Wilderness Torah's Tu B'shvat in the Redwoods
Celebrate the New Year of the Trees – in the East Bay Redwoods!
Sunday, January 27th, 2013 from 10am to 3pm
As the days lengthen and spring approaches, we pause during Tu B’Shvat to celebrate the unseen awakening of Creation. Deep within the trees, the sap begins to flow, as the trees start their cycle anew.
In the tradition of the Tsfat mystics, we gather in a sacred grove to create an experiential Tu B’Shvat seder that connects us to the forest and the elements. We delight in the fruit of the trees, p’ri ha-etz, and celebrate the season together through the five senses, song, meditation, and Tu B’Shvat teachings.
While the adults engage in the morning seder, kids ages 4-12, are taken off into the forest for an adventure with the Wilderness Torah Nature Mentors!
We’ll eat lunch together near the grove after the morning seder, and have more Tu B’Shvat activities after lunch!
- A Tu B’Shvat Musical Journey: Enjoy an interactive Jewish, folk, fun music show for the whole family brought to us by our musical friends from the band Octopretzel. Co-sponsored by the PJ Library
- Guided Nature Walk in Redwood Park: Connect deeper to the themes of the day and learn about our local wild places through the plants, trees, nuts, fruits, and their uses with local ethnobotanist Jolie Egert.
- Text Study: “A Person is Like a Tree in the Field.” The Torah teaches that we are like trees and shows us that by connecting to the natural world we can evoke our highest self. Join Zelig Golden for text study that will illuminate the deeper meanings of Tu B’shvat and nature connection activities that will bring these teachings alive within us.
- Movement offering: Our creation story teaches that the human (Adam) rises from the earth (Adamah). Come and experience the elements in your body through embodied prayer, improvisational movement, and dance.
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