It has been over a month since we made the decision to temporarily close the Retreat Center and the Forest Refuge to protect our yogis, teachers, and staff in the midst of the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. After 43 years of continuous practice in these meditation halls, none of us could have imagined the new form of silence that has settled over our campus.
Preserving and protecting our place of spiritual refuge is more important than ever.
Although it is not yet clear when we will reopen, we are preparing for a time when we can warmly welcome you back to IMS. Key projects include:
- Planning essential health and safety enhancements to support yogis, teachers, and staff;
- Caring for the campus and its buildings, systems, and trails;
- Helping our local farmers and first responders who rely on IMS for livelihood and partnership;
- And launching a new online platform for retreats and special events to support practice during this time when we are apart — and to increase access to the Dharma even after retreats resume.
Are you able to help?
It will not surprise you that our closure has been financially devastating to IMS. Each month represents a $300,000 loss in revenue.
Your support will help assure that our staff retains healthcare coverage and maintains a living wage while we are closed; that our teachers receive the crucial donations that will allow them to overcome a long cycle when they may have less direct income; and that essential expenses —e.g., utility bills and maintenance fees — are covered during this shutdown period.
We understand that these are challenging times for us all, and everyone’s ability to help is different. If you are able, I hope you will join us in caring for this center and its community by making a donation today. Your gift helps ensure that we can share the Dharma, now, and for many years to come.
All contributions, of any size, will help IMS as it continues its mission to generate peace, compassion, and generosity in the world.
May all beings be healthy.
May all beings be happy.
May all beings be safe and protected.
May all beings be free.