We believe that justice and equity are at the core of mindfulness and compassion. We define justice as Dr. King articulated, “power correcting everything which stands against love.” We define equity as both the social condition in which everyone has the freedom and resources to live whole and balanced lives, and the process by which an unjust society rebuilds itself to create that universal freedom.
Inward Bound’s programs aim to guide teens and young adults in their development of self-awareness, compassion, and ethical decision making, empowering them to apply these essential skills to their lives and communities.
Our ecosystem of standing committees, working groups, and community stakeholders bring years of personal mindfulness practice to their roles, modeling authenticity, compassion, and respect. While our retreat teaching teams have long been diverse—more than 50% of our teachers are people of color and represent many other diverse identities—our shift to collaborative leadership has allowed us to further diversify our team of primary decisionmakers. This includes the creation of a BIPOC-majority Teachers Advisory Council and a Communities of Color Committee that is fully dedicated to prioritizing the needs of and programming for BIPOC community members and provides input across various organizational departments including marketing, programming, development, community engagement, and equity.
At the same time, we have committed to regular equity and interdependence learning opportunities that have provided members of our community with opportunities to see and deepen our awareness of our individual and organizational social privilege. This has allowed us to confront our hegemonic ways of understanding the world and our place in it.
Resources from the Inward Bound Community
Tonya, Sarah, & David
Inward Bound Mindfulness staff presents to 30+ organizations of the Retreat Center Collaboration on Equity and Interdependence and Collaborative Leadership work.
CEO, Kataly Foundation
Nwamaka of the Kataly Foundation (a funder of Inward Bound Mindfulness) writes about how we can reject a false of harmony and transform philanthropy to support real healing.
Dr. Angel Acosta
Dr. Acosta visits Inward Bound's Sweet Seat on Instagram Live to talk about mindfulness, education, and culture. To learn more about Dr. Acosta's work, visit drangelacosta.com
Sara Shapouri »
Inward Bound Teacher
Sara Shapouri visits Inward Bound’s Sweet Seat on Instagram Live to share her personal connection to and the meaning of the #FreePalestine movement.
Addressing diversity, inclusion, and equity internally has been a primary focus for Inward Bound. Since 2017, with the support of BayNVC and Miki Kashtan, Inward Bound has been engaged in shifting our organizational structure away from a typical hierarchical, top-down power structure and towards a collaborative leadership model with shared decision-making.
As we continue to identify and divest from dominant systems of unequal power within our organizational structure, and reflect on how these systems impact the ways we show up day to day, we expect to be able to welcome, retain, and collaborate with a greater number of participants and staff from historically marginalized communities.
Equitable Tuition Model
Equitable access is fundamental to our mission. We want to ensure that there are no teens barred from the opportunity to attend our programs due to the systemic injustices that have left many groups economically vulnerable.
Inward Bound continues to evolve its financial model to be as progressive and equitable as possible, while balancing what’s necessary for financial sustainability, in pursuit of maximum accessibility, diversity, and quality for its programs.
What I love most about Inward Bound retreats is the sensitive, authentic, inclusive, and compassionate teaching. Each teacher speaks from the heart, and their own experience and knowledge of mindfulness practices. Their desire is that we live into our compassion for self, each other, and our world. This is something you can feel tangibly.
– Valerie Striar, All Ages Online Retreat Participant