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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.

All forms of financial assistance are currently available for 2015.


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 2015, the range will be $17 per night to $76 per night, depending on financial means and length of stay.

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 in 2015

Thanks to a generous donation, funding is available to support a number of experienced people of color meditators who wish to undertake longer-term practice at the Forest Refuge in 2015.

This opportunity forms part of our broader vision to develop more leaders of color within our North American insight community.

For people of color who are unable to afford IMS's usual fees, we are offering a reduced rate for one month of personal retreat. Fees are on a You Choose basis – this means you can establish the rate you are able to pay, at or above $17 per night. Paying more than $17 per night will allow additional meditators of color to receive support.

Since our funds are limited, we are 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.

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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