half-day retreat

Our half-day retreats are a great way for teens to get to know the Awake Youth Project staff and volunteers, begin a mindfulness meditation practice, or continue and nourish a practice.


On Saturday, October 7, 2017 we hosted a half-day retreat from 2 - 8p at the Brooklyn Zen Center (BZC). We practiced and explored mindfulness (awareness) through meditation tools, preparing and cooking an early dinner together, relational activities, and closing with a Sound Bath* by guest artist and Certified Sound Therapy Practitioner, Nate Martinez.

  • Free / no cost event!
  • For teens ages 14-19.
  • Space available for fifteen (15) participants.
  • Registration Applications* are now closed.

*Applications received after due date will be notified by 6p Friday, October 6 if space is available.

General Half-Day Retreat Timeline:

  • 2p: Arrive / Check-In (parent/guardian drop off)
  • 2:30 - 5:00p: Relational Mindfulness and Meditation Activities
  • 5:00 - 6:30p: Cooking and Mindful Eating
  • 6:30 - 7p: First Closing / Prep for Sound Bath or Leave Retreat^ (parent/guardian pick up)
  • 7 - 8p: Sound Bath** with Nate Martinez
  • 8p: Final Closing (parent/guardian pick up)

**The Sound Bath is an optional retreat item. Teens are welcome to leave after our First Closing at 6:30p. The Sound Bath is an open event for the general public through paid registration via BZC. AYP Staff and Volunteers will be participating with and supporting the retreat teens during the Sound Bath. For more information on Sound Baths and Nate Martinez visit here.

^Parent/guardians are invited to attend the Sound Bath at $30/person by registering here! Please register only for you. Do not register or pay for your child's Sound Bath, as they will have the option to attend the South Bath for free through the half-day retreat application.


Over our day and half long retreat, teen participants from across the Tri-State and Northeastern region find new ways to reaffirm and love who they are, to cultivate a deeper understanding and compassion for others, to see the ways all our lives our interconnected and to develop new methods of working with difficult thoughts and emotions like anger and sadness, anxiety or fear.

Through guided meditation, honest and safe discussions, creative expression workshops and supportive talks from staff and teachers who are long term practitioners and experts in their fields, participants deepen their awareness of themselves and others.

Teens from Awake Youth with other retreat participants and iBme Executive Director Jessica Morey. Photo courtesy of iBme. 

Teens from Awake Youth with other retreat participants and iBme Executive Director Jessica Morey. Photo courtesy of iBme. 


AYP partners with iBme (Inward Bound Mindfulness Education) a program that offers teen meditation retreats throughout the country which build a sense of awareness, presence, and community through a deepening of practice— on a weeklong retreat in the Northeast.