Friend of iBme Dr. Dan Siegel's bestselling new book, Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain sheds light on teen brain development, and the powerful impacts of mindfulness practices on neuroplasticity. To learn more about Brainstorm, please click here.
Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of teens, parents, and professionals. Through mindfulness retreats, iBme helps participants cultivate awareness, compassion, and kindness for themselves, others, and the natural world.
We lead mindfulness retreats for teenagers across the country at retreat centers and in wilderness settings. We also provide mindfulness retreats for individual schools and in partnership with other non-profits that work with teens. Learn more about our story and what we do.
The teen retreats are one of the most inspiring aspects of how mindfulness practice is unfolding in the West. The transformation that happens here is amazing.Joseph GoldsteinFounderInsight Meditation Society
Mindfulness has great power to reduce stress and promote a deep sense of wellness. For adolescents today, this is an urgent need. Supporting their inner work through thoughtful and effective mindfulness programs, as they are doing at iBme, can have far-reaching consequences for the good of adolescents at this stage of their development and beyond.Trish BroderickPhDPenn State Prevention Research Center
Research has proven that mindfulness training integrates the brain and strengthens the important executive functions that support emotional and social intelligence as well as academic success. Offering mindfulness retreats for teens is a natural way to set them on the right course not only now, but for the rest of their lives!Daniel J. Siegel, MDclinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and Founding Co-Director of Mindful Awareness Research Centerauthor of The Mindful Brain, The Developing Mind, Mindsight, and The Whole-Brain Child
It’s hard to imagine a more healing and enriching experience than what iBme offers to teens during their residential retreats. The combo of meditation, group sharing, outdoor fun–all in a safe, loving container–is the recipe for transformational magic.Tara BrachPhDFounder of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington
I have been teaching mindfulness techniques for almost 38 years, in the US and around the world. I recognize this (iBme) as an exciting program, with integrity, compassion and intelligence.Sharon SalzbergInsight Meditation Society (Barre, Ma)
IBME changed (my son) Zeke’s life for the better. He now has a sense that consciousness is a vast mystery of which he has some ability to cultivate. He sits fairly often and I know it helps him concentrate and stay bright in the world… Jessica, you’re doing fabulous things in the world. As your former professor, I’m so proud to see you pursuing such meaningful and generous endeavors. More personally, thanks for shepherding Zeke into adulthood.Professor Paul WapnerGlobal Environmental Politics ProgramAmerican University
The work that this organization does is definitely cutting edge and a most successful program. The adolescents that we have sent to the retreats and workshops have ALL had transformations and have been able to take on self-healing and have had tremendous changes in self-esteem and confidence.Candace CoffinDirector of Specialty ServicesMount Rogers Community Services Board
Imagine empowering your mind to actually strengthen your brain and give you more freedom in your life. That’s what learning to have mindful awareness can do for you. Getting more flexible, having more fun, and even strengthening your ability to pay attention and avoid distractions are all what research has proven as the positive outcomes of mindfulness training. A mindfulness retreat is an ideal way to learn this practice and can change your life!Daniel J. SiegelM.D. & Clinical ProfressorAuthor of The Mindful Brain, The Developing Mind, Mindsight, and The Whole-Brain Child
Sending adolescents and young adults on retreat is a cornerstone activity if we are serious about creating the next generation of mindfulness practitioners. The scaling-up of iBme’s programs will have a fundamental impact on the face of mindfulness practice in the U.S.Chris McKennaProgram DirectorMindful Schools
What a great endeavor! Our research demonstrates that mindfulness based programs can change brain structure and function, so a program like iBme can make a true, long-lasting impact on these students.Sara LazarMassachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
Listen to iBme’s Executive Director Jessica Morey on episode 35 of the Present Moment Podcast. Jessica talks about the history of iBme, the key to working with teenagers, and what both teens and adults find surprising on teen retreat. Through her experience staffing and teaching teen retreats over the past years Jessica has watched teens grow and transform, and shares some of these changes.. Click here to listen.
Watch this wonderful video of Joseph Goldstein’s talk at our iBme benefit event on November 9th, 2014.
