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Teen Retreats

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Residential Retreats:
Cultivating mindfulness,
interpersonal skills, creativity
and body awareness.
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Wilderness Retreats

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Wilderness Retreats:
Combining the practice of
meditation with awareness
of the natural world.
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Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme) is a national nonprofit that offers in-depth mindfulness programming for young adults and the parents and professionals who support them. Our programming guides young adults in developing self-awareness, compassion, and ethical decision making, and empowers them to apply these skills in improving their lives and communities. iBme is committed to caring for the natural world and addressing issues of social justice in all that we do.


We lead mindfulness retreats for young adults across the country at retreat centers and in wilderness settings. We also provide mindfulness retreats for high schools and universities. Learn more about what we do.

Upcoming Events

Garrison iBme/Dharma Punx Adult RetreatMay 12th - 15th, 2016Garrison, NY
Half-day Retreat for Ages 16-32 in Pioneer ValleyMay 21Easthampton, MA
Mindfulness Conference for Northeast Independent SchoolsJune 10, 2016Middlesex School, Concord, MA
Middlesex School Adult Retreat
Middlesex faculty, staff, alumni, & parents only
June 16th - 19th, 2016Middlesex School, Concord, MA
Northern California Teen RetreatJune 20th - 26th, 2016Cazadero, CA
Colorado Teen RetreatJuly 3rd - July 9th, 2016Crestone, CO
Virginia Teen RetreatJuly 5th - 10th, 2016Madison, VA
Southern California Teen RetreatJuly 10th - 16th, 2016Wrightwood, CA
Northeast Teen RetreatJuly 24th - 29th, 2016Old Chatham, NY
Pacific Northwest Teen RetreatAugust 2nd - 7th, 2016Ocean Park, WA
Emigrant Wilderness Teen/Young Adult RetreatAugust 2nd - 11th, 2016Stanislaus National Forest, CA
Toronto Teen RetreatAugust 6th - 11th, 2016Mono, Ontario
Northeast New Year's Teen RetreatDec 28th, 2016 - Jan 1st, 2017North Andover, MA
Virginia New Year's Teen RetreatDec 28th, 2016 - Jan 1st, 2017Madison, VA
For a list of all upcoming Teen and Adult Retreats, please visit our retreats calendar page →

iBme Press

New research from Prof. Brian M. Galla at the University of Pittsburgh has just been published that documents the positive changes that attending an iBme retreat can make possible for teenagers! The research found that improvements in “self-compassion” that can happen during a retreat can play a big role in enhancing overall “emotional well-being” among adolescents. The full academic article is available for free until this June: Within-person changes in mindfulness and self-compassion predict enhanced emotional well-being in healthy, but stressed adolescents

Jon Kabat-Zinn: From Doing to Being, an iBme event presentation. Enjoy an evening with Jon as he reflects on living a more fully authentic life, or as he says “a way of being”. Explore what relationality means and how it connects us to everything. Jon shares his insights about mindfulness, iBme, education and much more. Come share in his reflections.

If you’ve ever wondered what mindfulness is, how we develop a practice, or how it can benefit you and your teen, this is the podcast for you! Jessica Morey (iBme’s Executive Director) was interviewed in May of 2015 on “Unfiltered with Joan Holiday”, a radio show on WHMP in Northampton, MA. Listen as she eloquently explains what can happen for teens when they slow down, unplug, and tune into what is happening in their bodies and minds. She describes the process of transformation that often occurs for teens while on iBme retreats and lays out the step-by-step process of how teens can come to a place where they feel safe enough to explore their emotions and practice accepting themselves and others in a compassionate way. She also talks about the other programs that iBme offers. Sit back and enjoy! Click here to listen.

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. Click here to listen.

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.”

Watch this wonderful video of Joseph Goldstein’s talk at our iBme benefit event on November 9th, 2014.
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