Teaching Meditation to Adolescents - Approaches and Therapeutic Benefits
Presenter: Jessica Morey, MA
In her work sharing meditation with teens, Jessica and others have integrated mindfulness and compassion meditation, relational mindfulness practices, mindful movement, creative expression, and nature awareness practices.
Join us in person (The Arlington Center, Arlington, MA) or online (via Zoom) as Jessica demonstrates and discusses these different modalities. She will emphasize the core qualities of a "mindful mentor" - authentic relationship building, attuned compassion and respect - which are the critical foundations for teaching mindfulness to youth. She will also present an overview of the research on the benefits of meditation and mindfulness for youth and present research on teen retreats. This presentation will include lecture, guided practices and relational mindfulness activities.
Participants will learn:
1. Approaches and activities to engage youth in mindfulness meditation practice
2. Core qualities of Mindful Mentoring with youth
3. Overview of research findings on the benefits of mindfulness meditation for youth
Jessica Morey, MA is the Executive Director of Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme), an international non-profit that leads secular meditation retreats for teenagers and young adults. She began practicing meditation at age 14 on teen retreats offered by the Insight Meditation Society (IMS). She has attended longer retreats (1-3 months) in Asia and the U.S, participated for 10 years in the IMS young adult mentoring group and trained as a Buddhist meditation teacher with Noah Levine and Against the Stream. Jessica is a founding board member and lead teacher for iBme teen retreats. Before joining iBme, Jessica worked in clean energy and climate policy and finance. She holds a BA in Environmental Engineering from Dartmouth and Masters degrees in Sustainable Development and International Affairs. Her article in Mindful Magazine, “Finding My Way,” describes her experience learning and benefiting from mindfulness throughout her young adult years.