The Teen Group meets in Room 11 from 11:15 to 12:45 weekly, in what is effectively the teen lounge. Weekly activities include discussion, interactive work and play, music, written word, art and more, exploring questions of spirit, personal and global transformation. Under the guidance of teen leader Bill Frater and various guest speakers, the group covers a lot of material and has fun in the process.
The teens work together on service projects, fundraisers, retreats and social events, and also produce the annual teen service.
The fall kicks off a flurry of activity with our teen group and sometimes we get so busy with all the activities we forget to share it with our Center. So in an effort to catch you up to speed ~ here's a bit of Teen News!
Our Halloween bake sale was a huge success. The teens and advisors cooked up some great treats which created a table full of tasty goodies that were all gobbled up. Thank you to all who came by to support our fundraiser. With your help and the contribution of the coffee bar funds we raised a total of $645.45.
The teen room, also known as room 11 has had a complete make over. Our talented trustee Janet DePree came in and worked her magic over the stale walls transforming them into a soft landscape of light. Not to worry we preserved the Star Skate moon scape wall and the two complement each other beautifuly. Thank you Janet for your creative genius. We love it.
On Nov 16-17 the Center for Spiritual Awareness – West Sacramento hosted their first Teen Overnight. Five of our teens along with advisors Doris Nelson and Jim Strand attend, joining approximately 20 others from 4 other Centers. They came back excited to plan another overnight in 2014 hosted by our Center.
Our Holiday wreath fundraiser will be back on Dec. 8 & 16 with an assortment of wreaths and floral candle baskets. Quantity is limited so be sure to get yours early.
CSL Teen Winter Camp registration is underway. This is one of two big events that we raise money to attend. Winter Camp will be held January 17-20 at Camp Loma Mar.
Again, we want to extend our gratitude to all of you who support our events and assist us in growing together in Spiritual Community.
We love our Center and are SO grateful to have a thriving and growing teen group!
Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 November 2013 20:04
On August 6-7, 13 members of our Teen group went on an overnight camping adventure at Casini Ranch in Duncans Mills. Advisor Doris Nelson did a great job picking out the perfect camp site for this overnight adventure. Everyone pitched in to help set up tents and get the camp organized, as well as help cook and clean up for dinner and breakfast the next morning. Advisors Bill Frater and Doris led the teens in workshops designed to deepen the personal bond within the group as well as explore spiritual bond we all share as aspects of the Divine. When it was time to retrieve the group for the journey home on the 7th, I arrived to a bunch of happy campers requesting to do it again - for at least 2 nights next time. It's safe to say and easy to see by the smiles on their faces in the photo above, this event was a success!
We love our teens!
Susan Robinson, RScP
Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 August 2013 19:16
On Sunday July 21st our Teen Group participated in a workshop designed to provide Service to our Center Family. The workshop was led by Young Adult and CSL Youth Ambassador Angela Church. Angela worked with our Facilities Manager, Evan Dow-Williamson ahead of time to identify areas around our Center's grounds that could benefit from a little tender loving care. Then the teens were given a variety of clean up, or beautification projects to choose from. Everyone in attendance participated in one way or the other, including our teen advisors Doris Nelson and Jim Strand (pictured below).
Last Updated on Saturday, 27 July 2013 18:12
Are you a teen who has been coming to our Center wondering where are all the teens? Well have we got great news for YOU! Our teen group meets every Sunday in Room 11 (In the north wing) from 11:15 to 12:45. Over the last few Sunday's and through out the month of May members of our teen group will be inviting visiting teens to come join the group and get a taste of what we do together. This coming Sunday Teen advisor Debby Young will be sharing "The Work" of Byron Katie as we wrap up our month of Forgiveness and we have lots of great things planned for May as we celebrate a month of Gratitude together. It's easy to see and feel the Gratitude all around us, especially with the support of our wonderful Center and a team of awesome advisors. Come check us out and see how we grow together in Spiritual Community teen style!
Last Updated on Friday, 26 April 2013 15:12
Teen Coordinator Bill Frater revived a Center for Spiritual Living Santa Rosa teen tradition of doing an Easter Egg workshop on Easter Sunday. Each teen was given and egg and instructed put a hole on each end of the egg and blow through it to clean it of its gooey contents. (That's the fun part!). Once they were cleaned out they used a variety of materials, crayons, markers and paint to design their one of a kind Easter Egg. Pictured here are members of our teen group that took part in this workshop. From Left to Right are, Ian, Aaron, Ari, Aubrianna, Camille, Jesse, Megan and Chase.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 April 2013 13:29
Yoga was the meditation practice experienced last Sunday throughout our Youth Ministry programs. Special guest and yoga instructor William Able joined our teen group and treated them to a Yoga Meditation of slow moving stretches and poses geared to support their mental, spiritual and physical well being. As seen in the photos below, everyone in attendance participated at their own level. Many thanks to William for sharing his gifts and knowledge of yoga with our teens and advisors. We are so blessed!
Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 March 2013 13:44
The photo board in the social hall breezeway has been updated with fun pictures from our recent CSL winter teen camp held at YMCA Camp Loma Mar. Our camp theme was "Leggo my Ego" in addition to our regular camp activities such as meals, meditation, group singing, games, talent show and a dance night, we spend time in five different workshops identifying what and who are "ego" are as well as how they serve us or hinder our growth. Recaps of the five workshops are also on the board as a way of sharing a part of our experience with our loving and supportive spiritual community. The weekend was full of growth, making new friends and forming deeper connections with ourselves and friends we've met at prior CSL camps. Thank you to all who participated in our bake sales and fundraising activities so we can continue to offer these types of life changing experiences to our amazing teens!
Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 February 2013 14:03
Teen togetherness was celebrated on December 14th with the annual Teen Holiday overnight. Teens and advisors arrived to our Center with sleeping bags, pillows, gifts and goodies to share some quality holiday time. The evening kicked off with a pot luck dinner followed by games, workshops and creative projects, christmas tree decorating and a gift exchange. Volunteer Kathryn Jurik arrived the next morning and prepared a tasty and beautiful breakfast feast for all in attendance. Special thanks to Rafe Ellis and Debby Young who served as our parking lot ambassadors providing a safe bubble of love for all who attended. And HUGE thanks to our wonderful Center for providing us a place for us to share and grow together.
Last Updated on Monday, 24 December 2012 11:38
Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 October 2012 14:33
Last Sunday we did water coloring with the youngsters! The idea was to stimulate creativity since the Spirit Expressing art show is coming up soon. Here is a photo of teen feet from those who participated. We also celebrated Camillle's 16th birthday, Happy Birthday Camille!
Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 October 2012 14:29
I'm the teen group coordinator at the Center. Our teen group meets on Sundays from 11:15 to 12:45 in the North wing of the Center which is through the farthest double doors from the entrance on Occidental Road.
We usually do some kind of experiential workshop that may focus on life choices with a spiritual or metaphysical slant. I like to keep things pretty light and playful and let the teens be heard and support each other and become friends.
The less it is like "school" the better, because most of the youth get enough of that all week.
We have between 12 and 20 teens on a given Sunday and they are friends but know to welcome new teens who join the group are who are just visiting.
I usually recommend that they give it 3 or 4 times to see if it works for them or not. If a teen gives it a chance, I think he or she will learn to love us.