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Insight Retreats are opportunities to engage in full-time mindfulness training. The daily schedule involves periods of sitting and walking meditation, instructions, dharma talks, work meditation, 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 (or check not cashed) when you apply and would only be charged/cashed 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. If an applicant is not selected in the lottery after applying for a retreat, the probability of getting accepted increases with each subsequent retreat they apply for. More Info.

Location: Insight Retreat Center, 1906 Glen Canyon Rd, Santa Cruz, CA  95060

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


All Retreats through February 2021 are now ONLINE

See  ONLINE RETREATS  for Registration and Details

2021 Retreats


 

5 day LGBTQI Insight Retreat with John Martin and bruni dávila
March 31 to April 4, 2021  -  Hours: Wednesday check-in is from 2:00 to 4:00 pm End time: Sunday 1:00 pm

A silent mindfulness retreat for the LGBTQI community. This is a wonderful opportunity to come together in the safety of community, embracing all of ourselves as we cultivate the wholesome and loving qualities of our hearts and minds. There will be alternating sitting and walking meditation, instruction, dharma talks, work meditation, and practice discussion with the teachers. Suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners who self-identify as LGBTQI or genderqueer.

FAQ - Registration opens December 1, 2020 - please check back then
  • Note: Your application and $100 deposit must be received by 12/22/20 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 3/10/21.

 

1 week Firm Centre, Open Heart Retreat with Ajahn Sucitto
April 11 to 18, 2021  -  Hours: Sunday check-in is from 2:00 to 4:00 pm End time: Sunday 1:00 pm

"One of the principle aims of meditation is to experience greater warm-heartedness – towards others and oneself. The absence of this is a major source of suffering, linked to anxiety, depression and mistrust. On this retreat, we will be cultivating the inner strength that supports and protects the heart so that its natural kindness and compassion can illuminate our lives.” Ajahn Sucitto

FAQ - Registration opens January 11, 2021 - please check back then
  • Note: Your application and $200 deposit must be received by 2/1/21 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 3/21/21.

 

10 day Awareness and Wisdom Retreat with Andrea Fella and Alexis Santos
April 23 to May 2, 2021  -  Hours: Friday check-in is from 2:00 to 4:00 pm End time: Sunday 1:00 pm

Exploration of the mindfulness practice taught by Sayadaw U Tejaniya, encouraging awareness and wisdom through relaxation of body and mind while paying close attention to present moment experience and the quality of the mind that meditates. Primarily self-directed practice with guidance provided through teachings, Q & A sessions and discussions with the teachers.

FAQ - Registration opens December 23, 2020 - please check back then
  • Note: Your application and $200 deposit must be received by 1/13/21 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 4/2/21.

 

29 day Insight Retreat with Gil Fronsdal and Max Erdstein
May 16 to June 13, 2021  -  Hours: Sunday check-in is from 2:00 to 4:00 pm End time: Sunday 1:00 pm

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.

FAQ - Registration opens December 16, 2020 - please check back then
  • Note: Your application and $350 deposit must be received by 1/6/21 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 4/18/21.

 

1 week Insight Retreat in Spanish (Español) with Andrea Castillo and Teacher TBD
June 27 to July 3, 2021  -  Hours: Sunday check-in is from 2:00 to 4:00 pm End time: Saturday 1:00 pm
RETIRO RESIDENCIAL EN ESPAÑOL: Retiro de meditación y atención plena en silencio con periodos de meditación, pláticas de Dharma, trabajo voluntario y pláticas individuales con las maestras para hablar sobre la práctica.

Fechas y Horas: Del 27 de junio al 3 de julio, 2021. Llegar el sábado entre las 2 y 4 pm. El retiro termina el viernes a la 1 pm.
Inscripciones: Abren el 27 de febrero, 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 20 de marzo, 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.

FAQ - Registration opens February 27, 2021 - please check back then
  • Requirements: Previous introduction to Insight meditation and permission from teacher.
  • Note: Su inscripción y el depósito de $100 deben recibirse a más tardar el día 3/20/21 para ser incluido en la lotería. Aproximadamente 2 semanas después, las personas inscritas recibirán una notificación indicando si fueron aceptadas o si están en la lista de espera del retiro. Las personas que se inscriban después de esta fecha serán colocadas en la lista de espera. El depósito se cobra solamente si la persona aceptada al retiro cancela después de la fecha límite, 6/6/21.

