IME teen retreats are staffed by many experienced, passionate and dedicated people. If you would like to speak about the opportunities to join the IME community please don't hesitate to contact us with an inquiry.
Below are just a few of the amazing people who make the teen retreat space possible.
BEd, RYT500, MBSR-T
A former competitive swimmer, high school teacher and fitness trainer, Jasmine first experienced the teachings of mindfulness with Tibetan Buddhist monk Robert Thurman while living and working in NYC in the 1990s. During this period, Jasmine also discovered the life supporting system of yoga and has been a yoga practitioner for almost 20 years.
Jasmine has completed numerous yoga certifications in the USA, India and Australia and has been teaching yoga and meditation to all ages in Townsville for the past 10 years. Jasmine has directed youth programs in the USA and Australia as well as sharing yoga in youth camps, correctional centres and in schools.
Jasmine is also the founder of Yoga Tools For Schools Inc. (YTFS) - a Not-For-Profit organisation which provides educators and students with simple and effective yoga based strategies which enhance self-awareness, self-care and self-management by tuning into the body, the breath and the mind. Jasmine writes and facilitates wellbeing programs, PD trainings and workshops for this organisation throughout Queensland. Jasmine is also the mother of two teenage girls, a lover of animals and nature.
Dean has been practising meditation for over a decade, and has engaged with mindfulness meditation for over 20 years. He has worked in many roles in the higher education sector, most recently as the Associate Director Strategic HR at the University of Tasmania, where he was responsible for Organisational Learning and Development, and Inclusion, Diversity and Equity, for a staff of 3000. He worked with Pamela Lovell, of Mindful Intent, to introduce a Mindfulness at Work pilot program to the University in 2015. Dean has undertaken studies with the Mindfulness Training Institute of Australia to enable him to deliver the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, which he teaches for Mindful Intent in Launceston. He has also delivered mindfulness workshops for the University of Tasmania and the Tasmanian Health Service at sites across the North of the state.
Dean recently spent more than a year working with Working It Out, delivering workshops and providing assistance to schools through the Safe Schools Coalition to help create more inclusive learning environments for same sex attracted, intersex and gender diverse young people. He’s delighted to be able to work with IME and the opportunity to draw on his experiences in new and hope-filled ways.
B.Ed, M.Ed, MPA (Master of Professional Accounting), GradDip Counselling.
Linda currently works as a public servant with the Australian Government. She is an experienced teacher, having worked with young people from a wide variety of cultures and backgrounds including Sydney’s western suburbs, rural Tasmania, remote Northern Territory and remote villages in the Kalahari, Namibia. In Namibia she coordinated a community development project and trained student teachers.
Linda has pursued a strong personal interest in mindfulness since 2010, attending training workshops in Creating Compassionate Cultures (through The Foundation for Developing Compassion and Wisdom) and Acceptance Commitment Therapy. Throughout this period she has developed her own mindfulness practice and studies in Buddhist philosophy and meditation. She is passionate about working with youth and families using mindfulness strategies and Acceptance Commitment Therapy and developing professional development workshops for teachers regarding wellbeing.
Linda has raised her teenage son on her own while working full time and completing two post-graduate degrees. She has managed youth soccer teams for three years and taken groups of teenagers on skiing trips. She has volunteered with Red Cross, teaching English classes for refugees and in her spare time she loves outdoor pursuits and painting.
Sarah Manns has practiced mindfulness for over a decade, and understands from personal experience the profound effect that mindfulness can have in creating greater balance and richness in everyday life.
Sarah teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction courses in Hobart, Tasmania, has trained with the Mindfulness Training Institute of Australia and recently completed the Mindful Schools Educator Essential Training. She is deeply committed to the practice and teaching of mindfulness, and to helping people of all ages to experience the wide-ranging and transformative benefits that mindfulness offers.
Sarah is the mother of two boys and is passionate about young people. Her own life experience has given her a deep understanding of the immeasurable benefit that young people can gain through developing mindfulness as an invaluable, life-long skill.
LLB (Hons). RYT500
Rose is a yoga and meditation teacher based on the Gold Coast. Rose fell in love with yoga at the age of 19 and has been a committed practitioner ever since. Over the years she taught at various studios and has completed over 750 hours of yoga, meditation and mindfulness training, studying with teachers such as Donna Farhi, Tara Judelle, Shiva Rea, Emily Kuser, Andrea Boni, Rose Baudin, Gustavo Se Cestari and Michelle Merrifield.
In 2015 Rose co-founded Ritual, a busy and successful yoga studio based in Palm Beach which facilitates over 50 classes per week. Rose is dedicated to teaching classes which help her students to flourish on and off the mat and many continue to follow Rose to Palm Beach from all over the Gold Coast. Rose is especially passionate about the philosophy and science of mindfulness and it’s strong connection to the teachings of yoga. She currently facilitates 8 week courses held at Ritual which explore practical ways to incorporate the complimentary practices of mindfulness, meditation and yoga into modern day living.
