Fall Cleanup Weekend – Sept 24 & 25

Saturday September 24 & Sunday, September 25 from 10:00 – 5:00 with potluck ~ 1 pm.GardenTools0

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.




HOWL Autumn Equinox on Friday, September 16

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.

Flower Gardens

Val & Jewels have been spending much of their time this summer “taming” the  beautiful flower gardens planted 20 years ago by Odysea.  They’ve been pulling ALOT of weeds, adding compost where needed, planting a few new items and watching everything flourish!!  Come for a visit & walk amongst the beauty for  yourself!

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Hooky for HOWL 2016

Greetings, HOWL friends!  It’s time to play Hooky for HOWL again.  Help raise money for HOWL by doing something you love (instead of something you don’t).  Find all the details at our Hooky for HOWL page: https://howlvt.org/play-hooky-for-howl-2/.  Play by June 4 and join us (if you can) for a celebratory potluck of hooky players that night at HOWL.

Anya goes morel mushroom hunting (instead of looking at a computer)

Nature Nerds Frolic at HOWL, Saturday, May 14, 10-2:00

Bring a brown-bag lunch and explore the meadows, woods, streams, and pond at HOWL with other nature enthusiasts.  Share your curiosity about spring wildflowers, birds, aquatic critters, woodland mysteries, and anything else we encounter. We’ll pool our collective knowledge to interpret what we’re seeing.  We’ll walk at naturalist pace (sprinting snails), and cover up to, oh, two miles.

Things to bring: waterproof boots (and dry socks & shoes to change back into), binoculars if you have them, any field guides you have, brown-bag lunch & water, and any advanced nature-nerd items like bird checklists (available at Huntington Audubon).

This frolic is free…though donations to HOWL are always very, very appreciated!  Overnight camping is always an option (a small donation is requested).

Questions?  Contact Anya Schwartz: 4523-7622 (anyaCschwartz@gmail.com).

Thank you–Todah–to everyone who attended and contributed to the delightful Spring Shabbaton!  Filled with teaching, art, chant, song (including peeper & birdsong), bountiful & delicious food, conversation, and the beauty of the HOWL lands, we are excited to do it again!

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 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 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: anyaCschwartz@gmail.com.)



Events at HOWL – Equinox Celebration Change

Hello HOWL Women,

Just a note that we will NOT be holding an Equinox celebration at HOWL on Friday, March 18 as originally planned. The women who have been organizing the last few seasonal celebrations at HOWL will instead be attending a gong sound immersion session at All Souls Interfaith Gathering on that Friday evening at 6:15. If you’d like to join us, or want more details, please contact Michele at mgrimmvt@gmail.com or 355-8270.
Our next event at HOWL will be on Friday, April 15:  Shabbat at HOWL.
RSVP to Anya at Anyaschwartz@gmail.com
You are also invited to listen, create and contribute to HOWL at our monthly collective meetings. Our upcoming collective meetings are:
Sunday, March 20: 3:30 PM potluck and chat, 4-6 PM meeting
Sunday, April 17:   3:30 PM potluck and chat, 4-6 PM meeting
Hope to see you at HOWL soon!