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A Day of Mindfulness for Teens Retreat

This is a one-day retreat offered by UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness and Francis Parker High School.

How Can Mindfulness Help Teens Reach Their Potential?


Neuroscience research reveals that the parts of the brain responsible for learning, concentration, self-regulation, and compassion can improve by learning to pay attention on purpose to our inner and outer experience each day. By exercising our awareness muscle, we can literally change areas of the brain responsible for stress, worry, and anxiety. A crucial skill in managing our stress effectively is to be able to deal with change whenever it occurs. What we know is that Mindfulness training can reliably and profoundly alter the structure and function of the brain to improve the quality of both thought and feeling.

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness teaches moment-to-moment nonjudgemental awareness. It is simply learning to pay attention to our experience just as it is in each moment. Much of our stress occurs when we let our minds run on autopilot, which can lead to rumination and worry. Through simple practices, Mindfulness can improve emotional resilience and strengthen our capacity to respond skillfully to life's challenges. Essentially, Mindfulness empowers teens to live happier and healthier lives!

“Mindfulness creates space, changing impulsive reactions to thoughtful responses.”

In this retreat, students will explore ways to . . .

  • Focus attention and improve concentration
  • Relieve stress and promote relaxation through mindful movement and meditation practices
  • Increase self-awareness to improve self-regulation
  • Cultivate compassion and a sense of well-being

Retreat Coordinator

Shauna Piscitelo, OTR/L, RYT 500 CY

Youth Program Teacher

As an Occupational and Certified Yoga Therapist Shauna has been leading health and wellness programs specializing in pain and stress management for over 25 years.  She completed MBSR teacher training and mentoring through the UCSD Center for Mindfulness and studied under Dr. Amy Saltzman to teach the Still Quiet Place curriculum for children and adolescents.

"The true secret to happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life." William Morris

Retreat Agenda: Concurrent Sessions for Students Grade 8-12

  • Aikido Demonstration
  • Tibetan Singing Bowl
  • Movement Awareness
  • Meditation Practices
  • Using Technology Mindfully & With Purpose
  • Talk on Compassion & Compassionate Action
  • Drumming Session
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