March 25, 2020

Online Retreat with Oren Jay Sofer and Caroline Jones


We’re saddened that we will not be offering Oren Jay Sofer and Caroline Jones’ monthlong retreat at the Forest Refuge in April. As most of you probably know, the Forest Refuge is now closed through May 31, and IMS’s Retreat Center is closed  until May 20, due to concerns over COVID-19.

We are thrilled, however, that Oren and Caroline will be able to offer an online version of their retreat here.

Oren will be on Zoom to provide retreat offerings Monday and Tuesday. Caroline’s talks will be available on Dharma Seed at, or soon after, 12 noon on Thursdays and Fridays. Oren’s teachings will also be available on Dharma Seed afterwards if you are unable to listen live. (RETREAT CODE on DharmaSeed: DKRR)

This page includes the retreat schedule, Zoom information, and other retreat resources provided by the teachers. If you have additional questions, please email us at

Recordings (To listen click the corresponding links below.)

Caroline’s Recordings

Oren’s Recordings:
Thurs, 4/2: Opening 11am, Morning talk & guided sit: Oren
Mon, 4/6: Morning reflection & guided sit: Oren
Tues, 4/7: Dharma Talk: Oren
Mon, 4/13: Morning reflection & guided sit: Oren
Tues, 4/14: Dharma Talk: Oren
Mon, 4/20: Guided sit: Oren
Tues, 4/21: Dharma Talk: Oren
Wed, 4/22 Q&A: Oren
Mon, 4/27 Guided sit: Oren
Tues, 4/28 Dharma Talk: Oren

Oren and Caroline:
Thurs, 4/30 Closing Session + Q&A

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Zoom FAQ

Does is cost anything to use Zoom for this retreat?

No. Simply click the meeting links in the schedule above to participate. If you haven’t downloaded the Zoom app, no worries—you will be prompted to download and install Zoom when you click a link listed above. (A basic Zoom license is free.)

Will I be seen and heard by other participants during this online retreat?

The retreat teachers will be only ones seen and heard during most of this retreat. We will have all participants muted, so you will not need to have your video turned on or worry about your audio working, except to see and hear the retreat teachers. If wish to ask a question in a Q&A session you will have the option to turn on your microphone and video.

Will Zoom work internationally?

You can start or join a meeting from any international location using:
PC, Mac, & Linux
Android & iOS
H.323/SIP devices
Telephone dial-in

Are there any countries or regions where Zoom doesn’t work?

Yes. Users in certain  countries or regions are unable to access Zoom series for regulatory reasons, such as Belarus, Burundi, Central African Republic, Cuba, the Congo, Iran, Iraq, etc. For more information, refer to the US government’s list of sanctioned countries.

Is there a video I can watch that explains how to join a Zoom meeting?

Yes. Here’s is a brief video created by Zoom explaining how to join a meeting :