Retreat Experience

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your retreat

The most rewarding part of retreat was making new lifelong friends.

— Milo, 17-year-old gender fluid attendee

feel seen, feel heard

Inward Bound mindfulness teen retreats offer young people the rare opportunity to gain uninterrupted and genuine insight into their life experience through the practice of mindfulness. Together with their peers and mindfulness teachers, teens hang out and connect within a welcoming, fun, and caring community.

feel seen, feel heard

be in beloved community

speak your truth, be free

Authentically share who you are. Connect with fellow teens in a safe, welcoming space. Find contentment in being yourself.

speak your truth, be free

so what happens on retreat?

meditation

meditation

We teach teens mindfulness practices such as breath & body awareness, relational mindfulness, mindful walking, and more. All levels of experience welcome!

small groups

small groups

Laugh in good company, take the opportunity to be vulnerable, and play games like “sweet seat” to connect more deeply with a small group of teens.

workshops

workshops

Explore daily activities like painting, improv, journaling, mindful sports, and more. Pick what interests you or lead a workshop yourself!

hanging out

hanging out

Every day of retreat offers ample time for teens to just hang out. Teens share their lives with each other and forge friendships that last a lifetime.

wisdom talks

wisdom talks

Cuddle up with a blanket while listening and learning how to tend to relationships, emotions, the challenges of our times, and how to apply mindfulness to daily life.

nature walks

nature walks

Daily mindfulness walks in silence grant teens a moment to immerse in nature and take in the scenery.

dance party

dance party

Dance like no one cares because we welcome all our unique ways of dancing (or not dancing if that's your thing)!

mindful movement

mindful movement

Move and release through guided daily mindful movement practice suited for all levels of experience.

upcoming events

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June 25-30, 2024

Southern California Teen Retreat

Big Bear, California

July 7-12, 2024

Midwest Teen Retreat

Derby, Indiana

July 14-19, 2024

Northeast Teen Retreat

Charlton, Massachusetts

led by adults who get you

Inward Bound retreats are led by awesome adults with years of experience serving and working with teens and young adults, alongside their own longstanding mindfulness practices. Our diverse 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).

led by adults who get you

there’s a seat for you here

Equitable access is fundamental to our mission. We work to ensure that no teens are barred from the opportunity to attend our programs due to the systemic injustices that have left many groups economically vulnerable. For retreat tuition, we offer a sliding scale approach to accommodate a wide range of household incomes. We also offer scholarship support and payment plan options.

there’s a seat for you here

an experience of a lifetime

Teens on an Inward Bound mindfulness retreat reconnect with their own brilliance, confidence, and intuition — their inner spark. Through curiosity, teens develop their powers of perception and their capacity to understand their emotions and thoughts. The mindfulness practices they acquire on retreat transform into essential skills that are valuable now and for a lifetime.

see you on a retreat!
summer 2024 retreats

summer 2024 retreats

Browse upcoming teen retreats happening this summer.


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post-retreat community

post-retreat community

Bummed that retreat is over? Engage in mindfulness practices and offerings beyond retreat.

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