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Memorial Day Weekend Family Retreat: K- 5th Graders and Parents

With Richard Shankman, Rebekkah LaDyne
Saturday May 25- Monday May 27
Jikoji Retreat Center, Los Gatos

Practice together as a family during a relaxed weekend that will offer structured retreat practice and small group sharing with other parents, teens, and children, along with hiking and appreciation of the forest, grasslands, and views from the top of the Santa Cruz mountains.  The site features camping and a limited number of shared dorm rooms. Registration is available on the IMC website at http://www.insightmeditationcenter.org/2013/01/memorial-day-weekend-family-retreat-k-5th-graders-and-parents/

Registrar: Email Liz Powell at eapowell@aol.com

Teachers: Richard Shankman, Rebekkah LaDyne

Hidden Villa Meditation Retreat with Gil Fronsdal and Heather Martin

This retreat will be held at Hidden Villa as described below, but registration dates have changed. See below.

Sunday, October 14 to Sunday, October 21, 2012

Hidden Villa , 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills, CA 94022

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Application

Applicants will be admitted to this retreat by lottery. All applications with deposits that have been received by August 1, 2012 will be entered into a lottery to be held on August 2. You will be notified during the following week if you have been admitted or are on the wait-list. Subsequent applications will be added to the wait-list.

Gil Fronsdal’s bio

Heather Martin has practiced different forms of meditation for over thirty years. Her early dharma practice was under the guidance of S. N. Goenka, and has since been influenced by both Burmese and Thai streams of Theravada – just recently while practicing in Burma with Ven. U Tejaniya. She was trained by Jack Kornfield, and teaches at Spirit Rock, in south western Canada and in the Pacific Northwest. She worked for 20 years as a midwife, and lives on Salt Spring Island, off the west coast of British Columbia.

Hidden Villa Meditation Retreat with Gil Fronsdal

Sunday, September 16 to Sunday, September 30, 2012

Hidden Villa , 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills, CA 94022

Flier
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Application

Applicants will be admitted to this retreat by lottery.  All applications with deposits that have been received by May 31, 2012 will be entered into a lottery to be held on June 1.  You will be notified during the following week if you have been admitted or are on the wait-list.  Subsequent applications will be added to the wait-list.

This retreat is open to experienced students who have successfully completed at least three 10-day (or longer) silent Vipassana retreats.  Applicants who have not previously sat this retreat must be approved by Gil Fronsdal.  If you are selected in the lottery but have not had prior approval for the retreat, Gil will talk to you.  Please contact Laura Crabb (registrar) at lauracrabb2@gmail.com or 408/380-3002 x80 if you have questions.

Gil Fronsdal’s bio

Memorial Day Weekend Family Retreat with Retreat Richard Shankman, Rebekkah LaDyne, and Liz Powell

Saturday, May 26 to Monday, May 28, 2012
Jikoji Zen Retreat Center, 12100 Skyline Blvd, Los Gatos, CA 95030

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Application

Completed applications that had been received by March 16, 2012 were entered into a lottery, held on March 17th, and families were notified. The retreat is NOW FULL.   Subsequent applications will be added to the wait-list.

Richard Shankman’s bio
Rebekkah La Dyne’s bio
Liz Powell’s bio

Hidden Villa Meditation Retreat with Andrea Fella and Anushka Fernandopulle

Sunday, April 15 to Sunday, April 22, 2012

Hidden Villa , 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills, CA 94022

Flyer
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Application

Applicants will be admitted to this retreat by lottery.  All applications with deposits that have been received by February 15, 2012 will be entered into a lottery to be held on February 16.  You will be notified during the following week if you have been admitted or are on the wait-list.  Subsequent applications will be added to the wait-list.

