This retreat is specifically for teens, aged 14–19. It offers beginning meditation instruction, half-hour sitting and walking periods, facilitated discussion groups, meditative arts and free time. This allows young adults to develop and value their natural spirituality within a supportive environment. Extensive supervision is provided.
A daily period of mindful yoga will be offered by Tasha Judson.
Please make sure we have name and contact information for both the teen and a parent or guardian, and also note that we need to receive a waiver signed by both BEFORE we can confirm you into this course:
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
Jean Esther, MSW LICSW, has trained in meditation since 1975 and has been a practicing psychotherapist for over 36 years. She is a guiding teacher of True North Insight Meditation Centre in Canada, teaches at Insight Meditation Center of Pioneer Valley , MA, Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (IBME) and elsewhere across North America. Her teachings integrate psychological understanding and somatic awareness with Buddhist teachings on love and wisdom.
JoAnna Hardy 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.
Ed Hauben, a long-term meditator and friend of IMS for almost 40 years, has served on its Board of Directors and has assisted with the Teen Retreat since its inception in 1989.
Peggy Gillespie studied to be a Community Dharma Leader at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. She teaches at the Insight Meditation Center of Pioneer Valley, MA, and is Co-Advisor to the Buddhist community at Mt. Holyoke College. She is a journalist and the co-director/founder of Family Diversity Projects.