Our half-day and full 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.

Registration is now CLOSED

Questions, concerns, comments? Please contact us at info@awakeyouth.org.


ONE day retreat
MARCH 3, 2018, 10 AM-7:30 PM

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Open to thirty New York teens and guided by our staff and mentors, we came 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 practiced 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 more information on Sound Baths and Nate Martinez visit here.


half-day retreat
OCTOBER 7, 2017

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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.

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.


“FREE TO BE ME” RETREAT
APRIL 29TH AND 30TH, 2016

Over our day and half long retreat, teen participants from across the Tri-State and Northeastern region were invited to 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 info@awakeyouth.org / (718) 701-1083.