Educators' Respite Retreat

Escape to nature at our Educators' Respite Retreat, recharge, reconnect with nature, and rejuvenate your teaching spirit!

Featured sessions hosts

Nadia Harvieux

Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Timmi Okung

Rochester Ecology Partners-Neighborhood Nature Program Manager

Carter Remy

The Next Generation And You-


Chris Widmaier

Rochester Ecology Partner- Executive Director

Evan Lowenstein

Independent Consultant

Anderson Allen

Certified Yoga Instructor

Kyra Stephenson

AMDA-School 12 Teacher

Kaysha Bennett

Certified Yoga Instructor

Retreat overview

At the Educators' Respite Retreat, we believe that educators deserve a break. Our retreat offers a peaceful environment where they can relax, rejuvenate, and connect with nature.

At the retreat, you can expect;

  1. Spaces for (both Black and Brown and non Black and Brown) educators to simply breathe, exist, and rejuvenate their energy before the next school year.

  2. Moments to reflect on your past teaching ways, via meaningful discussions, workshops, and activities about teaching methods and their impact on students.

  3. Work on an action project where you are to use the natural space to enhance and/or infuse in one of your curriculum lesson plan or activities.

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Schedule at a glance

Friday, August 2

2:00PM-3:00PM Welcome + Opening speech

3:00pm-5:00PM---Educational activities + Move in to cabins

5:00PM-8:00PM---Dinner + Educator Panel

8:00PM-10:00PM---Evening recreational activities

Saturday, August 3

7:00am-9:00am---Pre-morning activities


10:00am-12:00pm---Educational workshops

12:00pm-2:00pm---Lunch + Break

2:00pm-5:00pm---Experiential and recreational activities

5:00pm-8:00pm---Dinner + Youth Panel

8:00pm-10:00pm---Evening recreational activities

Sunday, August 3

7:00am-9:00am---Pre-morning activities


9:00am-11:00am---Experiential and recreational activities + clean up time

11:00am-3:00pm---Lunch + Action project

3:00pm-5:00pm---Resource sharing + Closing, Evaluations & Departure

Location, Registration & Travel Information, oh my!


150 Whitman Rd, Penn Yan, NY 14527

Camp Whitman on Seneca Lake

The cost for the entire retreat is $486/participant (including taxes and fees).

Full Retreat rates include:

- Lodging at an amazing camp at discounted rates

- Six meals - Fri dinner, Sat Breakfast, Sat Lunch, Sat dinner, Sun breakfast, Sun lunch

- Refreshment + snacks throughout the retreat

- Access to all educator, guest speakers, youth panelist, presentations, educational sessions, workshop sessions, and more!

-Recreational, experiential & nature-based activities in the forms of Kayaking, fishing, nature photography, pontoon boating, birdwatching, yoga, & more!

- Post retreat access to presentation handouts and conference photos

- Swag items, resources, tools and more to take home and back to your school community

- Invitation to join closed groups to connect with PLAY colleagues, share resources and engage around the VALUE of play year-round

- Free event parking (day + overnight)

- Additional amenities and more!

To note:

-This event is only available for 25 teachers, so space is limited!

-Registration is managed by the Next Generation And You. For further questions, please reach out to Carter Remy at or 857-261-0551.

-Limited financial support is available for RCSD teachers, please reach out to Carter Remy at the above contact information.

Fine print:

The Next Generation And You constantly is seeking funding for this event for teachers to attend at a $0 cost. If and when future funding arises after you've made your ticket purchase, The Next Generation And You will reach out to you to initiate partial and/or full refund to you for your ticket payment based on available additional funding.

Registration and fees


Our lodging will be cottage style!!!

Below are a few pictures of what our sleeping arrangements will be. These cottages runs from studio style to one and three bedrooms as well as large rooms and large dorm rooms. Most comes with electricity, common areas and bathrooms. Sleeping arrangements will be arranged upon the first day of the retreat. Please visit camp Whitman official site for more information regarding their cottages.


Please visit this link to find directions to camp Whitman

Please see/use the map below to help with directions from your location. Please be sure to print your directions prior to your departure if need be.


Parking is of no cost to you as mentioned above

Upon arrival, please park in front of the large building with the cross on the front at the end of the camp road.


WiFi is available through Camp Whitman and will be share with you upon arrival at the camp

2024 Retreat sponsors, collaborators, and partners

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The Next Generation And You

DBA The Next Generation And You

Rochester, NY