Age Group: 5th-8th Grade
Equip your child with a sense of agency and optimism this fall. In collaboration with Chrysalis Meditation Center and Yoga Mandala, we'll round out our summer program by preparing your middle schooler for his or her best year ever. This weeklong retreat aims to deepen your child's connection to self and others through awareness and compassion, self care and movement, creativity and expression.
“Your Best Selfie” (12:00-3:00)
Each day begins in the Studio with a relaxing, yet invigorating, yoga class guided by Sharon Marrama of Yoga Mandala. This is followed by reflection through journaling and discussions on the benefits of yoga with emphasis on stress reduction. Sharon teaches practical ways to develop these techniques for use in daily life and school, showing that the tools children acquire through yoga are beneficial both on and off the mat.
After yoga, campers head upstairs to Chrysalis Meditation Center for snack and mindfulness training.
Registered Nurse and "Fit Foodie" Denise Costello teaches on-the-go-kids how and what to eat for a healthy body and mind. During this lunch hour food experience, children build confidence in preparing their own healthy snacks and learn how to make the best choices possible when visiting local restaurants with friends. Campers receive recipes and guidelines so they can explore, grow, and be healthy in the kitchen long after summer ends.
After snack, campers join meditation teacher Vanessa Gobes for a brain boosting session. In this hour-long mindfulness class, children learn what happens to the brain when they meditate, how to use various techniques like breath, mantras, and movement to develop a strong meditation practice that suits their individual needs, and easy ways to engage their practice when life gets messy. During this interactive, experiential session, campers play games and share stories focused on excellent mental health and personal empowerment.
“Creative Confidence” (3:00-6:00pm)
Back in the Studio, afternoons are dedicated to explorations in art and creativity as effective strategies for building resilience amid the intensity of structured schoolwork, sports, and social activities, and as a key attribute and predictor of personal and professional success. Projects focus on ways to cultivate creativity, uncover hidden creative assets and experience the power of team design and problem solving. The Studio will integrate TED talks, guest artists, illustrated journaling, and activities based on research by leading design thinkers, like IDEO. At the end of the week campers leave with completed works across mediums, new methods for approaching complex challenges, and added confidence in their ability to innovate and ideate, approach unstructured problems, and find inspiration in a variety of artistic pursuits.