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Staff Retreat
Teen Retreat

Staff Retreat

Wednesday, January 18 – Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Operational support

We typically rely on many volunteers for our annual week-long Staff Retreat that takes place each January. Coverage is needed for both Retreat Center and Forest Refuge operations. Special skills are not required – please consider supporting the staff as they find renewal through formal practice together.

The volunteer positions for the 2017 Staff Retreat have been filled, although we welcome you to submit an application if you would like to be waitlisted. If interested, email our HR & Executive Assistant at volunteer@dharma.org or call 978-355-4378 ext. 225.

Staff Retreat Working Guest Application (PDF)

Staff Retreat Working Guest Application (Interactive PDF; requires Adobe Reader XI)

Teen Retreat

Friday, June 23 – Wednesday, June 28, 2017

There are two distinct roles for those helping with the Teen Retreat: Volunteers and Working Guests. Please scroll down for more information.


Each year, IMS endeavors to cultivate the mindfulness, compassion and wisdom of the next generation through its Teen Retreat for ages 14 to 19. If you have worked with teenagers, are an experienced meditator, and have sat at least one retreat at IMS, you are welcome to apply.

Teen Retreat Volunteer Application (PDF)

Teen Retreat Volunteer Application (Interactive PDF; requires Adobe Reader XI)

Please email your completed application to trvolunteer@dharma.org or mail it to Chas DiCapua, 1230 Pleasant, Barre, MA 01005. For more information, call Chas at 978-355-4378 ext. 410.

Working Guests
Be part of a team of 6–8 adults who provide extra support to our Kitchen and Housekeeping departments during this retreat. You don't have to be an experienced cook or housekeeper to volunteer as a Working Guest.
Individuals considering these positions should know that this is not your typical silent IMS retreat! While the teens do have periods of silent formal practice, there are many social activity periods, and a lively atmosphere permeates the Retreat Center. It's a unique experience.
Please note: Family members of teenagers attending the Teen Retreat will not be accepted as volunteers for this retreat.
Teen Retreat Working Guest Application (Interactive PDF; requires Adobe Reader XI)
Please email the above application to volunteer@dharma.org or mail it to HR & Executive Assistant, 1230 Pleasant, Barre, MA 01005. For more information, call 978-355-4378 ext. 225.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering!

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