Thriving Teenager Summercamp

Details for 2019 is coming soon.

 

We are currently evaluating the format of the The Teenage Summer camp for 2019. If you wish to know when we are ready with more information, please send an email to berit@thrivinglife.eu.

Teachers: Tuire Niinimaki and Berit Lewis

Description

Why not use some of the holiday learning mindfulness and training the mind to become more psychologically resilient. Being able to cope with life’s challenges is a skill and this course can give you some essential knowledge, tools and practice in creating healthy mental habits for today and beyond teenagehood. By learning and practising mindfulness we literally shape the brain to become more present, kinder, happier and resilient. And at the same time we have fun and maybe you´ll meet some new friends before school starts.

Thriving Teenager Camp is the 6 weeks Thriving Teenager mindfulness course in a different format. It is open for anyone from 13-18 years old. The aim is to give young people mindfulness tools to handle difficult situations, thoughts and emotions during teenage years and beyond. However, it will also challenge them to discover their strengths and explore the core values and passions that lie within them – or is in the process of being formed.

Theoretical Background

The Thriving Teenager Summer Camp builds on content from the world renowned and evidence-based MBSR course (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy – a mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy) adapted to the age group. As well as exploring mindfulness during the course we will also look at values as they play an important role when one approaches adulthood and when making important decisions in life.

It is important to stress that this course is not therapy. The aim of the course is not to “fix” any mental or learning difficulties. Mindfulness might be able to help cope with these, but it is not the aim of the course. Please inform the teacher prior to the course, if the student has any mental or physical health issues.

Continuous practice after the course

Like learning any other new skills, mindfulness needs to be practiced regularly. Just like going to the gym in order to get stronger muscles, the mind can be shaped and strengthened through mindfulness practice. A regular meditation practice has been proven to build new neurological pathways in the brain. We will, of course, do a lot of different meditation practices during the course (sitting, lying, moving, walking etc), and this will give the students a great jump-start and they will no doubt see the immediate effect. However, it is difficult to establish a new habit of regular daily meditation practice over only 5 days. Therefore, we will spend a lot of the last day setting personal commitments on how to continue being mindful and establish new healthy habits once everyday life sets in. Continuous support includes

  • guided meditations as MP3 to practice with in everyday life
  • setting up a support network for the group (via email, Whats App and/or Facebook – depending on the group´s choice)
  • organising to meet once a week with the group for the following 4 weeks after the course both as a check up on the personal commitments and to discuss challenges and successes with their peers
  • special reduced price of €10 for participating in Weekly Mindfulness Practice in Wassenaar.

Survey

The participants will be asked to fill in a survey before and after the course in order to allow the teacher, the student and the parents to see what effect the course has had on the student.

 

Schedule

A typical day could be:

10.00-10.30 Meditation / yoga

10.30-12.00 Workshop

12.00-12.30 Lunch. First 10 min silence while eating.

12.30-13.00 Meditation / mindful stretches related to the workshop of the afternoon

13.00-14.40 Workshop

14.40-15.00 Meditation

 

A rough schedule for the week´s themes are:

Morning (10-12) Afternoon (13-15)
Monday Getting to know each other Waking up

Becoming aware and stepping out of automatic pilot

Tuesday Finding your balance

Coping with stress and pressure

What matters to you?

Identifying your values and who you want to be?

Wednesday It is OK not to be OK

Coping with difficult thoughts and emotions

Thursday Silent Day

Including an excursion out of the studio

Friday Cultivating Self-compassion

Be-friending your inner critic

Committed action

How to continue living mindfully