Teen Programs

 2017 Teen Retreats

See 2017 schedule and registration information



Many SRF temples, centers, and groups now offer programs for teens, ages 13 to 18, in addition to Sunday School. Usually these groups meet on Sunday mornings while the service for adults is taking place.  

The primary purpose of the teen programs is study and practice of the Self-Realization Fellowship teachings. Meetings include group instruction and practice of the Energization Exercises and meditation. Other spiritual activities such as kirtan (devotional chanting), the practice of affirmations, introspection, and observance of commemoration days for the SRF Gurus also take place (programs at each location may vary).  


Discussion periods offer teens an opportunity to reflect on how Paramahansa Yogananda’s How-to-Live principles apply to their daily lives. Often they are able to share with each other how the practice of these teachings assists them in meeting the challenges of being a teenager in today’s world. At this important time in their lives, teens can greatly benefit from developing friendships and spending time with peers who are striving to live Paramahansaji’s teachings, meditating, and seeking God’s direction in their lives. As Paramahansa Yogananda said, “When souls seek progress together in God, then divine friendship flowers. If the qualities of the heart are spiritualized and perfected with sincere friends, and that circle of love is expanded until it is all-inclusive, then one finds the Friend of all friends.” 

In addition to regular meetings, teen programs also include fellowship events, service opportunities (including assisting with younger children in Sunday School), and satsangas (informal talks) with a minister. Periodically, special retreats and pilgrimages for teens are conducted at SRF temples and ashram centers. 


Teen boys at Koi pond with Brother East-Coast-Girls-Youth-and-Teen-Day3


 Self-Realization Fellowship How-to-Live Youth Programs

Self-Realization Fellowship will be conducting two one-day retreat programs this fall for teens, ages 13 to 18 years. Both retreats will be led by SRF monastics, who will provide guidance on how to strengthen one’s connection to the spiritual life and how to apply the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda to become a true success in the world. During each full-day retreat, participants will be given instruction in the SRF Energization Exercises and meditation, and have their questions answered during satsangas (informal talks) led by the monastics.  


Girls Teen Retreat at SRF Lake Shrine 

The girls’ teen retreat will be held at SRF Lake Shrine, in Pacific Palisades (see dates below). The teens will have the opportunity to meditate in the historic houseboat that Paramahansaji used for meditation and divine communion during the time he was supervising the Lake Shrine’s construction, and will be given a special tour of the Windmill Chapel. There will also be a satsanga and the opportunity to visit the many special places around the lake, including the Mahatma Gandhi World Peace Memorial, the Court of Religions, and the Sunken Gardens, while enjoying Lake Shrine’s beauty and serenity—experiencing why it is a spiritual oasis for all who seek refuge from the frenetic pace of the world. The teens will also visit Lake Shrine’s museum, which includes several of Yoganandaji’s personal items and provides a glimpse of the history of SRF. In addition, the program includes lunch and recreation, providing for spiritual fellowship with other SRF teens.


Boys Teen Retreat at Encinitas    

East-Coast-Girls-Youth-and-Teen-Day4The boys’ teen retreat will be held at the SRF Encinitas Retreat, Hermitage, and Meditation Gardens (see dates below). The program will include an introduction and visit to the Hermitage, where Paramahansaji wrote his Autobiography of a Yogi, gave informal classes, and received guests; periods of meditation and a satsanga in the Retreat Chapel; and a tour of the Encinitas Meditation Gardens, where the Guru strolled and meditated, fed the fish in the koi ponds, enjoyed the great expanse of ocean and sky, and built the Golden Lotus Temple, always communing with God. As they take in the sacred places where Paramahansaji lived, the teens will be told stories about his life at the Hermitage. Lunch will be provided, followed by recreation, allowing participants an opportunity to develop friendships with other SRF teens.


2016 Schedule*
Teen Retreats  
• Program Flyer - Boys Retreat
• Registration and Consent Form
Regional Day Programs
• Program Flyer
• Registration and Consent Form
• Scholarship Form
The registration and consent forms can be downloaded and submitted via any of the options below. There is also a program information flyer should you wish to share it with others.
Fax: (818) 549-5170
U.S. Mail:
Youth Services Dept.
Self-Realization Fellowship
3880 San Rafael Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90065
To aid our preparations, please submit the forms as soon as possible.
Girls Regional Day Program Oct. 8 Lake Texoma, TX
Boys Regional Day Program Oct. 15 Lake Texoma, TX
Boys Teen Retreat Nov. 19 Encinitas, CA
2017 Schedule*
Boys Teen Retreat April 22 Pacific Palisades, California
Girls Teen Retreat Nov. 18 Encinitas, California
*See All 2017 Youth Programs


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