Teen Voices and Experiences

Our Return to a Full Summer of Teen Retreats

→ Retreat Stats → Testimonials → Photos! → Our Takeaways → Resources We all know the reality of how disruptive the past few years have been. And though we have collectively endured disruption and uncertainty, our iBme staff & community managed to excitedly, safely, expertly, and compassionately host a full season of teen summer retreats! […]

Mindfulness as a shared and sharing practice.

Mindfulness as a shared practice. In the fall of 2021, iBme manifested a long-time goal of incorporating youth voices into our daily work with the inauguration of our Youth Advisory Committee (YAC). Comprised of esteemed, awesome young people – mindfulness practitioners and iBme retreat alum – the YAC helps guide and influence iBme’s mission, vision, […]

Teens on retreat

Life School: The Solace of Teen Mindfulness Retreats A Q&A with Jess Berkun In the fall of 2021, iBme manifested a long-time goal of incorporating youth voices into our daily work with the inauguration of our Youth Advisory Committee (YAC). Comprised of esteemed, awesome young people – mindfulness practitioners and iBme retreat alum – the […]

Tara Brach Trust the Gold post

Tara Brach is founder and guiding teacher of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington. Along with Jack Kornfield, Tara leads the Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program and is the author of several international bestselling books including Radical Acceptance, True Refuge, and Radical Compassion. A longtime friend of iBme and guest faculty of the iBme Mindfulness […]

6 Relational Mindfulness Games Teens Love

We asked iBme Teacher Training faculty Anthony “T” Maes his top tips for bringing relational practice into mindfulness and he shared these 6 relational mindfulness games teens love. T found mindfulness during college when struggling with addiction, and it saved his life. He’s been teaching since 2009 for various organizations including Spirit Rock, East Bay […]

Masculine Identity Blog Post

What is male identity? What does it mean to be a male-identified person? iBme teachers/mentors Mark Wax and Anthony (“T”) Maes found that on iBme retreats, young people were hungry for this conversation, wanting to better understand who they were and to support each other. When they decided to create an online affinity group for […]

Four teens sitting on the couch

It’s a fact: teens find love and acceptance at iBme. That’s one reason we hear from a lot of parents, something along the lines of, “The iBme retreat was the best decision I ever made for my teen”. “I’ve always kind of struggled with not belonging,” says Nikita M. after her third teen mindfulness retreat. […]

13 Benefits of iBme Retreat

In-person or online, why take a mindfulness retreat with iBme at all? What are the benefits? We talked to some teens to find out. We get it. Mindfulness and meditation can seem like “woo-woo, hippie-dippy stuff” — boring, uncomfortable, and irrelevant. Or something that you only do sitting on a cushion with your eyes closed. […]