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.
iBme Wilderness Retreat
iBme’s Wilderness Retreats combine the practice of meditation with awareness of the natural world. Our wilderness retreats allow teens and young adults to drop into their minds in a way that they have never experienced before. As one of the founders of our teen participants says, “The beauty of coming to practice mindfulness in the wilderness is allowing us to return to our ‘natural’ mind, a mind uncluttered by busyness and technology—a mind free to take in the vastness of the earth and the spaciousness of our consciousness.”
The experience of an iBme teen meditation retreat
We teach teens proven awareness and concentration practices that have been used for thousands of years. Teens learn how to: settle a busy mind, skillfully handle emotions and thoughts, direct and sustain attention, cultivate compassion, and truly listen and communicate to one another. Through guided mindfulness meditation, small group discussions, and fun workshop activities, participants experience a sense of connection and safety that many have never felt before.
Cohen: Going on an iBme Retreat
Hear from teens about what it’s like to go on an Inward Bound Mindfulness Education retreat.
Kai: Going on an iBme Retreat
Hear from a teen alumni of an Inward Bound Mindfulness Education retreat.
Chay: Going on an iBme Retreat
An iBme alum explains what a typical day on retreat is like.
Julian’s Story: One Teen’s Experience at an iBme Retreat
This is a 90-second video that tells the story of one teen’s experience at an iBme teen mindfulness retreat.