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Kindling Fires Within Darkness

  • Ocean Song Farm & Wilderness Ctr 19100 Coleman Valley Road Occidental, CA, 95465 (map)

Tending to Our Inner Fire as We Prepare

for Chanukkah and the Coming of Winter

Through the building of a sacred bonfire with Wilderness Guide Rachel Ruach, exploring contemplative nature connection with Rabbi Josh Jacobs-Velde, text study with Rabbi Daria Jacobs-Velde, and crafting oil-burning chanukkiot (Chanukah menorahs) with Yael Raff Peskin, we will have a special opportunity to prepare for the season of winter and Chanukkah, the Festival of Lights and Re-dedication.


Adults $54,        Children $36,       Family (3+ people) $120

Everyone welcome  -  some work/trade available


or mail payment to ZMANIM, PO Box 2774, Sebastopol, CA  95473


10:00 - 10:30 am        Arriving on the land / Avodah b'Adamah

10:30 - 11:00 am         Opening Fire Circle

11:15 - 12:15 pm           Contemplative Nature Connection Activity

(Separate options offered for adults and children.  Adults can also participate in children’s activities.)

12:30 - 1:15 pm            Lunch - Bring Your Own Lunch            

1:30 - 2:30 pm             Nature Craft - making oil-burning chanukkiot (Chanukah menorahs)

2:40 - 3:00 pm            Closing Circle

After the Closing Circle, participants are welcome to stay at Ocean Song for the rest of the afternoon.


Materials for crafting an oil-burning chanukkiah will be provided (included in registration fees). If you would like to adorn your chanukkiah with special items of personal significance, please consider bringing the following:

  • A piece of wood to serve as the base (It should be large enough to hold nine tea lights).

  • Items from nature to affix to the base (small shells, stones, etc.).  There will also be time upon arriving at Ocean Song to search for some items there to use.

 -  Water bottle, and thermos for tea (optional)

 -  Camping chair or picnic blanket

 -  Lunch and snacks

-  Warm clothes, walking shoes

-  Appropriate rain gear -  We will have access to the barn for basic shelter, but be prepared to be outside regardless of weather!

NOTE:   Due to environmental concerns, dogs are NOT allowed at Ocean Song.


For more information, email or call Yael at 707.829.8341 or Rabbi Josh at 508.494.1631