Insight Retreat Center

Online Retreat Schedule

Online Retreat Schedule

Insight Retreats are opportunities to engage in full-time mindfulness training. The daily schedule includes periods of sitting and walking meditation, instructions, dharma talks, and practice discussion with teachers. Silence is maintained throughout most of the retreat.

  • Cost: Our retreats are offered freely at no cost to anyone who participates. Most of the financial support for IRC comes from donations participants offer at the end of retreats. Their generosity is what allows others to participate in future retreats.
  • Deposit: A refundable deposit is required to apply for a retreat. The deposit is not charged when you apply and would only be charged if you are admitted to a retreat then cancel after the cancellation deadline or fail to show up at the retreat.
  • Lottery: All applications that come in during the first 3 weeks of registration are entered into a lottery. Those not selected can be placed on the Waiting List.

See our FAQ for Online Retreats for more information  –  E-Mail Us:  orc@insightretreatcenter.org

Online Retreat Schedule

6 day Online Awareness and Wisdom Retreat with Andrea Fella and Alexis Santos
April 25 to 30, 2021  -  Start time: 8:30 am,  End time: Friday 5:00 pm
Check-in Times: Check in promptly at one of the following times: Saturday 4/24 at 6pm OR Sunday 4/25 at 7:30am

We will explore a relaxed open awareness with an emphasis on exploring qualities of mind, and the attitude towards one’s experience. These teachings are inspired by Sayadaw U Tejaniya. Such an open awareness practice supports both the formal meditation of sitting and walking, as well as awareness of our normal daily activities. Since this is an online retreat, we realize that many of you will be retreating from home, or sheltering-in-place with families, and that you may have needs and responsibilities in addition to the retreat. This practice applies to all of that activity. If your situation allows for seclusion, the practice also applies to formal meditation practice. One of the beautiful things about Sayadaw U Tejaniya’s teachings is that the same meditation instructions apply, whether we are sitting in stillness or practicing in relationship to the world. However, we request that if you decide to register for the retreat, you agree to commit to attend the teaching sessions each day, and your every-other day practice meeting with the teachers. There will be a few scheduled community sittings each day, to offer support for the practice community, but largely you will be encouraged to practice in your own rhythms. RETREAT SCHEDULE

FAQ - RETREAT FULL - to be put on the WAITING LIST.  
  • Your application and $100 deposit must be received to be added to the Waiting List. Your deposit will only be charged if you are accepted to the retreat and cancel after 4/4/21.
  • Questions: Contact the Registrar (email preferred), Kristen Kenedy, kristen@insightretreatcenter.org or (650) 206-9460

2 week Online Insight Retreat for Experienced Practitioners with Gil Fronsdal and Ines Freedman
May 16 to 30, 2021  -  Start time: 4:00 pm,  End time: Sunday 12:00 pm
Check-in Times: Check in promptly at one of the following times: Saturday 5/15 at 5pm or 6pm OR Sunday 5/16 at 2pm or 3pm

A silent mindfulness retreat using IRC’s Zoom “meditation hall,” with periods of sitting and walking meditation, instruction, dharma talks, and practice discussion with the teacher. Suitable for experienced practitioners. Depending on home circumstances, participants can participate with the daily schedule in the way that best supports using the retreat time as a period of intensified meditation practice. RETREAT SCHEDULE

FAQ - RETREAT FULL - to be put on the WAITING LIST.  
  • Requirements: Three, 7-day (or longer) silent Vipassana retreats
  • Your application and $350 deposit must be received to be added to the Waiting List. Your deposit will only be charged if you are accepted to the retreat and cancel after 4/25/21.
  • Questions: Contact the Registrar (email preferred), Fred Branaman, fred@insightretreatcenter.org or (510) 220-6491

1 week Insight Retreat in Spanish (Español) with Andrea Castillo, David Lorey and Francisco Morillo Gable
June 29 to July 5, 2021  -  Start time: 4:00 pm,  End time: Monday 4:00 pm
Check-in Times: Check in promptly at one of the following times: Monday 6/28 at 6pm OR Tuesday 6/29 at 3pm

RETIRO EN LÍNEA EN ESPAÑOL: Retiro de meditación y atención plena en silencio con periodos de meditación, pláticas de Dharma. Instrucción de yoga con María Mercedes López y pláticas individuales con los maestros para hablar sobre la práctica.

Fechas y Horas: Del 29 de junio al 5 de julio, 2021. Empieza el martes a las 4pm y termina el lunes a las 4pm
     Conéctese puntualmente el lunes 6/28 a las 6pm o el martes 6/29 a las 3pm para cerciorarse de que puede conectarse al retiro en línea.
Inscripciones: Abren el 29 de marzo, 2021
Requisito: Las personas principiantes deben tener una introducción previa a la meditación Insight (Introspectiva/Vipassana) y permiso de la maestra.
Nota: Para ser considerado en la lotería tenemos que haber recibido su inscripción y el depósito de $100 a más tardar el 19 de abril, 2021.
Preguntas Frecuentes: Seleccionar este enlace FAQ para respuestas.

