March 2020 iBme Updates
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Dear Friend,

iBme is closely monitoring COVID-19 as the situation unfolds.  As our first retreat is over three months away, we are hopeful they will go on as planned. However, if they do not, we guarantee a 100% refund and will provide notice well in advance of any cancellation. We will be providing regular updates through our website, email, and social media.

During both joyful times and challenging times, we can breathe and find balance. Without pushing away what we don't want or clinging to what we do, we can witness the aliveness of a simple moment, invite awareness of a single, sweet breath.

We wish for all ease and calm and invite you to join us — on retreat, in meditation, and online. Teens and adults, parents and teachers, we are all part of a growing community creating the world we know is possible.

—The iBme Team
Teen Summer Retreats — Registration Open!
Consider a 6-day life-changing immersion in mindfulness, friendship, and fun. iBme teen retreats offer a unique experience of self-awareness, authentic relationships, and skills for navigating stress, anxiety, and social realities.

We've got summer teen retreats in Northern and Southern California, Kentucky, Michigan, Virginia, Massachusetts, and the Pacific Northwest — plus two retreats in the UK and two Teens of Color Retreats (East and West coasts).
Take a look >>
Is this the right thing for you/your teen? 
Click below to watch this new iBme video...
Let’s practice together and
support Teen Retreats!

Commit to Sit is a three-week fundraiser and online practice challenge open to the entire iBme Community. We invite you to join us and commit to spend time each day dedicated to meditation, and raise money from family, friends, co-workers, and local organizations to support teens of all backgrounds to attend our transformative retreats. 

The current state of our collective minds and hearts surrounding COVID-19 brings extra significance to this annual event. We can lean on our mindfulness practice and each other to greet the fear, stress, and anxiety that arises with calm and compassion. We’re partnering with Ten Percent Happier to offer three months of free access to their app to all participants. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ten Percent has put together a selection of meditations, podcasts, and blog posts to help us ‘build resilience and find some calm amidst the chaos.’

Celebrate iBme's 10th Anniversary in a community
of practice and generosity!

I found a sense of belonging, acceptance, and safety I rarely felt in my everyday life. I learned how to hold myself with kindness and feel challenging emotions. I connected with like-minded peers. I received guidance and support from staff members who served as role models. These social and emotional skills built up my resilience during some difficult years.
—Hannah C., iBme Teen Retreat Alum
4 Compassion Practices

Give one of these four practices a try today. Whether you are in some kind of chaos, facing the normal challenges that life brings, or simply curious, we hope that you’ll find something that works for you.

Feel free to share these with someone who could use them.

Click to try >>
Spreading the Word
an inspiring new book
Stories of School Transformation Through Mindfulness 
from Coalition of Schools Educating Mindfully

We see posts and headlines about schools creating change through mindfulness — this books shares their stories. Hear from 40+ passionate educators providing a multi-perspective exploration of what their schools are doing and how it works. This is the emerging future of education.

Buy/View on Amazon.
Proceeds from your purchase support the nonprofit Coalition of Schools Educating Mindfully.
Weds., July 22 — Sunday, July 26
New England Family Retreat
Charlton, Massachusetts

For parents, grandparents, guardians, and young people
aged 5–19
Relax, reconnect, and enjoy as a family at this retreat organized by the Insight Meditation Community of Washington. Beginner and experienced mindfulness practitioners welcome! Experience a blend of family time and time for adults, teens, and kids to engage in organized activities.

What previous participants have to say:

We were surprised at how much we connected as a family... My daughter, who is 8, asked when it was over, 'Can we go again next year?'

This retreat is a rare opportunity to unplug from our tech-saturated lives and connect with what is true in our family relationships. ... This is one of the few retreats available in the country focused on families with school-age kids.

Find out more here.
On retreat, I learned how to ground myself in stressful situations and how to think deeper.
—Beau C., iBme Teen Retreat Alum
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