a place for connection…

We welcome you

First launched in the summer of 2014, Wise Heart Young Adult Retreat helps participants cultivate open-heartedness, compassion and wisdom as well as specific tools for handling everyday challenges. We do this through meditation (walking and sitting), listening to teachings on Buddhism, having deep discussions as well as through art, body movement, relaxation exercises, games, being in nature and other fun activities. Together we are growing a community that is authentic, joyful, aware, kind and dedicated.

Take a break from technology and the fast pace of life to join a community of like-minded peers for an extended weekend of meditation and exploration in the beautiful redwood forests of the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Wise Heart Young Adult Retreat is a LGBTQ+ inclusive community.

“I cannot say enough wonderful things about this retreat; it has transformed the way I live my life. I would recommend it to absolutely anyone!” – 2015 WHYAR participant

This Year’s Theme is…

Crazy World, Calm Mind

July 13th – July 16th

While the world on the outside can at times feel overwhelming and distressing, through mindfulness and other techniques, we can learn to access our inner calm in the storm. Over centuries, Buddhism has refined meditation methods which probe the nature of the mind and promote positive states of mind, including compassion.

This year’s teacher, Venerable Tenzin Chogkyi, tells us:

“In my work with students, I have noticed that their most pressing concern is how to deal with their disturbing emotions, which of course is at the core of Buddhist thought and practice. In these times of uncertainty … the tools from Buddhism and Western psychology for dealing with our disturbing emotions are more urgently needed than ever.”

Join us this year and learn how to calm your mind and reconnect with what makes you truly happy.

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