Summer Day Program

Summer Day Program for Children and Teens

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    2019 Summer Day Program video

    Each year Self-Realization Fellowship conducts a How-to-Live Summer Day Program in Encinitas, California, consisting of a five-day session for girls and a five-day session for boys. The Summer Day Program is for children 7 to 12 years old and teens 13 to 18 years old.

    The programs will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily at the Encinitas Country Day School, a 20-acre campus that borders a lagoon. It provides the feeling of being quietly secluded, while being easily accessible to nearby towns.

    Through participation in monastic-led Energization Exercises, meditation, satsangas, and other programs exploring Paramahansa Yogananda’s teachings, youths will be able to discover the inner strength so needed in today’s world in order to make choices that lead to a deeply satisfying inner and outer life. There will also be a special pilgrimage outing to spend time at the SRF Encinitas Hermitage and meditation gardens, where Paramahansa Yogananda lived and communed with God for so many years. In addition, there will be numerous interactive activities that make use of an amphitheater, music room, technology lab, conservation hiking trail, basketball court, and soccer/track field.

    View the 2018 Summer Day Program Videos

    How-to-Live Program for 7–12 Year Olds  

    Children will experience fun, interactive classes infused with Paramahansaji’s spiritual principles. A variety of activities and programs will be available, such as sports, music, arts and crafts, creative work with digital technology, hiking, and theater arts. This balanced and engaging program will give children opportunities to grow spiritually while enjoying fellowship with other SRF children.

    How-to-Live Program for 13–18 Year Olds  

    In another part of the campus, teens will be able to participate in a How-to-Live program tailored to the unique challenges they face in today’s world. Through interactive classes and satsanga with monastics, including personal instruction in and practice of meditation, teens will be able to experience how relevant Paramahansa Yogananda’s teachings can be in their lives. Also, teens may take part in designing and participating in creative projects using the amphitheater, music room, and/or technology lab. Through a variety of activities available that address the different teen age ranges, teens will have the opportunity to focus on developing confidence and leadership skills as covered in the Self-Realization Fellowship teachings. Sports and physical activities such as Hatha Yoga practice will balance and complement the classes and meditations.

    Information for Parents

    For parents of children and teens attending the program, there will be a Parent Day held on Tuesday of the program, which will include a meditation, satsanga, and class, at the Encinitas Temple. Parents can also choose to visit the SRF meditation gardens, and the J Street Chapel for meditation.

    2021 Program

    Summer Day Program for Children and Teens

    Special Announcement Cancellation of SRF’s Summer Day Program for Children and Teens

    As you may be aware, the State of California continues to enforce restrictions as a result of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. Large public gatherings are not permitted, and a wide range of other activities are still limited at this time.  

    Because of these restrictions and our concern for the safety of all involved, regrettably, we will not be able to hold the SRF Summer Day Program this year.

    However, we look forward to continuing our services to our SRF youth through the creation of new online activities for children and teens. The release of “Journey to Lake Shrine” in December—a series of five videos highlighting this unique sanctuary and introducing young people to some of the basic “How-to-Live” teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda—has been enthusiastically received by our youth and people of all ages. We are excited to be able to share Paramahansaji’s teachings in this new format and will provide details of future events soon.

    Over the years, so many of you have shared with us the joy and inspiration that your children and teens have experienced during our Summer Day Programs. We appreciate your loving interest in helping us support our SRF youth. The past year has presented many challenges, and unexpected twists and turns for so many of us, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But through the guidance and compassionate wisdom of our gurudeva, Paramahansa Yogananda, we have been given the spiritual tools to help us adapt with resilience and optimism to whatever new opportunities the future holds.

    May God and Gurus bless you and your dear ones, and may you know that They are ever protecting you with Their divine light and love.

    In divine friendship, Self-Realization Fellowship

    Youth Services Department

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