Special and Yearlong Programs

Special and Yearlong Programs

There is no cost for classes, special events, and Daylong retreats at IMC. Donations are welcome. Most of these year-long events require application or pre-registration to receive Zoom links and materials.

  • See the IMC Calendar for special events, daylong retreats and all other events at IMC.

Creative Writing Workshop with Elizabeth Fergason

Sliding the Bones Home: Cultivating Insight Through the Practice of Writing. Both meditation and writing can touch the deepest places within us, including our capacities for insight, creativity, and freedom. During each meeting of this series, we will meditate together and write. A writing prompt in the form of a poem will be offered. The prompt will be connected to Buddhist teachings although the connection may be subtle. Journaling, memoir, essay, fiction, autofiction, nonfiction, flash fiction, and poetry writing are all welcome.

Dates: Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Jan. 27, 2021
Feb. 10, 2021
Feb. 24, 2021
Mar. 10, 2021
Mar. 24, 2021

The program is now full

Bio: Elizabeth is a writer and a Buddhist chaplain in training. She graduated from the MA Creative Writing program at San Francisco State University. Recent literary journal publications include Flash Fiction Magazine, Typehouse, Wraparound South, Parhelion, Ligea, and Blue Moon. These may be connected to through elizabethfergason.com

Entering the Stream (2020-2021)

Taught by Diana Clark

On Zoom

Saturdays 9:00am – 3:30pm: September 19, October 17, November 14; December 12; January 16, February 13, April 3, and May 1.

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. Prerequisites: at least four years of committed insight meditation practice, four seven-day (or longer) silent vipassana retreats, and completion of IMC’s Eightfold Path Program or its equivalent. Participation is by selection. 

For questions, email imc.enteringthestream@gmail.com

To apply click here.

Applications are due by August 21. Notification of acceptance will be by August 31.

Senior Sangha Group: Enjoying our Aging 

Taught by David Cohn, Fiona Barner, and Robert Cusick

On Zoom

Monthly on Third Thursdays from 11am to 1 pm.

2021 dates: Jan 21, Feb 18, Mar 18, Apr 15, May 20, Jun 17, Jul 15, Aug 19, Sep 16, Oct 21, Nov 18, Dec 16

Suzuki Roshi was asked, “Why do you practice?”  He laughed and said, “To enjoy my old age.”  Please join us as we create a dharma-based community of IMC seniors of all ages.  Everyone is welcome. We will cultivate enjoying our journey through the vicissitudes and blessings of aging with kindness and wisdom practices.  There will be guided meditations, talks, and discussions on topics that support aging with ease and contentment. 

Please fill out this short form to be added to the email list for class materials and announcements and class Zoom linksform

For questions, email imc.seniorsanghagroup@gmail.com.


Eightfold Path Program (2020-2021)

Taught by Tanya Wiser, Ying Chen, bruni dávila, Chris Clifford,

Offered on Zoom, application required, see details below.  Applications to have a mentor close Sept. 3  Applications to audit open till Oct. 3.

Meeting Dates:

Sundays 1:00-3:30:
Sep 6 – Introduction to the Program //Note time corrected to same as rest
Oct 4 –  Eightfold Path Program – Right View
Nov 1  – Eightfold Path Program – Right Intention
Dec 6 – Eightfold Path Program –  Right Speech 
Sundays 1:00-3:30:
Jan 10 –  Eightfold Path Program – Right Action  
Feb 7 – Eightfold Path Program – Right Livelihood
Mar 7 – Eightfold Path Program – Right Effort
Apr 4 – Eightfold Path Program – Right Mindfulness
May 9 – Eightfold Path Program – Right Concentration
June 19 Saturday 9:30 to 4:30 Concluding Daylong Retreat –  on Zoom

The Buddha’s most explicit path of practice is the Eightfold Path— 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.

All are welcome to attend the Sunday sessions below. Please register to receive zoom links and course materials by email. A longer application is required to be assigned a mentor in addition to the group meetings. Mentoring slots will probably be limited.  The application form for both purposes is:  application.

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.  
  4. Ends with a one-day Eightfold Path retreat on Zoom and perhaps also for locals at the Insight Retreat Center in Scotts Valley

Contact eightfoldpath@insightmeditationcenter.org with questions.