Insight Retreat Center


Space Available in these Online Retreats

There is still space available to sign up for these upcoming online retreats:

  • Online Participant and Auditor Spaces Available for:

Register for Multiday Online Retreats here

Daylong Online Retreats via Zoom

  • 6/1/24 Online Daylong: Modes of Investigation with Kim Allen
  • 7/13/24 Online Daylong: RAFTT, A Mindfulness Practice with Tanya Wiser
  • 8/17/24 Online Daylong: Abiding in Care with Matthew Brensilver

The day-long retreats are held mostly in silence, including periods of sitting and walking meditation, instructions, a dharma talk, and an opportunity to ask questions of the teacher.  They are suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners.
Questions?  Contact Sandra Sanabria.

Register for Daylong Online Retreats here.

(Posted April 25, 2024)

Upcoming Work Days

All are welcome to join us for days of sangha service and dharma friendship.  Please be vaccinated and RSVP. You have the option of wearing a mask indoors if you’d like.

2024 Saturday Work Days

  • June 1
  • July 13
  • August 10
  • September 7
  • October 12
  • November 16
  • December 7

(Posted April 25, 2024)

IRC’s first POC Nature Dharma Retreat

5 day BIPOC Nature Dharma and Insight Retreat with bruni dávilaRam Appalaraju and Kuan Luo.

This is an Insight Retreat Center offering at Big Springs Retreat Center in Sierra City, CA
August 6 to 10, 2024  –  Hours: Tuesday check-in is from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm  End time: Saturday 1:00 pm

This nature retreat for Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) offers a variety of contemplative practices in the northern Sierra Mountains in a rural retreat center. Each day will include meditation, earth-based practices, deep discussions on our relationship to the natural world, and guided exploration of forested lands of the 170-acre retreat center.

In the beauty and harmony of nature, and having no access to internet and cell phones, we will have the opportunity to slow down, unplug and settle into the refuge that Mother Earth offers to us. Activities will occur outdoors or in the large meditation hall, depending on the weather.

Big Springs retreat center is located in the Sierra Mountains. Big Springs location

City: Sierra City CA

About 1 hr 45 mins from Reno NV Airport

About 2 Hrs 30 mins from Sacramento Airport

About 4.5 hours from San Francisco Airport and San Jose

We will post more information about their retreat center soon.

Accommodations will be either in single rooms in resident halls or, for those who bring
their own tent and sleeping gear, on tent platforms among the trees near a bath house
with toilets, shower, and sauna.

Activities will occur outdoors or in the large meditation hall, depending on weather.

Photos: Big Springs Area Big Springs Woods Big Springs Meditation Hall
APPLY ONLINE – Registration opened March 25, 2024
Carpooling (Only sign up to carpool after being accepted to the retreat)

  • Requirements: Pre-requisite: Having an established meditation practice and participated in one silent meditation retreat.
  • Your application and $100 deposit must be received by 5/15/24 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 7/21/24.
  • Questions: Contact the Registrar: Prerana,

(Posted April 25, 2024)

Gil’s New Book Available: “Everything is Practice: A Guide to Insight Meditation Retreats”

Gil’s new book available: “Everything is Practice: A Guide for Insight Meditation Retreats”

In this new book, Gil describes how to practice with the many facets of retreats including preparing for and leaving a retreat, Dharma talks, practice discussions, sleep, pain, meals, silence, and mindful attitudes. This book is a detailed and practical guide to understanding what to expect while on retreat, from a perspective of mindfulness. Available on Amazon.


(Posted April 25, 2024)