2nd Annual North Carolina Teen Mindfulness Retreat

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Join us for the 2nd Annual North Carolina Teen Mindfulness Retreat.
Teens from around Asheville, North Carolina, and the US will be coming together for this exciting and transformative weekend retreat.

The retreat will be taught by Joe Klein, along with Joshua Canter and Trish Byers. Joe has been one of the pioneers in the teen mindfulness movement and is co-founder and teacher of Inward Bound Minfulness Education (iBme) teen retreats.

This teen mindfulness retreat is a profound opportunity to explore practices of meditation and connect deeply with ourselves, others and nature. There will be periods of sitting and walking meditation both inside and outside, healthy food, wisdom talks by the instructors and small group discussions that will allow reflection on your experience. This retreat is suitable for new and experienced practitioners.

Mindfulness education is spreading across the country into schools and youth programs as research comes out about how these skills improve memory, concentration, emotion-regulation, and self-esteem in young people. This is introducing thousands of young people to the practice of mindfulness.
The retreat model that will be offered is unique in that it allows participants to dive deeper into mindfulness practices in a safe, residential environment. Participants gain a level of insight into their own experience and heart felt connection with peers that may be only possible in a retreat setting.

The weekend retreat is normally for ages 14-19. Teens will explore their body and mind through the practices of insight meditation; qi gong and yoga; delicious organic meals; and tools to deepen their listening and speaking skills. These retreats are fun and transformational for teens and staff alike.


Joe Klein
Joe Klein is co-founder of Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme), which provides transformative retreats for teens and young adults. Joe brings playfulness, Earth connection and whole brain/whole body integration to his work with young people. He is an adjunct professor at Radford University’s Department of Counselor Education where he teaches a graduate course and workshops for faculty, counselors, social workers, nurses and teachers in applications of Mindfulness for Self-Care and Youth Education. He also provides mindfulness-infused counseling for adolescents and young adults who struggle with depression, anxiety, trauma, and addictions as a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Substance Abuse Counselor in Southwest Virginia.

Joshua Canter
Joshua has been a Mindfulness practitioner and teacher for the past 15 years.
He has an MA in Contemplative Psychology with an Emphasis on Mindfulness.
Joshua is also the Co-Founder of True Nature Education, a holistic travel education company which facilitates a diverse catalog of retreats annually in the US and Costa Rica. For More information visit: www.TrueNatureEducation.com and www.MindfulAsheville.com

Trish Byers
Trish Byers, LPCA, LCASA is a professional counselor who has a diverse background including nature awareness, parenting, art, natural foods, alternative medicine, meditation, yoga, and entrepreneurship… blended with a graduate degree in clinical mental health counseling from Western Carolina University that allows her to offer a holistic, integrative approach to healing and healthy living. Trish’s counseling process includes solution-focused behavior therapy, mindfulness, and person-centered thinking.

Rob Lenfestey
Rob Lenfestey is an educator and innovator in the world of creative holistic empowerment and physical mastery through his system of tools known collectively as Convergence. Through his forthcoming book ‘The Convergence’ Rob provides tools to help anyone on the path towards their highest potential.
Learn more about Rob Lenfestey and his projects at roblenfestey.com

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  • May 5, 2017 - May 7, 2017 (3 days)


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