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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. A refundable deposit is required to apply for a retreat.  The deposit is refunded when one arrives at the retreat or if one cancels three weeks before the start of 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


 


 

1 week Insight Retreat with Bob Stahl, Dan Landry, Karen Zelin, and Kim Allen, assisted by Kara Haney
November 26 to December 2, 2018  -  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 - RETREAT FULL - Registration CLOSED, Waiting List FULL - or Register for Carpooling

 

1 week Insight Retreat with Gil Fronsdal and Andrea Fella
December 9 to 16, 2018  -  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 - RETREAT FULL - Registration CLOSED, Waiting List FULL - or Register for Carpooling

 

1 week Experienced Students Retreat with Gil Fronsdal and Adrianne Ross
January 27 to February 3, 2019  -  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.

FAQ - RETREAT FULL - Registration CLOSED, Waiting List FULL - or Register for Carpooling

 

4 day Insight Retreat with Ines Freedman and Max Erdstein
February 15 to 18, 2019  -  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 opened November 15, 2018 - or Register for Carpooling
  • Note: Your application and $100 deposit must by received by 12/6/18 to be entered into the lottery. Applicants will be notified in late December if they have been Accepted or are on the Waiting List. Subsequent applications will be added to the Waiting List.
  • Questions: Contact the Registrar (email preferred), Sandra Sanabria, sandra@insightretreatcenter.org or 215-767-9820

 

1 week Insight Retreat with Gil Fronsdal, Tara Mulay, and Andrea Castillo
February 24 to March 3, 2019  -  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 - RETREAT FULL - to be put on the WAITING LIST - or Register for Carpooling
  • Note: Your application and $200 deposit must by received by 11/14/18 to be entered into the lottery. Applicants will be notified in early December if they have been Accepted or are on the Waiting List. Subsequent applications will be added to the Waiting List.
  • Questions: Contact the Registrar (email preferred), Ying Chen, ying@insightretreatcenter.org or 408-802-6430

 

1 week Insight Retreat with Gil Fronsdal, bruni dávila, and Jozen Gibson
March 10 to 17, 2019  -  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 opened November 10, 2018 - or Register for Carpooling
  • Note: Your application and $200 deposit must by received by 12/1/18 to be entered into the lottery. Applicants will be notified in mid-December if they have been Accepted or are on the Waiting List. Subsequent applications will be added to the Waiting List.
  • Questions: Contact the Registrar (email preferred), Beverly Spiker, bev@insightretreatcenter.org or 650-365-1092

 

1 week Mindfulness of Breathing: a Study and Practice Retreat with Ven. Anālayo, assisted by Max Erdstein
March 29 to April 5, 2019  -  Hours: Friday check-in is from 2:00 to 4:00 pm End time: Friday 1:00 pm

This course will undertake a study of the ten perceptions taught in the Girimānanda-sutta (AN 10.60) which culminate in the sixteen steps of mindfulness of breathing. This course is for experienced practitioners who wish to deepen their understanding and practice. The emphasis throughout the course will be on what is of practical relevance to actual meditation practice. The course will combine study and discussion sessions in the mornings with silent meditation practice during the rest of the day.

FAQ - APPLY ONLINE - Registration opens November 29, 2018 - please check back then - or Register for Carpooling
  • Requirements: Attended a previous course on Satipatthana taught by Bhikkhu Anālayo. Required reading: Anālayo, Mindfully Facing Disease and Death. Also recommended by Anālayo: Perspectives on Satipaṭṭhāna and Satipaṭṭhāna: the Direct Path to Realization.
  • Note: Your application and $200 deposit must by received by 12/20/18 to be entered into the lottery. Applicants will be notified in early January if they have been Accepted or are on the Waiting List. Subsequent applications will be added to the Waiting List.
  • Questions: Contact the Registrar (email preferred), Fred Branaman, fred@insightretreatcenter.org or 510-220-6491

 

