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Youth Retreat 2011

AFAN Youth - Inter-belief Retreat

We welcome any young people from 16- 25 to join us for day and weekend retreats to deepen the inquiry into who we are? and  why we are here? build community and celebrate life. The retreats will include self and group inquiry, games, and will include spiritual/emotional and physical development exercise. We have created a timetable that will allow us to support the needs of the group. The retreat is a co-exploration between the young people and the retreat leaders, learning and sharing together.



Weekend 10th (starts 5.30pm) -12th June (finishes 4pm)


Application form

You can download the word document application form here

Please contact Anna if you need any more help with retreat  annasowni AT (replace AT with @ and no spaces)


Guidelines for the retreat

This retreat is alcohol and drug free (other than medicine you need to take)

To refrain from emotional or physically abuse.

The appropriate use of speech, communication

No sexual contact

To respect each other views and opinion

Please try to avoid talking about what “others”, “one” or “they” think or do.

Speak from your own point view.

To not come to the retreat to convert or proselytize.


What we offer

We offer a space to explore big question in life, in safe space. We follow the AFAN principles look here. The group will be limited to a maximum of 20 people.


Retreat funding and who's behind it?

The retreat has been partly funded by Sikh person interested AFAN type dialogue, the webspace is provided by AFAN. The retreat was brought together by Navleen and Amaranatho from the AFAN team as away of providing more in depth support for young people.  These retreat are being run on a volunteer and charitable basis. This means we can offer the weekend retreat for 25 pound.


Where will the retreat be held?

Please see website for phone number and emergency contact


Child protection policy.

During all one day and weekend retreats there is a strict child protection policy in place. During the May retreat Navleen will be the child protection officer and for the June weekend Amaranatho will be the child protection officer. All helpers and leaders and residential managers of the retreat center have been CRB checked The child protection code of conduct is here - the more detailed version will be based on


Things you need to bring

For a weekend retreat

It would really up us if you could bring a towel, toiletries, also we do not where shoes inside our building so you might want to bring an extra pair of socks.

PLEASE PLEASE tell us if you have any medical condition including allergies and BRING your medicine regardless and dietary concerns.


About the facilitators

Amaranatho runs Buddhist young people retreats in England and Malaysia and has also started to run Jewish Buddhist retreats. He also runs family camps and has been the child protection officer for that camp for over eight years.


Navleen is a mother of three young children and has run retreats with young people in Europe and India.


Ravi grew up in a spiritual community, and started running self development courses as a teenager. He is now a principal consultant to help people in business situtaions to deepen their self-awareness and capacity to align and engage with organizational strategy.


Ravi, Navleen and Amaranatho have worked on a number of interfaith young people retreats you can read more here




This is a sample timetable for the day retreat




Welcome & Arrivals

10:15- 10:50

Introduction by Centre Manager

Group warm up & Ice breaker

10:50 - 11:00

View & chill: Food for thought

11:00- 12:15


12:15 – 12:30

Absorb & time

12:30- 1:15


1:15 – 2:30


2:30- 3:30

Creativity & Celebration

3:30 – 4:00

Feedback & Chant And close only to open again


  Child Protection Code of Conduct

This document is mainly for clarifying and supporting the child protection policy. This is a brief outline of expected conduct,

These guidelines are encouragement, that we all need to play a part in the safety and well being of the young people that come to the young persons retreat. Its is extremely important to not investigate any alleged abuse but to refer - do not ask questions of the child, parent or anybody else as this may jeopardise a police investigation.


Never think abuse is impossible within the monastery environment or that accusation against someone you know well and trust is bound to be wrong.

  • play your part in helping to develop an ethos where all people matter and are treated equally, and with respect and dignity. Always put the care, welfare and safety needs of a young person first.

  • respect a young person's right to be involved in making choices and decisions which directly affect them

  • listen attentively to any ideas and views a child wants to share with you.

  • respect a young person's culture (for example their faith and religious beliefs).

  • respect a young peron's right to privacy and personal space.

  • respond sensitively to a young person who seem anxious about participating in certain activities.

  • speak to the child protection office immediately if you suspect that a young person is experiencing bullying or harassment.

  • ensure that when you are working with young people you are at least within sight or hearing of other adults.

  • listen carefully to any young person who ‘tells you' (sometimes through drawings and behaviour as well as words) that they are being harmed and report what you have discovered immediately to the child protection officer.

  • report immediately to the child protection officer any suspicion that a young person could be at risk of harm or abuse.

  • never dismiss what a young person tells you as ‘lies' or exaggeration.

  • only restrain a young person who is at imminent risk of inflicting harm to themselves or others or is at risk of damaging property.

  • never underestimate the contribution that you can make to the development of safe communities for young people.

  • exaggerate or trivialise another worker's concerns about a young person or ignore an allegation or suspicion of abuse in the hope that it will either ‘go away' or that ‘someone else will deal with it'

  • be drawn into any derogatory remarks or gestures in front of young persons.

  • allow a young person or adult to be bullied or harmed by anyone in the organisation.

Use of images of children/young people under the age of 18

  • All children must be appropriately dressed

  • Photography or recording should focus on the activity not on a young person.

  • Images should focus on small groups rather than individuals

  • Images of a child who is under a court order should never be used.

  • If a young person is named avoid using their photograph

    If a photograph is used avoid naming the person or use their first name only. Personal details should never be used.


  • Use photographs that represent the broad range of youngsters participating in activities.

  • All people taking photographs or recording footage at an event should register with the event organizer.

  • All concerns regarding inappropriate or intrusive photography should be reported to the appropriate organization.


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