about us
“Sometimes you need to encounter a stranger to discover your own tradition.”

Shebet Haaretz’s mission is to bring to life a comprehensive Jewish practice that is rooted in a deep understanding and connection to the Earth, the Jewish cyclical-calendar, and the ancient wisdom of the Torah. Through mirror-encounters with indigenous peoples and cultures around the world, our transformative expeditions teach you how to to look at the world with the eyes of our ancestors, discover your place within the Jewish tradition, and become more connected to yourself, and your unique purpose.

who we are

We are a living global community; alive in movement, in learning, in exploration, in growth. We walk in the wilderness as our ancestors did, creating a global community that is deeply rooted in the ancestral wisdom and ethics of the Torah, which informs our encounters with the jungles, mountains, deserts, and vast plains of the world.

We seek to re-discover the ancient ways of our people, the Mitzvot, the ancient Jewish spiritual-technologies which teach us how to connect more deeply to ourselves, the world, and all the beings and peoples of the Earth. We are a community who believes that we are the descendants of a tradition of mystics and sages that guide us and call upon us to renew our responsibility as Guardians of the Planet.

We are a community that feels a deep connection to the Land of Israel, a beloved place of consciousness; our people’s sacred center; the soil of our oldest memories. With the voice of the Land whispering her teachings in our ears, we commit ourselves to a life of building bridges of Tikkun Olam; of mending the rifts that divide us, the relationship between humans and our planet.

core values/goals

Explore

Encounter

Connect

Study

Discover

Experience

Strenghten

Build

Transform

HOW?

By sharing Jewish wisdom in nature

WHY?

We believe that in nature the opportunity of inner transformation is higher

WHAT?

Transformative experiences in the wilderness within a Jewish framework

team

MEET OUR TEAM

Marcos

Marcos has been exploring, learning, and teaching about the world´s natures and cultures for many years. As a graduate of Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, he has worked on Urbanism and Architecture research projects in Baja California Sur, focused on regenerative strategies for urban planning in arid lands. With a Master's Degree in Environmental Studies from Tel Aviv University in Israel, he has developed utopian theories about self-sufficiency based on biomimicry principles. He has given Seminars on Urban Projects at the Universidad Iberoamericana.

Marcos has always been attracted to nature and outdoors life. It is in nature that he discovered his spirituality, awareness, and connection to Torah and Judaism. As such, Marcos dedicates himself to the study of the land of Israel through the wisdom contained in the ancient Jewish texts and the complexity of the Hebrew calendar.

This deep connection to Judaism through nature ultimately brought Marcos to make aliya (to immigrate) to Israel with his wife and three children. They currently live in Moshav Amirim in the Galil.

Marcos

Co- Founder

Emilio

Emilio Cohen has spent the last 20 years of his life exploring his inner and the outer worlds. Through long walks in the wilderness, coupled with the deep study of the sacred Jewish texts, Emilio ultimately found his main calling to share the light of Jewish wisdom with the people around him and the entire world.
Emilio studied philosophy at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico city. After a few years building his interpersonal skills in the business world he decided to adventure himself to the hills of The Land of Israel to get a permaculture certification. Months after that he got married to his wonderful wife.

Emilio has found that the best way to do his life mission is by bringing people into the wilderness, and there to share the practices and texts that he holds so dear. It was for these reasons that Emilio co-founded Shebet Haaretz.

Emilio recently made Aliyah and lives with his Wife and kids in the hills of the Upper Galilee.

Emilio

Co- Founder

Norman

Norman graduated as a Systems & Algorithmic Engineer from UDLA-P. He is a professional mountain and expeditions guide of bio-cultural ecotourism since 1998. He is the program Director for Outward Bound Mexico, has the international certifications of Wilderness First Answer, Leave No Trace, Adventure Based Counseling and Permaculture Design & Site Understanding.

His professional career has focused on the design and facilitation of experiential outdoor processes, focusing much of his work on generating experiences of intra and inter personal skills development for the school and business sector, as well as socio-environmental re-connection processes through Deep Ecology methodologies. He has worked and studied with more than 15 indigenous groups in Mexico and Latin America on issues of worldview and understanding of the environment, as well as learning different skills of ancestral knowledge of the management of the relationship between these cultures and their natural environment. He is a certified Martial Arts and Energy Management Instructor - Qi Gong Shaolin.

