Retreat Highlight: Eden Village Camp

After a weekend retreat spent on the historical grounds of Camp Kinder Ring, New York Ride and Retreat participants will spend Sunday biking from Kinder Ring to Eden Village Camp.  Much, much younger than our other host camp, Eden Village Camp was founded in 2008, and ran its first summer program just last year.  The camp was founded by Vivian and Yoni Stadlin, who imagined a Jewish overnight environmental camp.  In their mission statement they explain, “Rooted in the Jewish vision of creating a more environmentally sustainable, socially just, and spiritually connected world, Eden Village Camp is dedicated to providing campers with an incredible summer experience while empowering them to promote a vibrant future for themselves, their communities, and our planet.”

Eden Village is located on 248 acres in Putnam Valley, New York, which is the perfect place for instilling in their campers a deep-seeded connection to the environment.  Eden Village runs a 2 acre farm on the camp grounds, where they grew 2,000 pounds of produce last year, which they serve in the dining hall, sell at a local farm stand, and donate to two food pantries. For ingredients that aren’t grown right on the camp grounds, the dining hall is sure to only purchase foods that are locally, sustainable and ethically produced, and as a result, all the food served at Eden Village is healthy and delicious.  Campers love the food (just check out the video below), and ride participants are sure to enjoy it as well, especially after a long day of riding.

Eden Village is the perfect place to spend Sunday night of the ride, because not only are the grounds beautiful and the food delicious – riders will also be able to see firsthand one of the organizations that they are riding to support, as Eden Village Camp is home to the Jewish Farm School, a 2011 grant recipient.  Eden Village is an unique and visionary new camp that in just two years has already had a huge impact on the lives of many campers.  To get an idea of what Eden Village is like, watch their video below, and then register for the New York Ride to see it firsthand.


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