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Volunteering – Special Retreats
Wednesday, June 29 – Monday, July 4
There are two distinct roles for those helping with the Teen Retreat: Volunteers and Working Guests. Please scroll down for more information.
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)
Volunteers – These spots are filled, but we encourage you to apply for the wait list, as cancellations do occur.
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 (Interactive PDF; requires Adobe Reader XI)
Please email your completed application to email@example.com or mail it to Chas DiCapua, 1230 Pleasant, Barre, MA 01005. For more information, call Chas at 978-355-4378 ext. 410.
Wednesday, January 18 – Wednesday, January 25
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.
Staff Retreat Working Guest Application (Interactive PDF; requires Adobe Reader XI)
If interested, email our HR & Executive Assistant at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 978-355-4378 ext. 225.
Thank you for your interest in volunteering!
"It was lovely to be part of IMS in this way."
~ Teen Retreat Working Guest
"I am so grateful for getting to work at the Teen Retreat. It was a total gas. I would come back and do it in a second."
~ Teen Retreat volunteer