Insight Retreat Center

Residential Retreat Schedule

Residential 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, 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

2021 Residential Retreats

1 week IRC RE-OPENS: Experienced Students Retreat with Gil Fronsdal and Ines Freedman
August 28 to September 4, 2021  -  Hours: Saturday check-in is from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm,  End time: Saturday 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. Retreatants are invited to arrive August 26 to help prepare the center for re-opening.

FAQ - RETREAT FULL - to be put on the WAITING LIST.   - or Register for Carpooling
  • Requirements: Attended at least one, 7-day (or longer) silent retreat at the Insight Retreat Center. Additional Note: Upon acceptance, you will be asked to submit a copy of your vaccination card. If COVID safety makes it necessary, we will host it online instead.
  • Your application and $200 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 8/7/21.
  • Questions: Contact the Registrar (email preferred), Fred Branaman, fred@insightretreatcenter.org or (510) 220-6491

2 week Experienced Students Retreat with Gil Fronsdal
September 12 to 26, 2021  -  Hours: Sunday check-in is from 2:00 pm 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 - RETREAT FULL - Registration CLOSED, Waiting List FULL - or Register for Carpooling
  • Requirements: Attended at least four, 7-day (or longer) silent Vipassana retreats. This retreat will be a residential retreat at IRC unless changes in COVID status make it necessary for us to host it online. Upon acceptance, you will be asked to submit a copy of your vaccination card.
  • Your deposit will only be charged if you are accepted to the retreat and cancel after 8/15/21.

    This retreat will also be broadcast to a Zoom Meditation hall for Online Participants. Ines Freedman will provide Practice Support for the Online Participants. For more information on the Online option see our Online Retreat Schedule for the 9/12 retreat

  • Questions: Contact the Registrar (email preferred), Sandra Sanabria, sandra@insightretreatcenter.org or (650) 489-1868

1 week Insight Retreat with Diana Clark and Brian Lesage
October 3 to 10, 2021  -  Hours: Sunday check-in is from 2:00 pm 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 June 3, 2021 - or Register for Carpooling
  • Requirements: Additional Note: Upon acceptance, you will be asked to submit a copy of your vaccination card.
  • 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.
  • Questions: Contact the Registrar (email preferred), Kristen Kenedy, kristen@insightretreatcenter.org or (650) 206-9460

4 day Insight Retreat with Ines Freedman and Matthew Brensilver
October 14 to 17, 2021  -  Hours: Thursday check-in is from 2:00 pm 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 July 14, 2021 - please check back then
  • Requirements: Additional Note: Upon acceptance, you will be asked to submit a copy of your vaccination card.
  • Your application and $100 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 9/23/21.
  • Questions: Contact the Registrar (email preferred), Allison Pharr, allison@insightretreatcenter.org or (415) 523-5548

1 week Insight Retreat with Gil Fronsdal and Nikki Mirghafori
October 31 to November 7, 2021  -  Hours: Sunday check-in is from 2:00 pm 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 July 1, 2021 - please check back then
  • Requirements: Additional Note: Upon acceptance, you will be asked to submit a copy of your vaccination card.
  • 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.
  • Questions: Contact the Registrar (email preferred), Barry Rothman, barry@insightretreatcenter.org or (415) 806-5246

1 week Insight Retreat with Gil Fronsdal and bruni dávila
November 14 to 21, 2021  -  Hours: Sunday check-in is from 2:00 pm 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 July 14, 2021 - please check back then
  • Requirements: Additional Note: Upon acceptance, you will be asked to submit a copy of your vaccination card.
  • 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.
  • Questions: Contact the Registrar (email preferred), Leo Hirai, leo@insightretreatcenter.org or (310) 804-1384

1 week Insight Retreat with Gil Fronsdal and Andrea Fella
November 28 to December 5, 2021  -  Hours: Sunday check-in is from 2:00 pm 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 July 28, 2021 - please check back then
  • Requirements: Additional Note: Upon acceptance, you will be asked to submit a copy of your vaccination card.
  • 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.
  • Questions: Contact the Registrar (email preferred), Sandra Sanabria, sandra@insightretreatcenter.org or (650) 489-1868

1 week Insight Santa Cruz Retreat with Bob Stahl
December 13 to 19, 2021  -  Hours: Monday check-in is from 2:00 pm 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 - APPLY ONLINE - Registration opens August 13, 2021 - please check back then
  • Requirements: Additional Note: Upon acceptance, you will be asked to submit a copy of your vaccination card.
  • 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.
  • Questions: Contact the Registrar (email preferred), Barry Rothman, barry@insightretreatcenter.org or (415) 806-5246

1 week Insight Retreat for People in their 20s and 30s with Gil Fronsdal and Max Erdstein
March 20 to 27, 2022  -  Hours: Sunday check-in is from 2:00 pm 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 November 20, 2021 - please check back then
  • Your application and $200 deposit must be received by 12/11/21 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 2/27/22.

1 week Awareness and Wisdom Retreat with Andrea Fella and Neesha Patel
April 23 to 30, 2022  -  Hours: Saturday check-in is from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm,  End time: Saturday 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 teacher.

FAQ - Registration opens December 23, 2021 - please check back then
  • Your application and $200 deposit must be received by 1/13/22 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 4/2/22.

2 week Insight Retreat with Andrea Fella and Gil Fronsdal
May 8 to 21, 2022  -  Hours: Sunday check-in is from 2:00 pm 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 December 8, 2021 - please check back then
  • Your application and $350 deposit must be received by 12/29/21 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 4/10/22.

5 day Insight Retreat with Max Erdstein and Ines Freedman
May 26 to 30, 2022  -  Hours: Thursday check-in is from 2:00 pm 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 January 26, 2022 - please check back then
  • Your application and $100 deposit must be received by 2/16/22 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 5/5/22.

6 day LBGTQIA+ Insight Retreat with bruni dávila and Liên Shutt
July 10 to 15, 2022  -  Hours: Sunday check-in is from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm,  End time: Friday 11:30 am

A silent mindfulness retreat for the LGBTQIA+ community. This is an 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 and practice discussion meetings with the teachers. Suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners who self-identify as LGBTQIA+.

FAQ - Registration opens March 10, 2022 - please check back then
  • Requirements: Prior attendance at a 3-day (or longer) residential retreat.
  • Your application and $100 deposit must be received by 3/31/22 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 6/19/22.

2 week Mindfulness of Mind Retreat for Experienced Students with Andrea Fella
July 23 to August 6, 2022  -  Hours: Saturday check-in is from 2:00 pm 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 23, 2022 - please check back then
  • 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 $350 deposit must be received by 3/16/22 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 6/25/22.


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