Inner Strength

Teen Empowerment Workshop 

June 26, 2018
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Pendle Hill Retreat Center
(near Media)

Congratulations on completing your initial Inner Strength mindfulness and systems thinking training!

I hope that you have already been experiencing the relief and the insight from the perspectives and techniques you learned.

This June 26th, you are invited to be part of the very first Inner Strength Teen Empowerment Workshop. You will join 30 other students from several high schools throughout the city for a special day of fun and practice on the beautiful grounds of the Pendle Hill Retreat Center near Media.

During the school year, the Inner Strength teen program taught you the basics of an approach that gives you both inner strength and outer stability.

You learned to practice:

    • mindful awareness
    • self-reflection
    • stress-reduction
    • compassionate action
    • systems thinking

What would happen if you were able to spend a whole day with your peers exploring how these tools work and how to apply them to issues that are most important to you?

Join me, Amy Edelstein the founder of ISF, several of our best instructors and facilitators on June 26 and find out!

Thirty juniors and seniors who have all completed the Inner Strength Teen Program are invited to the grounds of historic Pendle Hill for a full day immersion of mindfulness practice, cultural applications, and creative expressions.

You will be following in illustrious footsteps by contemplating and creating on campus. Greats like philosopher Jean Paul Sarte lectured there!

There will be plenty of time for outdoor games and fun. You will be provided with a hearty vegetarian lunch and two refreshment periods during the day.

I can’t wait to have the whole day together. There is so much to discover! Please register soon as I expect places will fill up soon.


Amy Edelstein

Founder & Executive Director
Inner Strength Foundation


You must have taken the Inner Strength teen mindfulness program at your school sometime over the last two years and you must complete the registration form.


Pendle Hill Retreat Center is located at 338 Plush Mill Road, Philadelphia PA  19086.  You can find it on a map HERE. Students must be able to arrive at Pendle Hill campus or at the train station in Media, PA where Pendle Hill vans will pick you up and take you the 5 minute drive down the road to the campus. To take the train, you can go from Jefferson Station by the Media/Elwyn Line 387 towards Elwyn. Get off at the Media Station.


The Inner Strength day immersion is free of charge including tuition, materials, and food. You must pay your own SEPTA tickets to Media. A generous donor has underwritten the entire cost of the retreat for all participants. If you or your parents would like to make a contribution so kids next year have the same opportunity, we welcome you to do so. You can pay it forward for other students here.

Please complete these two steps:

  1. Register by clicking the button below.
  2. Click the link below to access the permission form. Complete and return this signed form before June 26. Be sure to provide a valid email address and phone number. You will be contacted to confirm your registration.

If you are 18 years of age you may sign your own form, if you are under 18 years of age you must have your parent or guardian sign the form. For health and safety reasons, only students who have turned in completed paperwork will be able to attend.


(The schedule may vary slightly on the immersion day)

9:00 – 9:30 Arrival & orientation
9:30 – 10:30 Inner Strength & mindfulness practice
10:30 – 11:00 Snack Break
11:00 – 12:00 The World & Me: Small Group Theme Explorations using Active Listening, Mindful Awareness & Systems Perspectives
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 1:30 Nature walk visiting the 300-year-old Beech tree, the organic garden, mile-long woods trail, and grass labyrinth
1:30 – 3:30 (Each participant will choose one group to create a mini project articulating Mindfulness & the World)

  • Theatre of the Mind
  • Visual Arts
  • Creative Writing
  • Media
3:30 – 4:00  Snack Break
4:00 – 5:00 Presentations & Closing

Amy Edelstein

Amy Edelstein is a powerful communicator of ideas and beliefs that help us transform ourselves and the culture we live in. She teaches a spiritually awakened perspective and the significance of an evolutionary worldview. Engaging, sensitive, and insightful, Amy’s mission is to support as many people as possible to grow far beyond their own expectations.

Amy is the founder and executive director of Inner Strength Foundation, a non-profit organization that teaches mindfulness and developmental thinking in inner city high schools. Her work with several thousand teens is documented in her latest book The Conscious Classroom, which shows how education for well-being truly works. Amy is also the co-founder of Emergence Education, a publisher of books and digital programs in service of individual transformation, cultural development, and the emergence of new paradigms of thinking. The Press helps new authors share ideas that matter so we can all benefit. Amy is the author of five books, her latest book is the award winning The Conscious Classroom: the Inner Strength System for transforming the teenage mind (Fall 2017).