“refuge has helped me be more mindful and to believe in myself. Also it has helped me to take risks.” - mateo
our mission is to provide the space each week for kids to ground: increase self-awareness and self-compassion, to connect: deepen empathy and a sense of community, and to sustain: provide a foundation of strategies and skills that better prepare middle school students to manage stress and develop sustainable well-being.
The development of any skill is dependent on practice. In order to develop sustainable well-being, we must have consistent space in which to do so.
Middle school can be a time of great discovery. It can also be a time when many kids feel disconnected from themselves and from others in a way that perhaps they hadn’t experienced before. The transition to middle school is dramatic for most kids: school routines change, physical and psychological growth can feel intense and disorienting, and pressures mount from peers, parents, and school. In addition, access to devices and social media means that many kids are never getting a break from these forces, impacting their sleep, health, and well-being. As parents, nurturing our children’s mental health and well-being is our priority, but middle school is an age where parents start to have less influence than peers and talking with our own kids about what they are experiencing can often result in “talking at”.
refuge provides that space through:
Weekly Coaching Calls: one 30-minute online video group call (easily accessible by computer or smartphone) to reflect,
connect, and engage in practices for well-being
Semi-Monthly Retreats : one 1-2 hour in-person retreat, where we will come together at a variety of local locations to
continue this work through activities such as art, nature immersion, and community service.*
refuge is a completely FREE offering for all middle schoolers for the entire school year.
For more information and/or to register, please contact us.
*Families are responsible for providing transportation to/from retreat locations for their child.