Online Retreat for Teens
Sunday, June 27 – Monday, June 28
Meeting format (During program sessions, you will be able to see and hear the teacher, as well as other program participants, and they will be able to see and hear you).
This retreat is specifically for those who, as of August 31, 2021, will be aged 15–20; and past IMS Teen Retreat graduates from the 2018-2020 sessions. The course offers meditation instruction, half-hour sitting periods, facilitated discussion groups, and guided movement periods. The program will allow teens and young adults to develop and value their natural spirituality within a supportive online environment.
For this course, sliding scale fees are $40, $50, $65, or $100. We also offer a scholarship fee of $20, and no-fee enrollment for those who request a fee-waiver. Our “Pay What You Can Afford” system supports the cultivation of a dynamic and inclusive community and contributes to the health and vibrancy of the sangha. Select the rate of your choice when you register. Email email@example.com for more information or to request a no-fee enrollment.
A note on dana (generosity)
Most IMS teachers—like insight teachers around the world—rely on the generosity of students for their livelihood, and receive no compensation from course fees. All IMS online teachers receive a modest dana advance from IMS to guarantee a minimum level of financial support. (Click here to learn more about the dana practice.) There will be an opportunity to offer a contribution to your teacher at the end of this course.
Daily Schedule – all times listed in Eastern Time ET:
Sunday, June 27
6:30 – 9 pm – Opening Session with small groups, talk, precepts and sitting
Monday, June 28
10 – 12:15 pm – Morning Session
▪ Sitting with Instructions
▪ Movement Meditation
▪ Sitting with Q&A
12:15 – 1:30 pm – Lunch on your own with optional hangout
1:30 – 5:15 pm – Afternoon Session
▪ Guided Movement
▪ Sitting Meditation
▪ Small groups
▪ Guided Loving Kindness Meditation
▪ Dharma Talk
5:15 – 6:45 pm – Dinner on your own with optional hangout
6:45 – 9:30 pm – Evening Session
▪ Small groups
▪ Closing Circle
9:30 pm – Retreat ends
Jean Esther, MSW LICSW, has trained in meditation since 1975 and has been a practicing psychotherapist for over 37 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.