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Insight Retreat Center Residential Retreats


Retreat Schedule

Insight Retreats are opportunities to engage in full-time mindfulness training. The daily schedule involves periods of sitting and walking meditation, instructions, dharma talks, work meditation, and practice discussion with teachers. Silence is maintained throughout most of the retreat.

Cost: Our retreats are offered freely at no cost to anyone who participates. Most of the financial support for IRC comes from donations participants offer at the end of retreats. Their generosity is what allows others to participate in future retreats. A refundable deposit is required to apply for a retreat.  The deposit is refunded when one arrives at the retreat or if one cancels three weeks before the start of the retreat.

Lottery: If applications in the first 3 weeks of registration exceed available space, a lottery will be used to select retreatants. Those not selected can be placed on the Waiting List. If an applicant is not selected in the lottery after applying for a retreat, the probability of getting accepted increases with each subsequent retreat they apply for.

Location: Insight Retreat Center, 1906 Glen Canyon Rd, Santa Cruz, CA  95060

See our FAQ for more information  -    E-Mail Us:  info@insightretreatcenter.org

 




Just Sitting, Clear Seeing: Zen & the Art of Insight with Gil Fronsdal, Mel Weitsman and Max Erdstein
May 4 to 11, 2014  -  Hours: Sunday check-in is from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. End time: Sunday 1:00 pm.

A silent mindfulness retreat with alternating sitting and walking meditation, instruction, dharma talks, work meditation, and practice discussion with the teachers. The teachers will explore both the shared and complementary teachings of Zen and Insight Meditation.
FAQ - RETREAT FULL - Registration CLOSED, Waiting List FULL - Login or Register for Carpooling




Insight Retreat with Gil Fronsdal and Adrianne Ross
May 30 to June 7, 2014  -  Hours: Friday check-in is from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. End time: Saturday 1:00 pm.

A silent mindfulness retreat with alternating sitting and walking meditation, instruction, dharma talks, work meditation, and practice discussion with the teachers.
FAQ - RETREAT FULL - Registration CLOSED, Waiting List FULL - Login or Register for Carpooling




Insight Retreat with Ines Freedman and Bob Stahl
June 20 to 22, 2014  -  Hours: Friday check-in is from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. End time: Sunday 4:00 pm.

A silent mindfulness retreat with alternating sitting and walking meditation, instruction, dharma talks, work meditation, and practice discussion with the teachers. Suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners.
FAQ - RETREAT FULL - Apply Online to be put on the WAITING LIST - Login or Register for Carpooling
  • Note: Applications with a $100 deposit received by 3/13/14 will be entered into a lottery. Applicants will be notified in late March if they have been Accepted or are on the Waiting List. Subsequent applications will be added to the Waiting List.
  • Questions: Contact the Registrar, Bart de Greef, bartdegreef@insightretreatcenter.org or 650-279-9322




Meditation Retreat in Spanish (Español) with Rebecca Bradshaw, assisted by Andrea Castillo
June 26 to 29, 2014  -  Hours: Thursday check-in is from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. End time: Sunday 4:00 pm.

RETIRO RESIDENCIAL EN ESPAÑOL: Retiro de meditación y Atención Plena en silencio con periodos de meditación, pláticas de Dharma, trabajo voluntario y entrevistas individuales con las maestras para hablar sobre la práctica. HOJA INFORMATIVA

(A silent mindfulness retreat with alternating sitting and walking meditation, instruction, dharma talks, work meditation, and practice discussion with the teachers. Suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners.)

FLIER - FAQ - Apply Online - Registration opened February 26, 2014 - Login or Register for Carpooling




Mindfulness of Mind Retreat with Andrea Fella
July 12 to 26, 2014  -  Hours: Saturday check-in is from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. End time: Saturday 1:00 pm.

Exploration of the mindfulness practice taught by Sayadaw U Tejaniya, encouraging relaxation of body and mind while paying close attention to present moment experience and the quality of the mind that meditates. Self-directed practice with guidance provided through teachings, Q & A sessions and discussions with the teacher. ~ For this special retreat, Nancy Reed will be offering her services as a cook, on a donation basis.
FAQ - RETREAT FULL - Registration CLOSED, Waiting List FULL - Login or Register for Carpooling




Insight Retreat with Andrea Fella and Pamela Weiss
August 13 to 17, 2014  -  Hours: Wednesday check-in is from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. End time: Sunday 1:00 pm.

