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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


 

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

 

Insight Retreat with Gil Fronsdal and Ruth King
October 17 to 24, 2015  -  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 - Registration CLOSED, Waiting List FULL - or Register for Carpooling

 

Insight Retreat with Ines Freedman and Lori Wong
November 5 to 8, 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 - RETREAT FULL - to be put on the WAITING LIST - or Register for Carpooling
  • Note: Your application and $100 deposit must by received by 8/26/15 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 415-987-9142

 

Insight Retreat with Gil Fronsdal, Nikki Mirghafori and Alex Haley
November 15 to 22, 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. Suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners.

FAQ - RETREAT FULL - Registration CLOSED, Waiting List FULL - or Register for Carpooling
  • Note: Your application and $200 deposit must by received by 8/5/15 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

 

Mindfulness and Wisdom Retreat with Andrea Fella and Alexis Santos
November 28 to December 4, 2015  -  Hours: Saturday check-in is from 2:00 to 4:00 pm End time: Friday 1:00 pm

Exploration of the mindfulness practice taught by Sayadaw U Tejaniya, encouraging awareness and wisdom through relaxation of body and mind while paying close attention to present moment experience and the quality of the mind that meditates. Primarily 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
  • Note: Your application and $100 deposit must by received by 8/18/15 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, Faith Lindsay, faith@insightretreatcenter.org or 408-294-5208

 

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. Suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners.

FAQ - RETREAT FULL - to be put on the WAITING LIST - 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

 

Insight Retreat with Matthew Brensilver and Alexis Santos
January 15 to 18, 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 October 15, 2015 - please check back then - or Register for Carpooling
  • Note: Your application and $100 deposit must by received by 10/6/15 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, Carol Camp, carol@insightretreatcenter.org or 310-773-6021

 

Insight Retreat with Gil Fronsdal, Susie Harrington and Brian Lesage
January 24 to 31, 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 - APPLY ONLINE - Registration opens September 24, 2015 - please check back then - or Register for Carpooling
  • Note: Your application and $200 deposit must by received by 10/15/15 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, Faith Lindsay, faith@insightretreatcenter.org or 408-234-3771

 

Insight Retreat with Gil Fronsdal and Ines Freedman
February 23 to 28, 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 teachers. Suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners.

FAQ - Registration opens October 23, 2015 - please check back then - or Register for Carpooling
  • Note: Your application and $100 deposit must by received by 11/13/15 to be entered into the lottery. Applicants will be notified in early 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, Bruni Davila, bruni@insightretreatcenter.org or 510-759-3169

 

Experienced Practitioner Insight Retreat with Gil Fronsdal and Max Erdstein
March 6 to 13, 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 teachers.

FAQ - Registration opens November 6, 2015 - 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 11/27/15 to be entered into the lottery. Applicants will be notified in mid-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, Faith Lindsay, faith@insightretreatcenter.org or 408-234-3771

 

Insight Retreat with Gil Fronsdal and Adrianne Ross
March 20 to 27, 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 November 20, 2015 - please check back then - or Register for Carpooling
  • Note: Your application and $200 deposit must by received by 12/11/15 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, Beverly Spiker, bev@insightretreatcenter.org or 650-365-1092

 

Insight Retreat with Nikki Mirghafori and Matthew Brensilver
April 3 to 10, 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 December 3, 2015 - please check back then - or Register for Carpooling
  • Note: Your application and $200 deposit must by received by 12/24/15 to be entered into the lottery. Applicants will be notified in early 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 408-234-3771

 

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 - Registration opens December 23, 2015 - please check back then - or Register for Carpooling
  • Note: Your application and $200 deposit must by received by 1/13/16 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, Carol Camp, carol@insightretreatcenter.org or 310-773-6021

 

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 - Registration opens January 17, 2016 - please check back then - or Register for Carpooling
  • Note: Your application and $100 deposit must by received by 2/7/16 to be entered into the lottery. Applicants will be notified in late February 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 415-987-9142

 

Insight Retreat for People in their 20's and 30's with Max Erdstein and Teacher TBD
May 27 to 30, 2016  -  Hours: Friday check-in is from 2:00 to 4:00 pm End time: Monday 1:00 pm

A mindfulness retreat held primarily in silence, with alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation, instruction, dharma talks, work meditation, and practice discussion with the teachers. There will also be time to speak and connect in community.

FAQ - Registration opens February 27, 2016 - please check back then - or Register for Carpooling
  • Note: Your application and $100 deposit must by received by 3/19/16 to be entered into the lottery. Applicants will be notified in early 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, Bruni Davila, bruni@insightretreatcenter.org or 510-759-3169

 

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 - Registration opens February 5, 2016 - please check back then - or Register for Carpooling
  • Note: Your application and $200 deposit must by received by 2/26/16 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, Carol Camp, carol@insightretreatcenter.org or 310-773-6021

 

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 - Registration opens February 21, 2016 - please check back then - or Register for Carpooling
  • Note: Your application and $100 deposit must by received by 3/13/16 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 en Español: Contact the Registrar Assistant, Valeria Galetto, valeria@insightretreatcenter.org or 650-644-7696

  • Questions: Contact the Registrar, Doug Wiebe, doug@insightretreatcenter.org or 510-206-2436

 

Mindfulness of Mind Retreat 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 - Registration opens February 16, 2016 - please check back then - or Register for Carpooling
  • Requirements: Attended one 7-day silent retreat and teacher permission.
  • Note: Your application and $350 deposit must by received by 3/8/16 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, 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 opens April 10, 2016 - please check back then - 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 Ayya Anandabodhi and Ruth King
August 19 to 24, 2016  -  Hours: Friday 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 April 19, 2016 - please check back then - or Register for Carpooling
  • Note: Your application and $100 deposit must by received by 5/10/16 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, IRCRegistrar@gmail.com or 415-987-9142

 

14-day 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 opens April 11, 2016 - please check back then - 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 5/2/16 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

 

TENTATIVE: Insight Retreat with Ines Freedman and Teacher TBD
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, Carol Camp, carol@insightretreatcenter.org or 310-773-6021

 

Insight Retreat with Gil Fronsdal and Teacher TBD
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 and Teachers TBD
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



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