New Paradigm Spiritual Communities Initiative

March 5 – 7, 2017

Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, Falls Village, Connecticut

accepted participants: register by February 3

The New Paradigm Spiritual Communities Initiative (NPSCI) is designed to support the development of spiritual communities that use the wisdom and practice of Judaism (chochma), to help people live lives of sacred purpose (kedusha) and inspire people to contribute to a more just and peaceful world (tzedek). The context for this work are covenantal communities (kehillot) where a group of people intentionally enter into a mutual obligatory relationship in which they commit to a common mission and give of their time and psychic energy to support the viability of the group and the material and spiritual needs of the members of the group.

Find out more about NPSCI.

The deadline to register is February 3, 2017.

Lodging preferences are on a first-come, first-served basis; register now to secure your preferred accomnodations.

Rates start at $36 per person and include all programming, lodging, and meals. Click the “register now” button above for information, room rates, and to register online.

You will receive a confirmation email once you have registered. If you do not receive the confirmation email within 24 hours of registering, please email us at


Check-in is from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm on Sunday, March 5, 2017.  Check-in is located in the Main Building — the big red building in the middle of campus. The program will begin promptly at 4:00 pm. You must be checked out of your room by 10 am on Tuesday, March 7, 2017. The Consultation will come to an end after lunch on Tuesday.


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 from and to the Wassaic station at the following times for the Consultationt:

  • 12:19 pm on Sunday from Wassaic Train Station to IF (train departs from GCT at 9:51 am)
  • 2:16 pm on Sunday from Wassaic Train Station to IF (train departs from GCT at 11: 51 am)
  • 1:30 pm on Tuesday from IF to Wassaic Train Station (train departs from Wassaic at 2:18 pm and arrives at GCT at 4:33 pm)

You will have the opportunity to sign up for shuttles during registration. If you’ve already registered and now want to sign up for a shuttle, please call (860) 824-5991 x0 or email to make your reservation at least a week in advance. The cost of the shuttle service is $20 per person each way.


Check out our website for information on getting here from the various nearby airports. If you are flying into Bradley International Airport (BDL) in Hartford, CT, we strongly recommend renting a car, as public transportation is nonexistent and taxis run over $150 per trip. Please use our rideshare board (see below for more info) to coordinate with others flying into BDL to share a rental car.


For those of you driving, please see our website for directions to IF. Help to reduce the environmental impact of car trips to and from Isabella Freedman by checking out our digital rideshare board. 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
  • Toiletries
  • Flashlight
  • Chargers for electronic devices
  • Rain gear (a jacket and/or umbrella)
  • Ritual wear
  • Closed toe shoes
  • Hiking boots to enjoy our many trails
  • Snow shoes and snow boots for hiking in the winter
  • Winter apparel (gloves, wool socks, long underwear…)

We provide:

  • Toiletries like deodorant and toothpaste for sale in the bookstore
  • Extra kippot and tallitot, in addition to siddurim
  • Heat and A/C in all guest rooms
  • Linens and towels in all guest rooms
  • Alarm clocks in all guest rooms

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.