Special Retreats

Staff Retreat

Wednesday, January 23 – Wednesday, January 30, 2019

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.

We are currently accepting volunteer applications for this uniquely special retreat. Please consider supporting the staff as they find renewal through formal practice together.

If interested, email our HR & Executive Assistant at volunteer@dharma.org or call 978-355-4378 ext. 225.

 

Teen Retreat

Wednesday, June 26 – Tuesday, July 2, 2019

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

Volunteers

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 HR & Executive Assistant, 1230 Pleasant, Barre, MA 01005. For more information, call 978-355-4378 ext. 225.

Working Guests

Be part of a team of 7–9 adults who provide extra support to our Kitchen and Housekeeping departments during this retreat. These Working Guest 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 HR & Executive Assistant, 1230 Pleasant, Barre, MA 01005. For more information, call 978-355-4378 ext. 225.