Upcoming Retreat – Info Session
November 7, 2022, 6-7 pm PDT | via Zoom
Curious about an iBme Teen Meditation retreat?
Join New Year’s Retreat’s Coordinating Teacher Anthony “T” Maes and iBme Program Staff Tonya Jones in this info session to learn about the New Year’s retreat. Get the low down on:
- Our upcoming New Year’s retreats
- Costs of retreat and scholarships
- What it’s like to be on retreat, from daily schedules to types of activities
- “What if I don’t know what mindfulness is or how to meditate?”
Who will be there?
Tonya Jones Program Strategy, Equity & Community Engagement
Tonya has spent the past 17 years working in the public sector driven by a strong commitment to social justice and equity, collective healing and building stronger, compassionate communities. Before joining iBme, Tonya was the Los Angeles Director at the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO), a national organization that provides transitional work and permanent job services to the formerly incarcerated. At CEO, she was responsible for overseeing and supporting a diverse staff of 20, along with program development and management, community partnerships, fiscal oversight and working collaboratively with national fund and business development teams. Tonya is a certified mindfulness facilitator (UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior). She is a mentor for UCLA’s Intensive Practice Program, teaching assistant for UCLA’s Mindfulness and Theory course, guest teacher at InsightLA’s POC sangha, and has lectured and facilitated at numerous educational institutions and organizations. Tonya holds a BA from Howard University, MFA from Columbia University, and serves on the UC Irvine Advisory Board for the Customer Experience Certificate Program.
Anthony “T” Maes found mindfulness during college when struggling with addiction, and it saved his life. He has practiced mindfulness meditation since 2003 including many weeklong and monthlong silent retreats. He’s been teaching teens in mindfulness retreats and weekly class formats since 2009 for various organizations including Spirit Rock and IBME. On retreat he enjoys teaching emotional intelligence, diversity and inclusion, relational mindfulness, multi-racial liberation, and acrobalance. He is a teacher and coordinator of the weekly Teen Sangha meditation group at East Bay Meditation Center. He has worked as a wilderness mentor for middle-school boys with Stepping Stones Project and Back To Earth. He is passionate about supporting college-aged young adults, and has founded a leadership program for “aged out” iBme alumni. “T” graduated from UC Berkeley in 2004, completed the yearlong Commit2Dharma program at East Bay Meditation Center in 2011, and is currently part of the Community Dharma Leaders training at Spirit Rock Meditation Center.
Come hear what iBme can do for you, and get all your questions answered.
Learn about the benefits of meditation and mindfulness practices! Hear what it’s like to be on retreat, from the real-life day-to-day vibe to what it’s like to sit in silence/not in silence, plus schedules, types of activities and workshops, games and play, being in nature, community building with peers, and more. You’ll also get to hear teen alumni share their personal experiences!