A silent mindfulness retreat with alternating sitting and walking meditation, instruction, dharma talks, work meditation, and practice discussion with the teachers.
FAQ - Apply Online - Registration opened April 13, 2014 - Login or Register for Carpooling
  • Note: Applications with a $100 deposit received by 5/4/14 will be entered into a lottery. Applicants will be notified in late May if they have been Accepted or are on the Waiting List. Subsequent applications will be added to the Waiting List.
  • Questions: Contact the Registrar, Beverly Spiker, bev@insightretreatcenter.org or 650-365-1092




14-day Insight Retreat with Gil Fronsdal
September 14 to 28, 2014  -  Hours: Sunday check-in is from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. End time: Sunday 1:00 pm.

A silent mindfulness retreat for experienced yogis. It includes alternating sitting and walking meditation, instruction, dharma talks, work meditation, and practice discussion with the teacher. ~ For this special retreat, Nancy Reed will be offering her services as the cook, on a donation basis.
FAQ - Apply Online - Registration opened April 14, 2014 - Login or Register for Carpooling
  • Requirements: Attended at least three, 7-day (or longer) silent meditation retreats and permission from teacher. Questions regarding permission: Contact the Teacher Assistant, Laura Crabb, lauracrabb2@gmail.com or 408-205-2904.
  • Note: Applications with a $350 deposit received by 5/5/14 will be entered into a lottery. Applicants will be notified in late May if they have been Accepted or are on the Waiting List. Subsequent applications will be added to the Waiting List.
  • Questions: Contact the Registrar, Bart de Greef, bartdegreef@insightretreatcenter.org or 650-279-9322




Insight Retreat with Ines Freedman and Carla Brennan
October 10 to 12, 2014  -  Hours: Friday check-in is from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. End time: Sunday 4:00 pm.

A silent mindfulness retreat with alternating sitting and walking meditation, instruction, dharma talks, work meditation, and practice discussion with the teachers. Suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners. Optional Qi Gong practice will be offered.
FAQ - Apply Online - Registration opens July 10, 2014 - please check back then - Login or Register for Carpooling
  • Note: Applications with a $100 deposit received by 7/31/14 will be entered into a lottery. Applicants will be notified in mid-August if they have been Accepted or are on the Waiting List. Subsequent applications will be added to the Waiting List.
  • Questions: Contact the Registrar, Beverly Spiker, bev@insightretreatcenter.org or 650-365-1092




Retreat with Ajahn Amaro
October 15 to 17, 2014  -  Hours: Wednesday check-in is from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. End time: Friday 4:00 pm.

This is an Eight Precept Retreat. It is a silent mindfulness retreat, with alternating sitting and walking meditation, instruction, dharma talks, work meditation, and practice discussion with the teacher.
FAQ - Apply Online - Registration opens July 15, 2014 - please check back then - Login or Register for Carpooling
  • Note: Applications with a $100 deposit received by 8/5/14 will be entered into a lottery. Applicants will be notified in late August if they have been Accepted or are on the Waiting List. Subsequent applications will be added to the Waiting List.
  • Questions: Contact the Registrar, Ted Weinstein, IRCRegistrar@gmail.com or 415-546-7200




Insight Retreat with Gil Fronsdal and Ruth King
October 19 to 26, 2014  -  Hours: Sunday check-in is from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. End time: Sunday 1:00 pm.

A silent mindfulness retreat with alternating sitting and walking meditation, instruction, dharma talks, work meditation, and practice discussion with the teachers.
FAQ - Apply Online - Registration opens June 19, 2014 - please check back then - Login or Register for Carpooling
  • Note: Applications with a $200 deposit received by 7/10/14 will be entered into a lottery. Applicants will be notified in late July if they have been Accepted or are on the Waiting List. Subsequent applications will be added to the Waiting List.
  • Questions: Contact the Registrar, Doug Wiebe, doug@insightretreatcenter.org or 510-206-2436




Insight Retreat with Gil Fronsdal and Max Erdstein
November 16 to 23, 2014  -  Hours: Sunday check-in is from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. End time: Sunday 1:00 pm.

