Adamah Organic Farm Adventure Day

+ Hiking/Biking/Boating & Bonfire!!


Sunday, September 23, 2012


 Early Bird Deadline                             Midnight Thursday, September 13, 2012

Overall RSVP Deadline                        Midnight Wednesday September 20, 2012













Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center
116 Johnson Road   Falls Village, CT 06031
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Davetrek Adventures is pleased to announce our 1st Day Event at the beautiful Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center,  situated near the beautiful Berkshires in Connecticut near the MA border, which is located 2 hours from New York City.




Isabella Freedman is a high quality kosher catered retreat center set on 450 acres, with wonderful grounds, and its secluded, with  a private lake, sporting (basketball, volleyball, tennis) and workout facilities, a swimming pool and hundreds of acres for onsite hikes and walks, as well as offsite hikes on the nearby Appalachian Trail.


Activity Highlights


· Tour of the Adamah Organic Farm, including over 25 goats!

· Gourmet Lunch + Dinner Option

· Classes in Pickling/Lacto Fermentation & Goat Cheese making  (based on interest and at additional cost)

· Boating and Swimming at Isabella Freedman

· Biking Along a nearby scenic river or to a waterfall!! (at additional cost)

· Hiking— Moderate—All day hike along the Appalachian Trail and Easier—onsite on a scenic trail

· Helping out on the Farm

· Tennis, Volleyball and other sports!

· Relaxing at Isabella’s, amongst the 450 acres

· Bonfire - end the summer in style!


Singles, Families and Couples are welcome and encouraged to come.


Please RSVP quickly, as this event will  likely sell out in advance.


Rates as low as  $25 for hiking and dinner and $49 for adamah day, lunch and dinner!


We look forward to seeing you at this event!


David Brotsky

President, Davetrek Adventures

Rates & Policies: All activities are included in this price except  the offsite biking option & any adamah classes which have additional fees. See below for all the details.  All sales final as of Sunday, September 16.

Transportation Fees—Bus, Train and Ride fees

We will endeavor to find rides for people, at an additional cost of  $20 per person. However, we might need to send some people without rides via train. We will sort a ride to and from the train station for $15 each way for you. Please let us know your intention on the  RSVP form.

Add $20 per person round trip for transportation if we sort a ride for you.


Pricing is at the bottom of this page



Davetrek Contact Info

(email is the best method)


davetrekadventures@gmail.com         Phone: (805) DAVETREK (328-3873)


Event Links


RSVP Here         Classes and Activity Details!         Some pictures of the place       DIRECTIONS            






Tentative Schedule of the Day



7:30 AM—Leave via car/bus ( if via train, then 7:45 am train from Grand Central)


10:00—10:30 Registration, Snacks and Introduction to Isabella Freedman


10:15 AM - All Day Appalachian Trail Hike leaves


10:30 - 12:30 PM— Offsite Biking  - Morning  ( River or Waterfall) + All Day Option ( Additional Cost + based on interest)


10:45 - 12:00 Adamah Organic Farm Tours, including details of composting, jewish environmentalism and livestock (onsite goats!)


12:00 - 1:00 PM Gourmet Lunch


1:30—5:30 Afternoon Activities


1:00 - 5:30 Onsite Activities 


(Including swimming, boating, onsite hike,and relaxing, included in the price)


1:00—3:00 PM Biking ( River or Waterfall) (Additional Cost and based on interest)


1:15—2:30 - PM Adamah Tour ( based on interest, minimum 12 people, same tour as 10:45 AM)


1:30—2:30 Onsite Hike


2:30—4:30 Volleyball


2:30—4:30 PM  Adamah Work on the Farm ( based on interest, minimum 10 people)


2:30 to 5:00— Adamah Classes (At Additional Cost and based on interest)


                       *Pickle Making 101 (if offered, 8 person minimum)

                         *Principles of Cheesemaking , using goat milk (8 person minimum)


3:00 —5:00 PM—Offsite Biking ( River or Waterfall) (Additional Cost and based on interest)


4:30—5:30 Onsite Hike ( based on interest)


5:30—6:30 PM  Dinner


6:45 - 8:15 PM Bonfire


8:30 PM—Leave            



In order to complete your reservation, you must pay for the event in advance either  via check (postmarked by the deadline) or via paypal by the deadline at the top of this page. Failure to pay may result in your being unable to attend the event.




You may pay in one of two ways, via check or via paypal.


Via Check:


please send the full payment, made out to “David Brotsky”, and mail it to:


David Brotsky

206 West 99th Street, Apt 1D

New York, NY 10025


In order to complete your registration, you need to have your payment postmarked no later than Wednesday 9/19/12.  Failure to do so may mean you will not be able to attend the event.


Via Paypal


Click here to  go to my  RSVP and PayPal page.  and pay the deposit at PayPal’s site via selecting the proper button.


