(Posted May 13, 2021)
The next online work day will be held on Saturday, May 15 from 9:00 until noon.
- Please RSVP here if you would like to join us.
- We will send you the Zoom link the Friday before the Online Work Day.
Join fellow practitioners for Online work practice in sangha. Hosted by the resident volunteers at IRC, these half-days feature time for 2 unguided group sits , along with a work period between them. The work period offers time to practice mindfulness while caring for our living spaces, gardening, cooking, or other projects. (For those registered for an upcoming retreat, it may include preparing your space for your time of formal practice.) There are also opportunities to reflect on your practice with other participants and socialize with new and familiar dharma friends.
Online Work Day schedule
9:30-10:00 Opening Circle, with an opportunity for everyone to check in
10:00-11:30 Work Period, with an optional 11:10-11:30 social time
12:00-12:30 retreat check-in for those registered for the retreat (no need to RSVP for the check-in portion of the day)
If you have questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To support efforts to prevent or slow down the spread of the COVID-19 virus, we currently are not having Work Days at IRC. We hope to hold our next Work Day after shelter in place orders are lifted. We send you well wishes, and appreciation for your care and compassion to all beings during this outbreak.
(Posted May 11, 2021)
If you have been received your COVID vaccines and would like to volunteer to do some housekeeping tasks preparing the main building at IRC for residential retreats, we would welcome the teamwork!
Please sign up for one of the openings listed on our SignUp Genius site for IRC Housekeeping, and bring a photocopy of your vaccination card.
There is deep appreciation for your generous service and practice.
(Posted May 10, 2021)
As more people receive their COVID vaccinations and infection rates decline in California and some other places, IRC is tentatively planning to resume residential retreats. As before, we will be monitoring public health guidelines in order to maintain the health of everyone at IRC.
Much remains unknown, with many areas around the world still experiencing a high rate of COVID illnesses and deaths. For those reasons we will continue to approach any plans with an appropriate level of caution.
There is much to do to ready our facility for the day that we are once again able to host residential retreats. Individuals and small groups of vaccinated volunteers are invited to join us in work practice in the garden and in housekeeping. Ways to sign up are provided below. Many thanks to those volunteers for whom this is a welcome opportunity for service and practice with others.
(Posted May 3, 2021)
IRC is delighted to announce tentative plans for resuming residential retreats beginning in September. Hosting them as residential retreats will be contingent upon Santa Cruz County health officials and the CDC declaring such gatherings to be safe. Upon acceptance, retreatants will be asked to submit a copy of their vaccination card. If changes in COVID make it necessary, the retreats will be held online instead. Watch our Residential Retreat schedule page for the dates that retreat registrations will open. We look forward to welcoming you as we gradually return to our wonderful center!
(Posted April 12, 2021)
A Day of Quiet Practice with Matthew Brensilver
Saturday, April 17, 2021 ~ 9:30am – 4:30pm (Pacific Time)
The past year has been mercilessly offering us opportunities to learn, but it’s difficult to take in the lessons. Overwhelmed or exhausted, it can be challenging to find new ways of responding to perennial pains. To learn from experience, we cultivate a sense of refuge. The direct experience of refuge fosters the ease and stability such that we can allow more and more of the world to rush into our heart. Please join us in this day of quiet practice as we sit in the protection afforded by a 2600-year legacy of wisdom and compassion.
The day will include sitting and walking meditation, guided practice, and conclude with a dharma talk. You are kindly asked to participate in the full day – or as much of the day as you are able.
- 9:30 – 10:15 Welcome, Practice Instructions & Sit
- 10:15 – 12:30 Morning practice period
- 12:30 – 1:30 Lunch
- 1:30 – 3:30 Afternoon practice period
- 3:30 – 3:45 Stretch / Walk
- 3:45 – 4:30 Dharma Talk / Closing
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(Posted April 5, 2021)
The Winter – Spring 2021 Newsletter is available now.
(Posted February 4, 2021)
Announcing a new 5 day Online BIPOC Insight Retreat
Suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners who self-identify as Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC). This is an opportunity to come together in community and provide safety for each other, to meditate and explore the Buddha’s teachings of liberation in the light of our own experience.
Visit our Online Retreat Schedule for more details and to apply online for the retreat.
(Posted January 19, 2021)
(Posted November 28, 2020)
During the first two weeks of November, IRC’s resident volunteers teamed with SunWork, a non-profit dedicated to helping homeowners and small organizations adopt solar power, to install solar panels on the roof at IRC. The solar panel installation was preceded by an extensive rewiring project. The rewiring, a major upgrade, prepared the facility for the installation of a replacement generator in October as well as the solar panels. The new system and the cost savings from generating our own power will contribute to IRC’s financial well-being for decades to come. Many thanks to our resident volunteers, donors, and finance team for achieving IRC’s goal of converting to renewable energy!
(Posted November 25, 2020)