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Month-Long Retreat at The Forest Refuge

  • Insight Meditation Society 1230 Pleasant Street Barre, MA, 01005 United States (map)

The Forest Refuge At Insight Meditation Society

The Forest Refuge’s retreat environment balances solitude with community. Although each participant follows an individual program of silent practice, the presence of other retreatants (yogis) and staff throughout the center lends encouragement and support.

Teacher support during a personal retreat includes two individual meetings with a teacher each week, and twice-weekly dharma talks in the meditation hall. Yogis also have access to a small library of selected books and talks. Each week, teachers lead yogis in a renewed commitment to the refuges and precepts.

During most months at the Forest Refuge, there is a suggested daily schedule. Retreatants are encouraged to help create a sense of community by attending the 8:30 am meditation session as well as the twice weekly dharma talks. Occasionally, teachers will offer a more structured schedule during their teaching periods. Click here for more information about Forest Refuge meditation retreats.

Application Requirements

The Forest Refuge is structured for meditators with an established and long-term commitment to vipassana practice, including longer-term retreat experience. We recommend that candidates have participated in at least one six-week structured and teacher-led insight meditation retreat, or six similar one-week retreats.




Oren Jay Sofer teaches workshops and retreats on meditation and communication nationally. A member of the Spirit Rock Teachers Council, he holds a degree in Comparative Religion from Columbia University, is a Somatic Experiencing for healing of trauma, and is a certified trainer of Nonviolent Communication. Oren is also the author of Say What You Mean: A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication.



Caroline Jones, a member of the Gaia House Teacher Council, has been practicing meditation for 29 years and teaching since 2009. In teaching, she encourages students to discover and deepen ways of engaging with the Dharma to bring healing and liberation.

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