YES! Summer Program – Youth Empowerment Seminar

Benefits of YES!

  • Confidence to make better choices and overcome challenges
  • Handle emotions and stress in a positive way
  • Freedom from destructive behavior cycles
  • Increased focus and productivity
  • Improved grades
  • Increased positivity

Although being a teen isn’t easy, it doesn’t have to be miserable! The Youth Empowerment Seminar (YES!) is a dynamic and fun program that challenges teens to take responsibility for their own stress & emotions. The dynamic programing is delivered through intro-spective and interactive processes in a format that teens can relate to.

Teens leave with a comprehensive set of tools for overcoming life’s obstacles in a positive way. YES! is the program parents wish they could have taken when they were a teen!


“It makes me the person I want to be. I realized I can keep composure of myself so that I’m happy and I can keep other people around me happy.”
“YES gives me the opportunity to relieve stress and calm down before I get to my day so I’m more focused on my work and I can get things done more easily”
“YES program was really fun for me because my high school is really academically stressful. It was really nice to have some time to relieve stress. I learned a lot of new techniques to help me focus, and get rid of nervousness and stress.”

Dynamic Programming

The YES! sessions are not a typical learning environment.  Programming is delivered in a way teens can relate to, through experiential techniques, interactive discussions, and dynamic games.  This program is also offered in the YES! for Schools program, which is offered in schools across the country.  To complement the curriculum, there will be opportunities for:

  • Hikes over 380 acres of the Art of Living Retreat Center
  • Sports, like volleyball, basketball, kickball
  • Creative exploration, including work with clay
  • Bonfires & music
  • Water wars

Sample Schedule

    • 7:30am              Wake up
    • 8:00am              Breakfast
    • 8:40am              Morning Session
    • 11:45am            Extracurriculars
    • 12:30pm            Lunch/Free time
    • 2:00pm              Afternoon Session I
    • 4:00pm              Game/Extracurriculars
    • 5:00pm              Afternoon Session II
    • 6:30pm              Dinner
    • 7:45pm              Bonfire/Music
    • 9:30pm              Evening wind-up
    • 10:30pm            Rest time


Discount Packages and Adult Programs

  • 10% off one YES! tuition if you are a resident of Watauga County
  • 10% off your second teen program registration (any combination of GROW, ART Excel Camp, or YES!)

Interested in programs for adults? Adult retreats are also offered at the Art of Living Retreat Center. We offer various discounts for signing up for both youth and adult programs:

  • 10% off one YES! tuition if you also sign up for a Silent Retreat
  • 15% off one one YES! tuition if you register 2 or more children for summer programs at Art of Living Retreat Center and sign up for one or more adult programs.

Logistics & Venue

YES! participants will check-in from 3pm onward on June 28th.  Dinner will be available from 6pm – 7:30pm.  The first session will be June 28th, 7pm.  The final session will end July 4th, 12:30pm.


We also offer shuttle service from Charlotte airport to the Art of Living Retreat Center.  Please contact us before booking your flight!


Participants will stay in shared rooms at the serene Art of Living Retreat Center in Boone, NC.  The Art of Living Retreat Center is atop Heavenly Mountain just outside of Boone:

639 Whispering Hills Rd  |  Boone, NC 28607




If your child is placed on a wait list for his or her session, their position will be determined by the order in which the application was received. Our wait lists are generally fluid as families change their plans and spaces open up throughout the year. We admit on a first come, first serve basis, so the earlier you apply, the better your chances are for admission. If at any point you choose to withdraw from the wait list, you may call, email, or write your request. Please note that in withdrawing from the wait list, you lose your spot, therefore, if you are considering a youth program for a future year, you might want to stay on the wait list because priority may be extended to wait listed campers vs. return campers.


In the event of withdrawal, tuition is refundable, minus a $100 processing fee, if written notice is received by the Summer Program Office by May 1, 2015. No refunds will be made after May 1, 2015 for early withdrawals, session changes, late arrivals, or no-show campers, except in the event of documented physical illness of the camper. In the case of such an event, 50% of unused tuition will be refunded.


For information about YES! please contact us:

800.392.6870  |  [email protected]

Date & Time

Starts: Jul 16, 2017 06:00 PM

Ends: Jul 22, 2017 12:00 PM



All inclusive fee

  • $795 / $745 (early bird, June 1)



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