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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: All applications that come in during the first 3 weeks of registration are entered into a lottery. 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. More Info.

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

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


 

Insight Retreat with Andrea Fella and Greg Scharf
April 23 to 30, 2016  -  Hours: Saturday 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. Suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners.

FAQ - RETREAT FULL - to be put on the WAITING LIST - or Register for Carpooling

 

Insight Retreat with Gil Fronsdal and John Travis
May 17 to 21, 2016  -  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. Suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners.

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

 

Insight Retreat with Ines Freedman and Shelley Gault
May 27 to 30, 2016  -  Hours: Friday 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, work meditation, and practice discussion with the teachers. Suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners.

FAQ - RETREAT FULL - to be put on the WAITING LIST - or Register for Carpooling

 

Insight Retreat with Gil Fronsdal and Paul Haller
June 5 to 12, 2016  -  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. Suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners.

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

 

Insight Retreat in Spanish (Español) with Rebecca Bradshaw and Andrea Castillo
June 21 to 26, 2016  -  Hours: Tuesday check-in is from 2:00 to 4:00 pm End time: Sunday 1:00 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.

(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 - RETREAT FULL - to be put on the WAITING LIST - or Register for Carpooling

 

Mindfulness of Mind Retreat for Experienced Students with Andrea Fella
July 16 to 30, 2016  -  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.

FAQ - RETREAT FULL - to be put on the WAITING LIST - or Register for Carpooling
  • Requirements: Attended at least 4 weeks of previous silent retreat practice and teacher permission.
  • Note: Submit your application and $350 deposit to be added to the Waiting List.

    Questions regarding Teacher Permission: Contact the Teacher Assistant, Yosh Haggerty, yosh@transpacdigital.com or 650-573-7461

  • Questions: Contact the Registrar, Faith Lindsay, faith@insightretreatcenter.org or 408-234-3771

 

Insight Retreat with Andrea Fella and Pamela Weiss
August 10 to 14, 2016  -  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. Suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners.

FAQ - - Registration opened April 10, 2016 - or Register for Carpooling
  • Note: Your application and $100 deposit must by received by 5/1/16 to be entered into the lottery. Applicants will be notified in mid-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, Carol Camp, carol@insightretreatcenter.org or 310-773-6021

 

Insight Retreat with Nikki Mirghafori and Richard Shankman
August 17 to 21, 2016  -  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. Suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners.

FAQ - - Registration opened April 17, 2016 - or Register for Carpooling
  • Note: Your application and $100 deposit must by received by 5/8/16 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, Ted Weinstein, ted@insightretreatcenter.org or 415-987-9142

 

Insight Retreat with Gil Fronsdal
September 11 to 25, 2016  -  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.

FAQ - - Registration opened April 11, 2016 - or Register for Carpooling
  • Requirements: Attended at least five, 7-day (or longer) silent Vipassana retreats and permission from teacher.
  • Note: Your application and $350 deposit must by received by 5/2/16 to be entered into the lottery. Applicants will be notified in mid-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, Bruni Davila, bruni@insightretreatcenter.org or 510-759-3169

 

Insight Retreat for People in their 20's and 30's with Max Erdstein and Matthew Brensilver
October 7 to 10, 2016  -  Hours: Friday 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, work meditation, and practice discussion with the teachers. Suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners.

FAQ - Registration opens July 7, 2016 - please check back then - or Register for Carpooling
  • Note: Your application and $100 deposit must by received by 7/28/16 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, Carol Camp, carol@insightretreatcenter.org or (310) 773-6021

 

Experienced Students Retreat with Gil Fronsdal, assisted by Ines Freedman
October 16 to 29, 2016  -  Hours: Sunday check-in is from 2:00 to 4:00 pm End time: Saturday 1:00 pm

A silent mindfulness retreat for experienced yogis that includes alternating sitting and walking meditation, instruction, dharma talks, work meditation, and practice discussion with the teacher.

FAQ - Registration opens May 16, 2016 - please check back then - or Register for Carpooling
  • Requirements: Attended at least three, 7-day (or longer) silent Vipassana retreats.
  • Note: Your application and $350 deposit must by received by 6/6/16 to be entered into the lottery. Applicants will be notified in late 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 Ines Freedman and Max Erdstein
November 3 to 6, 2016  -  Hours: Thursday 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 - Registration opens August 3, 2016 - please check back then - or Register for Carpooling
  • Note: Your application and $100 deposit must by received by 8/24/16 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, Fred Branaman, fred@insightretreatcenter.org or (510) 220-6491

 

Insight Retreat with Gil Fronsdal and Bob Stahl
November 13 to 20, 2016  -  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. Suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners.

