The teens interviewed reported that they had benefited from the retreat. Benefits cited include greater confidence and improved self-expression, self-awareness and self-understanding.
Learning to observe and listen: “Just meditating so much, like being with myself so much that I just noticed more about myself, and my habits.”-P3
Sitting with discomfort: “I’m not trying to get rid of pain, I’m trying to live with it. And I think before the retreat, I was trying to get rid of it … I’ve now given myself permission to – well just to feel, which is important.”-P2
A greater self-understanding: “I became more aware of different habits or behaviours that I have that impact me positively or negatively … I’m a lot more aware of those sorts of things.”-P4
Moving from judgement to acceptance: “I realised that your thoughts are sort of just there and that you can’t change them … just being with it and sort of accepting everything and not judging myself or my thoughts”-P1
Gaining confidence and control: “I can recognise behaviours or habits … that are impacting me negatively and try to stop them … I can recognise it and I know that I don’t have to stop it, but I can stop it, it’s not out of my control.”-P4
Improved self-expression: “[the retreat provided] a really great open floor for people to be realistically more honest with others than we generally happen to be with ourselves, which I thought was a nice thing. It helped us all be connected a little bit closer.”-P2
Improved interpersonal relationships: “Practicing mindfulness and going on the retreat and meditating don’t just benefit myself, they can help and have helped relationships with everyone I suppose.”-P2