Forest Refuge Schedule 2020

Due to COVID-19, the Forest Refuge and Retreat Center will remain closed through the end of 2020. For more information, visit IMS’s Response to COVID-19, and to explore online retreat options, please visit the IMS Online page.

 

IMS’s Forest Refuge program supports experienced meditators in sustained, longer-term retreat practice. A personal retreat, under the guidance of the following teachers, helps strengthen practice faith, confidence and self-reliance.

Please note

  • A self-sustaining practice is necessary to undertake a Forest Refuge retreat.
  • The teaching schedule may change without notice. It is our intention that retreatants will have the opportunity to practice with a variety of experienced and well-qualified insight meditation teachers.
  • When retreat space is limited, priority will be given to those applying for longer stays.
  • Before you apply, please make sure you meet the Forest Refuge application requirements. We expect that candidates have participated in at least one six-week structured and teacher-led insight meditation retreat, or six similar one-week retreats.

Supporting our teachers

Here at IMS, our teachers are continuing the ancient Buddhist monastic tradition of freely offering the teachings while living in the midst of contemporary society. What this means is that they rely on the generosity of retreat participants for a sustainable income.

There is an opportunity at the end of your personal retreat to make an offering to teachers – this is known as teacher dana. At the Forest Refuge, where retreatants often stay for long periods, IMS supplements teacher dana as needed to provide an adequate offering.

Your contributions help teachers to lead a life devoted to teaching both at IMS and in other parts of the world, including communities without the means to donate. Your gifts also allow teachers to take time for their own practice, ensuring that their teachings are continuously enriched.

For availability of specific dates, call 978-355-2063 or email fr@dharma.org.
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Registration is closed for this retreat.
July 1–31, 2020

Caroline Jones & Bhante Buddharakkhita

We are closed through the end of 2020 in response to coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns.


Closed
Registration is closed for this retreat.
August 1–31, 2020

Annie Nugent & Caroline Jones

We are closed through  the end of 2020 in response to coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns.


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Registration is closed for this retreat.
September 1–30, 2020

Guy Armstrong & Sally Armstrong

We are closed through the end 2020 in response to coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns.


The Still Heart of Awareness


This retreat will strengthen our understanding and experience of the nature of awareness in meditation practice. We will explore this in three stages. During the initial part of the month, we will build meditative stability through a focus on anapanasati (mindfulness of breathing). In the next phase, we will undertake intensive practice of metta (lovingkindness), allowing the beautiful and responsive qualities of heart to unfold. Then, with concentration and lovingkindness as our foundation, the last stage of the retreat will focus on specific meditative techniques that allow us to rest in the pure nature of awareness.


The teachers will offer regular meditation instructions, talks about the teachings and individual meetings. A minimum stay for the full month of September is required. Participants are expected to follow the sequence of instructions as they are given.


A lottery was conducted for this course; applications were due by November 21, 2019. This month is full, with a wait list.


Closed
Registration is closed for this retreat.
October 1–31, 2020

Caroline Jones & Jaya Rudgard

We are closed through the end of 2020 in response to coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns.


Closed
Registration is closed for this retreat.
November 1–30, 2020

Caroline Jones & Jill Shepherd

We are closed through the end of  2020 in response to coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns.


Closed
Registration is closed for this retreat.
December 1–31, 2020

Winnie Nazarko & Caroline Jones

We are closed through the end of 2020 in response to coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns.