IMS’s Retreat Center first opened its doors in 1976. It offers a yearly schedule of meditation courses, lasting from a weekend to three months. Most retreats are designed for both new and experienced meditators.
Recognized insight meditation teachers from all over the world offer daily instruction and guidance in Buddhist meditations known as vipassana (insight) and metta (lovingkindness). While the context is the Buddha’s teachings, these practices are universal and help us to deepen awareness and compassion.
The Retreat Center meditation hall
At regular intervals throughout a retreat, group or individual interviews with the teachers take place. A typical daily retreat schedule starts at 5:30 am and ends at 10 pm. The day is spent in silent practice with alternate periods of sitting and walking meditation, as well as a one-hour work-as-practice period.
Meals are nutritious and vegetarian. Accommodations at the Retreat Center are simple single rooms. Men and women do not share accommodations, and camping is not available.
When a Retreat Center course is in progress, anyone who is not already participating in the retreat is welcome to attend the evening talks about the teachings, known as dharma talks. Those with insight meditation experience are also welcome to attend group sittings.
But if you haven’t been to IMS before, please speak first with the Retreat Center office for an orientation prior to attending a talk or sitting period. Call 978-355-4378 or email.
Teacher talks given at the Retreat Center are available for downloading, streaming or podcasting.