come explore HOWL’s 50 acres of beautiful meadows and woods, including a guided introduction to HOWL’s access trail leading to the Catamount Ski Trail and the thousands-acre Camel’s Hump State Park lands.  (Note: it may be too early for mosquitoes, but it’s not too early for ticks.  Bug stuff is recommended.)

2:00 L’hitraot!  Make a Shabbat themed refrigerator magnet or just say seeya later!

Hope to see you all April 15-16!  No need to RSVP (though if you’re inclined, it’s always helpful:



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