Insight Retreat Center


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 June 10, 2021)

Work Days

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

9:00-9:30 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)

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)