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Teen Retreat (4 days)

June 29 – July 3, 2015 (Monday to Friday)

There may be rides available for this retreat. You can also offer a ride. Click here to view the listings.

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.


Chas DiCapua

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

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

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

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.

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