Insight Retreat Center


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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Yearend Letter from Gil

Dear Friends, IMC seems to expand in ten-year leaps and bounds. I became the guiding teacher in 1990. We found our Redwood City meditation center in 2000. By 2010 we discovered IRC, our retreat center. Unexpectedly, in 2020, we created our “Online Retreat Center” with twenty online retreats for the year. We’ve added new teachers …

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As 2020 draws to a close, there is much to be grateful for at IRC.  The center is fortunate to have had strong support from volunteers, retreatants and teachers during the time IRC has had to be closed to residential retreats.  Neither the COVID pandemic nor the biggest set of wildfires in California history have …

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IRC & the Wildfires

  Thank you to members of the IRC and IMC communities who have reached out to check in on IRC, and had us in your thoughts. The wildfires in the Santa Cruz area have necessitated the evacuation of a large number of people from nearby communities.  IRC is not currently in an evacuation zone.  However, …

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