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Volunteering – Special Retreats

Family Retreat
Teen Retreat
Staff Retreat

Staff Retreat

January 24–31, 2014 – Positions filled for this year

Operational support – We typically rely on many volunteers for our annual week-long Staff Retreat that takes place each January. Coverage is needed for both Retreat Center and Forest Refuge operations. Special skills are not required – please consider supporting the staff as they find renewal through formal practice together

Staff Retreat Working Guest Application (PDF)

If interested, email our HR & Executive Assistant at volunteer@dharma.org or call 978-355-4378 ext. 225.

Teen Retreat

June 29 – July 3, 2014

There are two distinct roles for those helping with the Teen Retreat: Volunteers and Working Guests. Please scroll down for more information.

Volunteers – Positions filled for this year

Each year, IMS endeavors to cultivate the mindfulness, compassion and wisdom of the next generation through its Teen Retreat for ages 14 to 19. If you have experience in working with teenagers and are an experienced meditator, you are welcome to apply.

Teen Retreat Volunteer Application (PDF)

Please email the above application to trvolunteer@dharma.org or mail it to Chas DiCapua, 1230 Pleasant, Barre, MA 01005. For more information, call him at 978-355-4378 ext. 410.


Working Guests – Positions filled for this year

Operational support – Extra support is needed for our Kitchen and Housekeeping departments during the Teen Retreat. You don't have to be an experienced cook or housekeeper to volunteer as a Working Guest for this inspiring retreat.

Please note: Family members of teenagers attending the Teen Retreat will not be accepted as volunteers for this retreat.

Teen Retreat Working Guest Application (PDF)

Please email the above application to volunteer@dharma.org or mail it to Anna Ossenfort, 1230 Pleasant, Barre, MA 01005. For more information, call her at 978-355-4378 ext. 225.

Family Retreat

July 16–21, 2014

There are three distinct roles for those helping with the Family Retreat: Working Guests, Group Leaders, and Young Adult Helpers. Please scroll down for more information.

Working Guests

Operational support – Extra support is needed for our Kitchen and Housekeeping departments during the Family Retreat. You don't have to be an experienced cook or housekeeper to volunteer as a Working Guest for this unique opportunity.

Family Retreat Working Guest Application (PDF)

Family Retreat Working Guest Application (Interactive PDF; requires Adobe Reader XI)

Please email the above application to volunteer@dharma.org or mail it to Anna Ossenfort, 1230 Pleasant, Barre, MA 01005. For more information, call her at 978-355-4378 ext. 225. 

Group Leaders for the Children's Program  Positions filled

IMS is seeking Group Leaders for the Children's Program of the 2014 Family Retreat. This course will be the final Family Retreat to be held at IMS. If you have experience working with children or teenagers and are an experienced meditator, you are welcome to apply.

Group Leader Application (PDF)

Please email the above application to volunteer@dharma.org or mail it to Anna Ossenfort, 1230 Pleasant, Barre, MA 01005. For more information, call her at 978-355-4378 ext. 225.

Young Adult Helpers for the Children's Program  Positions filled

IMS is also seeking Young Adult Helpers (YAHs) for the Children's Program of the 2014 Family Retreat.This course will be the final Family Retreat to be held at IMS. If you know someone who is 14 to 18 years of age as of July 16, 2014, has experience working with children, and would like to assist, please encourage her or him to apply.

YAHs work alongside Group Leaders to supervise children and plan the activities of the Children's Program. YAHs are offered additional guidance and support by the Children's Program Coordinator and an in-house experienced youth Group Leader. There is time during the day for YAHs to relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings as well as to participate in different activities.
 
Those with prior IMS Family Retreat experience are preferred. 
 
Please note: If your child is applying to serve as a YAH and you and your family hope to attend the retreat, you still need to register yourself and any other family members who plan to attend. If your child is accepted as a YAH, we will do our best, but cannot guarantee, that your family will get in to the retreat.
 
 
Please email the above application to volunteer@dharma.org or mail it to Anna Ossenfort, 1230 Pleasant, Barre, MA 01005. For more information, call her at 978-355-4378 ext. 225.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering!

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