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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




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


 

Discussion with Joseph Goldstein
For Experienced Retreat Practitioners
Monday, July 28, 2 – 5 pm.  Optional: 5:30 pm dinner
Prerequisite: 1 month or longer Insight Meditation retreat
Description: An afternoon of discussion with Joseph Goldstein. This is a time to explore the impact and role of retreats on a person’s life and practice, both on retreat and in daily life. After a meditation session, Joseph will give a Dharma talk followed by time for questions and discussion.
FAQ - RETREAT FULL Apply Online to be put on the WAITING LIST – Carpooling
  • Note: Applications received by 6/15/14 will be entered into a lottery. Applicants will be notified in mid-June 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 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 - RETREAT FULL - Registration CLOSED, Waiting List FULL - Login or Register for Carpooling




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 - RETREAT FULL - Registration CLOSED, Waiting List FULL - Login or Register for Carpooling




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 opened July 10, 2014 - Login or Register for Carpooling
  • Note: Your application and $100 deposit must by received by 7/31/14 to be entered into the 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 opened July 15, 2014 - Login or Register for Carpooling
  • Note: Your application and $100 deposit must by received by 8/5/14 to be entered into the 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 - RETREAT FULL - Registration CLOSED, Waiting List FULL - Login or Register for Carpooling
  • Note: Your application and $200 deposit must by received by 7/10/14 to be entered into the 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 opened July 16, 2014 - Login or Register for Carpooling
  • Note: Your application and $200 deposit must by received by 8/6/14 to be entered into the 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




Insight 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: Your application and $100 deposit must by received by 8/22/14 to be entered into the 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: Your application and $200 deposit must by received by 8/28/14 to be entered into the 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 3:00 to 5:00 pm End time: Sunday 1:00 pm

FAQ - Login or Register for Carpooling
  • Note: Registration opens in August 2014. To register, visit Saranaloka Foundation.
  • Questions: Contact the Registrar, or




Zen Sesshin with Paul Haller
January 14 to 19, 2015  -  Hours: Wednesday check-in is from 2:00 to 4:00 pm End time: Monday 1:00 pm

This is a silent mindfulness retreat, with alternating sitting and walking meditation, two periods of yoga each day (some experience of yoga required), instruction, dharma talks, work meditation, and practice discussion with the teacher. This retreat will combine the flexibility, strength and energy cultivated through yoga practice with the open and settled awareness of meditation. The Anapanasati Sutta and zen teachings on posture and breath will be the guiding texts. This retreat offers the opportunity to discover how yoga and meditation compliment each other in the path of awakening.
FAQ - Registration opens September 14, 2014 - please check back then - Login or Register for Carpooling
  • Note: Your application and $100 deposit must by received by 10/5/14 to be entered into the lottery. Applicants will be notified in late October 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




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: Your application and $200 deposit must by received by 10/16/14 to be entered into the 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


 

Insight Retreat with Gil Fronsdal and John Travis
February 17 to 21, 2015  -  Hours: Tuesday 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 - Registration opens October 17, 2014 - please check back then - Login or Register for Carpooling
  • Note: Your application and $100 deposit must by received by 11/7/14 to be entered into the lottery. Applicants will be notified in late 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, Ted Weinstein, IRCRegistrar@gmail.com or 415-546-7200



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 for experienced yogis. It includes 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
  • Requirements: Attended at least three, 7-day (or longer) silent insight meditation retreats.
  • Note: Your application and $250 deposit must by received by 12/8/14 to be entered into the 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 Dialogue Retreat with Gregory Kramer
April 5 to 12, 2015  -  Hours: Sunday check-in is from 2:00 to 4:00 pm End time: Sunday 1:00 pm
Insight Dialogue is an interpersonal meditation practice. Based in Vipassana meditation, it brings the mindfulness and tranquility of traditional silent meditation practice into our interactions with others through dialogue. Instructions will introduce Insight Dialogue meditation guidelines step-by-step and guide participants into contemplation. Dhamma talks, silent meditation, and time outdoors are integral to the retreat. Our practice will focus on the seven factors of awakening, which can quickly brighten in relational meditation.
FAQ - Registration opens December 5, 2014 - please check back then - Login or Register for Carpooling
  • Note: Your application and $200 deposit must by received by 12/26/14 to be entered into the lottery. Applicants will be notified in mid-January if they have been Accepted or are on the Waiting List. Subsequent applications will be added to the Waiting List.
  • Questions: Contact the Registrar, Faith Lindsay, faith@insightretreatcenter.org or 408-294-5208

 

Insight Retreat with Ines Freedman and Max Erdstein
May 14 to 17, 2015  -  Hours: Thursday 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. Suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners.
FAQ - Registration opens February 14, 2015 - please check back then - Login or Register for Carpooling
  • Note: Your application and $100 deposit must by received by 3/7/15 to be entered into the 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

 

Insight Retreat with Gil Fronsdal, Nikki Mirghafori and Matthew Brensilver
May 29 to June 5, 2015  -  Hours: Friday check-in is from 2:00 to 4:00 pm End time: Friday 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 - Registration opens January 29, 2015 - please check back then - Login or Register for Carpooling
  • Note: Your application and $200 deposit must by received by 2/19/15 to be entered into the lottery. Applicants will be notified in early 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, Faith Lindsay, faith@insightretreatcenter.org or 408-294-5208

 

Mindfulness of Mind Retreat with Andrea Fella
July 5 to 19, 2015  -  Hours: Sunday check-in is from 2:00 to 4:00 pm End time: Sunday 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 - Registration opens February 5, 2015 - please check back then - Login or Register for Carpooling
  • Note: Your application and $350 deposit must by received by 2/26/15 to be entered into the lottery. Applicants will be notified in early 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, TBD, or

 

Insight Retreat with Andrea Fella and TBD
July 29 to August 2, 2015  -  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 - Registration opens March 29, 2015 - please check back then - Login or Register for Carpooling
  • Note: Your application and $100 deposit must by received by 4/19/15 to be entered into the lottery. Applicants will be notified in late April if they have been Accepted or are on the Waiting List. Subsequent applications will be added to the Waiting List.
  • Questions: Contact the Registrar, TBD, or

 

14-day Insight Retreat with Gil Fronsdal
September 13 to 27, 2015  -  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 - Registration opens April 13, 2015 - please check back then - Login or Register for Carpooling
  • Requirements: Attended at least three, 7-day (or longer) silent Vipassana retreats and permission from teacher.
  • Note: Your application and $350 deposit must by received by 5/4/15 to be entered into the 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

 

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: Your application and $200 deposit must by received by 8/27/15 to be entered into the 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

 

ISC Insight Retreat with Teachers to be Determined
December 16 to 21, 2015  -  Hours: Wednesday check-in is from 2:00 to 4:00 pm End time: Monday 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 - Registration opens August 16, 2015 - please check back then - Login or Register for Carpooling
  • Note: Your application and $100 deposit must by received by 9/6/15 to be entered into the lottery. Applicants will be notified in late 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, Bruni Davila, bruni@insightretreatcenter.org or 510-759-3169

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