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Forest Refuge – Financial Assistance

Some financial assistance may be available for your Forest Refuge retreat, if you are genuinely unable to afford the cost.

A minimum stay of 14 nights is required. Financial assistance is offered on a first-come, first-served basis, and is generally limited to one award per person, per year.

To apply, first complete the Forest Refuge retreat application and indicate interest in receiving financial support. We will contact you if your retreat application is approved and go from there.

We cannot guarantee that every request for assistance will result in an award – please be assured, however, that we will do our best to help you practice with us.


Forest Refuge scholarships are part of IMS’s commitment to make the Buddha’s teachings accessible to all, regardless of means.

Approved applicants can select a fee based on what they can afford. In 2014, this may range from a minimum of $15 per night to $74 per night, depending on financial means and length of stay. In 2015, the range will be $17 per night to $76 per night.

Please be as generous as you can. By selecting the highest rate you can reasonably afford, you support our ability to meet the large number of requests for financial aid.

To find out more, email or call 978-355-2063.

Funding for People of Color for Longer-Term Practice at IMS in 2014

Thanks to a generous bequest, IMS can offer a limited amount of assistance for longer-term practice in 2014, specifically for people of color with financial need who meet the practice requirements.

This funding forms part of our broader vision to increase, over time, the number of people of color in leadership positions within our broader community. 

At the Forest Refuge, this funding can support a reduced rate for one month of personal retreat for people of color who are unable to afford IMS's usual fees. Since our funds are limited, we will be awarding spaces on a first-come, first-served basis. We encourage those interested to complete the Forest Refuge retreat application as soon as possible, and indicate interest in receiving financial support.

Fees will be on a 'You Choose' basis. This means you can establish the rate you are able to pay, at or above $15 per night. Paying more than $15 per night will allow additional meditators of color to receive support.

To find out more, email or call 978-355-2063.

Fund in Support of Community Development Work

Another form of financial assistance is possible through the Forest Refuge's Fund in Support of Community Development Work. Over $100,000 has been donated to provide full scholarships to reward and rejuvenate individuals who have been working in the US or overseas to help transform the lives of economically disadvantaged people.

Examples of this kind of work include curing blindness by providing cataract operations, developing projects to assist those on low incomes, counseling former prisoners, or teaching inner city children.

To find out more, email or call 978-355-2063.

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