Dharma Friends Event Approval

Dharma Friends Event Approval

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COVID-19 Precautions:

During this time we are not hosting in-person events (except for specially approved outdoor socially distanced activities). We’ll try to support any activity that is safe, social, and beneficial.


Get approval for your Dharma Friends event idea

Dharma Friends events support spiritual friendships and a sense of community in the IMC Sangha.

Examples of typical events include movies with discussion opportunity, hikes, book groups, and seasonal events like a harvest potluck.

1. Propose your event to the Dharma Friends Steering Committee:

All of our events are vetted by IMC’s Program Committee. Dharma Friends events can be held at IMC. Priority, however, is given to IMC Program events.

Typical events include: hiking, Dharma oriented movies, and group meals

Any new person leading ‘risky’ activities (backpacking, canoeing), needs to be known and approved by the Dharma Friends Steering Committee with final approval by the Program Committee. Such activities require use of a liability waiver form.

2. Pick a date and time

In order to maximize the number of people who attend at your event, don’t schedule it:

  • On the same weekend as another Dharma Friends event (not counting Book groups)
  • On the same weekend as a non-meditation Sangha event
  • The evening of a daylong sitting

3. How frequently can one individual organize events?

Peer-led. You can organize multiple peer-led events/year.

Examples of peer-led events would be potlucks, movies with discussion opportunities, hikes or book groups.

The organizer’s role includes: promoting the event, coordinating the activities during the event.

Events with a clear leader.  You can organize one such event/year.

This restriction assures that IMC does not appear to endorse or sponsor a series of events led by the same person. Exception: teachers approved by IMC’s Program Committee (for example, graduates of Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leader program).

Examples include art classes, cooking classes, the winter solstice event.

You may assist non-Committee Sangha Members organize events as often as you wish.

The non-committee Sangha member would lead the event and to be listed as the contact person. You would coordinate event promotion and provide guidance to help make it a success