The Valo Experience

On our transformational retreats, we create a space where teens from a cross-section of communities come together. They connect meaningfully with each other and tend to their emotional wellbeing.

Time at Valo means:

  • unplugging from devices

  • connecting in real conversations

  • playing epic games (sardines to spoons)

  • sharing meals

  • walking in nature

  • seeing and being seen

  • cultivating lasting friendships

When they move beyond Valo, teens carry what they have learned and go on to impact their communities beyond Valo.

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To learn more about joining our weekend retreat program, or to begin the application process, click below.

frequently asked questions

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What is the time commitment?

Youth commit to attend weekend retreats once every month for a year. Retreats begin after school on Friday and wrap up mid-afternoon on Sunday. Valo recognizes that a youth may miss part or all of a retreat for other commitments, but the expectation is they attend most.

We hope that youth stay involved and attend retreats through their time in high school, but the minimum commitment is one year.

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How do you get to and from retreats?

Guides arrange meeting places that are convenient for your family, or pick up teens at home if transportation if needed.

From there, guides drive everyone to the retreat sites. 

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Where are retreats held?

Retreats take place in private homes, and campgrounds, that Valo rents in southern and midcoast Maine.