Special Retreats

2021 Update

We look forward to reopening the Retreat Center in October and the Forest Refuge in November! There are currently no volunteer openings available. We will update this page when we resume the Volunteer Program. Please feel free to check back from time to time, and thank you for your patience!

Staff Retreat

Operational support

We typically rely on many volunteers for our annual week-long Staff Retreat that takes place each January. Coverage is needed for both Retreat Center and Forest Refuge operations. Special skills are not required, although these assignments are generally available to those with previous IMS retreat experience of two weeks. Please consider supporting the staff as they find renewal through formal practice together.

Please email your completed application to volunteer@dharma.org or mail it to Volunteer Program – SR, Insight Meditation Society, 1230 Pleasant, Barre, MA 01005. For more information, call 978-355-4378 ext. 265.

Teen Retreat

There are two distinct roles for those helping with the Teen Retreat: Mentors and Volunteers. Please scroll down for more information.

Mentors

Each year, IMS endeavors to cultivate the mindfulness, compassion and wisdom of the next generation through its Teen Retreat for ages 14 to 19. If you have worked with teenagers, are an experienced meditator, and have sat at least one retreat at IMS, you are welcome to apply.

Please email your completed application to volunteer@dharma.org or mail it to Volunteer Program – TR, Insight Meditation Society, 1230 Pleasant, Barre, MA 01005. For more information, call 978-355-4378 ext. 265.

Volunteers

Be part of a team of 8-10 adults who provide extra support to our Kitchen and Housekeeping departments during this retreat. These volunteer assignments are generally available only to those with previous IMS retreat experience of at least one week. You don’t have to be an experienced cook or housekeeper to qualify.

Individuals considering these positions should know that this is not your typical silent IMS retreat! While the teens do have periods of silent formal practice, there are many social activity periods, and a lively atmosphere permeates the Retreat Center. It’s a unique experience.

Please note: Family members of teenagers attending the Teen Retreat will not be accepted as volunteers for this retreat.

Please email the above application to volunteer@dharma.org or mail it to Volunteer Program – TR, Insight Meditation Society, 1230 Pleasant, Barre, MA 01005. For more information, call 978-355-4378 ext. 265.