Rose lives and breathes all things yoga and is dedicated to sharing the transformational powers that yoga and meditation have to offer with others.
B.Soc.Sc., GradDip Counselling, Masters Social Work
Fiona Stevens is an accredited Mental Health Social Worker with 20 years experience working in Human Services with young people and their families as well as adults managing substance use issues, mental health and dual diagnosis. Fiona is also a yoga teacher and yoga therapist. She has a special interest in complex trauma and has been trained with Dr Bessel van der Kolk and David Emerson in Trauma Sensitive Yoga.
Fiona has facilitated yoga retreats in Bali and Brisbane as well as attending retreats to support her own personal and professional growth and development. Fiona is now focusing her practice in mindful movement as a process in healing people from trauma. Fiona has begun her own journey of mindfulness, attending retreats and workshops with Dr Sharn Rocco, attending Vipassana 10 day meditation and her own self inquiry through daily practice. Fiona has recently completed MBSR with Openground in 2016.
Trained as an outdoor, health and physical education teacher, Maya currently channels her passion for education into an outdoor education camp, working with children from early primary to late teens. Her personal experience reflects a direct correlation between time spent in nature and overall happiness, and she thrives on revealing this connection in others. An avid traveller, Maya has combined a love of teaching and travel, seeking teaching experiences in remote Northern Territory and most recently, Malaysia.
Maya has been actively engaged in a personal journey of mindfulness and meditation for the best part of four years, willingly acknowledging the ups and downs of exploring the depths of oneself. She has an ever-growing passion for helping people live a balanced, fulfilling life, and has found mindfulness and meditation techniques to be key in creating healthy minds and bodies. A firm believer that we are all teachers, and all learners, Maya is ecstatic to be a part of the IME team and continue sharing and learning with other people on the mindfulness journey.
Simon is relatively new to the field of mindfulness having established a regular practice of meditation and yoga in the past year. While he's very much valued living with awareness since being a teenager, his formal introduction to mindfulness was a Christmas present from his mum in the form of a mindfulness book. From there he has continued to explore and learn more about meditation and the profound benefits of taking some time out each day to relax the mind and body and how to use that experience in everyday life.
Simon lives on the Gold Coast and runs a busy event production company, organising events around Australia. He loves the outdoors, bush-walking, yoga and cooking. He's looking forward to sharing his experiences with anyone interested in mindfulness and at the same time continuing his own learning journey.
Alyssa’s adventurous appetite for life has lead her around the world on a journey of self-discovery, this followed a spark that was ignited on a school trip to Nepal when she was 17 years old. Since then, she has experimented with yoga, meditation, breath work, drumming, chanting, women circles and mindfulness. She has attended multi-day breath work, yoga and meditation retreats and finds these powerfully insightful. She now uses bushwalking for space and meditation and has a daily yoga practice which helps keep her mind, body and spirit healthy.
Alyssa’s professional background is in outdoor education and instructing - she has a certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation. In this field, she has guided and facilitated both teens and adults for the past 6 years in a range of environments including, remote Tasmania, remote Northern Territory, Spain, Borneo, Vietnam and Laos. Currently, she is completing a Diploma of Youth Work and working as a youth mentor at Life Without Barriers in Tasmania. Alyssa is passionate about helping young people who haven’t had the most favourable start to life and is excited about combining her knowledge of the outdoors and her study in youth work to help her achieve this. She believes that being in nature, without distractions, helps people to connect to themselves and she utilises the power of wilderness areas to evoke mindfulness and meditation. Alyssa is also currently training to be a Bush Adventure Therapy facilitator.
Juris Doctor, 200 eRYT, 500 RYT (in progress), Adv. Reiki, Sekoia Yoga Certified
Britt believes meditation is our natural state of existence. It is not until we find ourselves buried in layers of roles, identities and personal narratives that we have to “make time to meditate.” She believes that we are all subliminally intelligent and as soon as we permit our Selves to move through these layers, we find the perfection of simply and purely being.
Britt believes the practice of yoga clears the pathway to meditation. She practices yoga postures and breathing techniques as a method of clearing the mind to become open and receptive to the profound journey of meditation. With this understanding, Britt completed her 200 hour RYT through Yoga on High’s Teacher Training Institute in Columbus, Ohio USA. Britt is now amidst a 500 hour RYT training through Essence of Living on the Gold Coast in Australia, where she lives and teaches yoga and meditation. She is also an Advanced Reiki practitioner and the only certified Sekoia Yoga™ teacher in Australia.
In her personal practice, Britt draws from various wisdom traditions that are found throughout the world and are universally applicable. Weaving together her formal training and her personal practice and experience, Britt offers guidance into remembering our natural state of being open and receptive to what this existence has to offer.