UPDATE April 27, 2020:
We have made the difficult decision to transition our June and July in-person retreats to online retreats. This includes NorCal, TOC West, Virginia, Michigan, and Kentucky. Some retreats in the same time zone will be hosted online together. While there is sadness that we won’t be together in person, we also see opportunity in this. We welcome you to join from your home, anywhere!
We have not yet made a decision on the status of our late July and August retreats including SoCal, Pacific Northwest, Massachusetts, and TOC East. We plan to have more info on these by mid-May.
We continue to offer dynamic online programming to support our community in practice at this time. Please check out our calendar for the latest information.
We know that these are stressful, unpredictable times, and we are more grateful than ever to be able to rely on our mindfulness practice as a resource. Even in this moment, as you read this email, can you feel your feet on the ground, the weight of your body sitting or standing? Can you allow your breath to deepen and soften?
iBme is closely monitoring COVID-19 as the situation unfolds. While we are still months away from our summer teen retreat season, we will continue to track the implications it may have for retreats and update our community as new information unfolds and decisions are made by our team and network of partners. We are following guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as restrictions set by state and local governments. We remain committed to delivering our in-depth retreat programming this summer while holding the health and safety of retreat participants and their families as a top priority.
If you were planning on registering yourself or your child for a summer retreat, we encourage you to do so. At this time all retreats are scheduled to take place as planned. If you sign up for a retreat that is eventually canceled, we will refund 100% of your retreat tuition. Our program staff is currently developing a backup curriculum for hosting online experiences to potentially replace retreats that may be canceled due to COVID-19, as well as other online practice resources for teens. We will be experimenting with an online model this coming week with our Harvard student retreat.
In this time of uncertainty, our hearts particularly go out to those people who are being most impacted by COVID-19 through the health of loved ones and its economic implications. We are cultivating compassion, discerning skillful actions, and wishing ease and well being to all those affected and to each of you. May we be well in body and mind, may we care for ourselves and each other, may we be at ease.
We will continue to provide updates in the coming weeks and we hope to be able to provide more online practice resources to support you all. In the meantime, check out the guided meditations on our website from our teachers across the country. You might find Khalila’s RAIN meditation for working with difficult emotions particularly helpful right now, or a Loving Kindness practice from Jessica.
Wishing you well,
The iBme Team
Updated March 12, 2020