This summer MBA achieved its longtime goal of taking a group of youth on an overnight residential meditation retreat. Participants were recruited from our longtime partner the METAS program, a tutoring program for youth in the Richmond, CA area. Ten youth and young adults (ages 14-20) participated in this 3-day, 2-night retreat, and it was a triumph!
Our retreat took place at Redwood Glen, a beautiful retreat center nestled in the Santa Cruz Mountains with breathtaking views and hundred year-old redwood trees. The youth who took part in this retreat were amazing! We took them through mindfulness meditation exercises, deep sharing activities, long periods of silence, and advanced compassion practices. We hiked around the woods and meditated in the forest, by a beautiful stream, and discussed life at night by the campfire. Upon its completion, every young person who participated in the retreat was interviewed about the experience was like. Without exception they described how beneficial they felt the retreat was, mostly citing reductions in stress, contemplation about life, and an increased emotional awareness. Most of the youth said they would like to repeat the experience next year, and would even like to extend it to a five or six-day retreat.
MBA would like to thank its generous supporters and partners who made this retreat happen. It was a deep and transformative experience, and has laid a blueprint for many MBA residential retreats to come!
A contribution of $250 sends one youth on retreat. Our goal is to bring at least 20 – 30 youth on retreat next summer. Please consider a donation of $250 today to help us reach this goal!