How awesome is this place, indeed! A lovely group of women gathered Friday night and Saturday at HOWL for shabbat. We kibbitzed, we noshed, we chanted, we davened, we layered up to enjoy the beautiful fields and woods of early spring at HOWL. (A couple of us even took the plunge in the tadpole mikvah–invigorating!) Thank you Yepeth Perla of Roots and Trails and Melanie Kessler of Living Tree Alliance for leading services and offering a dvar torah.
Shabbaton weekend at HOWL is here, and we are excited to see you! The HOWL house is warm and cozy, and the land is beautiful! Pack lots of warm layers (perhaps even a sleeping bag) for outdoor forays, or choose to relax indoors through the weekend. The shabbaton kicks off at 6:00 Friday evening and runs through Saturday. Scroll down to the March 22 blog post to read lots of details. Come for part, all, or play it by ear. Questions? email anyaCschwartz@gmail.com (or call HOWL Friday afternoon, 802.434.3953). See you soon.
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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.)
Intentional women’s community seeks caretakers for our farmhouse and 50 acres of conserved land. Huntington Open Women’s Land (HOWL) is a non-profit land trust held for women only at a secluded location in Huntington, Vermont (Chittenden County). Our mission is to provide a safe and welcoming space for women and to enhance the use of our land, which includes forest, meadows, agricultural pastures, house and barn.
Responsibilities include greeting and orienting guests, helping maintain house and yard, and stewarding the land. Must have own transportation.
We ask for a contribution of $350/mo (includes utilities & Wi-Fi).
Ideal for emotionally mature, kind, respectful women who wish to enjoy the rewards and accept the responsibilities of living with other women in intentional community. Respect and kindness to other women is required. We welcome all women without regard to age, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender at birth.
Contact Glo 802-355-7218 or Cindy 603-986-2382 for more information.
Update: Cindy is the primary point of contact for January & February 2017. We still have openings available as of early February! Please note, we work with HomeShare Vermont to help find caretakers who would be a good match.
We welcome all women without regard to age, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender at birth.
Our vision for land use at HOWL includes…
Local/Community food systems
Goats, sheep, cows, turkeys, chickens…
Producing eggs, wool, or meat
Minimizing environmental impact
Saturday September 24 & Sunday, September 25 from 10:00 – 5:00 with potluck ~ 1 pm.
Come help ready our HOWL nest for winter! Projects include cleaning the guest room, sorting tools in the barn, putting the gardens to bed, removing invasives from our woods, and yard cleanup. Bring work clothes and gloves, potluck item. Even if you can only come for a short while, it will be appreciated.
Welcome to HOWL Autumn Equinox on Friday September 16, from 7-10 pm
We will celebrate HOWL’s bountiful harvest, and wonderful women’s energy over the summer. We will have a bonfire and celebrate the earth’s cycles.
Bring flashlight, warm clothes, a chair, potluck food, and if you want, a reading and/or song to share. If you want to introduce a ceremony to the evening, contact Lani or Michele beforehand.
Enjoy an evening of women together and plan to come to HOWL’s work weekend the following weekend: anytime between 10 and 5 on Saturday or Sunday, September 24 and 25th.
Robin planted a vegetable garden back in May, Jewels has been weeding and watering it for the past 2 months and Val & Jewels added netting & stakes as it grew. It’s really taken off the past couple weeks with the rain & today Jewels picked the first 2 summer squash of the season!