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Teen Camp 2024

July 10 July 14 PDT

teen camp 2024

The Monastic Sisters and Brothers of Deer Park Monastery are thrilled to be hosting Teen Camp, a unique opportunity for 13-18 year-olds to practice mindfulness in nature, surrounded by other young people who want to grow in understanding and love.

At Teen Camp we will learn the art of taking care of ourselves through the practices of mindful sitting, walking, and eating in noble silence. Other activities include:

  • Guided meditations
  • Hiking
  • Games
  • Circle sharing 

Teens live in a world that makes it challenging to be authentic. When we aren’t looking at other people’s profiles believing they have it all figured out, we’re cropping, trimming, and filtering our own. Meanwhile, questions about our future cast a shadow over everything we do, bringing up uncomfortable feelings we feel unable to share.

At Teen Camp, we practice as a family to be our true selves, empowering the people around us to do the same. We learn skills to help us embrace and transform our feelings of fear, anger, and despair, and to be happier, healthier, and more alive.

Most importantly, we have the opportunity to connect with old friends and make new ones, forging meaningful relationships to last a lifetime. The Monastic Siblings of Deer Park Monastery are happy to invite you to join us for this five-day Teen Camp to connect with the miracles of life within you and around you. 

In this retreat:

  • Sitting and walking meditation with live guidance from Deer Park monastics
  • Games, Hiking, and a Performance Night
  • Live talks offered by senior monastic disciples of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Spaces to connect with people our age as we look deeply into the challenges and joys that we experience in our daily lives
  • A transmission of the Five Mindfulness Trainings offered by the monastics of the Plum Village Tradition
2499 Melru Lane
Escondido, CA 92026 United States
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