Special Events & Daylong Retreats

There is no cost for classes, events and retreats at IMC. Donations are welcome. No pre-registration is required unless otherwise stated.

Dharma Mentoring Training Program (2017-2018)


Mondays, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (except 10/6)

First year: (2017-2018): 8/28, 9/11, Friday 10/6, 11/20, 12/18, 1/8,  2/12, 3/12, 4/2, 5/7

Second year: TBD

IMC is beginning a new two-year long Dharma Mentoring training program in the fall of 2017. Dharma Mentors are practitioners who have matured enough in their own Dharma practice and understanding to support and mentor others in their practice. This program offers a training to prepare a Dharma Mentor to meet individually with people to support their personal Dharma practice, study, and reflection. In offering spiritual direction, Dharma Mentors are not Dharma Teachers; they are spiritual friends facilitating another person’s engagement with the Dharma.

Taught by Gil Fronsdal and Andrea Fella, the core of the program will consist of monthly daylong classes and practicums. During the first year, the practicums will include participating as a student in IMC’s mentoring programs. The second year involves being a mentor in these mentoring programs. More information can be found on IMC’s special events section of its website.  The opportunity to receive academic credit for the program exists through the Sati Institute (sati.org).

Prerequisites for the program are six years of regular insight meditation practice, a cumulative 60 days of silent meditation retreat practice, and a recommendation from a Dharma teacher.

Dharma Practice Day Series – Brahmaviharas: Practicing with Love


 Fridays, 9:30 am – 3:30 p.m.,  Sept. 8, Oct 20, Nov. 17, Dec. 15
The Brahmaviharas – Lovingkindness, compassion, appreciative joy, and equanimity – are four aspects of love at the heart of Buddhist practice. Each day will be devoted to teachings, guided meditation, and discussions on one of the of the Brahmaviharas. You may attend any part of the series. Bring lunch.

White Awareness: Seeing the Suffering of Racism Through the Lens of the Dharma (2017)


Saturdays 9:30 am – 4:30 pm, September 30 (IMC)
Saturdays 10 am – 12 pm, October 7, 21, November 4, 18, (St. Peter’s Episcopal Church)
This five-session course will examine the conditioning of racism from a Buddhist perspective.
Over the last several years, current events have highlighted the painful, systemic, and immense suffering of racism in the United States. How can Buddhist teachings help us understand all of this? And what can be done in response? We will explore these and other such questions in this course.
Our intention in offering this series is to support white people who are interested in cultivating deeper insight into: how racism operates within ourselves and in society at large, how to act more skillfully to lessen participation in systems of oppression, and how dharma practice can frame, inform, and support this understanding and action.
Topics covered will include:
  • the neuropsychology of racism and implicit bias and how they correspond to the Buddha’s teachings
  • the history of race in the US and its role in contemporary Buddhist communities
  • the intersection of personal and institutional racism
  • and how to move forward with both internal practices such as meditations geared at undoing bias and external practices such as community activism.
The daylong class on September 30th is mandatory – please plan to attend all 4 subsequent sessions to help create a sense of continuity and safety for the group process. In between each course, there will be approximately two hours’ worth of reading/videos, and a new 15-min daily meditation practice to try out.
To apply, please fill out this short form and tell us why you would like to join.
Please note: you must self-identify as White to apply.

Entering the Stream Program (2017-2018)


Monday Oct 2, Friday Nov 3, Monday Dec 4; Friday Jan 19, Monday Feb 5, Friday March 16, Friday Apr 20, Monday May 21, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m

This eight-month program provides experienced practitioners an opportunity to delve into some of the deeper teachings of our Buddhist tradition in a community of other committed practitioners. We will discuss core principles and insights important in the Buddha’s teachings, including aspects of liberation and awakening. The program includes required monthly readings and short reflective essays. Participation by selection.   Application available on IMC website in July.

Pre-requisites: at least five years of insight meditation practice, five seven-day (or longer) silent vipassana retreats, and completion of IMC’s Eightfold Path Program or its equivalent.

To apply, fill out online application  Applications due by September 1, 2017.  Notification of acceptance in mid-September.

Questions: email imc.enteringthestream@gmail.com.

Eight-fold Path Program (2017-2018)


Meeting Dates:

  • Sundays 1:00-3:30: Sept 24, Oct 8, Nov 5, Dec 3, Jan 7, Feb 4, March 4, April 8, May 6
  • Saturday: June 23 9:30 to 4:30 Concluding Daylong Retreat at IRC, Scotts Valley
The Buddha’s most explicit path of practice is the Eightfold Path. This is a set of eight practical approaches to bring Buddhist practice into the width and depth of our lives. The Eightfold Path Program is an introduction to each of the Eightfold factors so participants will discover how to apply each set of practices in ways that are personally meaningful. Pre-requisite: completion of IMC’s Introduction to Meditation course or the equivalent.
The program has the following elements:
  1. 2-1/2 hour monthly meetings that include teachings, meditation, and discussions.
  2. Readings, reflections and practices for each month.
  3. A monthly one-hour personal meeting with an Eightfold Path mentor to discuss one’s practice and reflections on the Eightfold Path factors. (Mentoring slots are full for this year, Sunday meetings are open to the public).
  4. Ends with a one-day Eightfold Path retreat at the Insight Retreat Center in Scotts Valley

Pre-requisite: completion of IMC’s 5-week Introduction to Meditation course or the equivalent.

Contact eightfoldpath@insightmeditationcenter.org with questions.

Sep 24 – Introduction to the Program
Oct 8 –  Eightfold Path Program – Right View
Nov 5  – Eightfold Path Program – Right Intention
Dec 3 – Eightfold Path Program –  Right Speech 
Jan 7 –  Eightfold Path Program – Right Action  
Feb 4 – Eightfold Path Program – Right Livelihood
Mar 4 – Eightfold Path Program – Right Effort
Apr 8 – Eightfold Path Program – Right Mindfulness
May 6 – Eightfold Path Program – Right Concentration
(Saturday) June 23 Daylong retreat at IRC Scotts Valley

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