Special and Yearlong Programs

Special and Yearlong Programs

There is no cost for classes, special events, or daylong retreats at IMC. Donations are welcome.

Most of these events require an application or pre-registration to receive the Zoom links (or location for off-site events) and materials.

Please see the IMC Calendar for special events, daylong retreats, and all other events at IMC.

Weekend Non-Residential Retreat for Those New to Retreat Practice

Three Days: Friday, May 31, 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm; Saturday, June 1, 9:00 am to 8:00 pm; Sunday, June 2, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Offered by: Diana Clark and Tanya Wiser
In-Person in Belmont, CA — Location and directions will be provided upon acceptance to this retreat

This non-residential retreat will introduce participants to the routines, practices, and schedules found on residential retreats, to deepen their confidence for going on retreat and engaging in deeper practice. The retreat is offered freely, as a gift to those who attend — there is no cost.

Registration & deposit are required A lottery process will determine who will be selected for this retreat. The lottery process will be held on or before April 15 and you will be notified shortly thereafter. A $75 deposit is required to save your spot on this retreat. The retreat is freely offered, and your check will not be cashed unless you cancel after May 10 or fail to show up.

For details and to register, see the registration form. For questions, email Rafttsangha@gmail.com .

Full Simplicity

Offered by: Kim Allen
On Zoom with two supplemental meetings in-person at IMC

MAIN PROGRAM: Tuesdays: June 25, July 9, July 23, Aug 6, 2024 — 6:00 – 8:00 pm Pacific time — on Zoom
SUPPLEMENTAL SESSIONS: Sundays: June 30 & July 28, 1:00 – 2:30 pm
There are also two supplemental in-person sessions at IMC Redwood City for those able to come in person. These are not an official part of the program, but provide an opportunity for local participants to connect.

Life as a layperson committed to the Dharma involves harmonizing the activities of work, family, practice, and community. What is the role in our lay life for the simplicity and contemplation that the Buddha encourages in the suttas? If we wish to live in this way, it does mean choosing to slow down and perhaps let go of some activities. Far from bringing a feeling of lack or depletion, skillful simplification (renunciation) creates space for wisdom, care, intuition, and a wholesome sense of fullness to arise.

Full Simplicity is a 6-week program with Kim Allen, author of Full Simplicity: The Art of Renunciation and Letting Go. Based on the book, this experiential program gives the opportunity to explore and deepen simplicity in one’s life. Participants are expected to engage in specific practices of letting go during this time, as well as readings, reflection, and certain meditation practices.

The program includes the following elements:

  • Based on the book “Full Simplicity: The Art of Renunciation and Letting Go,” by Kim Allen. Must purchase the book (print or electronic) in advance of the program.
  • Four Tuesday meetings online, 6:00-8:00pm Pacific, Jun 25-Aug 6*. These span three 2-week segments. Must attend at least 3 of the 4, and full attendance is strongly recommended.
  • Daily-life practices of letting go during each of the three segments
  • Supportive meditations for each segment
  • Readings from the book for each segment
  • The group meetings include meditation, teachings, Q&A, and small-group discussion

Registration is required: Register here.

Path of Fearlessness with Diana Clark and Tanya Wiser

Saturdays 12:30pm – 3:30pm (Pacific time)
Jan 27, Feb 24, Apr 13, May 25, Jun 29 and Aug 10, 2024

On Zoom
Offered by:
Diana Clark and Tanya Wiser

In order to find real freedom it is important to practice right in the middle of our lives, including those areas that are unresolved, frightening, or painful. Often enough, it is easy for us to hear and practice Dharma teachings without knowing how to apply these to the deepest personal, emotional, psychological, or interpersonal aspects of our life. Sometimes this is avoided because of fear. In the Path of Fearlessness program we will study the Dharma through studying ourselves. Its aim is to support you in having greater self-understanding and greater fearlessness in all aspects of your life.

The format of the online (Zoom) program includes monthly meetings that will include dharmettes, guided meditations and group discussions. Importantly, the program also includes reading, writing and reflection assignments that are completed between the monthly meetings. In addition, between the monthly meetings there will be optional small group meetings to further discuss and explore the topics.

Course participants are expected to be familiar with the foundational teachings and practices of Theravada Buddhism and not be complete beginners. This expectation is most often met by (1) completion of IMC’s  9-month Eightfold Path program and/or study of Gil Fronsdal’s The Issue at Hand  and (2) attending at least one silent meditation retreat (online or residential) in this tradition. Please only apply to the program if you are able to commit to the best of your ability for the entire course.

You can apply here.  Applications due by Thursday, January 18, 2024.

Questions?  You can email pathoffearlessness@insightmeditationcenter.org

2023 – 2024 Entering the Stream with Gil Fronsdal

Six Daylong classes and one three-day retreat
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. about once a month

on Zoom only

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 including aspects of liberation and awakening. Includes required monthly readings and short reflective essays. This is the “wisdom program” of a three year cycle of programs for experienced practitioners focused on the three trainings of Ethics, Samadhi, and Wisdom.

Participation by selection. To apply fill out this form.

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.


Daylong sessions: Monday, Oct 2; Fridays, Oct 27, Dec 8, Jan 19, Mar 29; Saturday May 4.
Three-day Zoom retreat: Wednesday-Friday, Feb 28-Mar 1

2023 – 2024 Eightfold Path Program

Taught by Chris Clifford, Tanya Wiser, Liz Powell and others
offered both in-person and on Zoom

One Sunday a month 1:00 to 3:30 pm with a concluding daylong in June, 2024

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.
Registration is now open. You may register online HERE.

The in-person and online versions will occur in parallel at the same time. Participants can attend either version, although we encourage you to pick one as primary to build community. After registering, you will receive Zoom links and course materials by email. Note: we are currently full for the personal mentoring option for this year, but we will have drop-in discussion Q&A sessions once a month in addition to the meeting times below.


Sundays 1:00 pm to 3:30 p.m. (Pacific); Sept 3, Oct. 1, Nov. 5, Dec.3, Jan 14, Feb 11, Mar 10, Apr 14, May 12
Concluding daylong: June 22
Questions: eightfoldpath@insightmeditationcenter.org