COVID-19 Update

Effective June 1, 2023

  • Yogis and teachers will be required to take rapid tests on arrival at both centers. Anyone who tests positive will need to depart. We no longer require a second round of rapid tests. (The cost to IMS is $10 per test. If you are able and willing to help us cover this cost, thank you for your support! Donations can be made here.)
  • We will strongly encourage, however, anyone who begins to feel unwell while they are at IMS to take a second test, which we’ll make available.
  • Anyone who exhibits cold symptoms (coughing or sneezing) will need to use a mask in public spaces. Otherwise, masks will be encouraged but not required. Of course, masking is always welcome in all spaces.
  • As of January 1, 2023, IMS no longer requires proof of COVID vaccination, but continue to implement rapid testing and masking protocols. See below.

Here’s what we’re doing for your safety and ease:

  • Operating in full compliance with CDC and Commonwealth of Massachusetts guidelines.
  • Regular testing protocol for IMS staff.
  • Upgraded HVAC systems and mobile filtration systems increase airflow and filtration throughout our buildings, as recommended by professionals in COVID safety.
  • Suspension of some yogi jobs to reduce safety concerns. Optional opportunities for mindful service will be offered to support your practice.
  • All accommodations remain single occupancy.
  • Hand sanitizing stations located across campus.
  • Frequent deep cleaning and sanitizing across campus.
  • Payment in full for retreats is required one week prior to arrival to reduce crowds at check-in time.

Doing your part—pre-arrival at IMS:

  • Please take great care in the ten days before you travel to minimize your risk of exposure to the virus: avoid crowded events and use an effective mask (surgical or N95/KN95).
  • Should you require a PCR test for your air travel, please note that we have been unable to find a convenient resource for you near Barre. The best way for you to get one might be directly at the airport, and you can make appointments in advance here.

During your retreat:

  • Meals: You have lots of dining space options! Small tables have been added to each dorm room so that you may elect to take your meals in your room, or—weather permitting—in any of several spaces outdoors. The dining room is also available.
  • Meetings with the teachers will be mostly in small groups. Some retreats may offer one-to-one meetings. Masks are optional.

In the event of COVID-19 illness

  • If you test positive for COVID-19 on arrival, you will be unable to remain on campus; IMS does not have the ability or expertise to support you. For those of you who would need to be picked up or make travel arrangements–particularly those of you who flew to Massachusetts—we can accommodate your brief stay in quarantine accommodations separate from the active retreat container while you make plans to depart. Please consider this in advance so you can plan what you would do.
  •  If anyone tests positive for COVID-19 while on retreat, they will need to move to quarantine accommodations and make arrangements to leave campus. The teachers and other retreat participants would be informed that there was a positive test result. We would not cancel the retreat for the remaining participants but depending on timing, we may implement a fresh round of rapid tests and wellness monitoring.
    Information is subject to change as conditions merit.

Information is subject to change as conditions merit.

(Updated 6/1/23)

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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.