February 2021 Update
Both our Retreat Center and Forest Refuges will be closed through June, and we will be assessing conditions with COVID-19 to determine when we can safely welcome retreatants back to campus. To explore online retreat options, please visit the IMS Online page.
A word on reopening, from Inger Forland, IMS Executive Director:
When will the IMS Retreat Center and Forest Refuge open to on-campus retreats? I think about this every single day—not only in terms of reopening IMS, but in all of the ways we have been isolated and restricted this past year.
It has been such a profound time, with so much suffering for so many. What will it then mean to once again be with those we love in the same physical space, collaborating with our colleagues without a computer screen between us, sending our children off to school, smiling at strangers?
I wish I could name the date when we’ll reopen the centers, but so much depends on how conditions unfold in the coming months with the vaccine and the evolving science around transmission.
We intend to open when we are sure that we can bring yogis, teachers, staff, and volunteers back into close contact safely. We’ll make that assessment with guidance from the CDC and our state department of health, counsel from epidemiological advisors, and in dialogue with our staff, teachers, and Board. It is my hope that IMS will reopen in some capacity later in the fall, and we’re taking steps to prepare for that possibility.
As science leads the way, we will continue to explore and refine our thinking.
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IMS remains committed to offering spiritual refuge for all who seek freedom. We will continue to offer transformative online retreats and other community events that connect and heal. Throughout this period, we will work diligently to find new ways to support you in your work and practice. And even as we offer help to all who suffer, we too may need help.
For now, we rest in gratitude for our community. May all find health and healing in the weeks and months to come, and comfort in the strength and resilience of our sangha.