Retreat Center Schedule 2023

All 2023 Retreats are now open for registration!

Please take note of our current COVID-19 safety protocolshere. To explore virtual program options, please visit the IMS Online page.

Our Retreat Center courses offer guidance in Buddhist meditations known as vipassana (insight) and metta (lovingkindness). While the context is the Buddha’s teachings, these practices are universal and help to develop awareness and compassion. Retreats range from a weekend to three months – most are suitable for both new and experienced meditators. Please click on a course title below for a full description and to register.

IMS retreat fees are on a sliding scale basis that allows participants to pay according to individual means. At the Retreat Center, fees do not include compensation for the teachings, and teachers rely on the generosity of retreatants for a sustainable income. There is an opportunity to offer donations to the teachers at the end of each retreat.

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Registration is closed for this retreat.
February 04 - February 11, 2023 (Saturday to Saturday)

Befriending the World through Mindfulness: Insight Meditation Retreat - BD

Benefactor: $2,105; Sustaining: $1,215; Mid: $915; Base: $580; Scholarship: $310, $270, $235
12.5 continuing education credits are available for psychologists, social workers and nurses. Please check our CE page for more information.

Includes optional mindful movement.

All Hemera Contemplative Fellowships have been awarded for 2023. Please feel free to check back in 2023 for any updates.

Assistants

Open
Registration is still open for this retreat!
February 14 - February 21, 2023 (Tuesday to Tuesday)

Finding the Way Home to Natural Awareness: Insight Meditation Retreat - BVM

Benefactor: $2,105; Sustaining: $1,215; Mid: $915; Base: $580; Scholarship: $310, $270, $235
Spaces available!

Still available: Spaces for Service Retreatants. Please see our Service Retreat page for more information.

Includes optional mindful movement.

All Hemera Contemplative Fellowships have been awarded for 2023. Please feel free to check back in 2023 for any updates.
Wait List
Wait lists often move quickly, so consider registering even if a retreat is full!
February 23 - March 01, 2023 (Thursday to Wednesday)

Return to Wholeness: Opening to Wisdom & Love - DW

Benefactor: $1,805; Sustaining: $1,045; Mid: $790; Base: $500; Scholarship: $265, $230, $200
This retreat is full with a waitlist. To be added to the list, submit a registration and deposit.

Includes optional mindful movement.

All Hemera Contemplative Fellowships have been awarded for 2023. Please feel free to check back in 2023 for any updates.
Open
Registration is still open for this retreat!
March 03 - March 06, 2023 (Friday to Monday)

Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Retreat: Honoring (Y)our Doorways to the Dharma - API

Benefactor: $895; Sustaining: $515; Mid: $425; Base: $315; Scholarship: $130, $115, $100
All Hemera Contemplative Fellowships have been awarded for 2023. Please feel free to check back in 2023 for any updates..

Assistants

Wait List
Wait lists often move quickly, so consider registering even if a retreat is full!
March 08 - March 15, 2023 (Wednesday to Wednesday)

Cultivating Awareness and Wisdom: An Insight Meditation Retreat - AS

Benefactor: $2,105; Sustaining: $1,215; Mid: $915; Base: $580; Scholarship: $310, $270, $235
This retreat is full with a waitlist of over 40 people. To be added to the list, submit a registration and deposit.

All Hemera Contemplative Fellowships have been awarded for 2023. Please feel free to check back in 2023 for any updates.
Wait List
Wait lists often move quickly, so consider registering even if a retreat is full!
March 17 - March 22, 2023 (Friday to Wednesday)

The Two Wings of the Dharma: Infusing Our Lives with Wisdom & Compassion - CDC

Benefactor: $1,495; Sustaining: $860; Mid: $675; Base: $455; Scholarship: $220, $195, $170
This retreat is full with a waitlist. To be added to the list, submit a registration and deposit.

Still available: Spaces for Service Retreatants. Please see our Service Retreat page for more information.

All Hemera Contemplative Fellowships have been awarded for 2023. Please feel free to check back in 2023 for any updates.
Wait List
Wait lists often move quickly, so consider registering even if a retreat is full!
March 24 - March 31, 2023 (Friday to Friday)

Women in Meditation - WOM

Benefactor: $2,105; Sustaining: $1,215; Mid: $915; Base: $580; Scholarship: $310, $270, $235
This retreat is full with a waitlist. To be added to the list, submit a registration and deposit.

Includes optional mindful movement.

All Hemera Contemplative Fellowships have been awarded for 2023. Please feel free to check back in 2023 for any updates.

