Living Tree Alliance Land, Moretown, VT
park at: Shady Lady Grove, 307 Route 100B, Moretown, Vermont
With music, storytelling, meditation, on-the-farm harvest demonstrations, and artisan crafts all are invited to cultivate community within Vermont's abounding autumn beauty. Centered around the sukkah, the traditional hand-crafted harvest hut, the celebrations will explore the joy of living within renewed tradition, immersed in nature. All are welcome! Camping available Saturday night with pre-registration!
For 8 days and 8 nights, the Jewish people are encouraged to dwell in an impermanent hut vulnerable to the elements, blessed by star and moonlight and filled with guests. Landing always on the full moon of autumn, this holiday invites us to immerse ourselves in the foliage magic of our New England forests and to share the fresh harvest with community meals and celebration. Tradition urges us to dwell together, to build a village, to celebrate, and to be joyful.
Are you ready to step into the blessing of a festival of joy?
aN AUTUMN eXPERIENCE TO REMEMBER
Join a village for this weekend of sharing dance, food, art, teaching, gratitude, nature and the pure exhilaration of peak foliage on Living Tree's homestead in Vermont.
There are many ways to join our celebration!
-BUILD THE SUKKAH: Sunday September 23, 9am-2pm, Join us as we build and decorate 3 Sukkot on the land. RSVP to Sephirah at email@example.com
- BUILD THE SUKKOT VILLAGE FESTIVAL. We are inviting a minyan ( 5-10) of helpers to build our village beginning on Tuesday September 24th. Villagers will work together to create the festival by decorating our sukkah, cooking together, learning songs, creating signs and preserving the harvest. We will live and cook outside together and create shared times for hiking, swimming, making art, meditating and building our connections. Contact Sephirah for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org
STAY FOR THE WEEKEND - Our land will be open for camping starting at 3pm on Saturday September 29th. Campers are invited to hike or mountain bike on the beautiful trails, visit out private beach on the Mad River Valley, spend time in the field and relax into Vermont foliage. Campers have the option of purchasing food passes for our stone soup dinner and breakfast Sunday morning. Song, teachings and celebration abound. In additional there are many local lodging options available in the beautiful Mad River Valley. Check out our friends at Wilder Farm Inn!
JOIN US FOR A PART OF THE CELEBRATION : teachings, Klezmer concerts, dance parties, whole family programming, community art and more! Here is our tentative schedule and a link to our registration page.
Saturday September 29
2 - 4 pm - Campers arrive to get set up on the land
5 pm - Stone Soup Supper provided by Swami’s Kitchen. Vegetarian: Lentils & Veggies, Israeli Fatoush Salad, and Hummus made with a whole lotta love! Camping Fee includes dinner. Pre-registration for dinner REQUIRED. Register Here
6 pm - Havdalah Ritual in the Sukkah : A ritual of distinctions that engages all the senses with song, chants and music and community conversation. We will begin the evening with "Shirtan" offered by Rabbi David Edleson, followed by an engaged Ecclesiastes teaching with Melanie Kessler, leading into Havdalah facilitated by Rabbi David Fainsilber.
8 pm - Klezmer Barn Dance : Award Winning Klezmer, The Yiddishkeit Klezmer Ensemble will transport you to the wedding of Fiddler on the Roof!
Sunday September 30 - Sukkot on the Farm Harvest Party
9:30 am - 2 pm
Explore the mystery of why the Jewish tradition encourages people to spend a week dining, sleeping and entertaining under a hut open to the elements. Spiritual teachers, puppet shows, kids programming, homesteading arts, nature immersion and song engages all generations and backgrounds.
9:30 am Arrival on the Land - Pilgrimage through art, text, forest and farm to ARRIVE at our festival sukkah. The walk is about 1/4 of a mile on a forest road. We recommend back road strollers only. Please contact Craig for accessibility questions and requests at email@example.com or 603-387-6033. We hope to make our event accessible for all!
9:45 am Opening Circle of Blessings, Intentions and Song
10:00 am- 11:30 am All Ages Workshops and community time to dwell in the joy of a Sukkah. This year our village will be focused on what it means to dwell in joy. Built by youth, artisans and volunteers, we invite you to enter into dwelling spaces of connection and inspiration. We will have multiple sukkot, fires, games and workshops throughout the morning. To find out more about our presenters click here.
YOU ARE INVITED TO EXPERIENCE THESE SPACES OF CONNECTION THROUGHOUT THE DAY :
In our mindfulness tent - space for meditation and healing arts
In our community tent - coffee, conversation time, storytelling, catch up with a friend over tea!
In our Simcha ( JOY) Tent- games, arts and crafts, dance parties. trampolines, PJ Library Family activities
By the Fire - where souls converge to share warmth and share acoustic music together.
At our Hearth - There will be local food to buy, apple cider to make and pickles to share
Among Forest and Field - Planting Garlic, harvesting potatoes, Plant Spirit Medicine workshop led by Rebecca Golden
11:45 am Community Lulav Shakedown and Willow Dance in the Sukkah and Blessings of the Land and Food
12 pm Music, Food Trucks, Lunch for sale by Gracie’s Kitchen and Community Games
1:00 pm Community Drum Circle with Saragail Benjamin
1:30 pm Closing Circle
Thank you to our co-sponsors: Ruach Ha'Maqom, Ohavi Zedek, JCOGS, PJ Library of Vermont, Temple Sinai, and Jewish Communities of Vermont
Thank you to the following businesses for supporting us with donations:
Red Hen Bakery, Trader Joe’s, Hunger Mountain Coop, and
Elmore Roots Nursery
Accepting applications for volunteers to create our Sukkot Village by camping, working and living together during the week of Sukkot. In addition we are looking for more volunteers to make the festival joyful, easeful, and full of community love! Reach out to Sephirah for details - firstname.lastname@example.org