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Charisse Minerva Spencer

Early in the day on April 27th, 2018, NPR’s Morning Edition listeners throughout the United States heard Charisse Minerva Spencer telling her son, Myles Spencer-Watson, about what it was like growing up in the 1960s in Cavalier Manor, Portsmouth, Virginia, one of the largest predominantly black suburbs in the nation at that time. You can […]

Meditation Saved My Life: A Conversation with Dr. Christopher Willard

iBme summer intern Owen Henderson made a visit to Dr. Christopher Willard’s home in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to find out more about mindfulness from a leading figure in the field. Dr. Willard, a psychologist and educational consultant who specializes in mindfulness, teaches at Harvard Medical School, runs his own psychotherapy practice, and is the president of […]

How to Be a Good Enough Parent: 5 Touchstone Principles, by Jessica Morey

Attachment theory is a popular topic in psychology these days. It posits that children who have strong and healthy attachment bonds grow up with an inner sense of stability and security that allows them to explore the world and develop their unique, authentic personalities. We call these people “securely attached.” Their basic worldview is “I’m […]

All Our Identities: Creating Space for Teens of Color

jylani Brown is an educator and community activist who worked for many years as an elementary school teacher. Every day she witnessed her students come to the classroom with a great deal of stress. “We have these expectations about the classroom space,” jylani says, “that students will be calm and seated and take in information.” […]

IBME Commit to Sit Participants

During the month of May, iBme community members commit to meditate every day and seek out donors to sponsor their month-long commitment, like a mindfulness meditation marathon. All funds raised support scholarships to attend iBme’s life changing mindfulness retreats. This year, 101 Commit to Sit participants brought in 421 donations, totaling an astounding $108,000 and […]

Teens, Mindfulness, and Social Justice: A Q&A with Andrea Poile

Through her work and studies, Andrea Poile has had the opportunity to evaluate, research, and teach a number of mindfulness-based curriculum and interventions for youth. “Of all of them,” she says definitively, “iBme is the best. It’s the most developmentally appropriate, it’s the most transformative, the most effective, and it’s evidence-based.” Andrea graduated from McGill […]

The Three Cs of an iBme Retreat

One of the iBme team members shared this wonderful overview in answer to the question, “What are one or two words describe what you hope a teen receives from going an iBme retreat this summer?” Concentration — Teens learn the skills to settle their minds and ground their bodies, so they experience greater clarity and […]

iBme Amazing People Blog Post

Ari Andersen, co-founder of the podcast Millennials Don’t Suck, is a producer who works with people who have interesting ideas to help execute them. He recently launched a podcast network, Curious Audio, which houses a collection of podcasts “for the curious, by the curious.” Ari has also traveled to 50+ countries, lived with a devout […]

iBme Mindful Teens

Each of the dedicated participants in the iBme Mindfulness Teacher Training comes with a unique background and motivation for wanting to empower young people. We asked one of the graduates from our first Teacher Training some questions about what brought them to mindfulness and why they do what they do. Q&A with iBme Teacher Training […]