February 2020 iBme Updates
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Dear Friend,

One of the beautiful things about meditation and mindfulness is that it is always available. We are always starting right now, right here: maybe we turn our attention to the sounds around us or we sit down for a formal session or we hit play on a guided recording or we look into the eyes of a friend with love ...

Our vision at iBme is to support future generations of heart-centered, diverse leaders who are prepared to respond to the challenges of their time with focus, resiliency, and compassion for themselves, their communities, and the global environment.

We do this through the practice of mindfulness.


—The iBme Team

PS - Registration for the Young Adult (18-32) Spring Break Retreat closes next Friday, February 21. Go here for more information.
Comforting Wisdom for Tough Times
Beyond stress reduction, meditation practice leads to deeper wisdom and personal awareness that science cannot measure. In a conversation during the summer of 2019, Chris McKenna, member of the iBme Board, and iBme intern Owen Henderson explored a few of these less tangible insights. As he faced significant discomfort and challenges through the fall, Owen returned to these thoughts to help guide him forward.
Read on >>
Teens of Color (TOC) Retreats

iBme allowed me to meet new friends, experience something new, and give me a different perspective on how I live my life. Before the retreat, I was a loner and didn't really talk to those outside of my family or friends I grew up with. Afterwards though, spending a week with people I had never met before showed me that it's okay to open up and show true colors, and it's also okay to not be so defensive all the time due to my appearance.
—2019 TOC Retreat participant

Based on the transformative experiences of our first Teens of Color Retreat in 2019, we are hosting two retreats in 2020, one on each coast:

Why a retreat for teens of color? Read this blog post with Jylani Brown, an educator and community activist who teaches with iBme: All Our Identities: Creating Space for Teens of Color.
Read the post >>

Before I attended the TOC iBme Retreat, I had never experienced such a profound and life-changing connection to the people and space around me. I am now devoted to my mindfulness/meditation practice. Through my meditation practice, I’ve manifested so much inner love, healing, and stability through expressing my gratitude for the things/energies that support me. I am patiently releasing toxic patterns/attachments that aren’t in alignment with dreams I never knew I had until I met my iBme family.
—2019 TOC Retreat participant
Get Back to Your Practice

If you've lost the flow of a regular practice, this blog post can help -
All You Need to Do Is Press Play: Three Go-to Meditations for Getting Back to Your Practice.

Give one of them a try today!
Click to try >>
Please Welcome Our Newest Team Member, David Macek
We are delighted to welcome David Macek to the core iBme team as the new Director of Development. David will be responsible for leading our fundraising efforts that support our scholarship program and much more.
Since 2007, he has led dynamic organizations dedicated to personal and social transformation, including PassageWorks Institute and His diverse experience has spanned retreat and spiritual centers, online social platforms, and various educational settings.

David holds a BS in Mathematics and Economics from Stonehill College and an MA in Environmental Leadership from Naropa University, an interdisciplinary, contemplative-based program. He is a "retired" yoga instructor and a meditation practitioner of 15+ years. David, a Massachusetts native, lives with his wife and daughter in the beautiful Chagrin Valley outside of Cleveland, Ohio.

Please connect with him on LinkedIn or email him directly below.
Send David a Welcome Email!
Spreading the Word
Special Mindful Schools Event: Dr. Rick Hanson on March 5
  • Online event with esteemed author, meditation teacher, and researcher, Dr. Rick Hanson
  • Learn how to build an unshakable core of calm, strength, and happiness
  • Better understand the benefits of mindfulness and SEL in schools
See all Mindful Schools Program Calendar here. 
getting silly on retreat ...
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