Assistants

Wait List
Wait lists often move quickly, so consider registering even if a retreat is full!
April 02 - April 09, 2023 (Sunday to Sunday)

Lovingkindness Retreat - MOS

Benefactor: $2,105; Sustaining: $1,215; Mid: $915; Base: $580; Scholarship: $235, $270, $310
This retreat is full with a waitlist of over 40 people. To be added to the list, submit a registration and deposit.

Includes optional mindful movement.

All Hemera Contemplative Fellowships have been awarded for 2023. Please feel free to check back in 2023 for any updates.
Wait List
Wait lists often move quickly, so consider registering even if a retreat is full!
April 11 - April 18, 2023 (Tuesday to Tuesday)

Embodying Kindness & Wisdom: Insight & Lovingkindness Meditation Retreat - RB

Benefactor: $2,105; Sustaining: $1,215; Mid: $915; Base: $580; Scholarship: $310, $270, $235
This retreat is full with a waitlist. To be added to the list, submit a registration and deposit.

Includes optional mindful movement.

All Hemera Contemplative Fellowships have been awarded for 2023. Please feel free to check back in 2023 for any updates.
Wait List
Wait lists often move quickly, so consider registering even if a retreat is full!
April 21 - April 28, 2023 (Friday to Friday)

Recognizing Natural Awareness - GS

Benefactor: $2,105; Sustaining: $1,215; Mid: $915; Base: $580; Scholarship: $310, $270, $235
This retreat is full with a waitlist. To be added to the list, submit a registration and deposit.

Includes optional mindful movement.

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 $25 per day is required (i.e. a minimum of $175 for the entire retreat). Email registration@dharma.org to apply.

All Hemera Contemplative Fellowships have been awarded for 2023. Please feel free to check back in 2023 for any updates.
Closed
Registration is closed for this retreat.
May 09 - May 17, 2023 (Tuesday to Wednesday)

The Path to Awakening: Insight Meditation Retreat - Lottery Sign-up - JGL

Please call for rates
We are no longer accepting registrations for this onsite retreat. Please see below.



Given the overwhelming interest in this retreat, Joseph has requested that we also offer an online version that will include remote access to all talks and sits in the meditation hall as well as dedicated practice support for online participants. Please click here for more information and to register.


A lottery was conducted for this retreat. Registrations were due by November 7, 2022 at midnight ET.



Includes optional mindful movement.
Wait List
Wait lists often move quickly, so consider registering even if a retreat is full!
May 20 - May 29, 2023 (Saturday to Monday)

Finding the Present Moment: Insight Meditation Retreat - CWWN

Benefactor: $2,710; Sustaining: $1,560; Mid: $1,175; Base: $740; Scholarship: $400, $350, $305
This retreat is full with a waitlist. To be added to the list, submit a registration and deposit.

Still available: Spaces for Service Retreatants. Please see our Service Retreat page for more information.

Includes optional mindful movement.

All Hemera Contemplative Fellowships have been awarded for 2023. Please feel free to check back in 2023 for any updates.
Wait List
Wait lists often move quickly, so consider registering even if a retreat is full!
June 01 - June 04, 2023 (Thursday to Sunday)

Your Life Is Your Practice: Insight Meditation Weekend - NLGM

Benefactor: $895; Sustaining: $515; Mid: $425; Base: $315; Scholarship: $130, $115, $100
This retreat is full with a waitlist of over 40 people. To be added to the list, submit a registration and deposit.


Includes optional mindful movement.

All Hemera Contemplative Fellowships have been awarded for 2023. Please feel free to check back in 2023 for any updates.
Wait List
Wait lists often move quickly, so consider registering even if a retreat is full!
June 05 - June 13, 2023 (Monday to Tuesday)

The Energy Body, Receptacle of Mind and Matter: Insight Meditation & Lovingkindness Retreat - SUJ

Benefactor: $2,405; Sustaining: $1,390; Mid: $1,050; Base: You Choose*; Scholarship: N/A
This retreat is full with a waitlist. To be added to the list, submit a registration and deposit.

Includes optional mindful movement


Our wish is to make this retreat accessible to anyone who would like to participate. We offer a You Choose fee option for this course, charging a minimum of just $25 per night (i.e. $200 minimum total).

Assistants

Wait List
Wait lists often move quickly, so consider registering even if a retreat is full!
June 15 - June 23, 2023 (Thursday to Friday)

By Any Means Necessary: A Journey to Liberation & Freedom Through Wisdom & the Heart! Insight Meditation Retreat for Experienced BIPOC Meditators - EBIPOC

Benefactor: $2,405; Sustaining: $1,390; Mid: $1,050; Base: You Choose*; Scholarship: N/A
This retreat is full with a waitlist. To be added to the list, submit a registration and deposit.

Includes optional mindful movement.

