Mindful Movement for Teens
WHAT: Join us in the barn this spring as we develop mindfulness, coping skills, and foster social-emotional development through nature-and-yoga-based movement activities. Teens will spend a quiet afternoon tapping into their own inner strength and developing physical, cognitive and emotional flexibility through yoga-inspired movement and mindfulness activities. Our sensory rich farm environment is the perfect place to practice being fully present in the moment! The barnyard is a haven and a community, formed by our friends—including the four-legged kind. We’ll be inspired by our animals’ wisdom and practice letting go of our past and future worries by simply being in the present moment together.
WHY: Mindful youth*
- Are better able to focus and concentrate
- Experience increased calm
- Experience decreased stress and anxiety
- Experience improved impulse control
- Have increased self-awareness
- Find skillful ways to respond to difficult emotions
- Are empathetic and understanding of others
- Have natural conflict resolution skills
*Testimonials from “Teachers and Students Who Have Received Mindful Schools Instruction.” Mindful Schools: Using Mindfulness to Teach Children to be Emotionally Aware, Empathetic, and Mindful of Their Thoughts and Actions. 09 Aug. 2010. www.mindfulschools.org
WHO: Middle school and high school teens (12-18 year olds)
Youth must be able to meet all activities of daily living independently (with appropriate reminders from staff). Their receptive language skills must be strong enough for them to follow verbal directions from staff members. To ensure the safety of our animals, participants and staff, we cannot accept individuals who present with major behavioral challenges (Ex: aggression, excessive wandering). Parents are welcome to stay to support their teens’ needs–please contact us to discuss the specific details. Thank you for your understanding. Additionally, parents are invited to spend a quiet afternoon down in the Hope Farms Coffee Shop which features free wi-fi, self-serve coffee, and comfortable couches, while their teens spend their afternoon outside in nature with animals.
WHEN: Saturdays, March 3rd-April 28th, from 12:30PM-2:30PM Reservations required.
WHERE: Hope Farms Project 47695 Foxwood Drive Elizabeth, CO 80107
We’re located east of Parker—only a short drive from Aurora and Parker and 30 minutes from I-25 and Arapahoe
HOW MUCH: $25.00/person – we accept CES waivers and private pay
QUESTIONS? Contact our program manager, Gianna at 720-996-1830 Ext 102 or by e-mail at G.Lishman@HopeFarmsProject.org