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

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 - - Registration opened April 12, 2021 - 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 application and $350 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.
  • Questions: Contact the Registrar (email preferred), Faith Lindsay, faith@insightretreatcenter.org or (408) 234-3771

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 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. 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
  • 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.

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 - Registration opens July 14, 2021 - please check back then
  • 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.

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 - Registration opens July 1, 2021 - please check back then

  • 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 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 July 14, 2021 - please check back then
  • 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 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 July 28, 2021 - please check back then
  • 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 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 - Registration opens August 13, 2021 - please check back then
  • 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.

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.


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