Overview

iBme Retreats and Courses are a one-of-a-kind online experience. iBme retreats helps reduce stress and cope with normal school, life, and social demands in a self-empowering way. An iBme retreat reconnects individuals with their own natural confidence and ease. 

NEW for 2020 are live interactive online retreats for Teens 15-19 and Young Adults through 25 years of age. Through curiosity, they develop their powers of perception and their capacity to understand their emotions and thoughts. These skills are valuable now and for years to come. 

Do something different:

Take part in your life in a new way. Turn the page, try out new things, meet great people, be you and be accepted. Oh, and have some fun! We’ve adapted our signature style to the online environment to bring you a meaningful and transformative retreat experience. This unique retreat weaves iBme’s relational approach with periods of silent guided meditation, yoga, small-group discussion, workshops, and wisdom talks.

Who is this retreat for?

Any teen or young adult with an open mind and heart who is willing to try something new and do their best to be themselves and accept everyone else in being themselves. We provide everything you need to make that happen.

Learn the fundamentals:

Meditation
Mindful Movement
Inner Stillness

What does the retreat consist of?

During this retreat, we will be fully immersing ourselves in a contemplative space for four nights. We ask that you commit to this as fully as possible, particularly to the small-group discussion periods.

This online retreat will include periods of: guided mindfulness meditation; instruction on integrating mindfulness into daily life; small-group periods for discussion and social connection. There will be workshops on various topics such as mindful eating; restorative yoga; mindful communication; and how to use digital technology wisely (with a focus on the pressures of the current moment).

All participants will receive ongoing, personalized support and practice advice in small groups from highly experienced meditation teachers and mentors, just like we provide on our in-person retreats.

How can I prepare?

We encourage you to create a designated practice space for yourself that will be uninterrupted during your retreat time and have as much silence as possible. You should let your family and friends know that you won’t be available — but this retreat will not require complete isolation such as on a traditional silent retreat. We also encourage you to separate as much as possible from the use of technology other than for the purposes of the retreat!


                 **   Upcoming Courses - Visit Website for Times & Details:  **

We're listening — and responding to what we hear: a desire for focus, learning, practice, and connection. We've just added 10 new 4-week online courses on topics that matter to you and address what you are telling us you want and need right now.

                                   Contemplative Summer School Courses
Offered by iBme teachers from across the world. All courses run for 4 consecutive weeks unless otherwise specified


Mon., June 15  Navigating Rough Waters: Mindfulness and Loss - All Ages  

 Mon., June 15  Rainbow Family: Mindfulness and LGBTQIA+ Identity - Ages 15-25 

Tue., June 23  Relational Mindfulness for Parents and Guardians - Parents and Guardians 

Sun., June 28  Returning to True Love: Mindfulness and Heart -  Ages 15-19

Tue., June 30  Celebration and Restoration of Communities of Color: Intergenerational Wellness and Sustainability -  All Ages

Thurs., July 2  Rediscovering our Wildness: Mindfulness and Nature - All Ages

Mon., July 6  Embodied Nonviolent Communication - All Ages

Wed., July 8  Meditation as Support for White Anti-Racist Action - All Ages

Mon., August 10 Intuitive Creativity Living Life from the Heart -  All Ages

Sun., August 2  Embodied Sacred Activism: Mindfulness and Social Justice -   All Ages



Our faculty and staff: 

Our retreats are led by awesome adults with years of experience serving and working with teens, alongside their own longstanding mindfulness practices. iBme faculty and staff walk their talk in their professional and personal lives and devote themselves to creating a truly unique and safe container for all to be welcomed, be real, and be accepted — and have some fun (yeah, we do that too).

 

 

Cost and Session Information

On the retreats below “East” refers to Eastern Daylight Time • “West” refers to Pacific Daylight Time.  Retreat Dates Below:

June 22–26, 2020      June Teen & Young Adult Retreat (West) online
July 6–10, 2020          July Teen & Young Adult Retreat (East) online
July 17–19, 2020        July "All Ages" Retreat (East) online
July 27–31, 2020        July Teens & Young Adult Retreat (West) online 
July 28–31, 2020        Teens & Young Adults of Color Retreat online
August 3–7, 2020      August Teen & Young Adult Retreat (East) online
August 14–16, 2020  August "All Ages" Retreat (West) online

Cost:  Ranges from $35 - $1,250 per retreat based on family income.  Scholarships are available. No applicants are denied due to lack of funds. 
*For Retreats: Visit our website for details. cost, and registration: https://ibme.com/programs/youth/
and 
**For Courses: Visit our website for class session details. cost, and registration:   https://ibme.com/programs/contemplative-courses/

7 Participant Reviews

Write a Review
Unique and Transformative

Unique and Transformative

5
Reviewed on 1/17/2017 by

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.

Fabulous experience

Fabulous experience

5
Reviewed on 5/14/2016 by

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.

Amazing experience

Amazing experience

5
Reviewed on 5/4/2016 by

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.

It was fun

It was fun

5
Reviewed on 5/4/2016 by

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!!

Great experience

Great experience

5
Reviewed on 5/3/2016 by

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.

IBMe Teen Retreat

IBMe Teen Retreat

5
Reviewed on 5/3/2016 by

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 ...

Great food, fun afternoons doing ...

5
Reviewed on 3/31/2014 by

Great food, fun afternoons doing arts and yoga, and nice kids that provided useful training in meditation.

Testimonials

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 - Aug. 1, 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 - Jan. 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

“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 - Aug. 25, 2019

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

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 didn’t think it would work too well digitally.

- Fiora - June 9, 2020

7 Participant Reviews

Write a Review
Unique and Transformative

Unique and Transformative

5
Reviewed on 1/17/2017 by

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.

Fabulous experience

Fabulous experience

5
Reviewed on 5/14/2016 by

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.

Amazing experience

Amazing experience

5
Reviewed on 5/4/2016 by

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.

It was fun

It was fun

5
Reviewed on 5/4/2016 by

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!!

Great experience

Great experience

5
Reviewed on 5/3/2016 by

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.

IBMe Teen Retreat

IBMe Teen Retreat

5
Reviewed on 5/3/2016 by

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 ...

Great food, fun afternoons doing ...

5
Reviewed on 3/31/2014 by

Great food, fun afternoons doing arts and yoga, and nice kids that provided useful training in meditation.

Testimonials

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 - Aug. 1, 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 - Jan. 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

“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 - Aug. 25, 2019

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

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 didn’t think it would work too well digitally.

- Fiora - June 9, 2020

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