We gather again for another fabulous Shabbaton at HOWL: Friday, April 21-Saturday, April 22. 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-April 22 (Earth 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! There is no set charge for this amount. Donations to HOWL– a 100% volunteer organization–are always very, very appreciated. (We’ll pass the hat. Pay what you want.) 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 21: Shabbat songs & blessings, Potluck, Storytelling, Arts, and Stargazing
6:00: Yepeth of Roots & Trails will lead us in joyful Shabbat welcome Blessings; a gentle meditative welcoming in of Shabbas, blessing the earth community and our work week efforts in tikkun olam.
6:30 Potluck : 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 in the house.)
7:00-ish Jewish Story Telling: We’ll put on a kettle for tea. Share a story, or enjoy others’ stories of Jewish identity, connection, and questioning.
8:00-ish Jewish Art for All: Who doesn’t love a refrigerator magnet or a bit of Jewish-themed coloring? No talent or skill required. We’ll have you smiling, creating, and kvelling with lots of oohs, ahhhs, and only the occasional oy.
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 will be on hand to welcome you to the HOWL house, point you to camping spots, trails, etc. starting at 4:00. 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 anyaCschwartz@gmail.com.
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 somewhat in the tradition of Rabbi Shefa Gold. No advanced knowledge of chant or Hebrew required. All chants will be taught.
10:30 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.) Feeling bold? We’ll have a chance for a dip in HOWL’s Tadpole Mikvah. Thank you Yepeth of Roots & Trails for leading a creative service, and Melanie Kessler for offering a dvar torah!
12:00 Lunch: We’ll provide some basics. Your potluck dishes are encouraged!
12:45 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.
1:45 An Earth Day 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.)
3:30-6:00 On your own
(6:00 Potluck dinner and a Havdallah ritual for anyone still on the land!)
Hope to see you all April 21-22! No need to RSVP (though if you’re inclined, it’s always helpful: anyaCschwartz@gmail.com.)