Teen Wellness Retreat Booklet - City of Mountain View

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TEEN WELLNESS RETREAT Saturday, November 13 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Mountain View Senior Center (266 Escuela Avenue Mountain View, CA 94040)

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WELCOME We are so excited to welcome you to the City of Mountain View Teen Wellness Retreat! School, extracurricular activities, and part-time jobs can keep us pretty busy, and more often than not, self-care tends to be pushed to the back burner. On Saturday, November 13, you’ll retreat from the rigors of life to engage in an event that empowers you to thrive in your everyday life. Choose your own path during the retreat with our action-packed agenda incorporating guest speakers, life skills classes, recreational activities, self-care workshops, and more. You will leave inspired (and ready to inspire) with new and fun tools to navigate the crossroads of spirit, mind, and body. This is an all-inclusive event that includes lunch, snacks, and a boba station! Please take the time to read through the workshop descriptions to choose the workshops that best fit your interests and needs - there is something for everyone! Each workshop has limited space. When you register, you will select your top choices for each session. We would like to thank all of the community organizations and businesses that have volunteered their time and talents to help make this event a success. We hope you will join us for this event and connect






community! For other teen programs, wellness initiatives and wellness resources, please visit: MountainView.gov/Teens.


Each teen will go home with a goody bag filled with wellness giveaways, treats, coupons, and more!


SCHEDULE Saturday, November 13 | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Mountain View Senior Center (266 Escuela Avenue Mountain View, CA 94040)

9:45 - 10:15 a.m. 10:15 - 11 a.m. 11:05 - 11:45 a.m. 11:55 a.m. - 12:35 p.m. 12:40 - 1:20 p.m. 1:20 - 2 p.m. 2:10 - 2:50 p.m.

Check In & Welcome Guest Speaker, Ovi Vasquez Session 1: Life Skills Session 2: Self-Care/Creative Exploration Lunch Guest Speaker, Aila Malik Session 3: Social & Community Engagement

3 - 3:40 p.m.

Session 4: Active Mind and Body

3:45 - 4 p.m.

Closing & Giveaways

For more info, please call (650) 903-6404. *Schedule subject to change.*

GUEST SPEAKERS 10:15 - 11 a.m.


All participants

OVI VÁSQUEZ Ovi Vásquez, certified in Mindfulness from UCSF. Ovi went from a

farmboy raised in a poor village in the sugarcane fields of Central America, to being accepted to Harvard Business School Online. He is the author of six books, including a #1 Amazon™ Bestseller, and he is a TEDx speaker on Self-Leadership. He inspires and connects with students by sharing his story and insights on how they can thrive in their journey mentally, physically, and emotionally, in their everyday life. He shares with students ways to realize their natural leadership skills through dynamic presentations. Teens connect with him and are inspired by his insightful journey of success. He emerges today as one of the most insightful, sought-after bilingual youth leadership speakers of our time.

1:20 - 2 p.m.


All participants

AILA MALIK Aila is an author, activist, social justice warrior, kindness advocate, planet protector, world explorer and human being. A lawyer by schooling and nonprofit executive by trade, Aila has been a changeagent in her community and the nonprofit sector, at large, for over two decades. She has received recognition for her leadership, activism, and tireless service. Living with intention as a compassionate advocate of community kindness, Aila is deeply committed to contributing to a world in which disparity does not limit people’s access to opportunity.

WORKSHOPS CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE! Throughout the event, there are 4 "choose your own adventure" sessions. During registration, you'll select your top choices for each session. Each workshop has limited space. Workshops will be assigned on a first registered, first served basis, meaning if you register early you are almost guaranteed your top choices! When you check in at the event, you will receive your workshop schedule. *Workshops subject to change.

Social and Community Engagement 2:10-2:50 p.m.

Life Skills 11:05-11:45 a.m.

Budgeting & Personal Finance

Celebrate Diversity United Against Hate

Basic First Aid

LGBTQ+ Support Group

Get Organized!

Mental Health Connect

Marketing Yourself

Thanksgiving Service Project

Self-Care and Creative Exploration 11:55 a.m. - 12:35 p.m.

Active Mind and Body 3 - 3:40 p.m.

Pet Therapy

De-Stress Room

Watercolor Art Therapy




Coffee Brewing and Latte Art

Tools to Reduce Stress

Candle Making


WORKSHOPS Self-Care and Creative Exploration 11:55 a.m. - 12:35 p.m.

Life Skills 11:05-11:45 a.m.

Pet Therapy

Budgeting & Personal Finance This workshop will provide you with an introduction to budgeting. You will learn how to manage your money and the advantages to having a budget. Workshop

provided by Meriwest Credit Union.

Plenty of dogs will be waiting to help teens de-stress and play! You'll get to learn about service animals and volunteering, while engaging in a self-care activity.

Workshop provided by Furry Friends Pet Assisted Therapy Services.

Basic First Aid

Watercolor Art Therapy

This basic training class will give you the info and the

Looking for a creative way to relax? Have trouble sitting

skills you need to help others during emergency

still to meditate? Meditative painting might be just the

situations. You'll even learn how to save a person who is

thing you're looking for. No painting skill or experience

choking. Certification not included. Workshop provided

necessary - only a desire to relax and become more

by ICE Safety Solutions.

creative. Workshop provided by Artist Brooke Gouker.

