Insight Retreat Center


Join us for Mini-Workdays

Although IRC is currently closed, many of us are looking forward to a safe re-opening.  The Resident Volunteer housekeeping team (Natasha & Heather) is hosting four upcoming mini-workdays and  would be delighted to have your support with a few tasks.  The mini-workday dates and schedule are below.  If interested, please sign-up here for any one or more of these dates/times:

  • Saturday, October 16th

  • Friday, October 22nd

  • Saturday, October 30th

  • Friday, November 5th

In order to participate, we kindly ask:

  • that you provide documentation of being fully vaccinated;

  • wear a mask inside IRC at all times;

  • attend the entire time; and,

  • after signing up, email your dietary restrictions.

Mini-workday schedule:

  • 9:30 – 10:00 AM  Welcome & Meditation
  • 10:00 – 12:15 PM Housekeeping work service

  • 12:15 – 12:30 PM Close & dedication of merit

  • 12:30 – 1:15 PM Outdoor lunch – provided (optional)

We greatly appreciate your consideration and ongoing support & care for many aspects of IRC!  If you have any questions or suggestions, please reach out and let us know. Please join us – this will be fun!

(Posted October 13, 2021)

Garden Days



Fully vaccinated volunteers are invited to help out in the garden at various times during each month.  Upcoming Garden Days on Sundays, from 9 am to 1 pm, will be held September 5, September 12, October 3, October 10, and October 24.

To get monthly email announcements, Join our Garden email list.

(Posted August 27, 2021)

Work Days

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

9:00-9:30 sit

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

3:30-4:00 sit

If you have questions, please email


(Posted May 11, 2021)