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Calmer Choice

Calmer Choice


Calmer Choice Cape Cod, youth resilience and mindfulness program for schools. Empowering high school students with self reliance tools.

In the Fall of 2014, Calmer Choice and Mindfulness Everyday collaborated to create a School-Wide Comprehensive Mindfulness-based Prevention Program for Middle Schools. Calmer Choice provided the programming for the students and Mindfulness Everyday provided the customized training for educators that supports the Calmer Choice curriculum. The School-Wide Comprehensive Mindfulness-based Prevention Program for Middle Schools program is part of a research study by Yale University


Inward Bound Mindfulness Education

The iBme Retreat Model

We teach teens proven awareness and concentration practices that have been used for thousands of years. Teens learn how to: settle a busy mind, skillfully handle emotions and thoughts, direct and sustain attention, cultivate compassion, and truly listen and communicate to one another. Through guided mindfulness meditation, small group discussions, and fun workshop activities, participants experience a sense of connection and safety that many have never felt before.



The core of the iBme retreat model is mindfulness. Mindfulness is embedded in all the daily activities, which include several formal sitting and 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

The second element of the iBme model is relational activities. 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 third element of the iBme model is helping students realize our connection with the earth. The retreats are held in natural settings and activities include taking silent or guided walks,practicing primitive skills like animal tracking, and eating wholesome foods. As teens quiet their minds, many are able to connect with the natural world in an entirely new way.


Each day on retreat, teens are offered a variety of workshops including mindful sports, art, music, poetry, theater, and discussion groups on topics such as diversity, gender, and non-violent communication. The retreat culminates in a community share and celebration of artistic expressions on the final night.

Jenny Horsman

Jenny Horsman


My dream is to help to create equitable educational settings anywhere and everywhere so that students who have experienced any form of violence can understand how that has impacted our learning, take part in new conversations, and find commonality with others as we explore new strategies to support successful learning.

Learning and Violence


Check out the exciting new interactive materials in Changing Education!


Centre for Mindfulness Studies


The Centre for Mindfulness Studies is a registered charity in Toronto, Ontario. We offer mindfulness-based therapies  and professional training for health care and social service providers, including professional development for educators and professional support staff. Our facilitators are physicians, social workers, psychotherapists and other highly qualified practitioners. We are also committed to extending our services to marginalized people and their support workers through our social program.

Discover Mindfulness

Discover Mindfulness


Discover Mindfulness is a non-profit organization helping to create communities, tools and awareness to bring mindfulness, well-being and mental health to Canadian schools.

We educate people about the benefits and applications of mindfulness, including evidence-based mindfulness programs for students, educators, parents, and others who work with children and teens.

E-mail: info@mindfulnesseveryday.org