Insight Retreat Center


Critical Update on IRC from Gil

Unexpectedly, we are now without a facility manager, a crucial role needed to care for our
complex retreat facilities in Santa Cruz.

We would love to hear from any of you with maintenance skills who might like to volunteer at the retreat center in Santa Cruz.

There are three primary ways we envision such support:

1. Being occasionally available to come to IRC for a day or several days to work on a
particular project or repair.

2. Be a project manager for periodic projects. This includes contacting and coordinating
with contractors and supervising their work.

3. Become a live-in resident volunteer whose primary role is as facilities manager. This
includes light repairs and maintenance, and hiring contractors as needed.

Any other suggestions are welcome!

If you are interested in any of this, please contact our managing director, Liz Powell at

With much gratitude for all the support so many of you have provided to IRC,


(Posted August 8, 2022)

Work Day August 13
Join us at IRC for a Work Day August 13th

Work days provide an opportunity to join fellow practitioners for work practice in sangha.  Hosted by the resident volunteers at IRC, work days feature two group sits and lunch together, along with morning and afternoon work periods. Each month IRC hosts a work day to support the care of the center and our precious lands. You can help with either indoor or garden tasks.


Join the Work Day Email List to get notifications

Work Day Schedule:

9:00 Check-in, followed by meditation, social time and work period

12:00 Vegetarian Lunch will be provided

12:45  Afternoon Work Period

2:00 Meditation and Dedication of Merit

(Posted June 21, 2022)

New! Monthly Online Daylong Retreats

Daylong retreats are important opportunities to “retreat” from one’s daily life in order to cultivate greater mindfulness, concentration, tranquility and insight, and also supporting our practice by practicing in community.  

The retreats are held mostly in silence and include 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.  

IRC is offering an online daylong retreat most months on a Saturday, with the next one offered August 20th.   They will take place in our Zoom virtual Meditation Hall.  You will be sent the link when you register.

Questions?  Contact Sandra Sanabria

Register for Daylong Online Retreats here

(Posted May 8, 2022)

Space Available in Online Retreats

IRC has upcoming online retreats in which there is room for more retreatants.  When retreats are marked “FULL,” there is often still an opportunity to apply to be put on the waitlist, from which you may be accepted into the retreat as cancellations occur. Apply today on IRC’s Online Retreat Schedule web page for the opportunity to practice with helpful teachings in a supportive community.

Registration opens July 23rd for:

1 week Online Webcast via Zoom Insight Retreat with Gil Fronsdal and Matthew Brensilver, and Online Practice Discussions with Ying Chen
October 23 to 30, 2022

(Posted April 24, 2022)

IRC Winter – Spring 2021 Newsletter

The Winter – Spring 2021 Newsletter is available now.

(Posted February 4, 2021)