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Teen Retreat (4 days)
June 29 – July 3, 2015 (Monday to Friday)
This retreat is specifically for teens, aged 14–19. It offers beginning meditation instruction, half-hour sitting and walking periods, facilitated discussion groups, meditative arts and free time. This allows young adults to develop and value their natural spirituality within a supportive environment. Extensive supervision is provided.
A daily period of mindful yoga will be offered by Tasha Judson.
A Message from IMS’s Guiding Teachers
Work on expanding and improving IMS’s Retreat Center dining room is scheduled to start in April or May 2015 and to continue through late August.
Inevitably, this will result in construction and machinery noise. However, this will not be sustained and will mostly take place outdoors during regular construction hours, usually Monday – Friday, 7:00am–4:00pm. Toward the end of the project, there will be some indoor work, but this will be planned for between courses.
To help minimize the impact of the noise, windows in our Retreat Center meditation hall will be kept closed. (The air circulation and conditioning system there allows fresh air to move around very well, without opening windows.)
We have decided to continue offering retreats throughout this building period, knowing that conditions for practice are rarely perfect. We trust that this construction endeavor can be met with the equanimity and grace with which we meet a range of conditions in our lives.
All of us at IMS look forward to supporting you on retreat.
Chas DiCapua has offered meditation since 2001. He is interested in how all aspects of life can be used towards awakening. Currently the IMS Resident Teacher, he teaches throughout the US.
Listen to one of Chas's talks: The Illusion of Not Good Enough given at IMS on October 8, 2011 – 67 minutes, 45.8 MB (Download, Stream)
Jean Esther has trained in meditation since 1975. She teaches at Insight Meditation Center of Pioneer Valley, MA, Smith College and nationally. She also integrates the Buddha's teachings on love and wisdom within her psychotherapy practice in Western MA.
Ed Hauben, a long-term meditator and friend of IMS for over 30 years, has served on its Board of Directors and assisted with the teen and family retreats since the 1980s.
Peggy Gillespie studied to be a community dharma leader at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. She teaches at the Insight Meditation Center of Pioneer Valley, MA, and is co-Buddhist advisor at Mt. Holyoke College. She is a journalist and the co-director/founder of Family Diversity Projects.