After much deliberation and consultation with our medical advisors about the spread of the Delta variant of COVID, the IRC Executive Committee has made the difficult decision to cancel the first several residential retreats we had scheduled, and to offer them online instead.
Our goal has been to reopen only when it’s determined to be safe enough to allow retreatants to sit together in the meditation hall without masks. Our planning incorporates a willingness to change direction as needed to protect everyone’s health, based upon guidance from local public health officials and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.
We are deeply appreciative of all the volunteers who help create and support retreats, and those who sit them as retreatants: thank you all for your service and generosity, even in light of this sudden shift. We hope you’ll join us for future retreats, residential as well as online!
(Posted August 11, 2021)
The August, September and October Retreats have been moved online, and there is still room to register in the following retreats:
- August 28 to September 4, 2021: Online Insight Retreat for Experienced Practitioners with Gil Fronsdal and Ines Freedman
- October 3 to 10, 2021: Online Insight Retreat with Diana Clark and Brian Lesage
- October 14 to 17, 2021: Online Insight Retreat with Ines Freedman and Matthew Brensilver
- October 23 to 24, 2021: Online “Quiet Joy” Insight Retreat with Andrea Castillo and Jeanne Corrigal
- October 31 to November 7, 2021: Online Insight Retreat with Gil Fronsdal and Nikki Mirghafori
Please visit the Online Retreat Schedule page of IRC’s website to register or obtain more details.
(Posted August 11, 2021)
IRC is looking for a dedicated resident volunteer to take care of the maintenance and basic repairs of the IRC property and to manage larger projects.
A background in any of the following is helpful: construction, handy person carpentry skills, or perhaps a homeowner who has experience maintaining a home with basic do-it-yourself skills.
Requirement: A two year commitment.
(Posted June 23, 2021)
The wild spring and summer growth in the IRC gardens could benefit from volunteer help!
You are invited to join us for Gardening Days; please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to help out:
Sunday, June 27, 9am – 1pm
Sunday, July 11, 9am – 1pm
Sunday, July 18, 9am – 1pm
Sunday, August 1, 9am – 1pm
Sunday, August 8, 9am – 1pm
We’ll gather for snacks and refreshments mid-morning.
If you’d like to volunteer in the garden on other week days, click here to receive notices for weekday garden days
(Posted June 23, 2021)
(Posted May 13, 2021)
Our monthly Saturday work days will resume once IRC re-opens for residential retreats.
Work days provide an opportunity to join fellow practitioners for work practice in sangha. Hosted by the resident volunteers at IRC, work days feature 2 group sits and lunch together, along with morning and afternoon work periods.
The work periods offer an opportunity to practice mindful housekeeping and gardening tasks. For those registered for an upcoming retreat, arriving a day early for a work day can be a beneficial way to offer service as you settle in. There are opportunities to reflect on your practice with other participants and socialize with new and familiar dharma friends. Future work days will be announced on this page and on IRC’s home page.
Work Day schedule
9:30-10:00 Opening Circle, with tea and an informal check in
10:00-12:00 Work Period, with an optional 11:10-11:30 break and social time
11:30-12:00 Lunch is provided
1:00-3:00 Work Period, with an optional 2:10-2:30 break and social time
If you have questions, please email email@example.com.
(Posted May 11, 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)