 

4 day Insight Retreat with Ines Freedman and Diana Clark
July 8 to 11, 2021  -  Hours: Thursday check-in is from 2:00 to 4:00 pm End time: Sunday 1:00 pm

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.

FAQ - Registration opens April 8, 2021 - please check back then
  • Note: 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.

 

2 week Mindfulness of Mind Retreat For Experienced Students with Andrea Fella
July 17 to 31, 2021  -  Hours: Saturday check-in is from 2:00 to 4:00 pm End time: Saturday 1:00 pm

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.

FAQ - Registration opens February 17, 2021 - please check back then
  • Requirements: Attended at least 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 permission.
  • Note: Your application and $350 deposit must be received by 3/10/21 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 6/19/21.

 

5 day Insight Retreat with Pamela Weiss and Jozen Gibson
August 11 to 15, 2021  -  Hours: Wednesday check-in is from 2:00 to 4:00 pm End time: Sunday 1:00 pm

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.

FAQ - Registration opens April 11, 2021 - please check back then
  • Note: Your application and $100 deposit must be received by 5/2/21 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.

 

4 day Insight Retreat with Ines Freedman and Matthew Brensilver
September 3 to 6, 2021  -  Hours: Friday check-in is from 2:00 to 4:00 pm End time: Monday 1:00 pm

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.

FAQ - Registration opens June 3, 2021 - please check back then
  • Note: Your application and $100 deposit must be received by 6/24/21 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 8/13/21.

 

2 week Insight Retreat with Gil Fronsdal
September 12 to 26, 2021  -  Hours: Sunday check-in is from 2:00 to 4:00 pm End time: Sunday 1:00 pm

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.

FAQ - Registration opens April 12, 2021 - please check back then
  • Note: Your application and $200 deposit must be received by 5/3/21 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 8/15/21.

 

1 week Just Sitting, Clear Seeing: the Meeting of Zen & Insight with Max Erdstein and Brian Lesage
October 3 to 10, 2021  -  Hours: Sunday check-in is from 2:00 to 4:00 pm End time: Sunday 1:00 pm

A silent mindfulness retreat with alternating sitting and walking meditation, instruction, dharma talks, work meditation, and practice discussion with the teachers. The teachers will explore the shared and complementary teachings of Zen and Insight Meditation. Suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners.

FAQ - Registration opens June 3, 2021 - please check back then
  • Note: Your application and $200 deposit must be received by 6/24/21 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 9/12/21.

 

1 week Insight Retreat with Gil Fronsdal and Nikki Mirghafori
October 31 to November 7, 2021  -  Hours: Sunday check-in is from 2:00 to 4:00 pm End time: Sunday 1:00 pm

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.

FAQ - Registration opens July 1, 2021 - please check back then
  • Note: Your application and $200 deposit must be received by 7/22/21 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 10/10/21.

 

1 week Insight Retreat with Gil Fronsdal and Teacher TBD
November 14 to 21, 2021  -  Hours: Sunday check-in is from 2:00 to 4:00 pm End time: Sunday 1:00 pm

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.

FAQ - Registration opens July 14, 2021 - please check back then
  • Note: Your application and $200 deposit must be received by 8/4/21 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 10/24/21.

 

1 week Insight Retreat with Gil Fronsdal and Andrea Fella
November 28 to December 5, 2021  -  Hours: Sunday check-in is from 2:00 to 4:00 pm End time: Sunday 1:00 pm

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.

FAQ - Registration opens July 28, 2021 - please check back then
  • Note: Your application and $200 deposit must be received by 8/18/21 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 11/7/21.

 

1 week Insight Santa Cruz Retreat with Bob Stahl
December 13 to 19, 2021  -  Hours: Monday check-in is from 2:00 to 4:00 pm End time: Sunday 1:00 pm

A silent mindfulness retreat with alternating sitting and walking meditation, instruction, dharma talks, work meditation, and practice discussion with the teacher. Suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners.

FAQ - Registration opens August 13, 2021 - please check back then
  • Note: Your application and $100 deposit must be received by 9/3/21 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 11/22/21.



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