10 day Mindfulness and Wisdom Retreat with Andrea Fella and Alexis Santos
April 12 to 21, 2019  -  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 - APPLY ONLINE - Registration opens December 12, 2018 - please check back then - or Register for Carpooling
  • Note: Your application and $200 deposit must by received by 1/2/19 to be entered into the lottery. Applicants will be notified in mid-January if they have been Accepted or are on the Waiting List. Subsequent applications will be added to the Waiting List.
  • Questions: Contact the Registrar (email preferred), Faith Lindsay, faith@insightretreatcenter.org or 408-234-3771

 

1 week Insight Retreat with Gil Fronsdal and Ines Freedman
April 28 to May 5, 2019  -  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 - APPLY ONLINE - Registration opens December 28, 2018 - please check back then - or Register for Carpooling
  • Note: Your application and $200 deposit must by received by 1/18/19 to be entered into the lottery. Applicants will be notified in early February if they have been Accepted or are on the Waiting List. Subsequent applications will be added to the Waiting List.
  • Questions: Contact the Registrar (email preferred), Kristen Kenedy, kristen@insightretreatcenter.org or 650-206-9460

 

1 week Insight Retreat with Matthew Brensilver and Gil Fronsdal
May 11 to 18, 2019  -  Hours: Saturday check-in is from 2:00 to 4:00 pm End time: Saturday 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 January 11, 2019 - please check back then - or Register for Carpooling
  • Note: Your application and $200 deposit must by received by 2/1/19 to be entered into the lottery. Applicants will be notified in mid-February if they have been Accepted or are on the Waiting List. Subsequent applications will be added to the Waiting List.
  • Questions: Contact the Registrar (email preferred), Sandra Sanabria, sandra@insightretreatcenter.org or 215-767-9820

 

4 day Insight Retreat with Ines Freedman and Diana Clark
May 24 to 27, 2019  -  Hours: Friday check-in is from 9:00 to 11:00 am End time: Monday 10:00 am

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 24, 2019 - please check back then - or Register for Carpooling
  • Note: Your application and $100 deposit must by received by 3/17/19 to be entered into the lottery. Applicants will be notified in late March if they have been Accepted or are on the Waiting List. Subsequent applications will be added to the Waiting List.
  • Questions: Contact the Registrar (email preferred), Leo Hirai, leo@insightretreatcenter.org or 310-804-1384

 

1 week Metta and Wisdom Retreat with Sayadaw U Jagara and Nikki Mirghafori
May 31 to June 7, 2019  -  Hours: Friday check-in is from 2:00 to 4:00 pm End time: Friday 1:00 pm

A silent retreat devoted to cultivating metta (loving kindness, friendliness, goodwill) for oneself and others with alternating sitting and walking meditation, instruction, dharma talks, work meditation, and practice discussion with the teachers. Suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners. Previous Insight Retreat practice is strongly encouraged.

FAQ - Registration opens January 31, 2019 - please check back then - or Register for Carpooling
  • Note: Your application and $200 deposit must by received by 2/23/19 to be entered into the lottery. Applicants will be notified in mid-March if they have been Accepted or are on the Waiting List. Subsequent applications will be added to the Waiting List.
  • Questions: Contact the Registrar (email preferred), Kristen Kenedy, kristen@insightretreatcenter.org or 650-206-9460

 

5 day LGBTQI Insight Retreat with John Martin and bruni dávila
June 19 to 23, 2019  -  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 February 19, 2019 - please check back then - or Register for Carpooling
  • Note: Your application and $100 deposit must by received by 3/12/19 to be entered into the lottery. Applicants will be notified in late March if they have been Accepted or are on the Waiting List. Subsequent applications will be added to the Waiting List.
  • Questions: Contact the Registrar (email preferred), Ying Chen, ying@insightretreatcenter.org or 408-802-6430

 

2 week Mindfulness of Mind Retreat For Experienced Students with Andrea Fella
June 30 to July 14, 2019  -  Hours: Sunday check-in is from 2:00 to 4:00 pm End time: Sunday 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 January 30, 2019 - please check back then - or Register for Carpooling
  • Requirements: Attended at least 4 weeks of previous silent retreat practice and teacher permission.
  • Note: Your application and $350 deposit must by received by 2/20/19 to be entered into the lottery. Applicants will be notified in early March if they have been Accepted or are on the Waiting List. Subsequent applications will be added to the Waiting List.
  • Questions: Contact the Registrar (email preferred), Beverly Spiker, bev@insightretreatcenter.org or 650-365-1092

