|Dates||December 28th, 2018 – January 1st, 2019|
|Location||Seven Oaks Retreat Center, Madison, VA|
|Tuition||Tuition is 1% of annual family income, up to $1500.
A nonrefundable application fee of $35 is required and applied toward your tuition.
We have never turned away a teen for lack of funds.
|Deadline||December 14th: All applications received after this date will be put on a wait list|
|Questions?||(978) 254-7082 or email@example.com|
Charisse Minerva Spencer
Charisse Minerva Spencer brings to the Mindfulness arena a background in Arts, Science, and Youth Development. She earned a B.S. Degree in Medical Technology from the Medical College of Virginia/VCU. However, her love of the Arts led her to divert her path in order to live her passion for dance and choreography. Later Charisse returned to school to get a Masters in Performance Studies with a concentration in Dance Anthropology from Tisch School of the Arts/New York University. Her eclectic professional experience coupled with more than 30 years of practice in the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) Buddhist organization led to her interest in Mindfulness. Charisse brings a scientific and artistic approach to the field investigating the existence of contemplative practices, its individual and cultural significance, as well as how these practices can be introduced in ways that are broad-based. She has worked with Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP), Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme), is Mindfulness Coordinator at Friends School of Virginia Beach, and has done workshops in schools, festivals, corporate offices, detention & treatment centers.
Jack Blackfelt is an iBme retreat teacher living in Kensington, Maryland. Jack has lived a spiritual practice rooted in forgiveness, service and constant self-inquiry since 2004. He enjoys a self-taught meditation life, with an emphasis on bringing awareness and skillful living to all aspects off the cushion. He likes to organize low-cost daylong meditation retreats and silent meditative bicycle rides and walking meditation events. He led the weekly Washington DC Dharma Punx meditation fellowship for 5years, before turning it over into a peer-led practice group that he now facilitates once a month. Jack has staffed and taught multiple iBme teen retreats since 2009, incorporating mindfulness with sports and play in his workshops. He brings his experience with addiction and mindful consumption to them as well, having participated in teen/young peoples’ 12-step recovery groups. He also co-facilitates the IMCW bi-weekly teen sangha in Bethesda since 2012.
Enrique Collazo has been practicing Meditation since 2005. In 2009, he started staffing teen retreats and has offered classes as a facilitator and meditation instructor for youth and adults in Los Angeles and the Bay Area. He’s currently teaching in the Bay Area with youth as mindfulness instructor with the Mind Body Awareness Project. Enrique shares the practice in a straightforward and practical manner and loves working with youth and supporting their transformation.
For more information about what happens on a teen retreat please see our teen retreats page.
iBme is committed to accessibility. This retreat welcomes teens from all racial/ethnic groups, sex and gender identities, abilities, and religions. Mindfulness creates a foundation for conversations that support understanding and deepen our connection to one another. We have developed our tuition structure to accommodate a wide range of family income.
“After a couple of days my whole outlook on life was changed. It was an awesome experience. I would encourage any teen to come here.”
– Josh, age 15
“Exactly what my 17-year-old son needed. A supportive staff, diverse group of kids, beautiful setting, meditation, yoga, talks, mindfulness, new friends, and new thinking. Learning to relax and observe your emotions from amazing staff and leaders! Life changing in the most positive way.”
– Kimberly, Parent