Upcoming Events

Below are upcoming Insight Santa Cruz events, including daylongs, classes, and special events.

June 24: The Four Seals of Buddhism

All compounded things are impermanent, all emotions are painful, all phenomena are empty of self-existence, and nirvana is beyond extremes, are the Four Seals of Buddhism. In general, these four seals, or characteristics are what distinguish Buddhism from the infinite ways we can view our internal and external worlds. In practice, these ‘seals,’ become a path to work with our everyday perceptions, thoughts, and emotions, bringing greater efficacy in overcoming mental and emotional habits that cause us unnecessary suffering. In this half-day program, we will explore these four seals together through periods of teaching, meditation, and discussion.

Event Date: Saturday, June 24th

Event Time: 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Event Cost: Dana

How to Register: No registration required

Event Teacher: Scott Tusa

Scott Tusa is a former Buddhist monk, meditation teacher, and musician. He teaches Buddhism and meditation classes, workshops, and retreats nationally and supports Tsoknyi Rinpoche’s Pundarika Sangha as a practice advisor. He trained as a Buddhist monastic in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition for nine years, and has developed his Buddhist studies and practice under an array of well-respected Tibetan Buddhist masters and in a variety of solitary meditation retreats for the last seventeen years.

Everyone Welcome. 

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July 1: Silent Daylong Retreat

This is a day of silent sitting and walking practice, with brief instructions in the morning and a Dharma talk in the afternoon, but no other talking. Individual practice discussion with the teacher is available. To maintain a quiet atmosphere, participants are asked to enter at the beginning or ending of a sit.

Schedule: 9:30 Sit — 10:15Walk — 11:00 Sit — 11:30 Walk — 12:00 Sit — 12:30 Lunch — 1:30 Sit — 2:15 Walk — 3:00 Sit — 3:45 Stretch break — 3:55 Dharma talk — 4:30 End

Date: Saturday July 1 2017

Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Cost: Dana (Donation)

How to Register: No registration required

Teacher: Kim Allen

Everyone Welcome.

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July 9: LGBTQ Half-Day Retreat

In this half-day retreat we will explore the Buddha’s teachings and the practice of meditation and how they can support our lives as LGBTQ people. This retreat is appropriate for those in the LGBTQ community who have been practicing meditation and for those who are new to meditation.

Event Date: Sunday July 9, 2017

Event Time: 11:00am-4:00pm

Event Cost: Dana (donation)

How to Register: No registration required

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Event Teacher: G Shulz

G Schulz has been practicing Vipassana meditation since 2003. He has attended many retreats including several in Southeast Asia and a monthlong at Spirit Rock. G has completed the teacher training program led by Bob Stahl and is a graduate of Spirit Rock’s Dedicated Practitioner and Advanced Practitioner Programs. He teaches on occasion at Insight Santa Cruz and Bloom of the Present.

All LGBTQ Welcome.

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Starting July 14 – Sutta Study and Practice: The Five Aggregates

One way Buddhist teachings describe a person is in terms of a body, mind, and the awareness that knows these things. We struggle with life when we identify with any of these and try to control them. In this 4-week […]

One way Buddhist teachings describe a person is in terms of a body, mind, and the awareness that knows these things. We struggle with life when we identify with any of these and try to control them. In this 4-week class, we will explore teachings about “the five aggregates,” which represent the most common things we identify with.

The class includes practices for both on and off the cushion, as well as sutta readings and discussion. Registration is required in order to receive the weekly teachings. Please plan to attend all sessions.

Event Dates: Fridays: July 14, 21, 28 and Aug 4

Event Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Event Cost: Dana

How to Register: No registration required

Event Teacher: Kim Allen

Everyone Welcome.

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July 15: Refuge Recovery Daylong

This daylong will consist of detailed Buddhist teachings, meditations, Q & A, group discussion, an outline of the inventory process from the book “Refuge Recovery” by Noah Levine, and more. Everyone is welcome to attend regardless of background or experience […]

This daylong will consist of detailed Buddhist teachings, meditations, Q & A, group discussion, an outline of the inventory process from the book “Refuge Recovery” by Noah Levine, and more.

Everyone is welcome to attend regardless of background or experience with addiction. From a Buddhist perspective, we are all suffering and recovering from something.

“Refuge Recovery is a Buddhist-oriented, non-theistic recovery program that does not ask anyone to believe anything, only to trust the process and do the hard work of recovery. In fact, no previous experience or knowledge of Buddhism is required. Recovery is possible, and this book provides a systematic approach to treating and recovering from all forms of addictions. When sincerely practiced, the program will ensure a full recovery from addiction and a lifelong sense of well-being and happiness.” – Noah Levine

Please bring: A copy of the book Refuge Recovery, a notebook, and a lunch.