 

6 day Insight Retreat in Spanish (Español) with Andrea Castillo and bruni dávila
July 30 to August 4, 2019  -  Hours: Tuesday check-in is from 2:00 to 4:00 pm End time: Sunday 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: 30 de julio al 4 de agosto, 2019. Llegar martes entre las 2 y 4pm Retiro termina el domingo a la 1 pm.
Inscripciones: Abren el 30 de marzo 2019
Requisito: Principiantes deben tener previa introducción a la meditación Insight (Introspectiva/Vipassana) y permiso del maestro/a.
Nota: Para ser considerado en la lotería tenemos que haber recibido su inscripción y el depósito de $100 para el 20 de abril 2019.
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 March 30, 2019 - please check back then - or Register for Carpooling
  • Requirements: Previous introduction to Insight meditation and permission from teacher.
  • Note: Your application and $100 deposit must by received by 4/20/19 to be entered into the lottery. Applicants will be notified in early May if they have been Accepted or are on the Waiting List. Subsequent applications will be added to the Waiting List.
  • Questions: Contact the Registrar (email preferred), Sandra Sanabria, sandra@insightretreatcenter.org or 215-767-9820

 

5 day Insight Retreat with Andrea Fella and Pamela Weiss
August 14 to 18, 2019  -  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 14, 2019 - please check back then - or Register for Carpooling
  • Note: Your application and $100 deposit must by received by 5/4/19 to be entered into the lottery. Applicants will be notified in late May if they have been Accepted or are on the Waiting List. Subsequent applications will be added to the Waiting List.
  • Questions: Contact the Registrar (email preferred), Fred Branaman, fred@insightretreatcenter.org or 510-220-6491

 

5 day Insight Retreat with Max Erdstein and JoAnna (Harper) Hardy
August 29 to September 2, 2019  -  Hours: Thursday 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 April 29, 2019 - please check back then - or Register for Carpooling
  • Note: Your application and $100 deposit must by received by 5/20/19 to be entered into the lottery. Applicants will be notified in early June if they have been Accepted or are on the Waiting List. Subsequent applications will be added to the Waiting List.
  • Questions: Contact the Registrar (email preferred), Leo Hirai, leo@insightretreatcenter.org or 310-804-1384

 

2 week Experienced Students Retreat with Gil Fronsdal
September 15 to 29, 2019  -  Hours: Sunday check-in is from 2:00 to 4:00 pm End time: Sunday 1:00 pm

A silent mindfulness retreat for experienced yogis that includes alternating sitting and walking meditation, instruction, dharma talks, work meditation, and practice discussion with the teacher.

FAQ - Registration opens April 15, 2019 - please check back then - or Register for Carpooling
  • Requirements: Attended at least four, 7-day (or longer) silent Vipassana retreats.
  • Note: Your application and $350 deposit must by received by 5/6/19 to be entered into the lottery. Applicants will be notified in late May if they have been Accepted or are on the Waiting List. Subsequent applications will be added to the Waiting List.
  • Questions: Contact the Registrar (email preferred), Faith Lindsay, faith@insightretreatcenter.org or 408-234-3771

 

4 day Insight Retreat with Max Erdstein and Matthew Brensilver
October 3 to 6, 2019  -  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 July 3, 2019 - please check back then - or Register for Carpooling
  • Note: Your application and $100 deposit must by received by 7/24/19 to be entered into the lottery. Applicants will be notified in early August if they have been Accepted or are on the Waiting List. Subsequent applications will be added to the Waiting List.

 

1 week Insight Retreat with Gil Fronsdal and Teacher TBD
October 20 to 27, 2019  -  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 June 20, 2019 - please check back then - or Register for Carpooling
  • Note: Your application and $200 deposit must by received by 7/11/19 to be entered into the lottery. Applicants will be notified in late July if they have been Accepted or are on the Waiting List. Subsequent applications will be added to the Waiting List.

