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Our Amazing Teachers and Guides


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Our Amazing Teachers and Guides


Rabbi Tobie Weisman is the founding Director of the Yearning for Learning Center where she teaches and brings teachers from Israel and all over the United States to Vermont. She brought the PJ Library to Vermont 8 years ago is now the PJ Library program director under the Jewish Communities of Vermont. She has rabbinical ordination from the Academy for Jewish Religion, a Masters in Jewish Studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary and an MSW from Yeshiva University. She studied with Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach (z’l) and has a deep love of weaving Hasidic melodies, teachings and stories into prayer and Torah learning.

Leading PJ Library program on Sunday morning 

Leading PJ Library program on Sunday morning 

Abbi Jaffe is a dedicated embodiment activist and teacher, bodyworker, social worker and community builder.  Abbi inspires others to follow their own body's curiosity and impulses, embrace grief and celebration, unleash their radiant resilience, and to be exquisite.  In 2015 she co-founded The Everything Space in Montpelier VT, a somatics and social justice studio which is committed to unleashing the body’s intelligence to co-create a more resilient world.  You can also visit her at her retreat center Dharma Door in Underhill VT.  

Abbi will offer varied embodiment practices and games to invite you into connection with yourself, nature and each other on Satruday

Abbi will offer varied embodiment practices and games to invite you into connection with yourself, nature and each other on Satruday

Jessica Rubin (Yepeth Perla) is a naturalist, earth-tender, mentor, wilderness first responder, licensed educator, canoe instructor, herbalist & Kohenet with a Masters in Environmental Studies. She has 18 years of Torah journeying, ethical rewilding, and wilderness guiding experience in various bioregions, ecosystems, and communities. She walks a deeply rooted Jewish path which bridges the spectrum from traditional to renewal. She helped co-found Living Tree Alliance, a Jewish intentional community in Vermont. She founded and nurtures an ecological restoration service called Mycoevolve. She also founded and facilitates: Roots & Trails, an ecological education and mentoring service for Jewish & multi faith groups; offering workshops, retreats, and wilderness trips to support integrative connecting.

Yepethe Perla will be leading a workshop on Saturday. 

Yepethe Perla will be leading a workshop on Saturday. 

Elliot Cluba is a naturalist, wilderness awareness and primitive skills educator, fasting and detoxification consultant, herbalist, and life long martial artist.  Judaism found Elliot 8 years ago, while living at the Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center with Rabbi Gabriel Cousins M.D.  After experiencing a deep resonation with the teachings of the Torah, and the Essenes through Rabbi Cousins' Essene Order of Light, he and his wife converted while still pregnant with their first child.  They live with their two daughters in Hinesburg, VT. His passion as a teacher is to connect the student with themselves, their surroundings, and their tradition through the mundane and ceremonial aspects of daily living. He walks a devoted path of Judaism as a connector trail between the earthly and unseen realms.
   

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Lori Ayela Wynters serves as Faculty at the Graduate Institute at Goddard College in Embodiment Studies, SUNY New Paltz, Lesley University and a visiting faculty member at Vassar College. A teacher, dancer and mother, she has a particular interest in the transformational nature of the lived experiences of women and girls who are valued and supported as they give voice to their stories. Currently in the Spiritual Direction Program at Hebrew Union College and in rabbinical study, Lori Ayela leads life cycle ceremonies, workshops and retreats, exploring the wisdom of our body's knowing, for greater freedom, connection, meaning and sweetness in our daily lives. https://www.goddard.edu/people/lori-wynters/

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Owner of the the Neighborhood Blacksmith and Farrier Business and Farm manager at Living Tree Alliance, Anthony manages 4-5 acres of hay and vegetables with his horse draft team.  He seeks to inspire youth towards working with their hands and is working alongside residents and staff at Living Tree Alliance to develop apprenticeship programs for the local middle and high school population.  He believes that once a youth has capability trained into their hands and inspired into their minds that communities start to change for the better.

