Rise and Shine Youth Retreat is a rejuvenation center for the enrichment and liberation of Black people in Maine and beyond.

Have you heard?

We’re expanding!! Not only do we host retreats for teenagers, we provide cooperative housing, retreats for young children, retreats for adults, outdoor programs and our newest project, a plant share!

We’ve accomplished so much in the past 6 years and we are now ready for our greatest undertaking.

The community house is at capacity and we are still in high demand for retreats and housing.

With that, we must ensure that the current residents are safe and comfortable this Winter. We will make small structural updates to the house to increase sustainability, reduce pests and induce security and ease. Lastly, we are excited to announce that we will be creating more lodging at the center and we need your help to make it all happen!

Maine Initiatives has already supported this expansion with $5,000 to stipend BIPOC community members who help us get started on structural updates over the summer.

The first 5k raised for this official fundraiser launch will be matched by The For Us, By Us Fund!!

We are too thrilled about this and we still have a ways to go.

Make a DONATION today!

Click here for more info.


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Rise and Shine Youth Retreat highlights the voices and responds to the emotional needs, creativity and well being of Black, Indigenous, People of Color.

Our mission is to foster meaningful relationships between Black people and nature through cooperative living, wellness retreats, residences, and outdoor exploration/celebration.

We provide a space for folks to awaken their senses, a place for gathering, a place that embraces our diverse cultures, a place where we can embrace the ways that we speak without code switching. A place where people of color explore the woods and not feel like we are on white territory. A place to relax and be free. 

Support  Black Liberation for Black people in Maine and beyond. 

Black Liberation looks like

Black Trans Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter

Black led programming 

Black children playing in the woods

Access to land 

Access to land to grow food 

Safe, clean and affordable housing 

Food accessibility 

Safe space to practice spirituality 

Community building and fellowship 

Outdoor sports and SO much more.



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How are we navigating the pandemic?

It’s challenging! Folks still love to visit the farm in small social distancing groups. All activities take place outside.

Currently, we are not making and sharing products together.

With the rise of violence, gentrification and COVID 19, more Black folx are being pushed out of their homes and are in search of safety and security.

Stage II of our expansion will allow us to help Black community members by providing lodging in one of our usable barns on the land.

Being on the land and surrounded by nature has helped us tremendously as we await what’s next in this mysterious time.

Your support is greatly appreciated.

Contribute HERE.

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Rise and Shine Youth Retreat is a dream getaway! We created a full weekend for you to take a fulfilling vacation all on your own. This is all about you!!! We want  youth to have a weekend to themselves enjoying great food,  raw conversation, laughter and relaxation. The primary goal of this getaway retreat is for you to honor yourself. You deserve to feel good! We encourage you take care of yourself inside and out whether that is through morning and nighttime routines,  music, dance, creative art,  singing, writing or spending time outdoors.

If you are a teen between the ages of 1318 who believes that you deserve to getaway for a weekend with a group of people  who are going to accept you for who you are and you are ready to confidently give yourself the gift of unconditional love… continue reading…

The retreat is a 3 day camping trip in Bowdoin, Maine. This summer getaway is a healthy balance of fun, adventure and self discovery.

Through daily self care practice, raw conversation and youth led workshops; we will cover the following topics:


  • Body Care
  • Body Image
  • Bullying
  • Sex
  • How to speak up for yourself
  • Relationships
  • Abuse
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Nutrition
  • Coping with academic pressure
  • Visions and Goals
  • Self Worth


Sample Itinerary 

  • Space clearing using sage smudge stick
  • Body cleansing (shower and DIY skin care products)
  • Breakfast, tea, juice, yogurt, raw bars, fresh fruit, hummus and local veggies
  • Guided meditation
  • Yoga
  • Journaling and supported discussion
  • Lunch, scrumptious vegetarian burritos with black beans and quinoa, savory roasted veggies and toppings of choice and a cookie
  • Photo shoot/ Arts and crafts
  • Nature walk
  • Free time (relax, connect with mentors and other participants )
  • Dinner, curry lentils with spinach, brown rice and salad with a yummy dessert treat
  • Dance party or fun around the campfire (songs, live music, poem reading, calming essential oils, story telling)

video and most images by Savannah Daras