- Listing Type: Summer Programs
- Program Delivery: Residential, Online
- Session Start: March, June, July, August
- Session Length: One Week, Other
- Entering Grade: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, PG, College
- Gender: Coed
- Category: Mental Health & Well-Being
- Selective: No
- Ages: 15, 16, 17, 18, 19+, 19
- Minimum Cost: Free
An iBme retreat helps teens and young adults reduce stress and cope with school, life, and social demands in a self-empowering way. An iBme retreat reconnects participants with their own natural confidence and ease. Through curiosity, they develop their powers of perception and their capacity to understand their emotions and thoughts, skills that are valuable now and for a long time to come. The basic ingredients of an iBme retreat? Mindfulness, community, and natural fun.
What will I learn?
Handle stress + anxiety
Learn how to calm yourself down and relax when you’re in high-stress situations. Gain tools that you can apply to school, sleep, relationships + life in general!
Stop trying to “fit in” and get comfortable in your own skin. This is a safe space where people love being themselves and want to support you!
Navigate difficult emotions
Learn how to unpack and unravel difficult emotions. Be kinder to yourself + understand how your mind works. Gain tools to get yourself unstuck when you feel overwhelmed.
Be loved + accepted for who you are
Welcome to a community where there’s no performance, no backlash + no negativity – you just get to be YOU. Come explore, express yourself, and learn tools to compassionately guide yourself through difficult situations in your life.
Cost and Session Information
Tuition & Payment InfoSliding Scale
Tuition is 1% of annual family income, up to $2,000.We offer this sliding scale approach to retreat tuition in order to accommodate a wide range of family incomes.
iBme retreats feature a low ratio of adult staff per participant, providing high-quality care, expertise, instruction, and mentoring (this is our secret sauce!)
Please note: A nonrefundable application fee of $35 is required and applied toward your tuition.
I am finding that doing this style of retreat, in my own home, is extremely rich and informative, in a way I never imagined. As much as I love the rarified space of residential retreat -- beautiful halls, dorms, wilderness, a strong container disallowing the intrusion of the outside world --it is rather profound to have the opposite. To sit in the middle of the life I have and am creating.- Retreat Participant - June 9, 2020
I loved having the opportunity to connect with other peers, and build relationships during this scary time.- Margaret - June 9, 2020
The online retreats have been super helpful to me right now. Something about still being at home during the retreat makes it easier to integrate after retreat. ... The dance party was very very lit. I was surprised because I didnt think it would work too well digitally.- Fiora - June 9, 2020
Thank you Jessica for sending this out. This email touched my heart and soul, brought happy tears to my eyes. My daughter attended this summer in Mono, Ontario and we hold so much gratitude in our lives for this opportunity. I am a single mom and without the financial support IBme provided it would have never happened for Emma. I really cannot express my extreme gratitude for such a breath taking and breath giving life opportunities and at such a pivotal time in our teens lives. Much thanks to all at iBme, and all the work you guys and gals are doing, it is LIFE CHANGING for not only the teens but the parents they come home to.- Tammy Drury, Toronto Retreat - July 30, 2019
What was the most important thing you learned? "How to accept, with soft gentleness, all aspects of my experience and how to connect with others in an authentic way."- Fiora Caligiuri-Randall, Massachusetts New Year's Retreat - January 1, 2019
What skills have you learned? I have learned about more healthy and helpful ways to confront my emotions.- Ava Shannon, Kentucky/Ohio Retreat - July 20, 2019
Julia informed me that she enjoyed this retreat even more than the Crestone one last year. She also noted the food was better lol. She was so excited when she came home this time to tell me all about it. I'm glad she made so many new friends she intends to keep in contact with. She really enjoyed all the opportunities to express emotionally (she tends to hold too much in). I'm grateful she felt comfortable opening up and connecting there. Really wish there was a retreat offered for younger. My youngest daughter will be 13 next April and she really wants to go :)- Michelle Stokes, Colorado Retreat - August 1, 2019
My oldest son Alex had attended your Massachusetts retreat two years ago. Two years prior to that retreat he started to develop an anxiety disorder. It was definitely hampering his lifestyle. Because of this I set him up with a very good anxiety therapist. This therapy helped to a degree but the anxiety still persisted, maybe not as bad. He had a friend In high school who had attended one of your retreats in the past and was going to go on another one when he invited Alex to join him after Alex had confided in him about his anxiety problem. After attending that particular retreat two years ago his anxiety disorder has pretty much "vanished." Through today, two years later, he considers himself anxiety disorder free. He tells me he doesn't even think about it anymore. My youngest son Andrew, who just attended your recent retreat, had also started to develop some anxiety issues and when he realized how much this retreat helped his older brother he was emphatically motivated to attend. Andrew had such a good experience that he is already planning for next year's retreat. You guys do a wonderful job we can't thank you enough.- Anthony Barrrese, Massachusetts Retreat - August 25, 2019