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Nicole will be leading a workshop on Saturday

Nicole will be leading a workshop on Saturday

Author of sold out  local walking book I left my Sole in Vermont, Nicole Grubman is an artist, writer, social worker, Kripalu trained movement teacher, mother and adventurer. She writes in her book. “Times of transition (November and March) are great for wandering and wondering. Seasons of expectancy and yearning, they are periods when being and doing are more balanced…the unobscured landscape encourages us to become more transparent. There is space to pause, circle ourselves, and explore what lies along the perimeter.”

Rabbi David will be leading us in Havdallah on Saturday evening at 6:30 pm 

Rabbi David will be leading us in Havdallah on Saturday evening at 6:30 pm 

Rabbi David is the religious leader of the Jewish Community of Greater Stowe. He enhances JCOGS with his love of music, focus on family and youth, and warm, pastoral presence. Along with weekly musical Shabbat services, he offers a regular Torah study and other adult-education classes, and has been instrumental in the expansion of our Religious School and year-round family programs.

Rabbi David’s religious education spans both Canada and the United States. He grew up in Montreal and earned an honors degree in Religious Studies from the University of British Columbia. He was ordained in 2014 at the pluralistic Rabbinical School of Hebrew College in Newton, Mass.

Producer, director, composer, lyricist, vocalist, graphic artist for SARAGAIL’S PLAYALONG APP to benefit kids with cancer. Led group drumming programs for thousands of people, from kids in camps & schools to top corporate execs. Saragail has been an essential part of LTA's festival program for the last three years bringing her energy, drums and wisdom to our community circles. 

Sragail will be leading our closing ceremony with drums for everyone! 

Sragail will be leading our closing ceremony with drums for everyone! 

Anna will be performing at 10 am on Sunday.

Anna will be performing at 10 am on Sunday.

Anna Sobel is a puppeteer, actor, director, and educator from New York City, now based in Western Massachusetts.  A professional puppeteer since 1998, Anna makes her own puppets and performs original children’s puppet showsthroughout New England with her own puppet company, Talking Hands Theatre. She holds an MA in Educational Theater from New York University and a BA in English from Wesleyan University.  Anna studied the use of puppetry for social change on a Fulbright Fellowship in India in 2003. She has worked as a teaching artist at public schools around the New York area through Shadowbox Theatre and Brooklyn Arts Council.

Aliza will be sharing an intrepretive dance based on translations of Ecclesiastes 

Aliza will be sharing an intrepretive dance based on translations of Ecclesiastes 

A lifelong dancer, Aliza Schechter combines her training as a Kohenet (Hebrew Priestess) and Dance/Movement Therapist to curate movement experiences that touch the holy in the here and now. She is the founder of Full Circle Dance, a movement program dedicated to improving quality of life for seniors, and Full Circle Ceremonies, a party company that infuses traditional life cycle events (Weddings, B'nai Mitzvah and more) with earth-based wisdom and priestess perspective. Aliza is most interested in the choreography of being human, approaching movement as a path of discovery, deepened empathy and transformation.

Brian's band is rocking the roof on SAturday night 

Brian's band is rocking the roof on SAturday night 

Brian Bender (trombone, tuba, trumpet, melodica, keyboards, percussion, composer) has performed in the Cape Verde Islands (West Africa), Egypt, Israel, Alaska, France, Italy, Germany, Holland, Spain, Scotland, the Czech Republic, Ireland, the United Kingdom and throughout the United States. He has performed at Carnegie Hall as well as the Presidential Inauguration of Bill Clinton. He performs each summer with various Klezmer, Reggae and Latin Jazz Bands based throughout Europe. Brian is based in the Northeatern USA. 

Sugar Shack is a five-piece, funky-jam party band from the central Vermont mountains that gets the music up off the floor and makes it swirl around your head. Expect a sticky sweet mix of colorful tones and rhythmic grooves that showcases the band’s root influences.  From wide-open jams to tight 70's funk, we come out to play hard and don't leave anything in the tank!