IMS Retreats


A retreat at IMS provides instruction and guidance in insight (vipassana) and lovingkindness (metta) meditations. Respected teachers guide participants in meditation practices that help bring genuine happiness to our lives.

Retreat Center

The Retreat Center has offered structured meditation courses for new and experienced meditators since 1976. Retreats range in duration from a weekend to three months.


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Under the guidance of experienced teachers, a Forest Refuge retreat can strengthen practice confidence.

Forest Refuge

The Forest Refuge is specifically designed to support the practice of more experienced meditators. Its program encourages the exploration of sustained, longer-term personal retreats.


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IMS retreat fees are on a sliding scale basis that allows participants to pay according to individual means.

At the end of your retreat, there is an opportunity to offer contributions to IMS’s teachers, who are continuing the ancient Buddhist tradition of freely offering the teachings.

What this means is that most Retreat Center teachers receive no compensation for teaching at IMS – course fees go toward the cost of accommodations, meals and other operational expenses only. Instead, teachers rely on the generosity of course participants for a sustainable income.

At the Forest Refuge, where retreatants often stay for long periods, IMS supplements teacher dana as needed to provide an adequate offering.

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