AYP Retreat: Free to Be Me, Apr 29-30

April 11, 2016

FREE TO BE ME: A Youth Meditation and Mindfulness Retreat, April 29-30, 2016

“Mindfulness has had an ongoing impact in my life. My experiences with meditation really changed my way of thought and brought me to be more mindful towards my way of thinking, acting, and living. Now this is my time to share my experiences with my friends and family.”—Richardson Louissaint, AYP Peer Leadership Trainee

On April 29th and April 30th, the Brooklyn-based Awake Youth Project (AYP) will host its first-ever youth meditation and mindfulness retreat, “Free to Be Me”.  

A youth meditation and mindfulness retreat is an engaging experience that offers the chance to immerse ourselves in meditation practice (sitting, walking meditation, Metta/kindness sits, etc.), as well as honest and safe discussions, small group workshops, wisdom talks, and other interactive activities that help build an awareness of ourselves and others.

Empowering young people on their path toward liberation is a core mission of Brooklyn Zen Center and Awake Youth Project. We are committed to making this practice accessible for all. You can help by donating to AYP’s scholarship campaign. Your donations will directly fund ten scholarships for teens across the New York City area to attend this retreat.

These ten scholarships will cover:

* Retreat registration fees at $130 per teen

* Four organic tasty meals, plus healthy snacks  

* Subway fare to and from the retreat on Friday and Saturday

* Any additional expenses and supplies

To offer your support, please visit https://www.gofundme.com/aypretreat

Please note that these donations are not tax-deductible.

For more information on this retreat, and to register, please visit http://www.awakeyouth.org/events.  Please share widely with anyone who might benefit from this retreat. The registration deadline is Friday, April 15.

“My practice involves learning how to show up positively but still show up as myself. No more, no less, accepting me for all of who I am. And sometimes it can be challenging to work on my practice being surrounded by the negativity that lurks in the city setting. Retreats (and even attending the AYP every Tuesday and Thursday) give me an opportunity to work on that practice…to have the conversations worth having…to slow down & add a substantial amount of mindfulness to my everyday living.”—Armani-Marie Mendez, AYP Peer Leadership Trainee