I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found I was really going in.
John Muir
Photo by Ellen Tynan

Young Adult Wilderness Retreat, Emigrant Wilderness, CA (July 11-20, 2014)

One_Teen_Girl_Meditating_HorizonSpending time in the wilderness naturally deepens a sense of interconnectedness; when we add meditation, mindful hiking and other contemplation practices we create an even more powerful experience of our place here as a part of the whole. During this wilderness retreat we will spend the mornings practicing mindfulness meditation and then in the afternoons explore the beautiful wilderness area around us, doing primitive skills like fire building and awareness activities (like animal tracking) to better appreciate the natural world.

The retreat begins at a center near Emigrant Wilderness and then we head into the back country for 7 days to immerse ourselves in the natural world. We will be hiking daily. This retreat is perfect for young adults who want to appreciate the natural world in a way they never have before—with a quiet mind and open heart.

This retreat is offered through Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme) and UCLA.

For more information and to register please got to iBme.


Dates July 11th – 20th, 2014
Arrival Time 3:00 PM on July 11th
Departure Time 1:00 PM on July 20th
Location Strawberry Ridge Retreat
Emigrant Wilderness, CA (just north of Yosemite National Park)
Teachers Marvin Belzer, Jessica Morey, Ellen Tynan
Ages 18-24
Cost $1295
Early bird discounts: $1195 (until May 11th)
Deposit A $350 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve a space on the retreat. If applying for a scholarship, a $35 non-refundable deposit is due with your application.
Balance The balance of the retreat fee must be paid before or upon arrival at the retreat.
Travel Assistance We can help coordinate rides and airport pick-ups and drop-offs for teens traveling from afar.
Application Deadline June 27th


July 11, 2014 - July 20, 2014