Camp Nehirim

  • Easton Mountain Easton Mountain
  • 391 Herrington Hill Road Greenwich, NY 12834
  • Aug 21 - 25, 2019 (5 days)
  • Semi-Private - $795.00 Quad - $695.00 Garden Cabin - $595.00 Camping - bring your own tent - $495.00 Camping - Private - $595.00 Commuter - $395.00 Newbie - $395.00

About This Event

CAMP NEHIRIM 2019: REVIVE!

For queer Jewish men and their friends.

Join us for some respite from the world. Revive! Recharge!

What is Camp Nehirim? It’s like summer camp, but so much better. Camp Nehirim offers you five days of fun and games, deep conversations, learning, nature, hot tub, music, new friends, yummy food, Jewish ritual, and a real, let-go-of-everything Shabbat.

Who should come? We always assemble a brilliant, fun, charismatic team of teachers, leaders, and participants. We look forward to welcoming you just as you are. Some attendees have very little Jewish background and are looking to deepen in that way. Some don’t have extensive queer community and are looking for a place just to be themselves. Some men come for the swimming pool, some for the dating pool. If you’re a trans man, a Jewish man of color, or if you’re not Jewish but feel connected to Judaism in some way, we look forward to welcoming you. If you have a worry about fitting in, contact Irwin or Harvey.

Where is it? Easton Mountain is a retreat center, community, and sanctuary in upstate New York, created by gay men as a place of healing, celebration, and transformation. There are areas at Easton Mountain that are clothing optional. Some folks find this liberating. Some find it challenging. You are welcome to stay in your comfort zone or to go beyond it. We’ll support you in being as comfortable as you can be, and getting the most out of the retreat that you can.

Jew Stuff: We welcome participants at all levels of Jewish engagement and literacy. We invite you to bring your skills. (If you sing, or chant Torah, this is a fun place to do so. If you bake challah, ditto.) The Jewish ritual we engage in together is progressive, non-Orthodox in nature. For instance, we use musical instruments on Shabbat. All our meals are kosher by ingredient, with pareve, vegan, options at all times. However, Easton Mountain’s kitchen is not kosher, and we don’t have the means to offer glatt kosher options.

The atmosphere at Camp Nehirim is light and warm. We build a supportive community and provide a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities, sacred services, and free time to play in the pool or relax in a hammock. We celebrate both our Jewish and queer lineages, enjoying the gay spiritual environment that is unique to Easton Mountain.

Have you been before? We look forward to seeing you again.

New to Camp Nehirim? We can’t wait to welcome you.

Have questions?    Contact:

Camp Director – Irwin Keller, (contact info blocked) or

Assistant Camp Director – Harvey Perle – (contact info blocked)

or Call Harvey at (contact info blocked)

 

It was so wonderful to be in such a beautiful mountain setting with the community. The opportunity to have intellectually stimulating conversations with a variety of men of all shapes, colors, and ages in a beautiful rustic face-to-face setting was spiritually enlightening and a welcomed change (contact info blocked) The majestic 170 acre setting was bursting with wildlife and it is actually on the top of a beautiful mountain with two ponds (one has a water-fountain), a big new swimming pool, and one really large wood-fired sauna along with a huge hot-tub (contact info blocked) I hated to leave and I can’t wait to get back!

Schedule


Venue Highlights

Easton Mountain is a retreat center located near Albany, New York. It is a place for learning, healing, and growth, in a setting that also provides opportunities for recreation and appreciation of nature. We are located on 175 beautiful wooded acres and have multiple options for meeting spaces suitable for small to large groups. For overnight, weekend or longer events, we have a variety of accommodations, including private rooms, semi-private rooms, rooms for four, and dormitory-style rooms. In the warmer months, guests are also welcome to bring their own tent and camp in a number of wonderful sites.

Accommodations

We provide several options for housing:
The Guest House - Offering two room options, our two-story Guest House includes in-suite bathrooms with shower, and WiFi access. Room options include two beds or two bunk beds.
The Garden Cabin - A dormitory-style accommodation with five bunk beds, our Garden Cabin offers WiFi access and shared toilet facilities. Shower facilities are located on the ground level of the Lodge, approximately 500 feet away
Camping - Guests are also welcome to bring their own tent and camp in a variety of beautiful locations on the land. From a platform right on the duck pond to our hillside next to the Guest House, this option allows you to enjoy the beautiful land while still offering you the comforts of facilities available at the Lodge.

Amenities

  • Free Wifi
  • Sauna
  • Pool
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Hot Tub
  • Coffee/Tea

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Pescetarian
  • Includes Meat
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free

Menu/Cuisine

Meals are provided three times daily: breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Breakfast is usually served continental style, with assorted breads, bagels, and cold cereals available, along with a hot cereal, yogurt, a hot breakfast entree, and fresh fruit. For some retreats, the last day will feature light snacks in the early morning and a late morning brunch. Lunch and dinner are usually hot meals with fresh bread and salad available. We serve meat, usually in the form of beef, pork, chicken, turkey, and fish. A vegetarian option is also available at each meal; we ask that this be reserved for those who request vegetarian meals, as there is not enough of the vegetarian option prepared for everyone to eat.

Snacks such as cold cereals, fruits and nuts, along with coffee, assorted hot teas, chilled water, and iced tea, are available 24 hours a day in the dining room. Please note that we can not always accommodate special dietary requests for food allergies. If you have specific food allergies, we suggest you contact us ahead of time and bring some special food for yourself to supplement any food that we serve which you can eat. Refrigerator space can be provided for you if needed to store your food.

Directions

Easton Mountain is located in the Hudson Valley approximately 30 miles North of Albany, New York and conveniently located within a three-hour drive of Boston, New York City, and Montreal. Please see our website for turn by turn directions. To set up your GPS, use the following address: 391 Herrington Hill Road, Greenwich, NY 12834.

You can fly into the Albany airport, take the Megabus or AMTRAK to Albany (Rensselaer Station), or take the Greyhound/Trailways to Albany. We can usually arrange for a volunteer to pick you up. Please refer to our website for details

Thank you!

We're glad you've joined our retreat community. See you around :)

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To find peace and renewal while going through a huge change in my life. Empty nest and the end of a 27 year marriage all at once. Susan
 

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