Resilient. Emotionally aware. Creative. Vulnerable. Kind. It’s how we want to be and what we strive to model. This feels especially important in our current culture which breeds distraction and disconnection.
Since 2013, we at valo have been guiding monthly retreats throughout Maine to help teens find their voice and do something with it. We have discovered that developing a practice of self-exploration keeps young people open, curious, and hopeful.
We use group conversation, time to ourselves, journaling, creating and living in community to foster meaningful relationships with ourselves and one another. Valo teens tell us that they feel new confidence in their ideas, greater comfort in sharing them and an increased capacity to listen. They feel a sense of belonging. Their relationships are stronger. They know themselves better. And they feel a readiness to contribute to the larger world.
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Although we couldn't gather on retreats this month, our teens connected with Zoom conversations, group creating "together," and letters penned by hand.
Sparked by our teens, our circle also ventured to their edges this month by spending the last 21 days adopting a new habit. Some focused on new kinds of exercise, others read before bed instead of scrolling on their phones, a few recorded thoughts in their journal each morning, and a bunch experimented with creating (think knitting, watercolors, and cooking!).
With the collective energy of many diving in
(apart, but together), we were grateful we had the time
to try these new habits out.
With a little luck, we think they may stick.