Passover in the Desert: Freedom Through Faith

Organization Wilderness Torah
Date/Time Friday 3/10/2017
Panamint Valley, near Death Valley
Panamint Valley
Cost $375
Age Range Mixed Ages
Categories Art/Culture

April 13–17, 2017

Each year, we Jews retell our core story — our Passover journey from slavery to freedom. This spring, step into your Exodus experience and discover transformation and liberation with the expansive desert as your guide.

The Hebrew ancestors departed the narrow places that enslaved them and began a long journey towards freedom. In the beginning of that journey, they were faced with an ultimate test of faith and courage: The Egyptian Army was catching up to them and they had just reached the Red Sea. Would they cross in pursuit of freedom and risk drowning? Legend has it that Nachshon, prince of the tribe of Judah, leaped into the water and almost drowned before the sea split open for the Hebrews. This Passover we invite you to the nachshon or wellspring of faith inside of you to move closer to the freedoms for which you yearn.

- Welcoming, multi-generational village experience in the wilderness
- Shabbat wilderness encounter to deepen your personal connection with yourself, creation, and spirit
- Jewish learning and ritual with esteemed teachers
- Music, yoga, desert hikes, sacred fire and ancient skills
- Organic, kosher food,
- Teen and Youth programs

Cost: Sliding scale starts at $375 per adult, not including Pre-Festival Options.

Pre-Festival Options:

Pre-Festival Overnight Wilderness Solo: Tuesday, April 11 — Thursday, April 13
Solo journeys into the desert are at the core of ancient Judaism. Those who are called will embark on an overnight ceremony supported by the village to pray and fast alone, and recover your ancient wildness.

Pre-Festival Seders and Chag (holiday observance): Monday Evening, April 10 – Thursday, April 13:
Join Wilderness Torah for the first days of Passover with traditional chag observance and collective first- and second-night seders. Relive the exodus experience in the desert setting! The first night will be a more traditional seder, and the second night will be a creative and collaborative seder. Chag provides ample time to acclimate to the desert, take in its beauty, and visit the nearby Surprise Canyon oasis. We highly encourage those coming for chag to stay for the festival as well.

* Participants have the option to attend both Seders (Monday Evening, April 10 – Thursday, April 13) or just the second Seder (Tuesday Evening, April 11 — Thursday, April 13)

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