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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 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.

Upcoming Events

Big Sur Adult Wilderness RetreatMay 3rd - 9th, 2015Big Sur, CA
New York Young Adult Retreat (18-32)May 15th - 17th, 2015Garrison Institute, NY
N. California Teen RetreatJune 14th - 20th, 2015Cazadero, CA
Pacific Northwest Teen RetreatJune 20th - 25th, 2015Vernonia, OR
Colorado Wilderness-based RetreatJune 28th - July 4th, 2015Crestone, CO
Virginia July Teen RetreatJuly 5th - 10th, 2015Madison, VA
S. California Teen RetreatJuly 9th - 15th, 2015Wrightwood, CA
Toronto Teen RetreatJuly 13th - 18th, 2015Wyebridge, Ontario
New England Teen RetreatJuly 21st - 27th, 2015Old Chatham, NY
Emigrant Wilderness Teen/Young Adult RetreatAugust 4th - 13th, 2015Stanislaus National Forest, CA
Virginia August Teen RetreatAugust 10th - 14th, 2015Madison, VA
For a list of all upcoming Teen and Adult Retreats, please visit our retreats calendar page →

iBme Press

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.

iBme teen retreats were featured in Spirituality & Health Magazine’s August 2013 edition, Easing the Angst of Adolescence: practicing mindfulness can help teens cope with the pressures of growing up – and even ward off symptoms of depression.

Ariel Parrella-Aurell, a teen retreatant on one of iBme’s recent summer retreats, writes about her experience: My View: Meditation Retreat Improves Health.

An iBme staff, Caverly Morgan, wrote this beautiful blog post about her experience on the Virginia Teen Retreat this summer with many comments from teens.

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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 →

moms-choice-awardUpdate: 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:
New York Times: “How Mindfulness Might Boost Your Test Scores” (April 3, 2013)Forbes Magazine: “The ‘New’ Benefits of Mindfulness: Improved Memory, Focus and GRE Scores” (March 27,2013)Time Magazine: “Can ‘Mindfulness” Really Help You Focus?” (March 27, 2013)The U.K.’s Guardian on mindfulness as “the latest great thing in schools” and the .b curriculum: “Could beditation be the answer to exam nerves?” (March 4, 2013)

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.

Friend of iBme and founder of the .b curriculum and Mindfulness in Schools Project, Richard Burnett, gives a great tedex talk (posted on YouTube) on mindfulness and the .b curriculum in schools; click here to see the talk.

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