FAQ - Registration opens July 13, 2016 - please check back then - or Register for Carpooling
  • Note: Your application and $200 deposit must by received by 8/3/16 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

 

ISC Insight Retreat with Bob Stahl, Jill Hyman, Bruce Hyman, Karen Zelin (yoga), and assisted by Kim Allen
November 29 to December 4, 2016  -  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 teacher. Suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners.

FAQ - Registration opens July 29, 2016 - please check back then - or Register for Carpooling
  • Note: Your application and $100 deposit must by received by 8/19/16 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, Faith Lindsay, faith@insightretreatcenter.org or 408-234-3771

 

Insight Retreat with Gil Fronsdal and Andrea Fella
December 11 to 18, 2016  -  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. Suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners.

FAQ - Registration opens August 11, 2016 - please check back then - or Register for Carpooling
  • Note: Your application and $200 deposit must by received by 9/1/16 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, Bruni Davila, bruni@insightretreatcenter.org or 510-759-3169

 

Insight Retreat with Gil Fronsdal and Leigh Brasington
January 21 to 28, 2017  -  Hours: Saturday 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. Suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners.

FAQ - Registration opens September 21, 2016 - please check back then - or Register for Carpooling
  • Note: Your application and $200 deposit must by received by 10/12/16 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, TBD, or

 

Experienced Students Insight Retreat with Gil Fronsdal
February 10 to 17, 2017  -  Hours: Friday check-in is from 2:00 to 4:00 pm End time: Friday 1:00 pm

A silent mindfulness retreat for experienced yogis that includes alternating sitting and walking meditation, instruction, dharma talks, work meditation, and practice discussion with the teacher.

FAQ - Registration opens October 10, 2016 - please check back then - or Register for Carpooling
  • Requirements: Attended at least three, 7-day (or longer) silent Vipassana retreats.
  • Note: Your application and $200 deposit must by received by 10/31/16 to be entered into the lottery. Applicants will be notified in mid-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, TBD, or

 

Retreat with Analayo
April 16 to 23, 2017  -  Hours: Sunday check-in is from 2:00 to 4:00 pm End time: Sunday 1:00 pm

PLEASE CHECK BACK FOR RETREAT DESCRIPTION.

FAQ - Registration opens December 16, 2016 - please check back then - or Register for Carpooling
  • Note: Your application and $200 deposit must by received by 1/6/17 to be entered into the lottery. Applicants will be notified in late 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, TBD, or

 

Insight Retreat with Gil Fronsdal and John Travis
April 18 to 22, 2017
or Register for Carpooling
  • Note: RETREAT CANCELLED

 

Insight Retreat with Gil Fronsdal and Nikki Mirghafori
June 4 to 11, 2017  -  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. Suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners.

FAQ - Registration opens February 4, 2017 - please check back then - or Register for Carpooling
  • Note: Your application and $200 deposit must by received by 2/25/17 to be entered into the lottery. Applicants will be notified in mid-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 in Spanish (Español) with Rebecca Bradshaw and Andrea Castillo
June 16 to 21, 2017  -  Hours: Friday check-in is from 2:00 to 4:00 pm End time: Wednesday 1:00 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.

(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 16, 2017 - please check back then - or Register for Carpooling
  • Note: Your application and $100 deposit must by received by 3/9/17 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, TBD, or

 

Insight Retreat with Max Erdstein and Brian Lesage
September 3 to 10, 2017  -  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. Suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners.

FAQ - Registration opens May 3, 2017 - please check back then - or Register for Carpooling
  • Note: Your application and $200 deposit must by received by 5/24/17 to be entered into the 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, TBD, or

 

Insight Retreat with Gil Fronsdal and Ruth King
November 5 to 8, 2017  -  Hours: Sunday check-in is from 2:00 to 4:00 pm End time: Wednesday 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 August 5, 2017 - please check back then - or Register for Carpooling
  • Note: Your application and $100 deposit must by received by 8/26/17 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, TBD, or

 

Insight Retreat with Gil Fronsdal and Max Erdstein
November 12 to 19, 2017  -  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. Suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners.

FAQ - Registration opens July 12, 2017 - please check back then - or Register for Carpooling
  • Note: Your application and $200 deposit must by received by 8/2/17 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, TBD, or

 

Insight Retreat with Bob Stahl and ISC Teachers TBD
November 28 to December 3, 2017  -  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 teacher. Suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners.

FAQ - Registration opens July 28, 2017 - please check back then - or Register for Carpooling
  • Note: Your application and $100 deposit must by received by 8/18/17 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, TBD, or

 

Insight Retreat with Gil Fronsdal and Andrea Fella
December 10 to 17, 2017  -  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. Suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners.

FAQ - Registration opens August 10, 2017 - please check back then - or Register for Carpooling
  • Note: Your application and $200 deposit must by received by 8/31/17 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, TBD, or



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