October 19-20, 2019
Living Tree Alliance Land, Moretown, VT
park at: Shady Lady Grove, 307 Route 100B, Moretown, Vermont
Living Tree Alliance is hosting the 6th annual Sukkot on the Farm Festival, an earth-based celebration of the Jewish Harvest. Centered around the sukkah, the traditional hand-crafted harvest hut, this year’s theme recognizes the universal need for shelters of peace. With storytelling, song and community we weave our connections. Join us for a weekend outdoor gathering, with music, ritual, conversation, and learning. There will be activities for all ages and inviting spaces to enjoy the natural world in the Mad River Valley of Vermont. People from all backgrounds are invited to cultivate community in fall’s simple beauty.
Whether you come for the tradition, teachings or the scenery, you’ll find a weekend of inspired conversations and thoughtful family activity.
Community Sukkah Building
Learn to weave a sukkah and lend a hand
October 6 : 1pm – 4pm
October 13 ; 2- 5 pm
AN AUTUMN EXPERIENCE TO REMEMBER
STAY FOR THE WEEKEND – Our land will be open for camping starting at 3pm on Saturday October 19th. 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. Mid October can be some real cold nights, please make sure to bring lots of blankets and layers and very warm sleeping bag. 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 and Swanson Inn for warmer sleeping accomodations!
JOIN US FOR ANY PART OF THE CELEBRATION: teachings, song, ritual, whole family programming, community art and more!
Please leave your dogs at home!
Saturday October 19th
3 – 4:30 pm – Campers arrive to get set up on the land. Click here for more information
5 pm – Stone Soup Supper Pre-registration for dinner REQUIRED. Register Here
6 pm – Hebrew Kirtan with THE KIRTAN RABBI – we are honored to welcome Rabbi Andrew Hahn to share his music which is characterized by great energy, passion and melodic flow. Don’t miss this immersive experience.
– Song and Story in the Sukkah – strengthening our shelters of peace
8:30 pm – Havdalah: A ritual of distinctions that engages all the senses with song, chants and music and intention setting, facilitated by Rabbi David Fainsilber.
Sunday October 20
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 needs and requests at firstname.lastname@example.org or 603-387-6033. We hope to make our event accessible for all, and are happy to drive those that need a ride to the festival grounds!
9:45 am Opening Circle of Blessings, Intentions and Song
10:00 am Water Drawing Ceremony with song, music, and engagement for all
In addition- Special program for families with children 7 and under with Andrea Soberman from Musical Munchkins
11 am – Learning with Rabbi Jan Salzman from Ruach HaMaqom
AND Harvest Activities (apple pressing, corn husking, potato picking)
and community time to dwell in the shelter of a Sukkah.
This year our village will be focused on what it means to strengthen our shelters of peace. 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.
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 – tables and space for conversation, harvest celebration and ancestral connection
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.
Among Forest and Field – Planting Garlic, harvesting potatoes, walking amongst the trees
Thank you to our co-sponsors : Ruach Ha’Maqom, Kol HaEmek (Upper Valley Jewish Community), Jewish Community of Greater Stowe (JCOGS), Temple Sinai, Ohavi Zedek, and Jewish Communities of Vermont, PJ Library of Vermont, and Harold Grinspoon Foundation.
Thank you to our business supporters; Red Hen Bakery, Trader Joe’s, Hunger Mountain Coop, and Elmore Roots Nursery
Saturday dinner: $12 per person; $8 per child; and kids 3 and under free
Saturday program: $10 per person; Kids 12 and under free
Camping Saturday Night: $30 per site; primitive camping in the field (no running water but potable water provided, toilets provided with hand washing stations, NO electricity and NO WIFI available). Bring many layers the nights can be fairly cold in Vermont in October. Campers bring your own breakfast and snacks. Hot coffee and tea available on site.
Sunday program: $10 per person; $20 per family
Food available for sale on Sunday.
Work Trade Opportunities Available! Volunteer for 4 hours and receive a discounted rate. It takes a village – and we need your support – please consider volunteering to assist in putting this festival on! Contact Sephirah at email@example.com
“Everything is beautiful in its moment, but the ripening is hidden from your mind, and you cannot comprehend beginnings or endings. From this I concluded it is best for you to rejoice in what is and devote your life to goodness. This is the gift of reality: eat and drink and find work that pleasures your heart. Reality’s flow is endless, moment to moment nothing is added and nothing is taken away, and its sole purpose is to open you to wonder.” – Ecclesiastes 3:11-3:14
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