Insight Mindfulness Education is an Australian not-for-profit organisation dedicated to supporting the lives of teens through mindfulness and meditation retreats.

 

We were born from the understanding that teen-hood can be a tricky place to navigate.

With the practice of meditation at its core, the space we create supports a time for self discovery. The aim is to foster teens' exploration in to their values, what they care about, who they are and the kind of person they want to be.


Application Now open for January's (2018) Tasmanian retreat

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Fostered by Jon Kabat-Zinn in the West, mindfulness can be described as:

"The awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally to the unfolding of experience, moment by moment."[1]

When we're being mindful we're in the present moment. We're not stressing about the past or worrying about the future. We consciously have our attention placed in the here and now - and this is a good thing. A very good thing.


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Testimonials

Since the retreat I have had some challenging events happen, and by being able to take some time out for myself, whether it being to sit daily, or listen to myself and say some gentle words, I have been able to work with these challenging experiences in a sensible, mindful and helpful way and also been more open in asking for help. Being more open about what is happening for me has helped all of my relationships with friends and family. Not only has learning to be open about how I am help with these relationships but it has also encouraged others around me to be more open too.
— Joe, 18 (TAS)
It felt like a real community, and almost family even! Even though there were lots of differences between us, I found that actually we are alike and still had so much in common. The ‘space’ was so supportive, authentic and fun!
— Anneliese, 15 (TAS)
I just felt so much more in control of my own mind and health after attending the retreat. Everyone was so supportive and enthusiastic. I even made new friends which I wasn’t really expecting and had such real conversations.
— Lily, 17 (TAS)

Areas of Focus

Residential retreats

Our 5 day residential retreats provide an opportunity to be submerged in learning the skills of mindfulness and meditation like no other.

On retreat teens are provided with deep experiential learning opportunities centered around mindfulness and meditation. They take part in small group discussions, have the opportunity to partake in a range of creative workshops, connect with peers and participate in daily yoga classes. Through this, teens learn how to calm an active mind, deeply connect with their inner word, learn skills which allow them to be more aware of how they are feeling and what they are thinking, develop compassion for themselves and those around them, better understand and accept strong emotions and express themselves creatively.

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Schools

As there's growing evidence suggesting mindful-based practices support student wellbeing and academic success we want to see them become more prevalent in Australian schools over the coming years. We believe This will be a steady process so, if you're a student reading this, check out the rest of the site - there's some helpful content that may give you some information that could support you now.

For Teachers

Want to know more about how you can integrate mindful-based practices in your classroom? Email us to speak further.

Our professional learning offers information around:

- The changing structure of the teenage brain and how and why this has implications for learning.

- How mindfulness and meditation can be used to support the wellbeing of students AND staff.

- Practical mindfulness activities that can be used each day to help support learning.


Why are mindfulness and meditation important for teens?

 

Because mindfulness and the practice of meditation are linked to all kinds of good stuff - from greater emotional regulation and increased happiness, creativity and academic success, to decreases in stress, anxiety and depression.

 

Reference:

1. Kabat-Zinn, J. (2003). Mindfulness-Based Interventions in Context: Past, Present, and Future. American Psychological Association , 144–156.