Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, Falls Village, CT
I don’t have the strength to leave this beautiful place, so I’ll take it with me
This Rosh Hashanah, treat yourself to the transformative experience of welcoming in the new year with lively, soulful prayer services, deep teachings, immersion in a relaxing wooded venue, tashlich in our stream, community celebrations, and fabulous farm-to-table feasting. Camp Teva children’s program available for kids 5-12 years old.
More leaders will be announced soon!
All-inclusive rates vary depending on the length of your stay and the type of room you select. Prices include all programming, lodging, and meals. Click the “register now” button above for information, room rates, and to register online.
Online registration is for full credit card payments only. If you would like to pay in installments, pay by check, or apply approved financial aid, please call (860) 824-5991 ext. 0. Please review our lodging options and rates prior to calling. You will receive a confirmation email once you have registered and made a payment online or by phone. If you do not receive the confirmation email within 24 hours of registering, please call us at (860) 824-5991 ext. 0.
We strive to make our programs affordable to everyone.
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE
Check-in is from 2 to 5 pm on Wednesday, September 20, 2017. Check-in is located in the Main Building — the big red building in the middle of campus. You must be checked out of your room by 10 am on the day your retreat ends. The retreat will come to an end with brunch on Sunday, September 24, 2017.
There are two parking lots: one next to the tennis court by the main entrance, and one by the barnyard on the other end of campus. There is also accessible parking located across from the Main Building. Please do not park on the grass anywhere on campus.
For those coming from the New York City area, we are conveniently located just half an hour from Wassaic Train Station, the last stop on the Harlem Line of the Metro North. We offer a shuttle service at the following times for this retreat.
Arrival Shuttles – from Wassaic Train Station to Isabella Freedman:
- 2:03 pm & 4:03 pm on Wednesday, September 20
Departure Shuttle – from Isabella Freedman to Wassaic Train Station:
- 11:30 am on Sunday, September 24
If you have not already reserved shuttle service during registration, please call (860) 824-5991 ext. 0 at least a week before the start date of the retreat to reserve your spot. For those of you driving, please see our website for directions to IF.
For more information on getting here, click here.
Help to reduce the environmental impact of car trips to and from Isabella Freedman by checking out our carpool initiative! Upon registering, you will receive access to a digital rideshare board to help connect you with fellow retreat participants. Offering a ride in your car will help reduce carbon emissions, cut down gas costs and make new friends! If you are looking for a ride, adding yourself to the wait list (on the right hand side of the page) is the best way to be notified when movements occur.
One of our mashgichim (kosher supervisors) must pre-approve all food items that enter the designated dining spaces. If you plan to supplement our delicious, healthy, farm-to-feast meals, your items must be completely sealed in original packaging. Unapproved food and drinks may be enjoyed anywhere on campus besides our dining spaces.
You may want to bring:
- Over-the-counter and/or prescription medications
- Chargers for electronic devices
- Sun protection (sunblock, sunglasses, a hat)
- Rain gear (a jacket and/or umbrella)
- Ritual wear
- Comfortable, loose-fitting clothes for yoga
- Closed toe shoes
- Hiking boots to enjoy our many trails
- Warm clothes and lots of layers for variable fall weather
- Camping equipment, including a tent, sleeping bag, and towel if you are camping
- Toiletries like deodorant and toothpaste for sale in the bookstore
- Extra kippot and tallitot, in addition to siddurim
- Yoga mats, blankets, and blocks
- Heat and A/C in all guest rooms
- Linens and towels in all guest rooms
- Alarm clocks in all guest rooms
If you’re new to Isabella Freedman, check out our Frequently Asked Questions.