“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 mean 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 physical well-being is our priority, but middle school is an age when 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 40-minute online video group call (easily accessible by computer or smartphone) to
reflect, connect, and engage in practices for well-being.
Monthly Retreats: one 1-2 hour in-person retreat, where we come together at a variety of local locations to continue
this work through art, nature immersion, and community service.*
Choose the monthly membership that works for you each month:
Call Membership: Weekly Coaching Calls ONLY: $40/month
(ideal if you are participating outside of the Bay Area or just can’t make the retreat for the month)
Full Membership: Weekly Coaching Calls PLUS Monthly Retreat: $60/month
refuge is not seasonal, rather an opportunity to provide your middle schooler with ongoing support throughout the school year. We understand that things change for families, so no commitment is required; payments are made monthly and can cease at any time. If you would like your child to participate, but cost is an issue, please let us know! Scholarships are available!
For more information and/or to register, please contact us.
*Families are responsible for providing transportation to/from retreat locations for their child.