A silent mindfulness retreat with alternating sitting and walking meditation, instruction, dharma talks, work meditation, and practice discussion with the teachers. Suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners. Yoga instruction by María Mercedes López. RETREAT SCHEDULE

FAQ - - Registration opened March 29, 2021
  • Requirements: Previous introduction to Insight meditation and permission from teacher.
  • Inscríbase y haga el depósito de $100. El depósito se cobra solamente si la persona aceptada al retiro cancela después de la fecha límite, 6/8/21.
  • Questions: Contact the Registrar (email preferred), Sandra Sanabria, sandra@insightretreatcenter.org or (650) 489-1868

4 day Online Insight Retreat with Ines Freedman and Diana Clark
July 8 to 11, 2021  -  Start time: 4:00 pm,  End time: Sunday 12:00 pm
Check-in Times: Check in promptly at one of the following times: Wednesday 7/7 at 5pm or 6pm OR Thursday 7/8 at 2pm or 3pm

A silent mindfulness retreat using IRC’s Zoom “meditation hall,” with periods of sitting and walking meditation, instruction, dharma talks, and practice discussion with the teachers. Suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners. Depending on home circumstances, participants can participate with the daily schedule in the way that best supports using the retreat time as a period of intensified meditation practice. RETREAT SCHEDULE

FAQ - - Registration opened April 8, 2021
  • Your application and $100 deposit must be received by 4/29/21 to be entered in the lottery. Applicants will be notified about 2 weeks later if they have been Accepted or are on the Waiting List. Subsequent applications will be added to the Waiting List. Your deposit will only be charged if you are accepted to the retreat and cancel after 6/17/21.
  • Questions: Contact the Registrar (email preferred), Leo Hirai, leo@insightretreatcenter.org or (310) 804-1384

11 day Online Mindfulness of Mind Retreat for Experienced Students with Andrea Fella
July 18 to 28, 2021  -  Start time: 8:30 am,  End time: Wednesday 4:00 pm
Check-in Times: Check in promptly at one of the following times: Saturday 7/17 at 6:00pm OR Sunday 7/18 at 7:30am

Exploration of the mindfulness practice as taught by Sayadaw U Tejaniya, encouraging relaxation of body and mind while paying close attention to present moment experience and the quality of the mind that meditates. Self-directed practice with guidance provided through teachings, Q & A sessions and discussions with the teacher. We expect that many of you will still be staying home or sheltering-in-place with families, and that you will have needs and responsibilities in addition to the retreat. The retreat will speak to our practice in the midst of that experience. The teachings offered apply to our daily lives, as well as formal meditation. However, we request that if you decide to participate in the retreat, you agree to commit to attend the teaching sessions each day; as well as your scheduled practice group meeting, which will happen once every third day. There will be a few scheduled community sittings each day, to offer support for the practice community, but largely you will be encouraged to practice in your own rhythms. RETREAT SCHEDULE

FAQ - - Registration opened April 18, 2021
  • Requirements: Four 7-day (or longer) silent Vipassana retreats, which includes at least two weeks of retreat in the style of Sayadaw U Tejaniya and teacher's permission
  • Your application and $250 deposit must be received by 5/9/21 to be entered in the lottery. Applicants will be notified about 2 weeks later if they have been Accepted or are on the Waiting List. Subsequent applications will be added to the Waiting List. Your deposit will only be charged if you are accepted to the retreat and cancel after 6/27/21.
  • Questions: Contact the Registrar (email preferred), Kristen Kenedy, kristen@insightretreatcenter.org or (650) 206-9460

5 day Online Insight Retreat with Pamela Weiss and Eugene Cash
August 11 to 15, 2021  -  Start time: 4:00 pm,  End time: Sunday 12:00 pm
Check-in Times: Check in promptly at one of the following times: Tuesday 8/10 at 6pm OR Wednesday 8/11 at 3pm

A silent mindfulness retreat using IRC’s Zoom “meditation hall,” with periods of sitting and walking meditation, instruction, dharma talks, and practice discussion with the teachers. Suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners. Depending on home circumstances, participants can participate with the daily schedule in the way that best supports using the retreat time as a period of intensified meditation practice.

FAQ - APPLY ONLINE - Registration opens May 11, 2021 - please check back then
  • Your application and $100 deposit must be received by 6/1/21 to be entered in the lottery. Applicants will be notified about 2 weeks later if they have been Accepted or are on the Waiting List. Subsequent applications will be added to the Waiting List. Your deposit will only be charged if you are accepted to the retreat and cancel after 7/21/21.
  • Questions: Contact the Registrar (email preferred), Tracy Anderson, tracy@insightretreatcenter.org or (917) 740-6320


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