 You will then be redirected to the RSVP Form, which you will need to fill out fully in order to complete your reservation.



The balance of any monies you owe is due at the event. Please bring cash or checks (preferable)  made out to “David Brotsky”. When you arrive you will need to go through registration complete any payments for the event.



Time of registration – calculated from when we receive your reservation on the RSVP Form.


You may cancel until Sunday, 9/16. Afterwards, you may either substitute a friend for your spot, upon our approval, or receive a credit for a future event. NO cancellations or substitutions after Friday, September 21. 


Also, since we are ordering bikes and special adamah classes based on who signs up for a class on the RSVP form, after Sunday, September 16 you may switch which class you want to take, but you must pay for a bike or a class whether you attend the class or use the bike. Thank you for your  understanding in this matter.



What do I need to bring?


For the day itself, 1 liter water, hat, suntan and bug spray.


For the all day hike - add good walking shoes/boots, 2 liters water vs 1 liter, and a bag to carry to gear in.


For the PM farm working - you must bring and wear a hat, 1 liter water, good shoes and clothing that can get dirty!


For swimming—a bathing suit—we will supply towels.


Transportation—Rides, a bus? And train


 We will attempt to get rides for all who ask. Ride preference goes to those who sign up sooner. Rides will cost $20 round trip. Drivers and passengers, let us know on the form!


If we have enough people, we might secure a bus, at $25 to $35 per person, depending on how full the bus is.


We may also need to have some folks come via train. The nearest Metro North train comes to Wassaic station, which is a 25 minute drive from Isabella Freedman—we will arrange a pickup for folks using this method, $15 each way for the pickup—its about 25 minutes from Isabella. The only train that works in the morning that we will attempt a pickup from ( based on interest) is a train leaving grand central around 7:45 AM and arriving  at 10:11 am—you will get to Isabella around 10:45 AM. We will then sort either rides or train transport back. Let us know your preference on the form!



Day Hike Option - This will be a 6 to 8 mile hike, partially along the Appalachian Trail. It will be a solid moderate hike, a 6 on a scale of 1 to 10. Experienced hikers only! We may make it as far as Rands View...


Onsite Hike Option - this will go to the scenic overlook nearby, on Isabella’s property. Its about a 45 minute in an out hike, with one 10 minute portion up a hill that is moderate, but the hike is easy for most, including children as young as 5—7 years old.


Biking -  we will have 3 possible options

 A) Waterfalls Option—Bike to Great Falls, in nearby Falls Village. Easy biking, 3 miles each way, for a total of 6 miles, with some elevation and hills but not too much for most folks. There is also a driving option for families to visit the falls in the afternoon.

B) River  + Covered Bridge Option - Bike Along the Housatonic River, which is very scenic and also see a beautiful covered bridge. Its 6 miles each way to the bridge, for 12 miles total. A moderate bike ride with some hills, especially Johnson Rd on the way back...


C) All Day Option - if there is enough interest, we will also have an All day option, a solid 4 hr biking option in the area which is very scenic, goes along the Housatonic River as in option B, but comes back a longer way, so that it’s a 20 mile loop. This is for serious bikers only, and has some hills to negotiate.


Directions—You can visit Isabella’s page with all the details. 


In addition, from New York City, a good friend, Michael Brochstein has come up with these simplified directions vs whats on the Isabella website.

Go north on the Henry Hudson Parkway and then on the Saw Mill River Parkway (which it turns into) until it's northern terminus where you will get onto Route 684 North. Take Route 684 north to it's northern terminus and then merge onto Route 22 North. In the town of Millerton, NY take Route 44 East and then later pick up Route 112 East to Route 7 in Connecticut. Left on Route 7 (north) for a SHORT way. Right on Johnson Road. Camp is on the right at 116 Johnson Road.


Rate Category -
per person

Adamah All Day Event - Base Price
 (includes lunch and dinner)

All Day Hiking Price (includes dinner/bonfire, bring your own lunch)

Course Add on - Pickling 101  - in addition to the Base Price for the event (including produce materials fee)

Course Add on - Goat Cheese Making - in addition to the Base Price for the event (including produce materials fee)

Biking Add on -(Offsite) in addition to the Base Price for the event

Adult ( 16 and above)

$49 - early bird

$59 - standard

$25 - early bird

$35 - standard

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2 hr option ( River or Waterfall)
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All Day Option (based on interest) (add on to the All Day Hiking price— bring your own lunch + dinner/bonfire)
add $40 - early bird 
add $45 - standard


child (5 to 15)

(For biking, children are charged from ages 5—10)

$20 - early bird

$25 - standard


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Child (under 5)



Free (if they can sit for the class)


Free (if they can sit for the class)


for a trailer—the child must be at least 1 years old

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$90 - early bird

$110 - standard

$45 - early bird

$55 - standard

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see Adult, above