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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.

2016 Schedule
2017 Schedule

2016 Schedule

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

2017 Schedule

Jan 1 – Jan 31++ Gloria Taraniya AmbrosiaCaroline Jones
Feb 1 – Feb 28 Marcia Rose & Caroline Jones
Mar 1 – Mar 31 ^ Sayadaw U Jagara & Shaila Catherine
Apr 1 – Apr 30 + Joseph Goldstein & Caroline Jones
May 1 – May 31 ° Rodney Smith & Narayan Liebenson*FULL*
These dates are currently full. Please apply to be added to a wait list.
Jun 1 – Jun 30 * Sayadaw U Vivekananda  Full, short wait list. Please apply to be added to a wait list.
Jul 1 – Jul 31 Winnie Nazarko & Caroline Jones
Aug 1 – Aug 31 Annie Nugent & Caroline Jones
Sep 1 – Sep 30 Susan O’Brien & Caroline Jones
Oct 1 – Oct 31 ** Thanissara & Kittisaro*FULL*
These dates are currently full. Please apply to be added to a wait list.
Nov 1 – Nov 30 Patricia Genoud-Feldman & Caroline Jones
Dec 1 – Dec 31 Greg Scharf & Caroline Jones
++ Arrivals and departures are not possible January 18–24, 2017.  
 
^ This retreat, “Shifting Gears – How and When to Change Meditation Methods,” will be based on a naturally-occurring process that the Buddha made explicit in his over-arching framework for meditation practice. Talks will highlight the steps of this Gradual Training and why they can be helpful in our current high-velocity world. With guidance, retreatants will learn to identify and train themselves in each mode of deepening mindfulness.
 
Participants are expected to observe the eight precepts, if they are able to do so. Priority will be given to anyone applying for the full month of March or longer.
 
+ A lottery will be conducted for personal retreats during this time; applications due by June 15, 2016. Priority will be given to anyone applying for the full month of April or longer; a minimum stay of two weeks is required. Arrivals or departures will only be possible on April 1, 15 or 30.
 
° A minimum stay for the full month of May is required. Participants will be encouraged to follow Rodney and Narayan's schedule and instructions. Their retreat will focus on freeing awareness from the bonds of our personal narrative and mental projections, so that it is no longer governed by our fears or compulsions. Teacher guidance will help retreatants to strengthen a fearless presence that holds all life in love and without contraction.
 
* Participants are expected to follow Sayadaw'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.
 
** Priority will be given to anyone applying for the full month of October or longer. A minimum stay of two weeks is required, with arrivals and departures on October 1 or 15.

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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