A silent mindfulness retreat with alternating sitting and walking meditation, instruction, dharma talks, work meditation, and practice discussion with the teachers.
FAQ - Apply Online - Registration opens July 16, 2014 - please check back then - Login or Register for Carpooling
  • Note: Applications with a $200 deposit received by 8/6/14 will be entered into a lottery. Applicants will be notified in late August if they have been Accepted or are on the Waiting List. Subsequent applications will be added to the Waiting List.
  • Questions: Contact the Registrar, Beverly Spiker, bev@insightretreatcenter.org or 650-365-1092




ISC Retreat with Bob Stahl, Jill Hyman, Bruce Hyman and Karen Zelin (yoga)
December 1 to 6, 2014  -  Hours: Monday check-in is from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. End time: Saturday 1:00 pm.

A silent mindfulness retreat with alternating sitting and walking meditation, instruction, dharma talks, yoga, work meditation, and practice discussion with the teacher.
FAQ - Apply Online - Registration opens August 1, 2014 - please check back then - Login or Register for Carpooling
  • Note: Applications with a $100 deposit received by 8/22/14 will be entered into a lottery. Applicants will be notified in early September if they have been Accepted or are on the Waiting List. Subsequent applications will be added to the Waiting List.
  • Questions: Contact the Registrar, Doug Wiebe, doug@insightretreatcenter.org or 510-206-2436




Insight Retreat with Gil Fronsdal and Andrea Fella
December 7 to 14, 2014  -  Hours: Sunday check-in is from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. End time: Sunday 1:00 pm.

A silent mindfulness retreat with alternating sitting and walking meditation, instruction, dharma talks, work meditation, and practice discussion with the teachers.
FAQ - Apply Online - Registration opens August 7, 2014 - please check back then - Login or Register for Carpooling
  • Note: Applications with a $200 deposit received by 8/28/14 will be entered into a lottery. Applicants will be notified in mid-September if they have been Accepted or are on the Waiting List. Subsequent applications will be added to the Waiting List.
  • Questions: Contact the Registrar, Ted Weinstein, IRCRegistrar@gmail.com or 415-546-7200




New Year's Meditation Retreat with Aloka Vihara Nuns
December 27, 2014 to January 4, 2015  -  Hours: Saturday check-in is from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. End time: Sunday 1:00 pm.

FAQ - Login or Register for Carpooling




Insight Retreat with Gil Fronsdal, JoAnna Harper and Vinny Ferraro
January 25 to February 1, 2015  -  Hours: Sunday check-in is from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. End time: Sunday 1:00 pm.

A silent mindfulness retreat with alternating sitting and walking meditation, instruction, dharma talks, work meditation, and practice discussion with the teachers.
FAQ - Apply Online - Registration opens September 25, 2014 - please check back then - Login or Register for Carpooling
  • Note: Applications with a $200 deposit received by 10/16/14 will be entered into a lottery. Applicants will be notified in early November if they have been Accepted or are on the Waiting List. Subsequent applications will be added to the Waiting List.
  • Questions: Contact the Registrar, Bruni Davila, bruni@insightretreatcenter.org or 510-759-3169




Experienced Practitioner Insight Retreat with Gil Fronsdal and Andrea Fella
March 17 to 29, 2015  -  Hours: Tuesday check-in is from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. End time: Sunday 1:00 pm.

A silent mindfulness retreat with alternating sitting and walking meditation, instruction, dharma talks, work meditation, and practice discussion with the teachers.
FAQ - Apply Online - Registration opens November 17, 2014 - please check back then - Login or Register for Carpooling
  • Note: Applications with a $250 deposit received by 12/8/14 will be entered into a lottery. Applicants will be notified in late December if they have been Accepted or are on the Waiting List. Subsequent applications will be added to the Waiting List.
  • Questions: Contact the Registrar, Bart de Greef, bartdegreef@insightretreatcenter.org or 650-279-9322




Insight Retreat with Gil Fronsdal and Andrea Fella
December 6 to 13, 2015  -  Hours: Sunday check-in is from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. End time: Sunday 1:00 pm.

A silent mindfulness retreat with alternating sitting and walking meditation, instruction, dharma talks, work meditation, and practice discussion with the teachers.
FAQ - Apply Online - Registration opens August 6, 2015 - please check back then - Login or Register for Carpooling
  • Note: Applications with a $200 deposit received by 8/27/15 will be entered into a lottery. Applicants will be notified in early September if they have been Accepted or are on the Waiting List. Subsequent applications will be added to the Waiting List.
  • Questions: Contact the Registrar, Doug Wiebe, doug@insightretreatcenter.org or 510-206-2436


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