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Forest Refuge – Schedule

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.


Feb 1 – Feb 29 Marcia Rose & Annie Nugent
Mar 1 – Mar 31 Rebecca Bradshaw & Caroline Jones
Apr 1 – Apr 30 Patricia Genoud-Feldman & Caroline Jones
May 1 – May 31 ^ Joseph Goldstein & Caroline Jones  *FULL*
These dates are currently full. Please apply to be added to a wait list.
Jun 1 – Jun 30 + Bhante Khippapanno
Jul 1 – Jul 31 Winnie Nazarko & Deborah Ratner Helzer
Aug 1 – Aug 31 Annie Nugent & Caroline Jones
Sep 1 – Sep 30 Susan O’BrienCaroline Jones
Oct 1 – Nov 9 ° Caroline Jones & Brian Lesage
Nov 10 – Dec 9 * Ajahn Sucitto  *FULL*
These dates are currently full with a long wait list.
Dec 10 – Dec 31 Annie NugentCaroline Jones
^  Arrivals or departures will only be possible on May 1, 15 or 31. Priority will be given to anyone applying for the full month of May or longer.
+ Participants are expected to follow Bhante's schedule and instructions, which include observance of the eight precepts. Priority will be given to anyone applying for the full month of June or longer.
° This month includes two week-long opportunities for a more structured and supported retreat, October 15–23 and October 23–31. These practice periods will feature additional teacher guidance and group contact, helping yogis to strengthen self-reliance and meditative faith. Find out more.
*  Participants are expected to follow Ajahn's schedule and instructions, which include observance of the eight precepts.

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.

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.

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