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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.
|Jan 1 – Jan 31++||Gloria Taraniya Ambrosia & Caroline Jones|
|Feb 1 – Feb 28||Marcia Rose & Caroline Jones *full, short waitlist*|
|Mar 1 – Mar 31 ^||Sayadaw U Jagara & Shaila Catherine *FULL*|
|Apr 1 – Apr 30 +||Joseph Goldstein & Caroline Jones *full, long waitlist*|
|May 1 – May 31 °||Rodney Smith & Narayan Liebenson*FULL*|
|Jun 1 – Jun 30 *||Sayadaw U Vivekananda *FULL*|
|Jul 1 – Jul 31||Winnie Nazarko & Caroline Jones|
|Aug 1 – Aug 31||Annie Nugent & Caroline Jones|
|Sep 1 – Sep 30||Susan O’Brien & Caroline Jones|
|Oct 1 – Oct 31 **||Thanissara & Kittisaro *full, long waitlist*|
|Nov 1 – Nov 10||Susan O’Brien & Caroline Jones|
|Nov 11 – Nov 30||Annie Nugent & Caroline Jones|
|Dec 1 – Dec 31||Greg Scharf & Caroline Jones|
- 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.
“The freedom of personal retreat has increased my confidence not only in my practice, but a deeper trust in life."