The first week of August at Ark-T saw a new way for teenagers to spend time during summer holidays. Self-Care retreats can often seem illusive and indulgent, so we brought them right back down to earth by running our very own summer self-care retreat for teenagers.
We spent an inspiring week taking part in activities, each focusing on a different element of self-care. We began with a ‘chill skills workshop’ run by Relax Kids, learned about changing materials and emotions with Science Oxford, made Sound Portraits with Charlie Henry, visited Modern Art Oxford, enjoyed spending time together, made slime, cooked and of course had fun.
‘I feel much better after going for a walk and having someone to talk to. I feel more positive.’ – YP
‘The sessions make a difference because they give me structure and something regular to do. I know someone will be there to talk to.’ – YP
‘I just feel 100% confident that I am safe.’ – YP
I would like to say a huge thank you to all the young people who came, as well as the wonderful staff who contributed to this project. I would also like to thank Oxfordhealth NHS and Response, as their partnership has made this project possible.
The next self-care retreat will take place on the 23rd of October from 10am-4pm. We will be doing yoga, making powerballs and more.
If you would like further information, or would like to find out how to register, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org