Family Retreat 2017

Family Retreat 2017

Sevenoaks Retreat Center Fred Persi Jennifer Jordan Ofosu Jones-Quartey

Fred Persi, Jennifer Jordan and Ofosu Jones-Quartey

7/13/2017 - 7/16/2017 at Sevenoaks Retreat Center, (403 Pathwork Way, Madison, VA, 22727) (Map It)

Thursday, July 13-Sunday, July 16

Camping spots for this retreat are filled: if you want to be waitlisted for camping spots please register and opt to pay by check. Send in a deposit of 1/2 the fee to reserve your spot on the waitlist.

There are still multiple-occupancy rooms available.

We invite you to join us for the third annual IMCW Family Retreat. This engaging retreat is open to parents, grandparents, and guardians to attend with their children/ grandchildren. It is appropriate for children age 5 to 13, and both beginning and experienced meditators are welcome.

The retreat will include time for family activities as well as free time. Dharma activities include skits, games, songs, art, mindful movement, a campfire, meditation, and dharma talks. There will be time for collective family practice as well as time for parents and children to have their separate activities. 

Children will be divided into age-appropriate groups, including a separate tween program, and adults will have blocks of time to practice meditation and engage in facilitated parent discussion groups. During free time, optional activities will be offered, which may include mindful sports, drumming, Qi Gong, and parent workshops.

There are a few openings for adolescents age 14-20 to register along with their families and serve as "Mindful Leader assistants" during the retreat to help lead children break-out groups.

Please arrive between 4-6 p.m. on Thursday for check-in, followed by dinner from 6-7 p.m., orientation and the opening ceremony at 7:45 p.m. The retreat ends Sunday at 12:30 p.m. followed by lunch.

Retreat Managers: Bonnie Riley Porter, Glen Harrison

Teacher biographies can be found on the website Teachers page.

Parent Testimonials: 

"This retreat is a rare opportunity to unplug from our tech-saturated lives and connect with what is true in our family relationships... This is one of the few retreats available in the country focused on families with school-age kids.”  

~ The Fagan-Smith family

“Exactly what I needed… remarkably engaging for kids... poetry in motion.”

“The teachers are incredible. They made the dharma so accessible to children.  And their own presence, honesty, vulnerability, & heart is what made this retreat so good. They create and hold the space for us all."

"We were surprised at how much we connected as a family ... My daughter, who is 8, asked when it was over, 'can we go again next year?'."

“The whole retreat was such an enriching experience. The teachers were the best part!  Each brings his and her own gifts & unique style that has a profound impact on teaching how to apply mindfulness to everyday life.“

Please find more information about retreats in our Resource section/Residential Retreat Information.


Registration Information


Multi room, Adult 13 and over $535.00

Multi room, Child 6–12 $335.00 

Camping, Adult 13 and over $355.00 

Camping, Child 6–12 $255.00 

5 year olds can attend at no charge

Rooms are multiple-occupancy, with 2-7 twin beds and shared bathrooms. There are single room configurations available for families of 2-7 individuals and we will room family members in the same room. Some families will be assigned 2 rooms either next to or very near each other. Please accept whatever room is offered.

Camping with shared bath (towels provided). Tent campers need to provide their own tents, bedding, tarps, rain fly, etc.

Fees cover bed/camping and meals only. At the end of the retreat, you will also have the opportunity to offer dana (a donation) to IMCW teachers and manager (more about dana below). Yogi duties during this retreat will be bell-ringing, making and stripping own beds, bussing tables, washing dishes and cleaning the kitchen. Delicious meals provided by Sevenoaks.

Please be sure to include name, age and gender of each participant.

50% deposit required:  You have the option of paying the full fee upfront or making a 50% deposit to reserve your place at the retreat, with balance due upon arrival.

Dana: In keeping with the Buddhist tradition, the teachers and retreat managers receive no payment. The above cost covers room and board only. Donations offered by students at the end of the retreat are appreciated and support the teachers and retreat managers in continuing to make the teachings available to all. Dana offerings are tax-deductible.

Scholarships: Partial scholarships are available. To apply, please register and choose the "Pay by Check" option if you are unable to pay a deposit at this time. Then submit the Scholarship Application (find here) to Anne Adams Green, Administrator. You will be notified of the award amount via email. If you still need to pay your deposit to IMCW, you will be sent instructions on how to make a payment. Please apply early as funds are limited. You can also direct a donation to the scholarship fund on the registration form.

IMCW Refund Policy: If you cancel more than four weeks before the start of the retreat, your deposit will be refunded minus a $50 administrative fee. We cannot offer refunds for cancellations made less than four weeks before the retreat unless we are able to fill your space. If we are able to fill your space, the administrative fee will be $100 and the balance will be refunded. There is no refund if you decide to leave the retreat early. You have the option to receive a refund check or to offer the balance of the registration fee as a tax-deductible donation to the IMCW Scholarship Fund. Please contact us to specify your preferences.

Accessibility: For disability-related accommodations, please note any special accessibility needs in the comments section of the registration form.

Please note: If you are in the midst of a life trauma, emotional upheaval or instability that might require individual support beyond our scheduled meetings with teachers, the retreat format may not be a good match at this time. Should you have any questions about this, please contact the retreat manager listed.


Multi room, Adult 13 and over:$535.00
Multi room, Child 6-12:$335.00
Camping, Adult 13 and over:$355.00
Camping, Child 6-12:$255.00
Child age 5 (attend for free):$0.00

Any questions? Contact us