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 email@example.com 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)
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 June 10, 2021)
(Posted May 13, 2021)
The next work day will be held on Saturday, September 11 from 9:00 until 4:00.
- Please RSVP here if you would like to join us.
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 are planned for Oct 2, Nov 13, and Dec 11.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Posted May 11, 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)