act of compassion

Be the Change, Make an Impact

Be Kind (click here to view this video again): This video was shared during our virtual 2020 ROA, reminding us "To Be Kind and Always Build Others Up".

Giving back to our community is an important pillar at the Retreat of Awakening. During our past 5 summer retreats, our campers have engaged in projects to help give back to the local community. In keeping with this meaningful tradition, we have dedicated our support to these charities this year:

THE FARMLINK PROJECT: COVID-19 has closed restaurants and disrupted the farms and farmers that serve them. The food normally destined for restaurants is heading to the landfill. At the same time, lines at food banks are longer than ever. The Farmlink Project is a not-for-profit grassroots movement that connects farms with food banks to feed thousands in need while supporting essential jobs. Farmlink Projects acquires surplus produce from farms and suppliers and pay transportation costs in order to deliver fresh food to food banks in need.

HOUSTON FOOD BANK and SAN ANTONIO FOOD BANK: COVID-19 has significantly increased the food insecurity around the country. Texas is one of the many states that has been hit hard by COVID-19. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to what expert calls a "perfect storm": more hungry people, fewer volunteers, and declining donations. Currently, the food banks are feeding nearly 60% more people than they did last year. Right now, monetary donation is the most effective way to support the food banks. Every $10 that we donate will provide 30 meals.

Your contribution will make a positive impact to the communities needing assistance during COVID-19 pandemic. We have two methods for you to donate: 1) Monetary donation and/or 2) T-shirt order ($15)

The Retreat of Awakening's 2020 themed t-shirt logo (Be the Calm in the Chaos) comes in multiple colors for you to select from. 100% of the monetary donations collected as well as the proceeds from our t-shirt fundraiser will go towards these Charities. Our goal is to raise $1000 for each charity. Please join us in making a difference!

Deadline to pre-order t-shirts is August 30.

STEP 1: Please fill out this form to order your t-shirts and/or make a donation:

STEP 2: Please send your donation:

  • via Check: Please make check to “Retreat of Awakening” and send to 5942 Turtle Beach Ln., Houston, TX 77036

  • via Zelle or Chase QuickPay: Retreat of Awakening (email:

  • via Venmo: @RetreatofAwakening-TTT


Shirt order will be placed once we receive your payment/donation.

Please clearly write your name on your payment/donation, so that we can send your donations to these Charities on your behalf and ship your t-shirts to you.