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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’Brien & Caroline 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 Nugent & Caroline Jones|
- 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.
“The freedom of personal retreat has increased my confidence not only in my practice, but a deeper trust in life."