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 beginning July 9th. They will take place in our Zoom virtual Meditation Hall. You will be sent the link when you register.
Questions? Contact Sandra Sanabria
(Posted May 8, 2022)
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.
Work Day schedule
9:00 Meditation Sitting
9:30 Tea & Coffee Social
9:45 Opening Circle
10:00 Work Period
12:00 Vegetarian Lunch (provided)
12:45 Work Period
2:00 – 2:30 Meditation Sitting
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
(Posted May 5, 2022)
(Posted May 3, 2022)
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.
(Posted April 24, 2022)
You are invited to join us for Gardening Days; please RSVP to email@example.com if you’d like to help out:
Sunday, February 6, 9am – 1pm
Saturday, February 13, 9am – 1pm
Saturday, February 20, 9am – 1pm
Please bring a brown bag lunch if you’d like to have lunch together outdoors. Volunteers must be fully vaccinated and have received a booster (or their vaccination) within the past 6 months. Bring and wear an N-95, KN-95 or KF-94 mask when with others, as well as practicing social distancing.
If you’d like to volunteer in the garden on other week days, click here to receive notices for weekday garden days
(Posted January 22, 2022)
November 28 to December 5
1 week Online Webcast via Zoom Insight Retreat with Gil Fronsdal, Andrea Fella, and Online Practice Discussions with Ines Freedman
A Webcast via Zoom of a live silent mindfulness retreat with Gil Fronsdal and Andrea Fella, and Online Practice Discussions with Ines Freedman, the Online Teacher.
December 13 to 19
1 week Online Insight Santa Cruz Retreat with Bob Stahl, Mary Grace Orr, and JD Doyle and yoga with Yasmina Porter
A silent mindfulness retreat with alternating sitting and walking meditation, instruction, dharma talks, work meditation, and practice discussion with the teacher. Suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners.
(Posted October 5, 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)