Passover in the Desert
Thank You to all who joined us for Passover in 2019!
Passover in the Desert is a five day journey to the desert where you will: be in multi-generational village, learn ancestral skills, eat delicious organic meals, explore a variety of fun programming, and enjoy the expansive wonders of nature with Jewish family.
Step into the Passover Story! Just like the ancient ones, we go to the desert wilderness to remember and recover our ancient wild nature. Just as the ancients found freedom from the narrows of slavery in the wilderness, we can find freedom from the narrowness in our lives today.
The Hebrew ancestors departed the narrow places that enslaved them and began a long journey towards freedom. We gather during the final days of the Passover holiday, to build that village that supports our personal and collective freedom.
Our village in the desert embodies simplicity, connection, tribe, and transformation. Our ancestors lived in tight-knit communities where people of all ages were in deep relationship with themselves, each other, and the land. We activate these ancient connections through prayer, ceremony, food, celebration, and honoring life’s passages together.
Solo journeys into the desert are at the core of ancient Judaism. Those who are called will embark on an overnight ceremony supported by the village to pray and fast alone, and recover your ancient wildness. Learn More
Building the Village
Together we build a village.
The success and beauty of our village rely on our agreements for living harmoniously and taking responsibility in community.
Please indicate on your registration form if you would like to give a teaching or offering.
Tribes are asked to collectively support the village by either performing one service shift for the community (for example helping the Family Village), creating a piece for the “Illuminate Your Flame” (talent show), or assisting the village in another unique way.
Each tribe has a Rosh (head) who will guide the tribe. Roshim (plural of Rosh), are comprised of Wilderness Torah staff and members of the Village Planning Council and are all available to support you through your experience. Your Rosh is a support person for you throughout the festival.
Wilderness Torah invites a culture of physical touch and cuddling, as this is an important part of showing love and care for one another. For some, physical touch it is great, for others it is too much, and for some too exclusive and alienating. We strive to create a culture of consent.
We have created a document with consent guidelines. You can download the PDF here.
We can’t wait to welcome you!
Our village spaces provide distinct areas for people to engage deeply in diverse content.
*There will be a series of classes for queer identified folks only.
If you have homemade medicinal salves, tinctures or other herbal remedies that you would like to share with the community, the Healing Space would be happy to put them out during the festival.
If you are interested in offering a teaching, counseling, herbal remedy, or something else for this space, please indicate on your registration form.
Programming in this space will be limited to 4 hours as it is mainly a space of rest and relaxation.
We will also be offering this space as a snack zone. People are welcome to bring things to share, and Wilderness Torah will offer a daily snack for the whole village (Please note, different than our kosher Hearth, food served in this space will *not* all be kosher).
Everyone is welcome at Wilderness Torah events.
We aim to create diverse, pluralistic, multi-generational community celebrations to reconnect us to the earth-based traditions of Judaism.
We welcome everyone — Jews, people with other faiths and backgrounds, interfaith couples and families, the LGBTQIA community, people of color — anyone who feels called to attend. We strive to offer a range of activities that engage people of all backgrounds and experience levels, and we partner with inclusivity organizations on programming and training. We welcome your feedback!