Inward Bound Mindfulness Education UK (iBme UK) programs are run by Youth Mindfulness Education, a UK Community Interest Company. iBme UK offers in-depth mindfulness programming for young people. Our programming guides young people in developing self-awareness, compassion, and ethical decision making, and empowers them to apply these skills in improving their lives and communities. iBme UK has grown out of the great work done by iBme in the US (see more in Our Story).
iBme UK is committed to caring for the natural world and addressing issues of social justice in all that we do.
Our vision at iBme UK 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.
Our diverse teachers and staff have decades of experience in teaching mindfulness and working with youth; many are leaders in the growing field of mindfulness education. We invite you to learn more about our Staff and Teachers and Mentors.
The iBme Model: Mindfulness is paying attention to what’s happening in the present moment with kindness and curiosity. Our programmes introduce young people to mindfulness through guided meditation, mindful movement, small group discussions, and fun group activities. Participants in our programmes learn self-awareness, empathy, techniques to calm and focus the mind, and mindful communication – the foundations for success in all areas of life. Our programmes also include applying mindfulness skills to daily life, connecting with nature and creative expression. Research on the impact of iBme retreats has shown teens experienced increased self-compassion and life satisfaction, and decreased rumination and reactivity, following retreat.
The iBme retreat model is unique in that it allows participants to gain a level of insight into their own experience and authentic connection with peers that is rare in everyday life.
Young adults and parents regularly share that iBme programmes in the US are transformative. More than 50% of participants return for future retreats and demand for our programs continue to grow across the US and internationally.
Inward Bound Mindfulness Education is part of a 30-year lineage of mindfulness retreats for young people that began in the US in Barre, Massachusetts in 1989. Jessica Morey, iBme co-founder and current Executive Director, attended her first teen retreat at the age of 14. In 2010, iBme was incorporated in the US as a non-profit organization, and has grown since then, hosting retreats across the US and Canada.
In the UK the iBme banner has been picked up by Jem Shackleford and Mark Roberts. Connecting over a shared interest in bringing the iBme model of young peoples’ retreats to the UK, Jem and Mark met at Bangor University, where they were both studying for the Masters in Mindfulness-Based Interventions. They have established Youth Mindfulness Education CIC to act as the legal body for iBme UK. Convinced that iBme programmes—both in the US and UK—are an immensely powerful force for positive change, they are committed to sharing that possibility through iBme in the UK.