Weekend in the Woods: Memorial Day Weekend! May 27-29, 2022

Retreat At the Waterfall

Join the Mishkan Weekend in the Woods!

Friday, May 27th - Sunday, May 29th

at Camp Havaya, 1 Pine Grove, South Sterling, PA 18460

Click here to view the brochure

Only FIVE cabins remaining! (one family/pod per cabin)

Private rooms are SOLD OUT! 

Click here to download the online Registration Form (word doc)

Click here to make your payment. (Please put Weekend in the Woods in the subject line)

[Photo: Leslie Mayro at the waterfall.]

All Mishkan members, prospective members, their families and friends are welcome!

All meals will have meat options in addition to our yummy vegetarian options!

We have a heated pool! We have a campfire and s'mores!


COVID Protocols for 2022: One family/pod per bunk; Vaccine and booster required for all individuals over 5 yo; All meals eaten outside; Masks required indoors; Social distancing in and outdoors, and masks when close by, even outside.





What Do Mishkaners Love About the Retreat?

Yosaif and I had such a warm, fun, meaningful time! It was a real "belonging" experience for us -- so welcoming! And inter-generational. As elders we felt at home with everyone. I hope all Mishkan members can experience the joy of connection that the retreat offers. -- Tsurah August

Looking forward to a great retreat! Time to pray and play, be silent and sing, renew old bonds and ignite new bonds. We are a Mishkan, a Temple for the nurturing of our souls to be more empowered for our healing work in the world. -- David Piver

I really enjoyed boating, arts and crafts, and all the other activities. The cabins were cozy and the food was amazing! I loved everything about the retreat! Everybody becomes friends with each other, which is nice.” (Retreatnik, age 11)

Registered! Can't wait to hang with all of my Mishkan friends at the Weekend in the Woods! -- Marcy Boroff


Registration is open!

Registration Form and full payment must be submitted to complete your registration.

Only FIVE cabins remaining! (one family/pod per cabin)

Private rooms are SOLD OUT! 

Click here to download the Registration Form as a Word document you can complete and e-mail to mishkanweekendinthewoods@gmail.com.

Payment: Click here to make an easy online payment. Make sure you add a note that your payment is for the Weekend in the Woods. 

If you prefer to pay by check, make your check payable to Mishkan Shalom and note Weekend in the Woods on the memo line. Be aware that this method is slower, and you may not get your first housing choice.

Important: Whether you pay online or by check, you must submit a Registration Form to secure your housing.


Got more questions? We've got answers!

Ask a Retreat-nik by Lisagail Zeitlin

Q: What’s the food like?

A: Delicious! It’s self-serve -- you grab a plate and decide what you want. Breakfasts are traditional -- eggs, toast, bagels, hot and cold cereal, fruit, yogurt. Lunches are plentiful, and we have a cook-out on Saturday night. The food is kid- and adult-friendly. There’s a huge salad bar out for every meal. There’s always dessert! Coffee, tea, water, snacks and fruit are available all day.

Q: Cabins? Explain.

A: All cabins are a short walk from the dining hall where most activities start. We'll have one family/pod per bunk this year. Cabins have bunk beds with camp mattresses. You supply the sleeping bag and pillow. Each bunk bed has a big drawer for your stuff. Each bunk has single-occupancy bathrooms and showers with plenty of hot water. Lots of windows, all screened, but when we go -- no bugs, yet. Bonus!

For more privacy, book a private room in the lodge above the dining hall. They are limited in number. Most have regular mattresses. Some have private baths. They are first-come, first-served -- so book those as soon as you can!

Q: How is the time scheduled?

A: It’s a very relaxing weekend, but with plenty of choices of things to do. If you want to be active, there’s always something going on. If you want to sit - breathe in the woods or find a place to chat with new or current friends, you are welcome to do that. You can walk, play, plan your talent show performance. Nothing is required of you -- just enjoy this wonderful Weekend in the Woods!


What Do Mishkaners Love About the Retreat?

The retreat was filled with planned activities, and was somehow relaxed & peaceful at the same time. Good to meet/hang out with people who I don’t usually see.

It is super active and fun. It is so exciting. I love it!!!!! Everything is so nice to do.
(Retreatnik, age 10)

Yay! Yay! Yay! Yay! Yay! (Retreatnik, age 8)

Soooo relaxing. Get to know Mishkan people, make new connections, get close to the earth.

The retreat was very fun this year. I loved going in the pool and the lake for the first time. The food was good. I liked playing with friends. (Retreatnik, age 7)

Great meeting & getting to know people I did not know. I love watching kids bond at the retreat. The nature walk with the incomparable Steve Jones is a highlight. It is amazing how much no talent at the no talent show can be so entertaining.

reTREAT. (Retreatnik, age 10)

The retreat is one of the highlights of my year: it combines good company, fun, study.

Children can be free to explore and enjoy nature. Parents can let children go & know they are safe. Roughing it, but not too rough -- and all meals are made for you! Relax, play, eat, breathe fresh air, and enjoy! Can’t get over how at home my kid felt after the first few minutes!

The nature walk is awesome. The people are great. The food is delicious. I enjoyed paddling on the lake. Lots for kids to have fun.


So, plan to join us for an awesome weekend in the green and lovely Pocono Mountains!

Members, potential members and their family and friends are all welcome!

Retreat Committee Co-Chairs Lisagail Zeitlin and Lisa Moss will happily answer any questions at: mishkanweekendinthewoods@gmail.com


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