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.

Mindfulness Meditation and Practice Circle for Black-Identified Practitioners

With Anne Roise

May 8 – June 5, 202;  Five Saturdays; on Zoom (link posted closer to event)

9:00  AM – 10:30 AM PT

This 5-session program provides a safe and supportive space for Black-identified people to begin, refresh and strengthen their mindfulness meditation and practice to support everyday experiences.  The sessions sequentially build on each other beginning with mindfulness of breathing, followed by mindfulness of the body, emotions, and thinking, and will conclude with a discussion on self-care in the midst of the current health pandemic, and social and racial injustices. The group’s time together will include meditation, facilitated discussion and an opportunity to share and connect with each other.

To receive the Zoom link for the program, register here


Anne Roise has been a Zen practitioner since 1971 when she left Canada as a teenager to study with her first teacher, Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. She is currently the Director of Programs at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and is in the 2020/21 Buddhist Chaplaincy Training Program through the Sati Center.  For over a decade, Anne taught mindfulness meditation through her life coaching practice, to parenting groups from low-income communities, and to college students and faculty. Anne has worked as a senior administrator in state and local governments, a teacher, victim advocate, and family and youth counselor.  She has facilitated group processes in many settings including government agencies, non-profit organizations, faith-based organizations, and community groups. Anne serves on the boards of Mindful Schools and the San Francisco Zen Center. She has a graduate degree in City Planning from MIT and is a Certified Life Coach.

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)

NOTE: dates and application for the 2021-2022 program will appear here mid-summer.

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.