Inward Bound Mindfulness Education Executive Director Jessica Morey has written a review of Susan Murphy’s book Minding The Earth, Mending The World: Zen And the Art of Planetary Crisis, which will be published under the title “Bodhi Trees,” in the November 2014 issue of Shambhala Sun magazine. To read the review, please click here.
iBme has been featured in this Seattle Insight Meditation Society article by retreat alumni Emily Yuen: “My father had pushed me to meditate with him in the past, but I had always been doubtful about its effectiveness. It had seemed too abstract to be applicable to my life. When he enrolled me in the iBme teen meditation retreat, I immediately wanted to cancel. But because I was in such an exceptionally fragile state, I decided I would try it.” To read the full article, please click here.
iBme teen retreat alumni Nathan Worthen, Ben Painter, and Casey Oparowski are featured in the June issue of Mindful magazine! Their personal testimonies to the power of mindfulness (plus beautiful photos) appear in an article about Dr. Dan Siegel’s new bestselling book, Brainstorm. Read “The Amazing Tumultuous Wild Wonderful Teenage Brain.”
Some excellent mindfulness conferences took place this winter and spring on both coasts. iBme Executive Director Jessica Morey had the honor of speaking about iBme’s programs at a few of them:
iBme has been featured in this Greater Good article, How to Teach Teens About the Brain, by iBme volunteer retreat staff Amir Flesher – as a model for teaching teens contemplative practices in a fun, socially supportive environment.
Parade Magazine:The No. 1 Health-Booster in 2015
“Forget complicated New Year’s resolutions (you probably already have). Simply taking the time to meditate can make all the difference in your health and well-being this year. The hottest well-being trend right now isn’t a hardcore workout or a fad diet. It’s a gentle, ancient practice that millions say is the antidote to the 21st-century stress that affects everything from job performance and sleep to your weight. We’re talking about meditation, and it has cheerleaders from all walks of life—entertainers, businesspeople, athletes, even government legislators.” More →
Jessica Morey presented at the conference “Teacher Mindfulness and Compassion to Youth” in San Francisco in April. You can see a video of her presentation here in Session 1.
Jessica Morey and Dr. Willoughby Britton presented Dr. Brian Galla’s research on the psychological benefits of iBme’s summer teen retreats at the 2014 UMass Center for Mindfulness Annual Scientific Conference. 132 teens participated in Dr. Galla’s three-month pilot study, which found that “participation in an intensive youth meditation retreat is associated with robust improvements in various indices of psychological well-being and mental health.” Listen to the presentation and view the slideshow here →
Hannah’s House and Harwood Union High School present “Mindfulness and the Teenage Brain” featuring Jessica Morey, Executive Director of iBme. From Harwood Union H. S. Auditorium March 17, 2014.
We are excited to share, “Finding My Way,” an article in the February Mindful Magazine by Jessica Morey, iBme’s Executive Director, about her experience learning and benefiting from mindfulness throughout her young adult years. Read full article here →
New York Times Feature -Mindfulness: Getting Its Share of Attention
“Hundreds of peer-reviewed studies verify the benefits of mindfulness training, and Mr. Tan appeared familiar with all of them. Meditation thickens the brain’s cortex, it lowers blood pressure, it can heal psoriasis and “it can help you get a promotion,” he said. Companies like Goldman Sachs and Farmers Insurance also hire Mr. Tan and his team to teach techniques like pausing before sending important emails and silently wishing happiness upon difficult co-workers…” More →
Update: Visiting Feelings has won a Mom’s Choice Gold Award!!!
iBme friend and retreat staff Lauren Rubenstein’s new book, Visiting Feelings, is now available. Visiting Feelings encourages children to treat their feelings like guests — welcome them in, get to know them, and perhaps learn why they are visiting. Through this purposeful and mindful exploration, Visiting Feelings harnesses a young child’s innate capacity to fully experience the present moment and invites children to sense, explore, and befriend all of their feelings with acceptance and equanimity. Find out more or buy the book through the publisher, APA’s Magination Press, or visit the Facebook page.
New Research Connecting Mindfulness and Academic Performance:
Also check this great video clip, “Mindfulness: Youth Voices.”, which addresses questions such as, “What is mindfulness? Why would I be interested in it?” The highlight of the film is the youth sharing, in their own words, how mindfulness practice has changed their lives.