Insight Retreat Center


Online Work Practice in Sangha

The next online work day will be held on Saturday, May 15 from 9:00 until noon.

  • Please RSVP here if you would like to join us.
  • We will send you the Zoom link the Friday before the Online Work Day.

Join fellow practitioners for Online work practice in sangha.  Hosted by the resident volunteers at IRC, these half-days feature time for 2 unguided group sits , along with a work period between them.  The work period offers time to practice mindfulness while caring for our living spaces, gardening, cooking, or other projects. (For those registered for an upcoming retreat, it may include preparing your space for your time of formal practice.) There are also opportunities to reflect on your practice with other participants and socialize with new and familiar dharma friends.

Online Work Day schedule

9:00-9:30 sit

9:30-10:00 Opening Circle, with an opportunity for everyone to check in

10:00-11:30 Work Period, with an optional 11:10-11:30 social time

11:30-12:00 sit

12:00-12:30 retreat check-in for those registered for the retreat (no need to RSVP for the check-in portion of the day)

If you have questions, please email


To support efforts to prevent or slow down the spread of the COVID-19 virus, we currently are not having Work Days at IRC.  We hope to hold our next Work Day after shelter in place orders are lifted.  We send you well wishes, and appreciation for your care and compassion to all beings during this outbreak.

(Posted May 11, 2021)

Housekeeping Preparations

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 May 10, 2021)

The Gradual Path to Re-Opening IRC

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)

Garden Days



Volunteers are invited to help out in the garden at various times during each month.

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

(Posted February 12, 2020)