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Join us for Mini-Workdays

Although IRC is currently closed, many of us are looking forward to a safe re-opening.  The Resident Volunteer housekeeping team (Natasha & Heather) is hosting four upcoming mini-workdays and  would be delighted to have your support with a few tasks.  The mini-workday dates and schedule are below.  If interested, please sign-up here for any one …

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New Online Retreats Posted

November 28 to December 5 1 week Online Webcast via Zoom Insight Retreat with Gil Fronsdal, Andrea Fella, and Online Practice Discussions with Ines Freedman A Webcast via Zoom of a live silent mindfulness retreat with Gil Fronsdal and Andrea Fella, and Online Practice Discussions with Ines Freedman, the Online Teacher. December 13 to 19 1 week Online Insight Santa Cruz Retreat with Bob Stahl, Mary Grace Orr, …

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Garden Days

  Fully vaccinated volunteers are invited to help out in the garden at various times during each month.  Upcoming Garden Days on Sundays, from 9 am to 1 pm, will be held September 5, September 12, October 3, October 10, and October 24. To get monthly email announcements, Join our Garden email list.

IRC Gardening Days

The wild spring and summer growth in the IRC gardens could benefit from volunteer help! You are invited to join us for Gardening Days; please RSVP to if you’d like to help out: Sunday, June 27, 9am – 1pm Sunday, July 11, 9am – 1pm Sunday, July 18, 9am – 1pm Sunday, August 1, …

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Work Days

Our monthly Saturday work days will resume once IRC re-opens for residential retreats. Work days provide an opportunity to join fellow practitioners for work practice in sangha.  Hosted by the resident volunteers at IRC, work days feature 2 group sits and lunch together, along with morning and afternoon work periods. The work periods offer an opportunity …

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Residential Retreat Plans

IRC is delighted to announce tentative plans for resuming residential retreats beginning in September.  Hosting them as residential retreats will be contingent upon Santa Cruz County health officials and the CDC declaring such gatherings to be safe. Upon acceptance, retreatants will be asked to submit a copy of their vaccination card.  If changes in COVID …

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Saturday April 17th Daylong Retreat with Matthew Brensilver

A Day of Quiet Practice with Matthew Brensilver Saturday,  April 17, 2021  ~   9:30am – 4:30pm (Pacific Time)    The past year has been mercilessly offering us opportunities to learn, but it’s difficult to take in the lessons. Overwhelmed or exhausted, it can be challenging to find new ways of responding to perennial pains. To …

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