Andrea Fella’s bio

Anushka Fernandopulle has trained in meditation in the Theravada Buddhist tradition for over 20 years in monasteries in Sri Lanka and India as well as in urban US settings. She teaches dharma groups and meditation retreats around the country. Anushka also works as a leadership/life coach, facilitator and consultant. Her work is informed by a B.A. in social anthropology/religion from Harvard University and an MBA from the Yale School of Management. More about her dharma teaching can be found at www.anushkaf.org

Hidden Villa Meditation Retreat with Gil Fronsdal and Andrea Fella

Sunday, March 18 to Sunday, March 25, 2012
Hidden Villa , 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills, CA 94022

Flier
Information
Application

Applicants will be admitted to this retreat by lottery.  All applications with deposits that have been received by January 18, 2012 will be entered into a lottery to be held on January 19.  You will be notified during the following week if you have been admitted or are on the wait-list.  Subsequent applications will be added to the wait-list.

Gil Fronsdal’s bio
Andrea Fella’s bio

Hidden Villa Meditation Retreat with Gil Fronsdal and Paul Haller

Sunday, Oct. 9 to Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011

Hidden Villa , 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills, CA 94022

RETREAT FULL AND WAITLIST CLOSED

Flyer
Information
Application

Applicants will be admitted to this retreat by lottery.  All applications with deposits that have been received by July 1, 2011 will be entered into a lottery to be held on July 2.  You will be notified during the following week if you have been admitted or are on the wait-list.  Subsequent applications will be added to the wait-list.

(see Gil Fronsdal’s bio)

Ryushin Paul Haller is co-abbot of the San Francisco Zen Center.  He teaches throughout the U.S. and Europe and has led mindfulness programs to assist with depression and recovery. Paul has also taught in prisons and has a long involvement with the Zen Hospice Project. He also teaches the Chaplaincy Training Program for the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies.

 

Retreat Center Brainstorming Meeting

Sunday, March 20  11:15 am to 1 pm

IMC Meditation Hall (after temple cleaning)

If you have previously sat a residential retreat, you are invited for a brainstorming session for the design and development of the new retreat center.

We will soon be working on the construction documents and would like to hear your ideas.  What has worked well for you on retreats?  What hasn’t?  What features are important to you?

If you’d like to think about it before the meeting, an agenda is posted here, but feel free to bring ideas not on the agenda:

Agenda for Brainstorming Meeting

Questions? Contact Ines Freedman

Hidden Villa Meditation Retreat with Gil Fronsdal

Sunday, Sept. 11 to Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011

Hidden Villa , 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills, CA 94022

This is a silent mindfulness retreat for experienced meditators who are comfortable with periods of independent practice.  Instruction, Dharma talks, and interviews with Gil will support the meditator’s independent insight practice.

RETREAT FULL AND WAITLIST CLOSED

Flyer
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Application

Prerequisite: This retreat is for practitioners with previous Vipassana residential retreat experience and who have checked in with Gil Fronsdal about participation.

Applicants will be admitted to this retreat by lottery.  All applications with deposits that have been received by May 29, 2011 (note change) will be entered into a lottery to be held on June 1.  You will be notified during the following week if you have been admitted or are on the wait-list.  Subsequent applications will be added to the wait-list.

For further information, contact Laura Crabb at lauracrabb2@gmail.com, or 408/380-3002 x80

Four Night Jikoji Retreat with Andrea Fella and Pamela Weiss

August 10 – 14, 2011

RETREAT FULL

Andrea Fella has been practicing Insight Meditation since 1996, and, under Gil Fronsdal’s guidance, began teaching meditation classes in 2003.  She is particularly drawn to intensive retreat practice, and has done a number of long retreats, both in the United States and in Burma. During one long practice period in Burma, she ordained as a nun with Sayadaw U Janaka. Andrea is especially drawn to the wisdom teachings of the Buddha. Her teachings emphasize clarity and practicality. Andrea teaches residential retreats for IMC and other retreat centers around the country.

Pamela Weiss is a Professional Coach and meditation teacher. She has been practicing Zen since 1987, including several years of monastic training, and is currently a teacher-in-training with Jack Kornfield at Spirit Rock.  Through her company, An Appropriate Response, she coaches leaders and executives in organizations, and leads meditation classes, workshops and retreats, as well as an ongoing Women’s Circle. The focus of her work is the integration of spiritual practice into the nitty-gritty of everyday life. She lives in San Francisco with her husband.

