2013 Annual Report

IMS Annual Report of Operations for the Fiscal Year 2013

(January 1, 2013 – December 31, 2013)


During 2013, a total of 262 days of teacher-led courses were offered at the Retreat Center, and 365 days for personal retreats were offered at the Forest Refuge. A total of 54 teachers, including 3 monks and 1 nun from the ordained sangha, taught the Buddha’s priceless teachings throughout this period. Retreat highlights included:

  • Courses at the Retreat Center for specific audiences: women, people of color, teens, young adults (18-32 year olds), and experienced students.
  • Three courses at the Retreat Center were offered on a ‘You Choose’ fee basis, allowing retreatants to establish their own course fee. Five ‘You Choose’ fee spaces were offered at any given time throughout the year at the Forest Refuge for stays of 30 days or longer.


2,696 individuals participated in retreats at IMS during 2013. Some sat more than one retreat yielding a total of 3,087 registrations. Pertinent information about those who sat at IMS is a follows:

  • 65% were women, 35% were men
  • <16% were under the age of 32 years/li>
  • 41% had never been to IMS before
  • 28% received some form of financial assistance valued at $421,847
  • 39% of all yogi nights were supported with some form of financial assistance.

Our occupancy rate at the Retreat Center was 92% and at the Forest Refuge it was 83%.

Financial results of operations

Total operating expenses for the year (net of depreciation and investment fees) were $3,894,807. Revenues from registrations for retreats covered 52% of our expenses; the rest came from donations and investment income. Clearly, IMS continues to rely heavily on donations to keep rates affordable and to sustain operations.

Operating revenue (not including investment income)

The following revenue and expense information is derived from our audited financial statement.

Retreat registration revenue
Sales, misc. & bank interest
Total operating revenue

Operating expenses (net of depreciation and investment fees)

Program services
Management & general
Development & outreach
Total operating expenses
Result of operations

* Includes donations received for and paid to teachers.
** The operational deficit was covered by the budgeted investment draw.

Please direct any feedback to Linda Spink, IMS Executive Director, at lindas@dharma.org.