Teen & Young Adult Retreats

Teen Mindfulness Retreats

A one-of-a-kind opportunity for any teen (age 15-19) looking to experience uninterrupted and genuine insight into their own life experience. Teens hang out and connect with their peers & mindfulness teachers in a welcoming, fun, and safe community!

2023 Summer Teen Retreats: Now Open for Registration

May 24th7pm ET,
4pm PT
Workshop: Pondering Self Through Temporal Storyfree to join, via Zoomrsvp
May 30th7pm ET,
4pm PT
Workshop: Discovering Joyfree to join, via Zoomrsvp
Jun 6th6:30pm EasternInfo Session: Summer Teen Retreats free to join, via Zoomrsvp
Jun 6th6:30pm PacificInfo Session: Summer Teen Retreats free to join, via Zoomrsvp
Jun 21-26Northern California Teen RetreatCazadero, CAlearn more register
Jun 26-Jul 1Southern California Teen RetreatBig Bear, CAlearn more register
Jul 6-11Northeast Teen RetreatLitchfield, CTlearn more register
Jul 6-11Pacific Northwest Teen RetreatEatonville, WAlearn more register
Jul 28-Aug 1Kentucky Teen RetreatLouisville, KYlearn more register
Jul 31-Aug 5BIPOC Teen RetreatBig Bear, CAlearn more register

What will you do on retreat?

Learn or deepen mindfulness

Learn go-to mindfulness tools you can use anywhere, any time for ease and presence.

Experience meditation

Experience meditation through a variety of guided practices from expert, awesome supportive teachers and mentors.

Develop community

Develop relationships, cultivate communication skills, take part in small-group check-ins, and hang out with peers.

Participate in workshops

Participate in a variety of workshops such as music, art, teen issues, and more.

Find personal insight and growth

Inward Bound Mindfulness retreats help teens and young adults reduce stress and cope with school, life, and social demands in a self-empowering way. An Inward Bound retreat reconnects participants with their own natural confidence and ease — their inner spark. Through curiosity, they develop their powers of perception and their capacity to understand their emotions and thoughts, essential skills that are valuable now and for a long time to come.

The basic ingredients of an Inward Bound retreat? Mindfulness, community, and natural fun.

Sample Schedule (individual retreats will vary)

Three teens sitting on rocks
Opening a book

Hear from participants themselves

Being New on Retreat

Working with Stress

Fear of Being Yourself

Being Skeptical

Get your questions answered!

Two staff members talking

Our faculty and staff

Our retreats are led by awesome adults with years of experience serving and working with teens and young adults, alongside their own longstanding mindfulness practices. Inward Bound faculty and staff walk their talk in their professional and personal lives and devote themselves to creating a truly unique and safe container for all to be welcomed, be real, and be accepted — and have some fun (yeah, we do that too).

Meet our teachers

Group meditating indoors

Tuition and scholarship information

We offer a sliding scale for our retreat tuition and have never turned a teen away due to financial circumstances. To make this possible and continue to remain sustainable, progressive, and equitable, we rely on families contributing according to their capacity and on the generosity of our donors — at all levels of participation.

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What participants are saying

“At this moment I feel I have learned more lessons about myself and others in the past five days than I did in the last year of school.”

—Ben, age 17

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What parents are saying

“A girl who had previously said and did things to go with the crowd or please others was now making sure her feelings and her self needs were being met. There is no doubt in my mind she gained this confidence from retreat.”

—Parent of a teen retreatant

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