Memorial Day Weekend Family Retreat: 3rd- 7th Graders and Parents with Gil Fronsdal, Rebekkah LaDyne, Liz Powell

Saturday May 28- Monday May 30, 2011

This retreat is now full. If you wish to be put on a waiting list, contact Liz Powell on the Application link below.

Jikoji Retreat Center, Los Gatos.

Practice together as a family during a relaxed weekend that will alternate structured retreat practice with hiking and sharing circles.  We will help to create the retreat together, from cooking to simple work projects, camping or sharing dorm rooms.  Families will be invited to bring music and stories of dharma in daily family life to share.

Gil has practiced Zen and Vipassana since 1975 and has a Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies from Stanford. He has trained in both the Japanese Soto Zen tradition and the Insight Meditation lineage of Theravada Buddhism of Southeast Asia. Gil was trained as a Vipassana teacher by Jack Kornfield and is part of the Vipassana teachers’ collective at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. He was ordained as a Soto Zen priest at the San Francisco Zen Center in 1982, and in 1995 he received Dharma Transmission from Mel Weitsman, the abbot of the Berkeley Zen Center. He has been the primary teacher for the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City, California since 1990. He is a husband and father of two boys.

Liz Powell is IMC Dharma Sprouts and Dharma Rocks family programs leader. She has been practicing Vipassana meditation since 2004.  She emphasizes mindfulness in daily life in her work as a Marriage Family Therapist, and enjoys retreat practice as well.  Since 1996, Liz has worked with children, teens, and adults, first as a court-appointed special advocate for children, then as Director of Youth and Family Services for Kara, a non-profit peer support agency providing services for people and organizations dealing with a terminal illness or death. She currently serves as an IMC board member.

Rebekkah is  the Family Program Teacher at Spirit Rock where she teachesparents, family events, and teens. She began practicing meditation and yoga in her late teens. She has studied and practiced Vipassana meditation in the U.S., India and Thailand.  Meditation, Yoga and Dharma have helped her to live more honestly and more fully in each part of her life. Rebekkah has been sharing Dharma through Yoga and Dharma classes, workshops and retreats since 1998. She completed the Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leaders’ training program (CDL3) and is a member of Diamond Heart 8. She continues to study and incorporate Dharma wisdom into family life with her husband and two young daughters.

Hidden Villa Meditation Retreat with Gil Fronsdal & Andrea Fella

Friday, May 6 to Friday, May 13, 2011
Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills, CA 94022

This retreat and wait list are full.  We are not accepting any more applications.

Note: the application link will take you to our new web-based registration form. Please follow the directions from there. If you need a paper application, contact the registrar (contact info on flyer).

Gil has practiced Zen and Vipassana since 1975 and has a Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies from Stanford. He has trained in both the Japanese Soto Zen tradition and the Insight Meditation lineage of Theravada Buddhism of Southeast Asia. Gil was trained as a Vipassana teacher by Jack Kornfield and is part of the Vipassana teachers’ collective at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. He was ordained as a Soto Zen priest at the San Francisco Zen Center in 1982, and in 1995 he received Dharma Transmission from Mel Weitsman, the abbot of the Berkeley Zen Center. He has been the primary teacher for the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City, California since 1990. He is a husband and father of two boys.

Andrea Fella has been practicing Insight Meditation since 1996, and, under Gil Fronsdal’s guidance, began teaching meditation classes in 2003.  She is particularly drawn to intensive retreat practice, and has done a number of long retreats, both in the U.S. and Burma. During one long practice period in Burma, she ordained as a nun with Sayadaw U Janaka. Andrea teaches residential retreats for IMC, and the Tuesday morning and Thursday evening meditation classes.

Hidden Villa Meditation Retreat with Gil Fronsdal & Andrea Fella

Sunday, March 20 to Sunday March 27, 2011

Hidden Villa , 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills, CA 94022

Registration opens November 20, 2010

This retreat is currently full.  New applicants will be placed on a waiting list and notified if spots open up.

