Second 3-Week Insight Meditation Retreat

Registration is open, with a waitlist.

Wait List
Wait lists often move quickly, so consider registering even if a retreat is full!
October 29 - November 19, 2021 (Friday to Friday)

Onsite at IMS this Fall! – Two 3-Week Insight Meditation Retreats
NOTE: Due to uncertainties around Covid, the teaching teams may shift a bit

This retreat is full with a waitlist.

To be added to the list, submit a registration and deposit.

All scholarship funds have been awarded.

These two 3-week retreats mark a special time for IMS – a return to onsite, in-person programming! In light of current conditions IMS has made the decision to offer two 3-week retreats back-to-back with a short break in between. It will be possible to attend either one separately, or both.

Because of the extended length and ongoing guidance, these retreats offer an opportunity for students to deepen the powers of concentration, wisdom and compassion. These silent retreats will encourage a balanced attitude of relaxation and alertness, and continuity of practice. Instruction will be based on the Buddha’s Four Establishments of Mindfulness and on the meditation instructions of Mahāsi Sayadaw, supplemented by a range of skillful means.

During each retreat, an optional period of mindful movement will be offered by Éowyn Ahlstrom twice a week.

Silence and renunciation are at the heart of any IMS retreat, and a sincere commitment to honoring them has a direct and profound bearing on our deepening in meditation. The teachers of this retreat request, for the sake of your practice and your fellow retreatants’ practice, that you participate in the entire course, without leaving and returning (except in the case of emergencies or medical needs).

An intensive silent meditation course such as this can be a positive and life-transforming experience. At the same time, the practice can be strenuous and requires some stability of physical and psychological health.

If you have recently experienced considerable trauma, significant depression or anxiety, or are currently experiencing strong PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), a silent retreat of this length may not be appropriate for you at this time in your life. Shorter retreats or daily life practice may be more beneficial meanwhile. To help you assess this, we urge you to discuss your situation with a therapist. Please contact our registration department if you have any questions or concerns.

The teachers also request that you agree, on registering, to refrain from using cell phones and other communication devices, for the duration of the course. This includes phone calls, emails, texts, and other internet use. (Please notify our Front Office if arrangements need to be made for messages to reach you 24/7 from dependent or fragile family members. You can reach our staff at 978-355-4378 or at

To further protect your retreat time, please also make sure that you schedule any medical appointments, fill prescriptions, and take care of financial or other arrangements before your course gets underway.

Prerequisite is two silent on-site retreats of a week or more with recognized insight meditation teachers. Please document this experience, including teachers’ names, dates and length of courses when registering. You will also need to submit a questionnaire when signing up – your course participation cannot be confirmed until this is received and approved.

Its possible to register for both units, combining them into a single 6 week practice period. Prerequisite is three silent retreats of a week or more with recognized insight meditation teachers.

Cancellations: Even though this is a longer retreat, we’re offering our regular cancellation fees and dates:
Cancellation fees are $50 if you cancel prior to 10/2/21; or $180 if you cancel on or after 10/3/21. If you need to cancel your retreat, please contact us as soon as possible. We can transfer your remaining funds to another residential retreat for you, or issue you a refund.

Teacher Support:
Most IMS teachers—like insight teachers around the world—offer their teachings freely, and rely on the generosity of students for their livelihood. Teachers do not generally receive compensation from IMS program fees. Click here to learn more about teacher support. There will be an opportunity to offer a contribution to your teachers at the end of this program, or you may donate now.