Insight Retreat Center

Online Work Days

Join fellow practitioners for a new offering: Saturday online work days.  Hosted by the resident volunteers at IRC, online work days feature time for 2 unguided sits with one another, along with a work period for “yogi jobs” between them.  The work period offers time to practice mindfulness while caring for our living spaces, gardening, cooking, or working on whatever project each practitioner chooses to do. (For those registered for the retreat that begins the Sunday following a work day, this may include preparing your space for your week of formal practice.) There are also opportunities to reflect on your practice with other participants and socialize with new and familiar dharma friends.

Upcoming online work days will be held on the following Saturdays: Jan. 23 and Feb. 27, from 9:00 until noon.  If you would like to join us, please RSVP here. We will send you the Zoom link the Friday before the Online Work Day.


Online Work Day schedule

9:00-9:30 sit

9:30-10:00 Opening Circle, with an opportunity for everyone to check in

10:00-11:30 Work Period, with an optional 11:10-11:30 social time

11:30-12:00 sit

If you have questions, please email


To support efforts to prevent or slow down the spread of the COVID-19 virus, we currently are not having Work Days at IRC.

We hope to hold our next Work Day after shelter in place orders are lifted.

We send you well wishes, and appreciation for your care and compassion to all beings during this outbreak.















12:00-12:30 retreat check-in for those registered for the retreat (no need to RSVP for the check-in portion of the day)

Join us for a day of mindfully working together!  Help prepare for the next retreat at IRC and help care for the center.  We’ll be meditating, cleaning, doing repairs, and working in the garden and grounds.  If you have any special handyman skills, your skills would be welcome, let us know when you RSVP.  Bring your own tools if possible.

When: Saturday, March 14, 2019 – 9 am to 4 pm

Where: Insight Retreat Center, 1906 Glen Canyon Rd, Santa Cruz (in Scotts Valley)

Schedule: You may attend one or both work periods. Please come on time for the work periods.

Lunch will be provided.

9:00 – 9:30 am Sitting in Meditation Hall
9:50 – 12:15 pm 1st Work Period
12:15 – 1:15 pm Lunch: Lunch will be provided
1:15 – 3:30 pm 2nd Work Period
3:30 – 4:00 pm Sitting in Meditation Hall

Please RSVP on this very brief form

We encourage people to carpool. To offer or look for a ride, see our Carpool Board

Questions? contact us at  or 831 430-9198

Future Work Days: April 25, May 30, July 12 (this is a Sunday), August 8