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Forest Refuge – Schedule

IMS's Forest Refuge program supports experienced meditators in sustained, longer-term retreat practice. A personal retreat, under the guidance of the following teachers, helps strengthen practice faith, confidence and self-reliance.


Mar 1 – Mar 31 ^ Sayadaw U Jagara
Apr 1 – Apr 30  Winnie Nazarko & Caroline Jones
May 1 – Jun 14 Joseph Goldstein & Annie Nugent *FULL*
These dates are currently full. Please apply to be added to a wait list. A minimum stay of two weeks is required.
Jun 15 – Jul 31 ° Akincano  *FULL* 
These dates are currently full. Please apply to be added to a wait list.
Aug 1 – Aug 31 Annie Nugent & Winnie Nazarko
Sep 1 – Sep 30  Annie Nugent & Patricia Genoud-Feldman
Oct 1 – Oct 31 Marcia Rose & Ariya B. Baumann
Nov 1 – Nov 30 Greg Scharf & Winnie Nazarko
Dec 1 – Dec 31 Caroline Jones & Chas DiCapua

* Arrivals and departures will not be possible January 614, 2015.

^ The theme for this teaching period will be causality, as seen in every aspect of the Buddha’s teachings. Using samatha and vipassana, practice will focus on the four bodily postures. Participants will be expected to follow observance of the eight precepts if they are able to do so. Priority will be given to anyone applying for the full teaching period or longer.

° Participants are expected to follow Akincano’s schedule and instructions, which will focus on Satipaṭṭhāna – the Four Applications of Mindfulness. A minimum stay of two weeks is required. During his teaching period, arrivals or departures will only be possible on June 15, June 28, July 12 or July 31, 2015.

Please note

  • A self-sustaining practice is necessary to undertake a Forest Refuge retreat.
  • The teaching schedule may change without notice. It is our intention that retreatants will have the opportunity to practice with a variety of experienced and well-qualified insight meditation teachers.
  • When retreat space is limited, priority will be given to those applying for longer stays.

Supporting our teachers

Here at IMS, our teachers are continuing the ancient Buddhist monastic tradition of freely offering the teachings while living  in the midst of contemporary society. What this means is that they rely on the generosity of retreat participants for a sustainable income.

There is an opportunity at the end of your personal retreat to make an offering to teachers – this is known as teacher dana. At the Forest Refuge, where retreatants often stay for long periods, IMS supplements teacher dana as needed to provide an adequate offering.

Your contributions help teachers to lead a life devoted to teaching both at IMS and in other parts of the world, including communities without the means to donate. Your gifts also allow teachers to take time for their own practice, ensuring that their teachings are continuously enriched.

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