Annual Weekend Getaway

Our teen retreats are a traveling wellness and creative practice that highlights the voices and responds to the emotional needs of youth of color between the ages of 12-18.​ It is​ designed to ​fulfill a community of youth​ who are dedicated to self-development and the empowerment of their peers as well as understand their capacity to be leaders in society​. Rise and Shine Youth Retreat creates environments that inspire exploration in nature, creative expression and ​self-care ​rituals to nurture ​youth wellness and leadership. Each year we host an annual retreat termed the “Annual Weekend Getaway”.


Over the course of the weekend, participants indulge in self-care rituals and building community. Throughout the weekend attendees participate in workshops facilitated and designed by Maine based youth activists. We make DIY body care products such as sugar scrubs, hair/body oil mix, toothpaste and deodorant. Each participant receives a wellness kit including:


  • all ingredients and containers to make DIY body care products
  • oral care kit (contains dental pick, scaler, mirror, and gum stimulator)
  • tongue scraper
  • toothbrush
  • dental floss
  • pads
  • tampons
  • body brush


  • journal