Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme) provides mindfulness retreats for young people across the US. On retreat we practice meditation techniques and mindful movement, connect in small discussion groups, participate in fun workshops and have free time to make lifelong friends.
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.
iBme leads mindfulness retreats for teens (15-19) and young adults (18-32) across the country at retreat centers and in wilderness settings. These overnight summer programs teach teenagers scientifically proven awareness and concentration practices that build emotional resilience, inner strength, and wellbeing. 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 – the foundations for success in all areas of life, including college and future employment.
Teenagers and young adults also engage in small group discussions, yoga, and creative workshops, including art, music, poetry, theater, nature, and mindful sports activities. There’s plenty of free time to connect with new friends in a safe and accepting space. In fact, many hesitant teens of the summer retreat walk away saying it was one of the best experiences of their lives.
Cost and Session Information
Retreat Dates and Locations:
- Northern California: July 1-7
- Southern California: July 2-7
- Toronto July 10-15
- Virginia: July 27-August 1
- Pacific Northwest: July 31-August 5
- Northeast: August 7-12
- UK: August 18-23
Cost : Ranges $35-$2,000 per retreat based on family income. Scholarships are available, and no applicants are denied due to lack of funds
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Everything about my experience on the Wilderness Retreat was amazing. It was one of the most memorable experiences of my life so far and I'm still talking about it 2 years later. The feelings of accomplishment, contentment, and connection gained through this program have stuck with me as well. iBme provides unique and deeply transformative experiences.
My daughter has participated in iBme retreats for 4 1/2 years now and it has affected much of her life. She has a strong meditation practice, has made friends with teenagers from all over the country and has further honed her sense of empathy, social justice and confidence. iBme's payment structure has allowed her and many others who might not be able to attend retreats otherwise to have these experiences.
The mindfulness retreat was such a great experience and opportunity. All the staff were so nice and helpful, and passionate to work and put up with us teens. I met so many amazing people and learned incredible stuff that really benefits my everyday, and it is such a welcoming evironment to just be yourself.
I went to ibme with a couple of classmates that I never talked to now we're best friends doing awesome stuff with that shows how ibme can make someone connect with others and the food was good lol and everyone was super friendly I was very surprised awesome people!!
SO FUN. Best part of my year. Learning about mindfulness has been really valuable in my everyday life and I've met so many cool people on these retreats.
Great opportunity for teens to be who they are in a nurturing environment. There are so many benefits for learning mindfulness. My son came back enthusiastic about his experience.
Great food, fun afternoons doing arts and yoga, and nice kids that provided useful training in meditation.