Midweek, midday meander: October 17, 12:00

 

Come on up the hill and join neighbors for a women’s walk through foliage-filled fields and woods.  We’ll meet at the HOWL house at 12:00 for a 12:15 (prompt!) departure.  Meander along hilly (but not steep) trails.  Plan on an hour’s walk.  (We’ll extend beyond an hour only if all want to explore further to the Catamount Trail.)  All women are welcome.  Questions?  Call Anya: 434-3953.

Camping Weekend! September 22-23

Fall Equinox Celebration and Camp-Out at HOWL
Saturday September 22nd
895 Salvas Road, Huntington
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Join us for a celebration of the end of summer and beginning of autumn! We will have a celebration and camp out overnight. There are two tent platforms as well as other places to set up tents. Women are free to explore the HOWL grounds and enjoy the beauty of HOWL. There will be a gathering at 5, followed by a potluck supper at 6, then a bonfire! If you have a reading or song about the season you would like to share, please bring it. The outhouse and bathroom will be available, and filtered water is in the kitchen. We ask for a donation of $15 to help us cover our costs.
RSVP to howlvt@gmail.com.  Hope you can join us!
Note: alcoholic beverages in moderation are allowed on the grounds, but not in the house.
Here is the schedule:

1-2 PM Arrive at HOWL, set up camp
5:00 PM Gather in the back yard for readings, music, singing & dancing
6:00 PM Potluck, then Bonfire (singing & dancing may continue!)

What to bring:
Potluck food or beverage to share
Your own food for snacks & breakfast
Warm clothing
Hiking boots
Camping gear
Flashlight or headlamp
Chairs
Instruments & songbooks
A reading or song to share
Friends!

Nature Walk at HOWL! Sunday, June 17

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Sunday, June 17
10 am – 2 pm
Come on out and enjoy a nature walk at HOWL, led by entomologist and SUNY professor Janet Mihuc.
We will wander at a leisurely pace and discover the universe beneath our feet and at our fingertips. We will enjoy HOWL at its finest and greenest. Janet will show us the world of insects, butterflies, birds and beasts that we share HOWL with.
We will walk for about an hour. Afterward, if you have time, you can stay for a potluck lunch. If you have even more time, you are invited to stay for our monthly collective meeting, 3-4 PM social time and 4-6 PM meeting.
RSVP if you can to this email, or just show up.
Donations gratefully accepted.
HOWL Collective,
Stephie, Michele, Glo, Cindy and Lani

Shabbaton at HOWL, April 6-7

Song, conversation, feasts, stories, strolls, laughter יפה…Shabbat at HOWL!

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Celebrate a delightful Shabbat at wonderfully haimish HOWL, Friday, April 6 through Saturday, April 7.  Drop in for just a part, or bring your tent (limited indoor space in the HOWL house is also available) and stay through Saturday.  Friday night, April 6: 6:30 Shabbat songs & blessings followed by Potluck, Storytelling, Arts, and Stargazing.  Saturday, April 7: 10:00 Jewish chant followed by dvar torah, woods walk, and discussion on women & peace in the Middle East.  www.howlvt.org for info, or call Anya Schwartz, (802) 453-7622. ALL interested women–Jewish/Jew-ish/Jew-wish or not–are invited to enjoy this Shabbat gathering!
2018 HOWL Shabbaton Agenda
 

Friday night, April 6

 

6:30: Sing in Shabbat with Joanna May.  Sing along, or just enjoy the music.

7:00-ish 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.) Oh, and it is indeed still Passover, so if you’re inclined, avoid bread and wheat noodles.

Jewish Story Telling (while we nosh):  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.

Saturday, April 7

 

For overnighters: Early bird meditation, birdsong appreciation stroll, sun salutation. Check in Friday night for times.  Simple breakfast-help yourself.

10:00 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.

11:00 Dvar Torah & Make-your-own-service: Dress for the (chilly, likely) outdoors for a bit of torah teaching from the fabulous Melanie Kessler.  (We’ll be indoors if the weather is frightful.) Feeling bold?  We’ll have a chance for a dip in HOWL’s Tadpole Mikvah.

12:00 Lunch

 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.)  Fully waterproof boots (muckboots or the like) recommended.

3:30-6:00 On your own

6:00 Stone Soup Leftovers dinner and Havdallah ritual for anyone still on the land!

 

February 18 Amble at HOWL

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Please bring your feet & anything you’d like to put on your feet to a winter outing at HOWL, Sunday February 18.  Gather at noon with food to share for a bit of noshing & schmoozing, or arrive warmly dressed and ready to venture forth for a 1:00 (prompt) mostly-trail walk/snowhshoe/ski.  We’ll amble for about 1.5 hours (1.5 miles) across fields & woods, mostly on a trail, on hilly terrain.
Questions?  contact anyacschwartz@gmail.com .

Stick Season at HOWL

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While far from the glory of October’s fall colors, November is still a beautiful time to walk in the woods & fields of HOWL.  Dig out that flourescent jacket or bright orange hat and enjoy the trails.  And if you’re feeling bold, take a jump in the pond!

Hooky for HOWL walk, Sunday, June 4

Join us Sunday, June 4 at 10:00 for a walk to kick off Hooky for HOWL!  Pack a lunch or snack and water.  Waterproof boots recommended (bug stuff, too).  We’ll walk the trails and meadows.  Choose a 1/2 mile, 1 mile, or 3 mile route.  New to Hooky for HOWL?  Check out all the details at https://howlvt.org/play-hooky-for-howl-2/.  Questions?  Call Anya at (802) 453-7622 (or call HOWL Sunday morning, 434-3953).  See you Sunday!

Nature Nerds Frolic, Sunday May 21, 10:00

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Spring is here!  Whether you’re a full-out bird nerd with a life list or just a gal that likes a stroll in the woods with other women, come on out for a spring frolic.  We’ll wind our way along trails to the Catamount Trail, stopping frequently to ooh and ahh over wildflowers, fungi, birds, bugs, and whatever else we encounter.  Pack a lunch or snack.  Waterproof boots recommended (bug stuff, too).  We’ll frolic rain or shine.  Meet at the HOWL house (895 Salvas Road) at 10:00.  Questions?  Call HOWL Sunday morning, 434-3953.

Ma נורה ha maqom hazeh!

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 Friday-Sat, April 21-22

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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