The Mystwood Portal Is Opening

Published October 4th, 2016

What a fantastic first day at Mystwood! Your children are sweet, imaginative, creative and full of magic! I hope they had as much fun as the instructors did!

Saturday the kids made beads out of Tree of Heaven branches, built a pathway in the woods as part of our new village and made potions with resident wizard Levon, to help open the portal into Mystwood.

The portal is now open and the size of a small keyhole. Over the next month it will be getting stronger and readying itself to fit even the tallest among us. The residents of Mystwood now know to expect us and are preparing to greet us when we come back in November; bearing gifts for our forest friends. We look forward to encountering tree spirits, fairies, dwarves, unicorn spirits and other magical creatures in the coming months.

We will be in touch about any preparations needed for our next meeting, but in the meantime please remind your children to pay attention to their dreams for messages or visions from the magical creatures of Mystwood.

We hope you have a wonderful rest of October and enjoy the magic of Fall. Thank you for entrusting us with the care of your little ones.

All the best from the Mystwood team,

Mary Jane, Michaela, Zoya, Clara, Levon and Brandon

PS: We still have a few spaces available in Mystwood! Girls and boys ages 6-9 are invited to join us for a year-long adventure in wilderness and fantasy, one Saturday each month in Rosendale, NY. Register now online.


Michaela HimelfarbMichaela HimelfarbMichaela Himelfarb, Program Coordinator

Michaela Himelfarb grew up on the beautiful and rocky north shore of Long Island. There, she spent much of her time working at her family’s second generation landscaping and gardening business, where her love for the natural world emerged. After earning a bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Special Ed, Michaela was driven instead to put her education to use in nature’s classroom, working many years as an outdoor educator and gardening instructor. Then she heard a call she could not refuse: she attended the Wilderness Awareness School’s two year nature connection mentoring program in Duvall, Washington, and left with teachings and stories she will carry in her heart forever. While in WA she also had the privilege of guiding trips with youth and teens at Rite of Passage Journeys. After returning east in 2013, Michaela has recently moved from Long Island to West Shokan with her husband Eric, where they help care take the beautiful property they call home. During her free time you may find her practicing her grandfather’s fiddle, visiting her sit spot, or diving into whatever craft seems irresistible in that moment. More about Michaela's work.

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