Insight Meditation Retreat for 18-32 Year Olds – YA (7 days)

July 27 – August 3, 2017 (Thursday to Thursday)

Registration for this retreat is closed

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Join a community of young people exploring the breadth and depth of the heart and mind in a silent retreat setting. With the Buddhist teachings of wisdom and compassion as our guide, we will cultivate a wholehearted attention to the present moment, leading to an embodied ease, clarity and kindness.

The retreat format includes daily meditation instruction, group and individual meetings with teachers, and opportunities for questions and discussion. An optional daily period of mindful movement will be offered by Leslie Booker.

The course will end with a day of optional activities centered on building relationships, supporting community, and integrating the practice into our everyday lives. All are welcome to attend – the retreat is open to both beginning and experienced meditators.

Our wish is to make this retreat accessible to anyone who would like to participate. We offer a You Choose fee option for this course, charging a minimum of just $20 per night (i.e. $140 minimum total). Those who can contribute more, however, help IMS to continue providing financial aid to as many people as possible.

Participants may also want to take part in a week-long study and practice course for 18-32 year olds offered by the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, which immediately precedes this IMS retreat. The BCBS program will include silent meditation practice in mornings and evenings, with instructions and group interviews, integrated with afternoon classroom sessions examining the teachings found in the Buddhist discourses of the Pāli Nikāyas.


Chas DiCapua

Chas DiCapua has offered meditation since 2001. He is interested in how all aspects of life can be used toward awakening. Currently the IMS Resident Teacher, he teaches throughout the US.

Listen to one of Chas's talks: Renunciation given at IMS on July 31, 2016 – 67 minutes, 33.4 MB Download

JoAnna Harper

JoAnna Harper has practiced in multiple traditions since 1999, and in 2005 her practice landed on the Theravada insight tradition. Retreat teaching, bringing the Dharma to communities and individuals who don't typically have access to traditional settings, and building multicultural community are her focus. She is co-guiding teacher at Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society.

Bart van Melik

Bart van Melik has been teaching meditation since 2009, with a special focus on diverse communities. He brings the practice to juvenile detention centers, homeless shelters and NYC public schools, and is passionate about supporting people finding new ways to relate to life’s stresses.


Leslie Booker

Leslie Booker brings her heart, wisdom and compassion to the intersection of social justice, yoga and mindfulness. A graduate of Spirit Rock's Community Dharma Leaders Program and a current participant in Spirit Rock's 2017-2021 Teacher Training Program, she teaches nationally utilizing the foundation of Dharma and embodied wisdom practices.