Young people deserve our best attention and the greatest support we can offer, especially when it comes to teaching them the tools and resources they need to nurture their minds, spirit, and bodies.
Mindfulness is our passion. iBme formed from the foundation of a 30-year lineage of teen mindfulness which began with retreats offered in Barre, Massachusetts in 1989. It is from this foundation that Jessica Morey, co-founder and current executive director of iBme who attended her first retreat at age 14, was inspired to launch a non-profit dedicated to teaching mindfulness to young people. Since its founding in 2010, iBme has grown from a nonprofit based in Washington, DC, to an organization that holds retreats across the US, Canada, and the United Kingdom.
What do we do?
Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme) is a nonprofit with a home office based in Concord, Massachusetts. Throughout North America and the UK, we offer in-depth mindfulness programming for youth and the parents and professionals who support them. Our curriculum guides teens and young adults in their development of self-awareness, compassion, and ethical decision making, empowering them to apply these essentials skills to their lives and communities.
We are dedicated to caring for the natural world and addressing issues of social justice in our mission and activities. Our diverse teachers and staff have accumulated 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 talented Staff, Teachers and Mentors, Advisors, and Board.
The iBme Model
Mindfulness, simply defined, is observing what’s happening in the present moment, with kindness and curiosity. We introduce young people to the practice of mindfulness by leading them through guided meditations, mindful movement, small group discussions and engaging group activities.
Using innovative formats and teaching frameworks, we impart lessons in self-awareness, empathy, and employ techniques to calm and focus the mind. A deep sense of calm can be felt just hours into many of our retreats as mindfulness practices help deep listening skills and communication, essential competencies for success in all areas of life. Our retreats also teach how to apply mindfulness skills to daily life, along with ways to connect with nature and practice creative expression. The uniqueness of the iBme retreat model is that it allows participants to gain a level of insight into their own experience and achieve authentic connection with peers that is often challenging to achieve in their daily lives.
Steeped in Science
Research on the impact of iBme retreats has demonstrated that, following their retreat, teens experienced increased self-compassion and life satisfaction, along with decreased rumination and reactivity. 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.
ABC Newsman Dan Harris interviewed Jessica Morey about her journey to meditation and iBme.
A journalist describes the experience of an iBme retreat. An interview with Jessica Morey is also included.
Prof. Brian M. Galla documents the positive impact of attending an iBme retreat.
The pioneer of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction reflects on living a more fully authentic life as “a way of being”.