Self-Realization Fellowship How-to-Live Youth Programs
Summer Day Programs for Youth and Teens
Girls' Program: June 26 - 30, 2017
Boys' Program: July 3 - 7, 2016
Self-Realization Fellowship will be conducting a five-day How-to-Live program in Encinitas, California, for children 7 to 12 years of age; as well as a five-day teen program for 13- to 18-year-olds.
The programs will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily at the Encinitas Country Day School, a 20-acre campus that borders a lagoon. It provides the feeling of being quietly secluded, while being easily accessible to nearby towns.
Through the practice of monastic-led Energization Exercises, meditation, satsangas, and other programs exploring Paramahansa Yogananda’s teachings, youth will be able to discover the inner strength so needed in today’s world in order to make choices that lead to a deeply satisfying inner and outer life. There will also be a special pilgrimage outing to spend time at the SRF Encinitas Hermitage and meditation gardens, where Paramahansa Yogananda lived and communed with God for so many years. In addition, there will be numerous interactive activities that make use of an amphitheater, music room, technology lab, conservation hiking trail, basketball court, and soccer/track field.
How-to-Live Program for 7–12 Year Olds
Children will experience fun, interactive classes infused with Paramahansaji’s spiritual principles. A variety of activities and programs will be available, such as sports, music, arts and crafts, creative work with digital technology, hiking, and theater arts. This balanced and engaging program will give children opportunities to grow spiritually while enjoying fellowship with other SRF children.
How-to-Live Program for 13–18 Year Olds
In another part of the campus, teens will be able to participate in a How-to-Live program tailored to the unique challenges they face in today’s world. Through interactive classes and satsanga with monastics, including personal instruction in and practice of meditation, teens will be able to experience how relevant Paramahansa Yogananda’s teachings can be in their lives. Also, teens may take part in designing and participating in creative projects using the amphitheater, music room, and/or technology lab. Through a variety of activities available that address the different teen age ranges, teens will have the opportunity to focus on developing confidence and leadership skills as covered in the Self-Realization Fellowship teachings. Sports and physical activities such as Hatha Yoga practice will balance and complement the classes and meditations.
Information for Parents
For parents of children and teens attending the program, there will be a meditation, satsanga, and class on a designated day of the week in a separate part of the campus. They can also choose to visit the SRF meditation gardens in Encinitas, which are nearby.
For those from out-of-town, there are nearby state beach campgrounds; please see the following list of reasonably priced local motels, hotels, campgrounds, and RV Parks. We recommend that you make your reservations as soon as possible because accommodations fill up quickly during the summer months.
Apply Online for the 2017 How-to-Live Summer
View the 2016 Summer Day Program Slideshow
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