Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme) is a nonprofit that offers in-depth mindfulness programming for youth and the parents and professionals who support them. Our programming guides teens and 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.
Our diverse teachers and staff have decades of experience in teaching mindfulness and working with youth; many are leaders in the growing field of mindfulness education. We invite you to learn more about our Staff, Teachers and Mentors, Advisors, and Board.
The iBme Model: Mindfulness is paying attention to what’s happening in the present moment with kindness and curiosity. Our programs introduce young people to mindfulness through guided meditation, mindful movement, small group discussions and fun group activities. Participants in our programs learn self-awareness, empathy, techniques to calm and focus the mind and mindful communication – the foundations for success in all areas of life. Our programs also include applying mindfulness skills to daily life, connecting with nature and creative expression. Research on the impact of iBme retreats has shown teens experienced increased self-compassion and life satisfaction, and decreased rumination and reactivity, following retreat.
The iBme retreat model is unique in that it allows participants to gain a level of insight into their own experience and authentic connection with peers that is rare in everyday life.
Young adults and parents regularly share that iBme programs are transformative. More than 50% of participants return for future retreats and demand for our programs continue to grow across the US and internationally.
iBme is part of a 30-year lineage of teen mindfulness retreats that began in Barre, MA in 1989. Jessica Morey, iBme co-founder and current Executive Director, attended her first teen retreat at the age of 14.
iBme was incorporated in 2010. Since then, iBme has grown from a DC-based nonprofit to an organization hosting retreats across the US, Canada, and the United Kingdom.