Our wish is to make this retreat accessible to anyone who would like to participate. We offer a You Choose fee option for this course, charging a minimum of just $25 per night (i.e. $200 minimum total).

We invite Black, Indigenous and all People of Color (BIPOC) who have been undertaking study and practice for at least three years and have sat three or more 5-7 day retreats to join us for this retreat. At least two of these retreats must be residential; one can have been online.


Free bus transportation is provided on a first-come, first-served basis between New York City and IMS. You can reserve a seat when you complete your registration.

Assistants

Open
Registration is still open for this retreat!
June 25 - June 30, 2023 (Sunday to Friday)

Teen Retreat - TR

Benefactor: $1,495; Sustaining: $860; Mid: $675; Base: $455; Scholarship: $220, $195, $170
Includes daily mindful movement.

Before we can confirm participation in this course, we need the name and contact information for both the teen retreatant and a parent or guardian as well as the completed waiver, signed by both.

Wait List
Wait lists often move quickly, so consider registering even if a retreat is full!
July 02 - July 10, 2023 (Sunday to Monday)

Unification of Mind: Concentration Retreat - CWN

Benefactor: $2,405; Sustaining: $1,390; Mid: $1,050; Base: $665; Scholarship: $350, $310, $265
This retreat is full with a waitlist. To be added to the list, submit a registration and deposit.

Includes optional mindful movement.


A limited number of Hemera Contemplative Fellowships are available.
Wait List
Wait lists often move quickly, so consider registering even if a retreat is full!
July 11 - July 19, 2023 (Tuesday to Wednesday)

Cultivation – Investigation – Contemplation: Insight Meditation Retreat for Experienced Students - AMW

Benefactor: $2,405; Sustaining: $1,390; Mid: $1,050; Base: $665; Scholarship: $350, $310, $265
Participants are required to have sat at least one silent residential meditation retreat of a week or more with a recognized insight meditation teacher. Please document this when registering.


This retreat is full with a waitlist. To be added to the list, submit a registration and deposit.


Includes optional mindful movement.

18 continuing education credits are available for psychologists, social workers and nurses. Please check our CE page for more information.

A limited number of Hemera Contemplative Fellowships are available.
Wait List
Wait lists often move quickly, so consider registering even if a retreat is full!
July 21 - July 24, 2023 (Friday to Monday)

Mindfulness in Daily Life: Insight Meditation Retreat - JH

Benefactor: $895; Sustaining: $515; Mid: $425; Base: $315; Scholarship: $130, $115, $100
This retreat is full with a waitlist. To be added to the list, submit a registration and deposit.

Includes optional mindful movement.




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 $25 per day is required (i.e. a minimum of $75 for the entire retreat). Email registration@dharma.org to apply.


A limited number of Hemera Contemplative Fellowships are available.
Wait List
Wait lists often move quickly, so consider registering even if a retreat is full!
July 26 - August 02, 2023 (Wednesday to Wednesday)

Insight Meditation Retreat for 18–32 Year Olds - YA

Benefactor: $2,105; Sustaining: $1,215; Mid: $915; Base: You Choose*; Scholarship: N/A
Includes optional mindful movement.

This retreat is full with a waitlist. To be added to the list, submit a registration and deposit.

Still available: Spaces for Service Retreatants (for 18 to 32 year-olds). Please see our Service Retreat page for more information.


Our wish is to make this retreat accessible to anyone who would like to participate. We offer a You Choose fee option for this course, charging a minimum of just $25 per night (i.e. $175 minimum total).

Wait List
Wait lists often move quickly, so consider registering even if a retreat is full!
August 04 - August 13, 2023 (Friday to Sunday)

The Sure Heart's Release: Insight and Metta Retreat - KM

Benefactor: $2,710; Sustaining: $1,560; Mid: $1,175; Base: $740; Scholarship: $400, $350, $305
This retreat is full with a waitlist of over 30 people. To be added to the list, submit a registration and deposit.


Includes optional mindful movement.

A limited number of Hemera Contemplative Fellowships are available.

Wait List
Wait lists often move quickly, so consider registering even if a retreat is full!
August 17 - August 24, 2023 (Thursday to Thursday)

Your Life Is Your Practice: Insight Meditation Retreat - NL

Benefactor: $2,105; Sustaining: $1,215; Mid: $915; Base: $580; Scholarship: $310, $270, $235
This retreat is full with a waitlist. To be added to the list, submit a registration and deposit.

Includes optional mindful movement.

A limited number of Hemera Contemplative Fellowships are available.

Wait List
Wait lists often move quickly, so consider registering even if a retreat is full!
August 25 - August 27, 2023 (Friday to Sunday)

Your Life Is Your Practice: Insight Meditation Weekend - WNL

Benefactor: $595; Sustaining: $335; Mid: $295; Base: $235; Scholarship: $90, $80, $70
This retreat is full with a waitlist. To be added to the list, submit a registration and deposit.