As a Shebet Haaretz internal mentor and guide, Norman founds in this project a potential source of connection and transformation between the Jewish People and the planet. He currently lives in Valle de Bravo, Mexico.

Norman

Mentor and Field Guide

Benji

Benji Elson has spent the past decade developing experiential-educational programs that connect participants to themselves, the natural world around them, and Torah Judaism. As a visionary, musician, story-teller, experience-facilitator, and teacher, Benji has thought deeply about current Jewish and global issues and how to alleviate them. He has been brought around the world to teach and lead transformative experiences in places like the West and East Coasts of the US, Mexico, Israel, Canada, Turkey, and India.

Along with his background in psychoanalytic therapy, Jewish outdoor-environmental education, leadership training, and community building, Benji’s passion for his work is fueled by his deep connection to Judaism and Torah formed by his studies in numerous yeshivot of Jerusalem including Aish Hatorah, Machon Meir, Mayanot, Sulam Yaakov, Simchat Shlomo, Pardes, Shappels, Rav Shimon Garbos’s Kollel, and Rav Elisha Anschelovitz’s Kollel.

Besides for his work with Shebet Haaretz, Benji is currently studying for rabbinic ordination in Jerusalem as well as working on a Ph.D. in Social Work and Counseling, with a focus on the use of early Jewish and Chassidic thought in therapy.

Benji

Education Director

Raul

Raul is a curious polymath, who involves himself in art, design, architecture, music, and community development projects. Raul’s personal experiences in nature have shown him the immense potential that the wild has to cause transformation; expand our limits through challenging experiences that promote awareness, reflection, growth, and make us aspire for a better reality.

With the aid of various trainings and skills that he has acquired along the way, Raul wants to share those deeply pleasurable nature experiences with anyone who wishes to join. Raul’s previous training includes training as a Certified International kitesurfing instructor since 2011, Biomimicry and Design training in Filobobos Natural Rainforest in 2014, study at the Wilderness Torah Training Institute in 2017, and Wilderness First Aid in Remote Areas training course in 2018.

Raul

Outdoor Guide

Teli

Teli’s journey is one of an endless search for truth. Her life has been full of adventure and the unveiling of many miracles. Traveling the world on a backpack exploring South-East Asia, Africa and South America through their faiths and cultures, she discovered that the light of God shines where one lets it in. From a young age she knew her life mission is to help people connect to the highest versions of themselves. Teli ultimately found her path in the study of Torah, with a deep passion and excitement, devoting herself to her dream of becoming a Teacher and a channel for God’s light to the world. 
Teli studied philosophy in Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, and has been learning Torah for last two years in the city of Jerusalem where she resides. Teli joins Shebet Haaretz to fusion her great love for Am Israel and truth to build a community.

Teli

Community Manager

Yacov

Yacov Kruger has been teaching Judaism for the past 35 years all over the world, on almost every continent. During his ‘day job’ he works as a fund manager and financial mentor, yet his passion and hobby is Jewish education. As a former high school principal, community rabbi, and mentor to many startups Yacov has much experience serving as a guide, advisor, teacher, problem-solver, and friend.

Yacov is excited to contribute his vast experience in support of Shebet Haaretz because the spiritual transformation that he has witnessed people go through on a Shebet Haaretz expedition- within themselves, between themselves and the world around them, and with the Heavens above- blew him away. Having spent years studying in various yeshivas, Yacov found that immersing oneself in spiritual studies whilst in nature is a powerful and beautiful way to connect, and he believes that Shebet Haaretz does it with class.

Yacov, his wife Vardit, and the remainder of their seven kids who have not yet “left the nest” now live on the border of a nature reserve in the Galilee, one of the most beautiful parts of Israel, in a veggie community. There Yacov pursues his passions as a yoga instructor, a yacht skipper, and a motorcycle license holder whenever he can.

Yacov

Advisor