by Michele Hall
• Vancouver’s Teen Journey is heading to India to study with the Dalai Lama. After four years of life-changing programs where young people discover their unique power and gifts, Teen Journey now welcomes the invitation to connect with some of the planet’s wisest people.
Teen Journey founder Ela Rezmer created Teen Journey in response to the challenges her own two sons faced as they headed into adolescence. She saw that modern society has virtually no processes or rites of passage to help teens navigate through one of the most important times in their life. “Young people need to experience the depths of the human soul. Only then can they tap into their own strength and wisdom to become responsible participants in our global culture,” Rezmer notes.
This fall, in conjunction with the Inkarri Multicultural Association led by Juan Ruiz, teens will travel to the Gaden Shartse Monastery in southern India where they will live with the monks and receive daily teachings from the Dalai Lama, as well as work with Juan in Pneuma Breathwork and his Path of Knowledge. “This is a rare opportunity,” says Rezmer. “Not only will they travel to a different culture but, more important, being with thousands of monks praying and meditating deeply nourishes the growing soul.”
The two-week program (begins November 2012) is limited to 20 people 18-21 years of age. Registration ends September 15. Contact Ela Rezmer at 604-780-3400 or visit TeenJourney.org
Michele Hall is a former CBC TV producer, ghostwriter and co-author of three books. She also had the foresight to enrol her teenage daughter in the Teen Journey program. WhatWorksMedia.ca