Annual Report

IMS Annual Report of Operations
for the Fiscal Year 2016

(January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016)


During 2016, there were 270 days of teacher-led courses offered at the Retreat Center, and 366 days for personal retreats offered at the Forest Refuge. A total of 55 teachers, including 5 monastics from the ordained sangha, plus 15 assistants taught the Buddha’s priceless teachings throughout this period.

Retreat highlights included:

  • Courses at the Retreat Center for specific audiences: mindfulness-based professionals, women, people of color, teens, young adults (18-32 year olds), our LGBTIQ community, and experienced students.
  • Three courses at the Retreat Center were offered on a You Choose fee basis, allowing retreatants to establish their own course fee. Five You Choose fee spaces were offered at any given time throughout the year at the Forest Refuge for stays of 30 days or longer.

Financial results of operations

Total operating expenses for the year (net of depreciation and investment fees) were $4,773,168. Revenues from registrations for retreats covered 54% of our expenses; the rest came from contributions and investment income. Clearly, IMS continues to rely heavily on donations to keep rates affordable and to sustain operations.

The following revenue and expense information is derived from our audited financial statement.

Operating revenue (not including investment income)

Retreat registration revenue
Sales, misc. & bank interest
Total operating revenue
Operating expenses (net of depreciation and investment fees)
Program services
Management & general
Development & outreach
Total operating expenses
Result of operations
* Includes donations received for and paid to teachers.
** The operational deficit was covered by the budgeted investment draw.

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Past Annual Reports

2015 Annual Report

2014 Annual Report

2013 Annual Report