Includes optional mindful movement.

A limited number of Hemera Contemplative Fellowships are available.

Wait List
Wait lists often move quickly, so consider registering even if a retreat is full!
September 01 - September 04, 2023 (Friday to Monday)

Discovering Freedom: Labor Day Meditation Weekend - WLD

Benefactor: $895; Sustaining: $515; Mid: $425; Base: $315; Scholarship: $130, $115, $100
This retreat is full with a waitlist. To be added to the list, submit a registration and deposit.

A limited number of Hemera Contemplative Fellowships are available.
Open
Registration is still open for this retreat!
September 05 - September 10, 2023 (Tuesday to Sunday)

Freedom and Ease of Being: A Meditation Retreat for Our LGBTQAI+ Community - LGBTQAI+

Benefactor: $1,495; Sustaining: $860; Mid: $675; Base: $455; Scholarship: $220, $195, $170
Still available: Spaces for Service Retreatants. Please see our Service Retreat page for more information.

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 $25 per day is required (i.e. a minimum of $125 for the entire retreat). Email registration@dharma.org to apply.

A limited number of Hemera Contemplative Fellowships are available.
Open
Registration is still open for this retreat!
September 12 - December 05, 2023 (Tuesday to Tuesday)

Three-Month Retreat - 3MO

Benefactor: $25,360; Sustaining: $14,680; Mid: $10,665; Base: $6,285; Scholarship: $3,700, $3,255, $2,815
Prerequisite is three silent residential 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.

Includes optional mindful movement.

A limited number of You Choose fee spaces are available for Part 1 OR Part 2 for people of color and young adults (18-32 year olds). This means you can establish your own retreat fee, based on your financial means. A minimum of $25 per night, or $1,050 for six weeks, is required. Email registration@dharma.org to apply.
Open
Registration is still open for this retreat!
September 12 - October 24, 2023 (Tuesday to Tuesday)

Three-Month Retreat - Part 1 - PT1

Benefactor: $12,680; Sustaining: $7,340; Mid: $5,335; Base: $3,145; Scholarship: $1,850, $1,630, $1,410
Prerequisite is three silent residential 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.


Includes optional mindful movement.


A limited number of You Choose fee spaces are available for people of color and young adults (18-32 year olds). This means you can establish your own retreat fee, based on your financial means. A minimum of $25 per night, or $1,050 for six weeks, is required. Email registration@dharma.org to apply.

Assistants

Open
Registration is still open for this retreat!
October 24 - December 05, 2023 (Tuesday to Tuesday)

Three-Month Retreat - Part 2 - PT2

Benefactor: $12,680; Sustaining: $7,340; Mid: $5,335; Base: $3,145; Scholarship: $1,850, $1,630, $1,410
Prerequisite is three silent residential 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.

Still available: Spaces for Service Retreatants, available for any yogi who has previous service retreat experience at the IMS Retreat Center (and meets the retreat prerequisites). Please see our Service Retreat page for more information.


Includes optional mindful movement.


A limited number of You Choose fee spaces are available for people of color and young adults (18-32 year olds). This means you can establish your own retreat fee, based on your financial means. A minimum of $25 per night, or $1,050 for six weeks, is required. Email registration@dharma.org to apply.

Assistants

Open
Registration is still open for this retreat!
December 07 - December 12, 2023 (Thursday to Tuesday)

Living the Buddha's Teachings: Insight Meditation Retreat - AN

Benefactor: $1,495; Sustaining: $860; Mid: $675; Base: $455; Scholarship: $220, $195, $170
Includes optional mindful movement.

A limited number of Hemera Contemplative Fellowships are available.
Open
Registration is still open for this retreat!
December 14 - December 19, 2023 (Thursday to Tuesday)

Heartfelt Wisdom: Insight Meditation Retreat - PA

Benefactor: $1,495; Sustaining: $860; Mid: $675; Base: $455; Scholarship: $220, $195, $170
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 $25 per day is required (i.e. a minimum of $125 for the entire retreat). Email registration@dharma.org to apply.

A limited number of Hemera Contemplative Fellowships are available.
Open
Registration is still open for this retreat!
December 29 - January 07, 2024 (Friday to Sunday)

Embodying the Heart of Wisdom: New Year’s Retreat - NY

Benefactor: $2,710; Sustaining: $1,560; Mid: $1,175; Base: $740; Scholarship: $400, $350, $305
Still available: Spaces for Service Retreatants. Please see our Service Retreat page for more information.

A limited number of Hemera Contemplative Fellowships are available.