A limited number of You Choose fee spaces are available for ages 18 – 26. This means you can establish your own retreat fee, based on your financial means. A minimum of $20 per day is required (minimum of $100). Email ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’ to apply.
A limited number of fellowships for Educators, Health Care Professionals and Artists are available.
A wellspring of joy arises when we realize the scope of the Buddha's teachings and their impact on our relationships and activities. This silent retreat, open to all, is an invitation to explore the core teaching of mindfulness and how it supports the cultivation of wisdom and compassion. With practice, we come to interact with our world with an ease of mind and understanding, especially amidst the fullness and vibrancy of everyday life.
Annie Nugent has practiced since 1979 and was an IMS Resident Teacher from 1999 to 2003. She has been part of the teaching team for the annual Three-Month Retreat for a number of years and has taught at the Forest Refuge since 2004. Her teaching style aims to reveal how all aspects of our lives can help us come to a clear and direct understanding of the Truth.
Listen to one of Annie's talks: Trust in the Unfolding Process of the Dharma given at IMS on November 15, 2010 – 55 minutes, 23.2 MB Download
Deborah Ratner Helzer first took up meditation while working on her engineering degree. She has practiced with Western and Asian teachers, including a year as a nun in Burma. She is currently raising her children and teaching near Washington, DC.
Listen to one of Deborah's talks: Opening the Door to Insight given at IMS on August 4, 2014 – 57 minutes, 39.5 MB Download
Devin Berry has practiced meditation since 1999 and has undertaken several longer-term retreats. He teaches at East Bay Meditation Center in Oakland, CA, and nationally. He has completed Spirit Rock’s Dedicated Practitioners Program and is currently a participant in the 2017-2021 IMS Teacher Training Program.