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Retreat Center – Financial Assistance

You Choose fee option
For ages 18–26
Financial assistance application

In the spirit of generosity – an essential aspect of IMS's Buddhist roots – we are committed to offering financial assistance to those who are genuinely unable to afford the cost of a meditation retreat.

At the Retreat Center, this is in two forms – scholarships and also You Choose fee options for certain retreats (see our schedule).


IMS offers a sliding scale scholarship rate. By selecting the highest amount you can reasonably afford, you support our ability to meet the large number of requests we receive for financial aid.

Due to limited resources, we recommend that you apply for financial assistance as early as possible. Scholarships are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, and are generally restricted to one per person, per year. (Please note that the Three-Month Retreat is considered separately.)

We cannot guarantee that every application will result in a scholarship. Please be assured, however, that we will do our best to help you attend a Retreat Center course.

You Choose fee option

For the Retreat Center’s annual Monastic, People of Color and 18-32 Year Olds courses, rates are on a You Choose basis. This means you can establish your own retreat fee, based on your financial means. A minimum of $20 per night is required. Paying more, however, allows IMS to continue offering financial aid to as many people as possible.

No financial assistance application is necessary when registering for any of these three retreats.

From time to time, and on fairly short notice, we may offer a limited number of You Choose fee spaces for other retreats – please check our Retreat Center schedule for availability.

Thanks to generous donations, IMS is offering a limited number of places in either Part 1 or Part 2 of the 2017 Three-Month Retreat on a You Choose fee basis. These are specifically for people of color and young adults (18-32 year olds), with financial need, who meet the practice requirements for these longer-term retreats. More information is here.


All retreats require a deposit on registering, even if you are applying for financial assistance. Please refer to the Retreat Center schedule for specific deposit amounts.

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