MiniVacations at Isabella Freedman

Monday, June 17 – Thursday, June 20, 2019

Specially designed for adults participating in long-term mental health treatment programs, Isabella Freedman MiniVacations are summer camp experiences with a focus of being out in nature as healing. We provide our valued guests with a wonderful opportunity to participate in structured learning and social programming all while enjoying the benefits of our rustic farm and forest setting in the Connecticut Berkshires.

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a MiniVacation makes a BIG difference

A “MiniVacation” is a summer camp experience specifically designed for adults with mental health and/or intellectual disabilities. We believe that being immersed in nature is healing in itself. We provide our participants with a wonderful opportunity to participate in structured learning and social programming all while enjoying the benefits of being on a rustic farm and forest setting in the Connecticut Berkshires.

Dear MiniVacation friends!

We are so so so looking forward to being with you this June 17-20, 2019 at Isabella Freedman in Falls Village, CT.

This summer will be filled with swimming, boating, cooking, arts & crafts, movement, hikes, goats, chickens, farm tours, great farm fresh food!, friendship, laughter, stargazing, campfires, a dance party, and so much more!

Clients: Contact your Agency about signing up!
Agencies: Talk to your clients & register folks today!


Share the LOVE, invite your friends!

Laura Evonne Steinman and Elizabeth Yaari
MiniVacation Co-Directors

Email: minivacationcamp@gmail.com
Elizabeth’s personal #: (631) 935 2212 (Please be mindful how much it is being used, thanks!)

  • Nature and Art workshops
  • Seeing old friends making new friends
  • Farm Fresh Food!
  • Swimming and Boating
  • Campfire & Sing-a-Long
  • Pickle Making
  • Watch Goat Milking
  • Nature Walks
  • Ping-Pong
  • Cheese Making
  • Planting Plants
  • Dance Party
  • And More…

Laura Evonne

Laura Evonne Steinman is excited to be co-directing MiniVacation 2017 with Elizabeth this year! Laura Evonne weaves together justice work with creative healing actions. She specializes in working in ‘out of the box’ communities with ‘out of the box’ folks! She organizes and facilitates creative events, workshops and happens, infusing nature, spirituality and the individual gifts we all bring to the table. Currently, Laura Evonne works part time as the Director of Children’s Religious Education & Artist in Residence at Arlington Street Church (ASC), a Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Boston, MA. And the other half of the time, is sewing larger banners, designing signs for protest, visiting her 5 year old nephew, volunteering with therapeutic horses, or her therapeutic cat, dog or guinea pig.


Elizabeth Yaari

Elizabeth Yaari’s gatherings attract people of all ages, faiths and abilities to deeply connect with one another, discover the abundant offerings of nature and co-create using painting, movement, rhythm, meditation and creative writing. Yaari co-founded Explora-Torah and guides people on explorations of the Bible through the arts.


Ben Marder
Ben Marder, a graduate from the Rhode Island School of Design, is currently working as a freelance illustrator in the greater Boston area. He has always found image making to be a profound way to communicate. In his work, we can see his spiritual and reflective nature. His illustrations have been published in journals such as Nature and Current Opinion in Neurobiology, as well as online at, eLife Sciences. Inspired by nature, Ben does not seek to achieve an artistic style but instead lets life speak to him through his work. Nature’s diversity is Ben’s biggest influence. Like in nature, there is evolution that occurs in the creative process. Ben’s artwork reflects the visible world which he observes, while at the same time trying to capture fleeting perceptions of the changing world around him.


Nancy Wolfson-Moche
Nancy Wolfson-Moche, is a certified macrobiotic counselor. She crafts and teaches food awareness education programs for children and adults in schools, community centers, camps and privately. For twenty years before awakening to the power of food, Nancy was an editor and writer on lifestyle magazines. Visit her website at youarebecauseyoueat.com where she also blogs about eating vegetables for breakfast.


Rebbetzin Bailey Braun
Rebbetzin Bailey Braun, Rebbetzin Bailey Braun is a passionate social worker, a Torah teacher, and a beloved mentor to students around the globe. Having worked in both elementary and high school environments, as well as mental health settings, Bailey has been fortunate to counsel and learn from and with youth, adults and families, providing psychosocial-education, advocacy and community referrals with non-bias sensitivity and empathy. Through facilitating opportunities for individuals to express their struggles with mental health, trauma, bullying and issues of identity in both individual and group settings, Bailey is able to explore creative methods of response and engagement. Always looking for innovative ways to discuss and discover about ourselves, Bailey uses a mix of art therapy, narrative therapy and creative play in her beloved work with people.


Rabbi Shmuel Braun
Rabbi Shmuel Braun, Rabbi Shmuel Braun is a teacher, mentor and lecturer, especially known for his ability to take the loftiest concepts in Jewish mysticism and connect them to everyday life in a way that students from any background and level of knowledge can appreciate. Having grown up Modern Orthodox in Woodmere, L.I., Rabbi Braun then spent many years studying at the Ner Israel Rabbinical College in Baltimore, in the Brisk Yeshiva in Jerusalem by Reb Meir Soloveitchik, and also in institutions affiliated with Yeshiva University, Munkatch, and Chabad. All this together with his devotion and passion for the humanities facilitated his developing a unique, progressive and inclusive style that engages all people with diverse backgrounds and beliefs. Rabbi Braun has been teaching over twenty years in various synagogues, yeshivas, seminaries, and other venues and has traveled the globe lecturing on topics of Jewish Philosophy, Law, and Mysticism for thousands of people. Today he is also actively engaged in building bridges between different faiths through his organization S.O.U.L (Seekers Of Unity & Love). Besides continuing to lecture and teach, Rabbi Braun is researching and writing his forthcoming book on Kierkegaard’s Existentialism and Chassidic philosophy.


For all retreat related questions, contact MiniVacations Co-Directors Laura Evonne Steinman and Elizabeth Yaari:
Email: minivacationcamp@gmail.com
Phone: (631) 935 2212 (Elizabeth’s phone number)

For registration questions only, contact the Registration Team:
Email: registrar@hazon.org
Phone: (860) 824 5991 ext. 0