Schedule and Program Offerings
Below is information from our 2018 Festival
|9:30–10:00 am||Arrive at Roberts Regional Recreation Area|
|10:00–12:30 pm||Experiential Adult Tu B’Shvat Seder
Programming for Tots, Children & Teens (ages 0–13)
|12:30–1:30 pm||Picnic Lunch (bring your own) + Optional Sharing Circle Discussions||1:45–3:00 pm||Afternoon Offerings for All Ages|
|3:15–3:30 pm||Closing Circle|
While the adults engage in a morning seder based off the Sephardic Kabbalists in Tzfat, parents can bring their tots (ages 0–3) to Sprout Corner to celebrate the holiday with stories and songs. Kids ages 4–13 (pre-K to 7th grade) are taken off into the forest for an adventure with the Wilderness Torah nature mentors! Teens 8th grade and up will have a special role in either the seder or children’s program. Please inquire to find out more about teen programming.
After the morning seder and kids adventure, everyone gathers again to eat lunch together (bring your own lunch). We’ll provide a hot beverage to complement your lunch.
You are invited to eat lunch with friends or join an optional sharing circle. Among the many interesting circles will be a circle for families interested in our youth programs and for participants new to Wilderness Torah. These circles are informal discussion groups around a specific topic and are a great way to meet people with similar interests.
2018 Program Offerings
Participants will be given a cell phone sleeping bag from Reboot’s National Day of Unplugging so that we can put away our digital devices and to be present and enjoy this time together unplugged. The National Day of Unplugging is coming up March 9–10, 2018.
Adults will enjoy a Tu B’Shvat ceremony in the redwoods led by leading voices in the community that guide them on a journey through the physical world into the spirit world with symbolic fruit, wine, movement, and song.
Outdoor Adventure for Kids Ages 4–13
B’hootz and B’naiture mentors will lead children ages 4–13 on a journey into the wilds to experience the beauty of the trees and the holiday for themselves. Learn more!
Sprout Corner for Ages 0–3 with Parents
Wilderness Torah will provide a space with blankets, toys, and books for children to come during the seder and play. There will be supervision, but at least one parent is advised to be with your child during this time. Learn more here!
You are invited to eat lunch with friends or join an optional sharing circle. These circles are informal discussion groups around a specific topic and are a great way to meet people with similar interests.
Tu B’Shvat Musical Journey with Octopretzel!
Enjoy an interactive Jewish, folky, fun music show for kids and the whole family. Note: This will be offered from 2-3 pm.
Awaken Like a Tree in the Field with Maggid Zelig Golden (meeting in Grove)
Join Zelig on a contemplative, prayerful Tu B’shvat walk into the forest. Awaken your senses and your soul. Deeply connect through nature connection routines, inspirational Chassidic texts for this special day, and by opening to your own prayer in the field.
Deep Ecology Walk
Popular ecology walk back for its sixth year! Connect deeper to your inner and outer wild and the themes of the day on a guided nature walk and learn about local plants, their stories and uses as food and medicine.
The Forest Is Alive: Introduction to Tracking with Daniel Schindelman Schoen
Woodrat nests, raccoon tracks, turret spider burrows. The forest is alive(!) with wonder. In this intro to the art of tracking animals we will practice getting into the mindset of the tracker and see what’s on the land.
Tree Tea and Flour Cakes Over the Fire with Eden Village West
Trees are magnificent creatures that provide so much for us: the wood used to light the fires our ancestors harvested heat from and gathered and cooked around, and food and medicine for us to live! We will start a fire and then make tea from a local tree species over the fire. We’ll also cook flour cakes over the fire’s coals and make delicious treats to share. We give thanks to the trees!