Flyer

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Application

Gil has practiced Zen and Vipassana since 1975 and has a Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies from Stanford. He has trained in both the Japanese Soto Zen tradition and the Insight Meditation lineage of Theravada Buddhism of Southeast Asia. Gil was trained as a Vipassana teacher by Jack Kornfield and is part of the Vipassana teachers’ collective at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. He was ordained as a Soto Zen priest at the San Francisco Zen Center in 1982, and in 1995 he received Dharma Transmission from Mel Weitsman, the abbot of the Berkeley Zen Center. He has been the primary teacher for the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City, California since 1990. He is a husband and father of two boys.

Andrea Fella has been practicing Insight Meditation since 1996, and, under Gil Fronsdal’s guidance, began teaching meditation classes in 2003.  She is particularly drawn to intensive retreat practice, and has done a number of long retreats, both in the U.S. and Burma. During one long practice period in Burma, she ordained as a nun with Sayadaw U Janaka. Andrea teaches residential retreats for IMC, and the Tuesday morning and Thursday evening meditation classes.

Retreat for Beginners with Carla Brennan and Ines Freedman

Friday, September 3 to Sunday, September 5, 2010

Jikoji Retreat Center, 12100 Skyline Blvd, Los Gatos CA 95033

Note: The Registrar will be away June 1-13 and will process received applications only when she returns

A silent mindfulness retreat with alternating sitting and walking meditation, as well Dharma talks, time for Q & A, and interviews with the teachers. There will be instruction in mindfulness of the breath, body, emotions, thoughts and walking. The retreat is suitable for both beginners and those wanting to review the basics of practice in a retreat setting.  Optional Qi Gong practice will be offered.

Dormitory-style sleeping or camping.  Vegetarian meals.

Carla Brennan is a Vipassana teacher and offers a variety of classes, workshops and retreats in the Santa Cruz area and beyond and has a weekly meditation group in Felton, CA. Carla is also a Spirit Rock Meditation Center visiting teacher.  She leads nature-based retreats in California and Utah. Carla has been practicing meditation for 35 years in the Zen, Vipassana, and Tibetan traditions. Her many teachers include Zen Master Sueng Sahn, Jack Kornfield, and Lama Surya Das. Carla is also a former psychotherapist and has taught Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for over 17 years. See her website or you can listen to her talks on audiodharma.

Ines Freedman has been practicing Buddhist meditation since 1985, with Gil Fronsdal as her primary teacher since 1995. She is a graduate of the Spirit Rock Meditation Center Community Dharma Leader Program and was Managing Director of Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City.  She has experience with long meditation retreats including extended self-retreats, and has a special interest in working with meditation for those with chronic pain. She directs and teaches the Audiodharma Online Meditation Courses, and serves on the IMC Chaplaincy Council. She is a retired chiropractor.  You can listen to her talks on audiodharma.

Meditation Retreat with Gil Fronsdal and Heather Martin

Sunday, October 17 to Sunday, October 24, 2010

Hidden Villa Retreat Center, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills, CA 94022

Gil has practiced Zen and Vipassana since 1975 and has a Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies from Stanford. He has trained in both the Japanese Soto Zen tradition and the Insight Meditation lineage of Theravada Buddhism of Southeast Asia. Gil was trained as a Vipassana teacher by Jack Kornfield and is part of the Vipassana teachers’ collective at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. He was ordained as a Soto Zen priest at the San Francisco Zen Center in 1982, and in 1995 he received Dharma Transmission from Mel Weitsman, the abbot of the Berkeley Zen Center. He has been the primary teacher for the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City, California since 1990. He is a husband and father of two boys.

Heather Martin has practiced different forms of meditation for over thirty years. Her early dharma practice was under the guidance of S. N. Goenka, and has since been influenced by both Burmese and Thai streams of Theravada – just recently while practicing in Burma with Ven. U Tejaniya.  She was trained by Jack Kornfield, and teaches at Spirit Rock, in south western Canada and in the Pacific Northwest. She worked for 20 years as a midwife, and lives on Salt Spring Island, off the west coast of British Columbia.