Teen Environmental Leadership Academy


Do you like getting outside in the hills, exploring nature, working in gardens? Would you like to learn how to relax and let go of stress? Can you imagine being a leader in your community, helping to make the world a better place?

If you answered yes, the Teen Environmental Leadership Academy (TELA) is for you. TELA is a two-week summer program especially for high-school students who live in the Canal area of San Rafael, CA. (Other students may apply.) The Academy meets 9:00 to 3:30, Monday through Friday: ten days of outdoor education, mindfulness training, sustainability studies, and speaker training. Schedule here.

Tuition: $50 (scholarships available). Click here to apply.

Exploring . . .

With a San Rafael conference room as our home base, we venture out to local parks and gardens such as Green Gulch, Indian Valley Organic Farm, and Point Reyes National Seashore. We also explore the amazing richness of nature in our home neighborhood.

Learning . . .

Instructors will teach you common plants in Marin County, the hidden costs of throw-away living, how to speak confidently in front of a group, and how to approach it all with an open mind and peaceful spirit. In addition to sustainability lessons on our field trips, each participant will interview and learn a sustainability practice from a local knowledge keeper in the community.

Becoming a leader . . .

Leadership begins with knowing who you are, but depends equally on a deeply-felt sense of community.  Through mindful practice and speaker training, you will develop the skills to become a collaborative partner and a persuasive speaker, grounded in inner peace.

Enjoying the treeA priceless opportunity . . .

Mark your calendar for July 21 through August 1, 2014, for two weeks of community, learning, and fun. Apply now.  For more information, call Andrea Taylor at (415) 246-9698 or write info@greensangha.org.

To see more . . .
Click here for a 3-minute slide show of 2012′s TELA program.


TELA 2013 was funded by grants from:
Foundation for Sustainability and Innovation
Grassroots Fund of the Rose Foundation
Penney Family Fund, a member of the Common Counsel Foundation

Vegetarian lunches were provided by:
Good Earth Natural Foods, 720 Center Blvd., Fairfax
Mi Pueblo, 330 Bellam Blvd, San Rafael 94901
Picante Taqueria, 340 Bellam Blvd, San Rafael 94901
West End Café, 1131 4th St, San Rafael
Whole Foods Market, 414 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley