Trail Angels - Via Sabra

Trail Angels

Trail Angels

Hed and Batya Shmueli

 

 

Hed and Batya Shmueli live  in ein hod and work on a beautiful piece of property at the foot of Mt. Carmel. It is near the artist village of Ein Hod, nestled on a hillside amidst ancient olive groves with views of the Mediterranean Sea. 

 


Hed is an environmental artist who does unique art projects in public spaces and children's hospitals.


And Batya, who made haliya from Ethiopia at the age of 11, is a professional group facilitator who conducts various workshops.
Bouth of them are happy to do their mission(shlihut) for many years in their place in Israel and sometimes they are also invited to do it around the world.

 

 


The hilly terrain provides more than inspiring views for artists. Twenty years ago when they set up their  studio, the Shmuelis would notice hikers traipsing through their property from time to time.  The hikers were mostly young Israelis, who after completing their service, would take a Med-to-Red trek, hiking the length of the country.  

 


In those days  The trail was poorly marked, with lots of places not marked at all.  But the trek through this terrain has captivated explorers throughout history. Hed and Batya, young parents themselves, would host hikers in their home on Shabbat, sharing the warmth and beauty of the tradition. Soon word of these Shabbat dinners got whispered up and down the trail, someone posted about it on a website, and suddenly the visitors were showing up in real numbers.

 

 


So he built a really big tent.  After a season or so he added a hut to his property, a place for guests to have shelter and recharge their cell phone and personal batteries.  “When people come to us their hearts are open.  It’s the best way to meet people,” he adds.

 


Hed estimates they have hosted upwards of 10,000 guests over the years.
Now he has a large, welcoming guest center attached to his studio. Guests can book online. Many hikers stay a day or two to enjoy Ein Hod and other treasures of this region.

 

 


Some travelers stay for a few days to volunteer and help out at the place.
  Hed and Batya also use that space and there sculpture studio for Very special workshops such as  art, and the fascinating journey of Ethiopian Jews to Israel, combined with a personal story of Batya in an experiential way.

 


They have very Unique  programs as well for other group activities for tourist groups, Birthright Tours, and Israeli family days…………


There place is built very naturally and blends in with the surroundings
Allowing meetings in a very pleasant and aesthetic atmosphere in nature
“We meet some of the most interesting people in the world. When people hike this trail they come to us open and loose.  They aren’t stressed and uptight.  The conversation flows, the spiritual aspect of the land changes them.  It’s really very special.”

For reservations or further information, contact the Shmuelis directly: 

hed.shmueli@gmail.com

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