Southern California Teen's Retreat

Southern California Teen's Retreat

Do you know a teen that could benefit from meditation? If so, this a very good retreat designed just for them.  It is really important that young people be supported to practice meditation and healthy relationship skills. When teens learn this practice, they also learn to know themselves. In this way, a generation of wiser and more compassionate human beings is made possible. Please spread the word !!! 

 Come unplug and tune in! Participants on our retreats learn self-awareness, mindful communication, and techniques to calm and focus the mind – the foundations for success in all areas of life. We spend time each day learning mindfulness meditation — a scientifically proven practice that builds emotional resilience, inner strength and well being.

Teens also participate in small group discussions, yoga and creative workshops – including arts, nature, and mindful sports activities. And there’s lots of free time to connect with new friends in a safe and accepting space. Many hesitant teens walk away saying it was one of the best experiences of their lives.

This retreat welcomes teens from all racial/ethnic groups, sex and gender identities, abilities, and religions. Mindfulness creates a foundation for conversations that support understanding and deepen our connection to one another.

Emigrant Wilderness

Emigrant Wilderness Retreat (map)

Emigrant Wilderness Retreat 

This special retreat is for teens and young adults up to the age of 32. We will start and end at Silver Spur Retreat Center, but spend 6 nights out in the granite hills of the Emigrant Wilderness. Participants will be learning to practice mindfulness as well as backpacking and backcountry living skills. Participants will need to be well prepared to hike and camp outside for a week and provide much of their own gear.

Zen Weekend Retreat New Hampshire

High Meadow Farm (map)

In this retreat we will focus on bringing our zazen practice into every day tasks while strengthening our ability to be in community with others. 

During the retreat we will practice sitting (zazen) and walking (kinhin) meditation, hear Dharma talks, and build trusting community through sharing circles. We will enjoy meals and samu (work practice) together, and Qigong will be offered outside each morning.  Personal interviews with the teacher, rest times and opportunities for enjoying the rural landscape will be incorporated into the daily schedule. Meditation instruction will be available for those who are new to practice.

Zendo in High Meadow Farm Freedom, NH 

Rohatsu in Upaya Zen Center

Upaya Zen Center (map)

I will be sitting in Upaya Zen Center for Rohatsu Sesshin, it marks the enlightenment of the Buddha. It is a powerful gathering of practitioners and friends who are dedicated to realizing the way. Roshis Joan Halifax and Enkyo O’Hara, and Sensei Kaz Tanahashi explore the enlightenment of the Buddha, the story and its meaning in our lives today, during this powerful annual retreat. 

Winter Practice Period

Upaya Zen Center (map)

Come to join me for 3 weeks of Zen practice in Upaya Zen Center  for Practice Period (Ango or “peaceful dwelling”) is a traditional intensive training period common to many schools of Buddhism. Ango traces its history to the time of Shakyamuni Buddha and the early sangha. Each year, the community would gather together enabling everyone to deepen their practice and polish their understanding through the indispensable teachings of the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha.

During a Practice Period, Upaya residents intensify their daily practice by sitting zazen more frequently, studying in classes, training in the temple, having private interviews with the teachers, engaging in council practice and weekly Zazenkais, and sitting a Sesshin (5-7 full days of intensive meditation retreat) at the end of Practice Period.