Get Organized! Learning





strategies can help you be more efficient. It can also be a confidence-booster! Instructors will provide you with

Smashbooks A Smashbook is a journal in which you can write, draw, and embellish and more. No planning is involved – you simply decorate as you feel in the moment! Start one during this

solutions, tools, and supplies to help you get and stay

workshop, then continue to add to it.

organized. Workshop provided by The View Teen Center

supplies to ignite your creativity. Workshop provided by The


View Teen Center staff.

Marketing Yourself

Coffee Brewing and Latte Art

Does the idea of a resume and elevator speech stress

Coffee heads! We’ll break down what it takes to make a

you out? No fear - We'll take the fear and unknown out

truly exceptional cup of coffee and offer tips and tricks

of the process! Even without previous job experience,

for latte art designs and how to improve your home

you'll learn how to market yourself for success.

coffee routine. You'll get the chance to try a latte art

Workshop provided by The View Teen Center Staff.

design! Workshop provided by 1 Oz Coffee.

Coffee, Tea, Bottled Water, and Snacks will be available all day outside the Social Hall.

We'll have TONS of

Candle Making This class will teach you to make your very own handpoured soy candles in your choice of fragrance. It’s a great way to for you to tap into your creativity and relax!

Workshop provided by Mountain View Candle Company.

WORKSHOPS Social and Community Engagement 2:10-2:50 p.m.

Active Mind and Body 3 - 3:40 p.m.

Celebrate Diversity United Against Hate

De-Stress Room

We can counter acts of racism, intolerance, and hate by

End the day in a relaxing room with fun mind and body

engaging in meaningful conversation. Join us in kicking

activities. Make your own stress balls and bath bombs,

off United Against Hate Week as we talk about current

create origami, practice stretching, or color to create a

issues and ways to take action against them. Workshop








gigantic puzzle. The room will be compete with low lighting and calm music. Workshop provided by the


Mountain View Youth Advisory Committee.

LGBTQ+ Support Group


The LGBTQ Youth Space outreach team will lead this

This workshop will develop your strength, flexibility,

workshop featuring LGBTQ+ speakers who will share

comfort level, and stamina as you challenge your body

their lived experiences, a panel to provide an interactive

and mind. The expert instructors will skillfully guide you

dialogue, and a Q&A about identity(ies). Workshop

through a full-body experience, complete with poses

provided by The LGBTQ Youth Space.

and breathwork. Workshop provided by YogaSix.

Mental Health Connect


You can help your friend or family member by recognizing the signs of mental health problems and connecting them to professional help! In addition to learning resources, you'll participate in a discussion around what mental health improvements you'd like to see in the community! Workshop provided by Project Safety Net.

Karate gives you an aerobic workout while helping fine tune

Thanksgiving Service Project

Tools to Reduce Stress

Doing things for other people has a beneficial effect on your

In this fun and interactive session, you will learn techniques to

own wellbeing!

During this workshop, you will help put

help increase your self awareness and self management.

together Thanksgiving Kits for 250 seniors in our community.

Session will cover simple stretches to relax the body,

You'll even be able to put a personal touch on each bag.

breathing strategy to help handle negative emotions, and

Workshop provided by The View Teen Center staff.

strategy to improve your awareness, energy and focus.

balance, coordination and strength. It can be a tremendous help with developing self-defense strategies, self-control, discipline, concentration and awareness — all things you'll carry with you for a lifetime. Workshop provided by Silicon

Valley Shotokan Karate.

Workshop provided by SKY Schools.

In the afternoon, help yourself to a Boba Station with multiple flavors, pearls, and jellies!

Boxing In this hands-on workshop, School Resource Officers will teach teens the basics of boxing. Be prepared try out different practices in a fun and educational way. Workshop provided by

the Mountain View Police Activities League.

LUNCH OPTIONS Lunch will be served, free of charge. When registering, you will have the opportunity to select which lunch option you would like. Vegetarian-friendly options available! Snacks and drinks will also be offered throughout the day.

*Please list any dietary restrictions or requests on the registration form.*



Chicken, Rice, Beans, Cheese.

Rice, Beans, Cheese.

On side: Guacamole, Sour Cream & Salsa.

On side: Guacamole, Sour Cream & Salsa.



Carne Asada, Rice, Beans, Cheese.

Flour Tortilla, Rice, Beans, Cheese.

On side: Guacamole, Sour Cream & Salsa.

On side: Guacamole, Sour Cream & Salsa.

ADDITIONAL INFO For more information, please contact the Recreation Coordinator at (650) 903-6404 or email Lauren.Eck@mountainview.gov. We are happy to answer any questions you may have!


Register for the event at: MountainView.gov/TeenWellnessRetreat

What to Wear / What to Bring What to Wear: Dress comfortably and ready to participate in any activities you choose. Face

masks are required for this event. What to bring: An open mind! Please leave distractors at home - take advantage of the

opportunity to unplug!

Event Guidelines and Rules Teens will formally check-in to the event and be expected to stay on site for the entirety of the event. Due to safety, there will be no come-and-go privileges. During the event, if you need to leave early for any reason, please speak to a staff member on-site. We strive to create a welcoming, supportive, and safe environment for all teens, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual preferences, gender identity, religious backgrounds, and socioeconomic status. Everyone’s opinions are to be respected, and we ask that you respect others’ differences.

THANK YOU TO OUR SUPPORTERS AND PARTNERS! Our most sincere thank you to all of the speakers, organizations, and businesses who generously donated their time and talents to the event!