Forest Refuge Schedule 2022

The Forest Refuge 2023 schedule is available here.

We are so pleased to welcome you back to Barre for these on-campus retreats! Please note: as part of COVID-19 safety protocols, all staff, teachers, and retreatants at IMS will be required to show proof of COVID vaccination before arrival on campus. For more information, click here.
To explore virtual program 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.
Wait List
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June 1 - June 30, 2022

Guy Armstrong & Sally Armstrong

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 June is required. Participants are expected to follow the sequence of instructions as they are given.


A lottery has been conducted for this course; applications submitted will be added to the waitlist.


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July 1 - July 30, 2022

Caroline Jones & Deborah Helzer

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August 1 - August 31, 2022

Annie Nugent & Devin Berry

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September 1 - September 30, 2022

Caroline Jones & DaRa Williams

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October 1 - October 31, 2022

Caroline Jones & Mark Nunberg

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November 1 - November 15, 2022

Greg Scharf & Caroline Jones

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Wait lists often move quickly, so consider registering even if a retreat is full!
November 16 - December 14, 2022

Ajahn Sucitto

Priority will be given to anyone applying for Ajahn’s entire teaching period or longer. Participants are expected to follow his schedule and instructions, which include observance of the eight precepts.


A lottery has been conducted for this course;  applications submitted will be added to the waitlist.


Open
Registration is still open for this retreat!
December 15 - December 31, 2022

Caroline Jones & Annie Nugent