Funding for POC and 18-32

August 28, 2018

Funding for People of Color and 18-32 Year Olds for Longer-Term Practice in 2019

August 2018 – Thanks to generous donations, funding is again available to support a number of experienced people of color meditators and young adults (18-32 year olds) who wish to undertake longer-term practice at IMS in 2019. This is in addition to our ongoing program of financial assistance, which annually supports about a third of our retreatants.

This opportunity forms part of our broader vision to develop more leaders of color within our North American insight community, and to ensure leadership among the next generation of yogis.

For people of color who are unable to afford IMS’s usual fees, we are offering a reduced rate to participate in Part 1 or Part 2 of the 2019 Three-Month Retreat. (Please note, registration for these courses opens on December 5, 2018.) A reduced rate is also available for one month of personal retreat next year at our Forest Refuge.

For young adults (18-32 year olds) who are unable to afford IMS’s usual fees, we are offering a similar reduced rate to participate in Part 1 or Part 2 of next year’s Three-Month Retreat.

Fees are on a You Choose basis. This means you can establish the rate you are able to pay, at or above $20 per night. (If paying more than $20 per night is possible, it will allow additional yogis to receive support.)

Prior retreat experience is required. For Part 1 and Part 2 of the Three-Month Retreat, the prerequisite is three courses of a week or more with a recognized insight meditation teacher.

At the Forest Refuge, it’s recommended that applicants have participated in at least one six-week structured and teacher-led insight meditation retreat, or six similar one-week retreats.

Since our funds are limited, we will be awarding spaces on a first-come, first-served basis. We encourage those interested to apply as soon as possible. Here’s what to do:

For Part 1 or Part 2 of the Three-Month Retreat, contact our Registration department as soon as possible after December 5th to request the You Choose rate. You can email registration@dharma.org or call 978-355-4378 ext. 170. A link will then be sent to you to an online registration form that will include questions regarding your application for this fee, as well as other questions related to this particular retreat. Please note that a deposit of $150 will be necessary to secure a space.

For the Forest Refuge, email fr@dharma.org or call 978-355-2063 to indicate interest in applying, as a person of color, for a period of retreat during 2019 at this You Choose rate.