1st Annual Teen Mindfulness Residential Retreat: June 24rd – 29th April 23, 2012Posted by ebmc in Classes, Community CONNECTIONS, Community DHARMA, Community EVENTS, Kids.
Dear Parents, Educators and Teens,
Come join IBME’s 1st Annual Teen Mindfulness Residential Retreat: June 24rd – 29th, 2012, Cazadero, CA (info: www.ibme.info)
This teen mindfulness resdential retreat is an amazing opportunity for teens (14-19) to learn/practice a combination of mindfulness skills & tools w/ fun, community building, and playing in nature. It is a blast & so transformational for teens & staff alike. The biggest gift we can give our young people is a safe, nurturing, & connecting space to be who they really are amongst their peers & with caring & supportive adults. iBme retreats offer this opportunity.
Here’s a short video of teens from our retreats: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mznd78fGrog
Here’s a bit of what iBme Teen Retreats are about:
At iBme, We teach teens proven awareness & concentration practices that have been used for thousands of years. Teens learn: how to settle a busy mind how to skillfully handle emotions and thoughts how to direct and sustain attention, how cultivate compassion how to truly listen and communicate. Through mindfulness meditation, small group discussions, & fun workshop activities, participants experience a sense of connection & safety that many have never felt before.
The iBme Model is comprised of three elements that empower and inspire teens:
MINDFULNESS: Mindfulness is embedded in all the daily activities, which include several formal sitting & walking meditation periods. Using the mindfulness skills that are taught, teens begin to calm their mind and explore their own mind and body. Recent studies have also shown some of the other benefits of practicing mindfulness, which include an increase in concentration, empathy, emotional intelligence, self-esteem, and memory.
AUTHENTIC COMMUNICATION: In twice-daily small group discussions, participants are introduced to interactive mindfulness practices that help teens connect with each other and learn valuable communication skills. There are few words to convey how profoundly youth (and adults) are affected when they experience being seen and heard by their peers in the safety and intimacy of these small groups. For many teens and adults, these small groups are the highlight of the retreat. CONNECTING WITH THE
NATURAL WORLD: The retreats are held in natural settings and activities include taking silent or guided walks, identifying wildlife and edible and medicinal plants, and eating wholesome foods. As teens quiet their minds, many are able to connect with the earth in an entirely new way. Each day on retreat, teens are offered a variety of workshops including mindful sports, art, music, poetry, theater, & discussion groups on topics such as diversity, gender, & non-violent communication. The retreat culminates in a community share and celebration of artistic expressions.
Hope your teen(s) can join us! Please feel free to spread the word!
For more info please contact Tali Serota (contact below)
& see attachments of our current retreat flyer & links below for your print out and forward to your community:
N. Cali iBme Teen Mindfulness Retreat June 24-29th 2012
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iBme YouTube Video: