Saturday, March 3, 2018 | 10am - 7:30pm

On Saturday, March 3 we will hold a one-day retreat! Open to thirty New York teens and guided by our staff and mentors, we will come together to practice and explore mindfulness as a way to support and nourish the authentic expression, health and self-care of our teens. We'll practice together through meditation, preparing and cooking lunch, games, yoga and movement, small group dialogue, and a Sound Bath* by guest artist and certified Sound Therapy Practitioner, Nate Martinez.


  • For teens ages 14-19
  • Space available for thirty (30) teens from around New York
  • Arrive and check-in between 9:30 - 10am (parent/guardian drop off)
  • Depart and check-out between 7:30 - 8pm (parent/guardian pick up)
  • Pricing: Sustaining Rate $80 / New Student Rate $65 / AYP Student Rate: $40

    Full and partial scholarships available! Please apply for a scholarship within the retreat application. AYP offers retreats on a sliding scale to allow participants to pay according to individual means. If within your means, please consider giving at our sustaining rate which directly supports inclusive community attendance on this retreat.


Please follow these steps and submit your full registration by Wednesday, February 28. Applications received after this date will be placed on our waiting list and notified by noon on Friday, March 2, if space is available.

Applications are now closed.

Note: all 12-Week Internship participants may select to be automatically registered for this retreat. Please visit our internship page for details.

*For more information on Sound Baths and Nate Martinez visit here.

Questions, concerns, comments? Please contact us at

Sample of previous and reoccurring retreats...

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 - 8pm 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.

General Half-Day Retreat Schedule:

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

*For more information on Sound Baths and Nate Martinez visit here.

**Parent/guardians were invited to attend the Sound Bath at $30/person by registering here!



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. 

winter & SUMMER Youth Retreat PARTNERSHIP with 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. AYP teens regularly attend the iBme Northeast retreats each year. 

Access Notes to BZC: There is one short flight of stairs leading to the entrance to the building. Please press 3-0 to be buzzed in. The center is located at the top of a steeper second staircase of 28 steps. A ramp and elevator are available via an alternate entrance; please email or call in advance if you need access. Chairs, benches, and extra support cushions are available. We are not yet a fragrance-free space; our hand soap is scented with essential oils. If you have any additional questions about accessibility, please contact us at / (718) 701-1083.