Our First Retreats
Since our first retreat in November 2012, we have offered nine retreats. All these retreats have run smoothly. As planned, we have a well designed building for meditation retreats. We are happy that our way of running retreats conveys the important values Buddhist practice is meant to develop: generosity, kindness, community and spiritual freedom.
Most of the retreats so far have been one week long each. We had a 4-day retreat in February and our first “Dharma Integration Weekend Retreat” in April. In addition, we are having monthly work days where volunteers come together to care for our center as well as contribute to the growing community connected to IRC.
So far all our retreats have been full with waiting lists. For the rest of the year we have eight more retreats scheduled, two of which are two weeks long. Over time we plan on offering more retreats. Our ability to have more retreats is in direct relationship to the growth of volunteers who are able and interested in participating as managers and cooks. It will probably take a couple of years until we are able to offer a full schedule of retreats.
The success of IRC is dependent on the people who practice here and who support the center. We thank all who have done so and look forward to welcoming new people to IRC over the upcoming years.
Dana & Volunteer Culture
Retreats Offered Freely: Dana is the Buddhist word for giving. It is in the spirit of generosity that the Insight Meditation Center (IMC) continues a 2500-year-old Buddhist tradition of providing the teachings freely to all who are interested. Just as IMC is supported, the Retreat Center will also be supported by donations, volunteers, participants, and other gifts of generosity, allowing us to continue to offer our retreats freely without cost and to teach the Dharma in a field of goodwill.
Volunteer Program: We plan to create a program for our volunteer staff that will offer a rich environment to study the Dharma, meditate, and practice the path of service.