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.