As Rabbi of Chochmat HaLev, the spiritual community the helped birth Wilderness Torah, I am happy to provide a reference. I have attended three of their events - at Sukkot, Pesah and TuB'Shvat. each time, I have further deepened my connection between Judaism and Imma Adama, our Mother Earth. Their leadership is both inspired and grounded. I am delighted Wilderness Torah is planning to continue and expand their earth- based Judaism programming. Rabbi SaraLeya Schley, Berkeley, CA
Wilderness Torah is rekindling the spark in people's souls by bringing them together (summer camp style), excavating meaning from Jewish rituals, and doing so by weaving it all together with nature/the land. The leaders are modeling a new, old way of living from the inside out. Started by a group of friends who haled from all over the US and met in the Bay Area, they found the things in common that make them feel connected and carved a place within Judaism to shofar this love to others. They continue to organize themselves and their ever-expanding community to unearth the most basic, delicious things about being human on this planet and being Jewish.
Wilderness Torah is filling the Jewish need for rooted spiritual connection with the Earth. While overall modern society in general has fragmented humanity's connection to the earth, most faith and cultural traditions do contain within them understanding, teachings, and practices that help restore that innate connection. Wilderness Torah is perhaps the best functioning model at the forefront of Jewish efforts to breathe continuity to our ancestral indigenous experience.