Stamford Retreat 2016
My much-needed vacation finally came around! If you’ve been following this blog for some time, you’ll know I travel to Scotch Valley in Stamford, NY every summer to reconnect with nature and learn Torah with my fellow Jewesses. This year, however, the rain came down in buckets and it didn’t stop until our last day, (which is how I finally got a chance to snag a few nature shots). I did miss the bonfire, which every year has been my very favorite part of the trip; sharing inspirational stories under the stars. I favor this over the other activities because there’s a simplicity to it that matches little else.
Shabbat was particularly interesting, because we had one of my favorite speakers join us, Rebbetzin Naama Lerman. Many women, myself included, convened in the shul to hear her speak. She addressed women that have careers, women that only choose motherhood and the like. With a topic akin to “Women’s Role in Judaism”, which I suppose is pretty fitting for a retreat like this one, I was skeptical to attend because I was afraid it was going to be a lecture that literally told of women that have to fulfill a very certain role in Judaism. So I’m happy it wasn’t completely like that.
The rain inconvenienced our itinerary, but that didn’t stop our group of 100-something women who proceeded to perform for everyone. Dancers and singers of all kinds presented a talent show, (none of which was rehearsed by the way). I was enthralled by this one woman who did a pantomime with a narrative all her own, accompanied by music she herself sang and produced. I approached her the next day to tell her how much she inspired me to adopt a more fearless approach to my own life and creativity.
This trip was extraordinary. I loved every part of it, even the rain-soaked bits. I do want to mention that this retreat took place in July and I’m only now getting around to writing about it, so I apologize for the late update.
I can’t wait for next year!