 

1 week Just Sitting, Clear Seeing: the Meeting of Zen and Insight with Max Erdstein and Brian Lesage
November 3 to 10, 2019  -  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 July 3, 2019 - please check back then - or Register for Carpooling
  • Note: Your application and $200 deposit must by received by 7/24/19 to be entered into the lottery. Applicants will be notified in early August if they have been Accepted or are on the Waiting List. Subsequent applications will be added to the Waiting List.

 

1 week Insight Retreat with Bob Stahl and ISC Teachers TBD
November 17 to 24, 2019  -  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 teacher. Suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners.

FAQ - Registration opens July 17, 2019 - please check back then - or Register for Carpooling
  • Note: Your application and $200 deposit must by received by 8/7/19 to be entered into the lottery. Applicants will be notified in late August if they have been Accepted or are on the Waiting List. Subsequent applications will be added to the Waiting List.

 

1 week Insight Retreat with Gil Fronsdal and Andrea Fella
December 8 to 15, 2019  -  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 August 8, 2019 - please check back then - or Register for Carpooling
  • Note: Your application and $200 deposit must by received by 8/29/19 to be entered into the lottery. Applicants will be notified in mid-September if they have been Accepted or are on the Waiting List. Subsequent applications will be added to the Waiting List.

 

1 week Brahmavihara and Emptiness: A Study and Practice Retreat with Ven. Anālayo, assisted by Max Erdstein
March 27 to April 3, 2020  -  Hours: Friday check-in is from 2:00 to 4:00 pm End time: Friday 1:00 pm

This course will undertake a study of brahmavihāra meditation and the gradual entry into emptiness (described in the Cūḷasuññata-sutta, MN 121), relating both of these modes of practice to progress to awakening. A central focus during the study sessions will be the bodhipakkhiya dhammas, those qualities and practices that according to early Buddhism are central for liberation. This course is meant for experienced practitioners of meditation only who wish to deepen their understanding and practice. The emphasis throughout the course will be on what is of practical relevance to actual meditation practice. The course will combine study and discussion sessions in the mornings with guided meditation instructions given during the silent practice periods of the rest of the day. Max Erdstein will be assisting throughout the course.

FAQ - Registration opens November 27, 2019 - please check back then - or Register for Carpooling
  • Requirements: Attended previous courses on Satipatthana by Bhikkhu Anālayo. Required reading in preparation for the course: Anālayo, Compassion and Emptiness in Early Buddhist Meditation, Windhorse Publications (2015).

  • Note: Your application and $200 deposit must by received by 12/18/19 to be entered into the lottery. Applicants will be notified in early January if they have been Accepted or are on the Waiting List. Subsequent applications will be added to the Waiting List.

 

10 day Awareness and Wisdom Retreat with Andrea Fella and Alexis Santos
April 10 to 19, 2020  -  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 10, 2019 - please check back then - or Register for Carpooling
  • Note: Your application and $200 deposit must by received by 12/31/19 to be entered into the lottery. Applicants will be notified in mid-January if they have been Accepted or are on the Waiting List. Subsequent applications will be added to the Waiting List.

 

2 week Insight Retreat with Gil Fronsdal and Andrea Fella
May 3 to 17, 2020  -  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 3, 2019 - please check back then - or Register for Carpooling
  • Note: Your application and $350 deposit must by received by 12/24/19 to be entered into the lottery. Applicants will be notified in mid-January if they have been Accepted or are on the Waiting List. Subsequent applications will be added to the Waiting List.

 

2 week Mindfulness of Mind Retreat For Experienced Students with Andrea Fella
July 18 to August 1, 2020  -  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 18, 2020 - please check back then - or Register for Carpooling
  • Requirements: Attended at least 4 weeks of previous silent retreat practice and teacher permission.
  • Note: Your application and $350 deposit must by received by 3/10/20 to be entered into the lottery. Applicants will be notified in late March if they have been Accepted or are on the Waiting List. Subsequent applications will be added to the Waiting List.

 

5 day Insight Retreat with Andrea Fella and Teacher TBD
August 12 to 16, 2020  -  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 12, 2020 - please check back then - or Register for Carpooling
  • Note: Your application and $100 deposit must by received by 5/3/20 to be entered into the lottery. Applicants will be notified in mid-May if they have been Accepted or are on the Waiting List. Subsequent applications will be added to the Waiting List.



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