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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.
|Mar 1 – Mar 31 +||Rodney Smith & Sky Dawson
Some space available. Please call to check dates before applying.
|Apr 1 – May 14||Annie Nugent & Sky Dawson|
|May 15 – Jun 30 ^||Sayadaw U Vivekananda
These dates are currently full. Please apply to be added to a wait list.
|Jul 1 – Jul 31 ^||Bhante Khippapanno|
|Aug 1 – Aug 31||Sky Dawson & Akincano|
|Sep 1 – Sep 30||Sky Dawson & Greg Scharf|
|Oct 1 – Oct 31||Susan O'Brien & Sally Armstrong|
|Nov 1 – Nov 30 °||Sky Dawson & Winnie Nazarko|
|Dec 1 – Dec 31||Gloria Taraniya Ambrosia & Sky Dawson|
^ Participants are expected to follow the Sayadaw's schedule and instructions, which include observance of the 8 monastic precepts. Priority will be given to anyone applying for the full teaching period.
The 2015 schedule of Forest Refuge teachers will be available April 1, 2014. We will begin accepting 2015 applications at that time.
- 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.
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.
“The freedom of personal retreat has increased my confidence not only in my practice, but a deeper trust in life."