Awake Youth Project Half-Day Mindfulness Retreat, May 19


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Join us for a day of community and practice including meditation, movement, and mindful cooking. Doors open at 9 am for a light breakfast and tea. Open to all Awake Youth Project alumni, interns, and youth community.

This half-day retreat will be co-facilitated by Lissa Edmond, Tanzanite Msola, David Hart, Jozen Tamori Gibson and Ian Case.


Cost: Sustaining $40, Base $25, Suggested donation $10

BZC offers retreats on a sliding scale basis to allow participants to pay according to individual means. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please consider requesting a scholarship, if this will make it possible for you to join us!

Please follow these steps and submit your full registration by Friday, May 10. Applications received after this date will be placed on our waiting list and notified by noon on Sunday, May 12, if space is available.

1- Complete this application. You have the opportunity to apply for a scholarship within this application. If you apply for a scholarship, you will receive an email from info@awakeyouth.org. Please do not follow step 2 below if you have applied for a scholarship.

2 – If you did NOT apply for a scholarship, please complete this registration payment form and make payment after submitting your application (step 1 above).

Questions, concerns, comments? Please contact us at info@awakeyouth.org.


About the Awake Youth Project

The Awake Youth Project (AYP) introduces teens to a path of mindfulness and meditation to deepen emotional awareness, understand conditioned behavior, and live in accordance with their most authentic aspirations. AYP’s programs include after-school drop-in meditation sessions for teenagers, Peer Leadership Trainings, internship programs at the Brooklyn Zen Center, professional development (PD) workshops and retreats.


About Tanzanite Msola

Tanzanite has a long-term interest and passion in supporting young people academically, emotionally, and helping them achieve a creative outlet. Tanzanite spent many years in Massachusetts working with young people from all different cultural and economic background, with all levels of ability and disability. Tanzanite was introduced to meditation at a young age by attending the Insight Meditation Society’s (IMS) Family and Teen Retreats. As Tanzanite leaned into “adulthood” she returned as a staff volunteer for IMS Teen Retreats and for Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme) Teen Retreats. In 2018 Tanzanite completed the iBme Teacher Training Program. Tanzanite has found it truly rewarding and a privilege to witness the positive effects of hands-on projects, building a personal connection, and understanding that each moment is a learning experience through mindfulness. Now, as a recent transplant to New York City, Tanzanite is excited to connect and engage with the community, and assist the growth of the Awake Youth Project.

About Lissa Edmond
Lissa (they, she) has helped to support the Awake Youth Project since fall 2017 and is in awe of the strength, wisdom, and authenticity of the teens. Lissa began practicing meditation in 2008, studies in the traditions of Zen and Theravada Buddhism, and identifies practice as a deep form of love and care. Lissa has two 200-hour yoga certifications, a children’s yoga teacher certification, a mindfulness teacher certification, and is completing teacher training programs to teach mindful self-compassion as well as to become a certified InterPlay leader. Lissa presently shares culturally-informed and trauma-sensitive meditation practices through engagement as a yoga and mindful movement instructor, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, sangha (community) facilitator, and mindfulness instructor. Lissa has a deep desire to share embodied meditation practices for the wellness and liberation of all beings and is particularly moved to work with populations less likely to have exposure or access to contemplative practices.

About David Hart
David has been fortunate to volunteer with the Awake Youth Project for many years and to serve as a mentor and manager on youth and adult retreats for the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) and Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme). In his daily life, he serves as a meditation instructor for companies in New York, and works as a media producer and educator for museums and nonprofits. David finally got serious about meditation in 2010 and has since studied with multiple lineages. He has trained with The Lineage Project, Mindful Schools, and completed a teacher training program with The Interdependence Project. When he used to work teaching computers with teens in NYCHA community centers they said he looked like Eminem, but now he just looks like someone’s uncle.

About Jozen Tamori Gibson
Jozen (they, he, ze) is an engaged advocate for youth, families, and community health and wellness. Jozen began a formal meditation practice in 2004 through Zen while living in Japan, which was joined by a Theravada practice in 2010. In 2017 Jozen entered the Insight Meditation Society’s Teacher Training Program. With certifications in Mindfulness Facilitation through the Mindful Awareness Research Center at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior and in 200-Hour Yoga and Wellness with Breathe for Change, Jozen provides and holds learning environments in self-awareness and liberation for youth. For 18-years throughout New Jersey, New York, California, and Japan, Jozen has worked with youth to help them face and be with our co-created human conditioning as a path for healing, true self-expression, and resiliency. Looking forward to learning with the teens of Awake Youth, Jozen is motivated to learn from and exchange with other educators, social workers, administrations, organizations, and families. Through collaboration the goal is to create effective spaces that acknowledges, serves, and embodies liberating practices that recognizes and cherishes the brilliance and wisdom of our youth. Jozen is honored to follow the Awake Youth work of Greg Snyder, Beatrice Anderson and all facilitators.

About Ian Case

Ian has been a student at Brooklyn Zen Center since its inception in 2005. During this time he has taken on various administrative and practice roles at the center, including serving for six and a half years as Ino (head of the meditation hall). He was in residence for 15 months at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center in 2015-2016 and was ordained as a priest by Teah Strozer in October 2016. Ian holds an MA in Linguistics from the City University of New York and is now pursuing a Masters of Divinity degree at Union Theological Seminary.


Access Notes: There is one short flight of stairs leading to the Carroll Street entrance of the building; please press 3-0 to be buzzed in. From there, the center is located at the top of a longer flight of stairs. A ramp and elevator are available via an alternate entrance on President Street; please email us in advance if you need access to the ramp. Chairs, benches, and extra support cushions are available. We are not yet a fragrance-free space; our hand soap is scented with essential oils. Visit our Accessibility Page for more detailed access info. If you have any additional questions about accessibility, please contact us at info@brooklynzen.org.