Young Adult Spring Break Retreat (ages 18-32)
March 7th – 11th, 2020
Seven Oaks Retreat Center in Madison, VA
Hosted by iBme & Koru Mindfulness
Recharge your batteries
Take some time for yourself to unplug, refresh, and renew. Remember who you are without all the pressures of life as you learn mindfulness practices for daily living. Engage in relational activities in pairs, small groups, and as a community and explore compassion-building practices. You’ll leave with skills for navigating change with clarity and sustaining your practice.
Who is this retreat for?
Anyone with an open mind and heart who is willing to try something new and do their best to be themselves and accept everyone else in being themselves. You leave an iBme retreat with mindfulness practices and communication skills that you can practice in everyday life to continue to learn, grow, and cultivate your inner life.
Learn the fundamentals
Using a variety of formats and teaching frameworks, we impart lessons in self-awareness, compassion, and offer techniques to increase concentration and focus the mind.
Spend time each day with a small group of peers, connecting and deepening authentic relationships with other teens who are experiencing the world in similar and different ways from you.
Being on retreat offers a rare opportunity to experience a life without constant distractions. We create a technology-free environment that flows back and forth between silent and social times.
18 to 32 years
All applications received after then date will be put on a wait list.
Number of participants
Capped at 45
Some scholarships are available.
5 days, 4 nights
Young Adult Spring Break Retreat Staff
Marvin G. Belzer
Marvin G. Belzer, PhD, has taught mindfulness meditation for over fifteen years and is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center. For many years he taught a semester-long meditation course in the Department of Philosophy at Bowling Green St. University, where he was a Professor of philosophy. He and Diana Winston were instrumental in developing week-long mindfulness retreats for teens in the mid-1990s.
Cara Lai started meditating over ten years ago, and began sitting long retreats regularly in 2011. Most of her practice has been in the IMS/Spirit Rock tradition, although she has explored many other avenues of self-discovery. She seeks to find freedom through her own intuitive process, however that may vary from the ways we normally think about Buddhism, and to help others do the same. Nature, intuition, and the body are all integral to her teaching. She teaches for Inward Bound Mindfulness Education and works as a mindfulness-based psychotherapist, artist, and occasional wilderness guide. She has a Masters in Social Work from the University of Vermont; and in the past has worked in a therapeutic high school, an adoption agency, and various outdoor education settings. In 2020 she will complete the Spirit Rock Teacher Training Program. In her spare time she enjoys walking and watching plants grow.
Seven Oaks Retreat Center
Seven Oaks Retreat Center is situated just north of Charlottesville, in Shenandoah National Park. Designed to support mindfulness and healing, it offers beautiful views of the Blue Ridge Mountains — plus 120 acres of woods and open fields. Seven Oaks serves great food, with meals three times a day and an abundance of options and deliciousness. Guest rooms are in little buildings throughout the retreat, with easy access to the program spaces and Dining Room.
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