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 year-long events require an application or pre-registration to receive the Zoom links and materials.

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

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 will be available here in July.

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. A longer application is required to be assigned a mentor. Mentoring slots may fill.


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

Questions: eightfoldpath@insightmeditationcenter.org

Senior Sangha Group: Enjoying our Aging 

Taught by David Cohn, Fiona Barner, and Robert Cusick

On Zoom

Monthly — usually on Third Thursdays from 11am to 1 pm.
We sometimes need to switch Tuesdays, check the IMC calendar.

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.