Teen Camp Retreat
- Deer Park Monastery
- 2499 Melru Lane, Escondido, CA 92026, USA
- Jul 17 - 22, 2018 (6 days)
Teen Camp is open to all teens with or without previous experience with mindfulness, meditation, or camping. This is a special time for all teenagers–please come and join!
During this retreat, we will come together as brothers and sisters to develop skills that help us learn to be alive in the present moment and to connect deeply with ourselves and others. When we learn to be mindful, a whole new world appears.
Activities will include walking meditation, eating in mindfulness, participating in periods of noble silence, sitting meditation, dharma presentations, sharing in groups, Deep Relaxation Meditation, joyful service, games, and hiking. Other activities we may include are morning exercise, drinking tea meditation, and a performance night.
We will stay in large tents (around 5 teens per tent). Teen girls will be assigned to a tent in Clarity Hamlet Oak Grove and teen boys to a tent in the Solidity Hamlet Campground. There will be monastic and lay staff members staying in both campgrounds. The monastery will provide tents, but we ask everyone to bring their own sleeping bags, sleeping mats, and pillows.
Participants are expected to attend the entire retreat and all activities. For parents and younger siblings, please consider registering for Family Retreat, when there will be programs for children, teens, and adults. Teen Camp is exclusively for teens ages 13-19: no exceptions.
Venue HighlightsThis 400-acre sanctuary rests peacefully in the chaparral mountains of southern California, surrounded and protected by oaks and the natural landscape. It was established in July 2000 by the Plum Village four-fold Sangha. Now, it is a safe and serene refuge for many practitioners to come and learn the art of mindful living and to practice with a community, a Sangha.
Menu/CuisineFood is included with your registration fee. For every full day, there are three vegetarian, and generally vegan, meals per day. Unfortunately, we are limited in our capacity to accommodate people who have special dietary or medical needs. For those staying in Solidity Hamlet, a small community refrigerator is available in Solidity Hamlet Tearoom.
AccommodationsAccommodation available in either tents or dorm rooms
The dorm room lodging in Deer Park Monastery is simple with only shared rooms (up to six people per room). Rooms have a toilet, sink, and shower. Guests are provided with a mattress on bunk bed frames. Rooms are heated in the cooler times of the winter and air-conditioning is available during warmer times of the summer. During seasonal retreat, men reside in Solidity Hamlet; women reside in Clarity Hamlet; and couples and families reside in Solidity Hamlet.
Tenting is also available with toilets, sinks, and individual showers in the campground. Men, women, and couples are segregated into different areas of the campground, but specific locations cannot be reserved. You must bring your own tent and sleeping bag.
Tent– Adult $50/night | Teen $40/night | Child $25/night
6 Bed Dorm – Adult $60/night | Teen $50/night | Child $35/ night
3 Bed Dorm – Adult $70/night | Teen $60/night | Child $45/ night
To apply to register for a seasonal retreat, reserve one campground space or one dorm room space per person. Guests must provide their own tents for camping registrations. Currently, 3-bed dorms are only available for men and/or families during seasonal retreat.