November 9–10, 2018



Join us in the North Bay for our second overnight Shabbaton this year. Camp, hike, relax, and celebrate the full day of Shabbat in nature, surrounded by community! The Shabbaton begins Friday afternoon with everyone settling into the land at a private forest retreat and home in Occidental, CA — the Golden Nest. We will gather together to welcome in Shabbat with candle lighting, prayers, delicious food, and good company. All Wilderness Torah food is organic and kosher.

On Saturday, along with a heart opening Shacharit (morning prayer) and Torah service, we will offer programs ranging from nature hikes, board games, and learnings. Or feel free to just chill out in the beautiful forest surroundings.

Families will have designated time together and we will provide childcare as well as kid activities for children accompanied by parents. We welcome your whole family for Shabbat. Learn more about families here.

At sundown on Saturday we will mark the transition from Shabbat with a Havdallah (separating from Shabbat) ceremony around a fire followed by a closing farewell circle. For those that want to stay the night, we will offer a Council Fire on Saturday night to share and connect. A light breakfast will be offered on Sunday morning.

Date: November 9-10
Location: Golden Nest in Occidental, CA (directions provided upon registration)
Food: All meals will be provided for the Shabbaton


Registration Fees

  • $72 for adults (with 25% and 50% discounts available)
  • $25 for teens age 11–17
  • $15 for youth ages 4–10
  • $10 for children ages 0–3


We aim to make our events financially accessible. Please purchase at the highest level you can afford (registration fees are nonrefundable). Your registration is not complete until you have paid, ensuring you a spot at the festival. Unpaid registrations will be canceled after 48 hours.


For those in need, we offer a 30% discount for families enrolled in B’hootz or B’naiture and for ages 60+. Please submit this form to request these options.


Registration is non-refundable. Please see our cancellation policy for more information.


Registration for our next Shabbaton will open in October.


4:00 pm — Optional Early Arrival (beat traffic and grab your camping spot)
5:30 pm — Optional Mikvah (ritual immersion in the creek)
6:00 pm — Arrival at Golden Nest & Check-In
7:00 pm — Kabbalat Shabbat & Dinner

9:30 amShacharit & Torah Service
12:00 pmKiddush Lunch
1:45 pm — Afternoon Offerings for All Ages
9:15 pm — Closing Circle & Havdallah
10:00 pm — Optional Council Fire
8:00 am — Optional Sunday Breakfast

Arrive early and prepare your mind and body in an outdoor mikvah (ritual immersion in water) in the nearby Salmon Creek. This is an optional experience but a great way to arrive into Shabbat.
Kabbalat Shabbat (the receiving of Shabbat) will be musical and prayerful. We will be in circle together collaboratively joining our voices and hearts together in song and prayer to welcome Shabbat.
After breakfast, we will begin Saturday morning with a prayerful heartfelt Shacharit (morning prayers) with song, personal nature connection time, and then Torah service.
After prayer and Torah service, we will gather for lunch. You are invited to eat lunch with friends or join an optional sharing circle. Some of the many circles include one for families interested in our youth programs, one for multi-faith families, and one 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.
Hiking, games, and learning offerings will be happening in the afternoon for all ages. Bring your guidebooks and favorite board games!
We will end Shabbat with a closing circle and celebrate Havdallah around a fire.
For those that want to stay the night, we will continue by offering a council around a fire for sharing what’s on their hearts, connecting, and listening deeply to each other. Those who stay overnight for the fire will enjoy a light breakfast served in the morning.


We will be holding the Shabbaton on private land in Occidental, California. This beautiful space is surrounded by a coastal redwood forest mixed conifers, oaks, chaparral, and riparian habitat. We will spend most of our time outside in the woods and on the land. Be prepared to dress in layers so that you can adjust easily to changing temperatures. Summer in coastal California can be sunny and warm or foggy and cold, with nighttime temperatures dropping significantly.

All participants will camp on the land. You will need to bring your own camping gear and anything that you need to be comfortable. Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email that includes a full packing list — please review it carefully.

We will provide portable toilets and handwashing stations for everyone to use.

We provide a communal dishwashing area where you can clean and leave to dry your personal dishes after each meal. The Hearth (kitchen) maintains a separate kosher dishwashing area used only for the Wilderness Torah kitchen supplies. Those needing kosher dishwashing may use this area with special permission from the Hearth.

This is a fully catered event and we will feed you well! The Hearth (kitchen), will prepare delicious, organic, seasonal, kosher meals each day, and maintain snack and beverage stations that will be open from morning until evening.

We will always have vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options available. If you have questions about our kashrut (kosher practices), please see below.

The Golden Nest is located near Occidental, CA about 1.5 hours north of San Francisco and the East Bay by car. You will receive an address and driving directions once you have registered for the event. If you want to beat traffic driving North, you are welcome to arrive as early at 4 PM.
Parking is very limited so we ask that everyone drives with at least one other passenger in their car. Please visit the carpool page as soon as possible to register as a driver or passenger and request a ride.

More questions? Check out our FAQs or email the K’Far Community Programs Director.