Event Date: Saturday July 15, 2017

Event Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Event Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Event Cost: Dana (Donation)

How to Register: No registration required

Event Facilitator: Kara Haney

Kara Haney has been practicing Buddhist meditation since 1993. She has been in recovery from addiction since 1996. Kara has been active as a facilitator and mentor for the Refuge Recovery community since 2013. She is currently in the ATS Facilitator training.

Everyone Welcome.

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July 30: Community Engagement with Compassion

We face a world in crisis. We want to respond, but we also want to look away. How can we engage in our communities and confront the urgent needs of these times without feeling overwhelmed, ineffectual and helpless? This is […]

We face a world in crisis. We want to respond, but we also want to look away. How can we engage in our communities and confront the urgent needs of these times without feeling overwhelmed, ineffectual and helpless?

This is a daylong for people who want to make a difference in their community with kindness and compassion as their allies. We will work with a set of practices and tools to help us engender an understanding of our innate capacity to be with and take action in a world in crisis. The day will include periods of group interaction, inner reflection, guided meditation and silence.

Event Date: Sunday July 30, 2017

Event Time: 11:00am – 5:00pm

Event Cost: Dana

How to Register: No registration required

Event Location: Insight Santa Cruz – Meditation Hall

Event Facilitators: The class will be co-facilitated by compassion trainer Robert Cusick and action facilitator Kerry Nelson, author of “One Small Difference: Step into Action for a Better World”.

Everyone Welcome.

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July 30: Cultivating Wise Compassion: Care-giving and Equanimity

For many of us today awareness of the Buddha’s “heavenly messengers” of aging, illness, and death come in our roles providing care for loved ones or friends in need. When loved ones deal with such conditions that limit their abilities to care for themselves, major care […]

For many of us today awareness of the Buddha’s “heavenly messengers” of aging, illness, and death come in our roles providing care for loved ones or friends in need. When loved ones deal with such conditions that limit their abilities to care for themselves, major care roles significantly change the shapes of our lives. Even if our roles are more limited (ex. as friends or volunteers), such experiences have a powerful impact on us. Although painful, they can also be deep and rich in wisdom and heart teachings

Event Date: Sunday July 30 2017

Event Time: 11:00am – 3:00pm

Event Cost: Dana

How to Register: No registration required

Location: Insight Santa Cruz – Community Room

Event Teacher: Leslie Tremaine

Everyone Welcome.

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Starting Sunday August 6 – Dharma Friends: Family Sangha

Come help create a family meditation cooperative community! Parents will meet in the main room for about 40 minutes of silent meditation, followed by 10-15 minutes of discussion about life and mindful parenting. Kids will be in a separate volunteer-led […]

Come help create a family meditation cooperative community! Parents will meet in the main room for about 40 minutes of silent meditation, followed by 10-15 minutes of discussion about life and mindful parenting. Kids will be in a separate volunteer-led room, playing and exploring mindfulness through games and stories.  Parents may need to help with the kids for a portion of the hour, depending on volunteer turnout.  All ages of children are welcome.  Quiet babies are welcome in the parents’ room.

Date: First Sunday of each Month *starting August 6th

Time: 10:30am – 12:00pm

Cost: Dana (donation)

How to Register: No registration required

Facilitators:
Dana Ingersoll, Darrin and Annabelle Drda bring many years of meditation and parenting practice together in this community-led event. Facilitation of both rooms will rotate monthly.

Everyone Welcome.

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August 12: A Day of Reconciliation

This daylong will guide us toward our capacity to live fully in the present and to meet life with openness and reconciliation. It is pertinent for anyone wanting to heal their heart and make peace with themselves and others. This […]

This daylong will guide us toward our capacity to live fully in the present and to meet life with openness and reconciliation. It is pertinent for anyone wanting to heal their heart and make peace with themselves and others.

This daylong will include a talk on loving kindness and reconciliation as well as silent and guided meditations, and small and large group discussion.

Event Date:  Saturday August 12, 2017

Event Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm

Event Cost: Dana (donation)

How to Register: No registration required

Event Teacher: Bob Stahl

Everyone Welcome.

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September 9: Dhamma for Scientists

Science offers a particular way of seeing the world that has become broadly accepted in Western culture; even nonscientists are affected by a society permeated by the scientific worldview. This daylong, offered by a scientist and Dharma teacher, will explore […]

Science offers a particular way of seeing the world that has become broadly accepted in Western culture; even nonscientists are affected by a society permeated by the scientific worldview. This daylong, offered by a scientist and Dharma teacher, will explore both the resonances between science and Buddhism and the ways in which they are quite distinct.

The day will include meditation and Buddhist teachings on topics such as investigation, the role of an objective observer, and the limits of cognitive knowledge in the development of the heart.

Event Date: Saturday, September 9th

Event Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm

Event Cost: Dana

How to Register: No registration required

Event Teacher: Kim Allen

Kim Allen is on the Teacher’s Council at ISC, having trained with Gil Fronsdal for over a dozen years. She has sat for cumulative two years in silent retreat, studied Buddhist texts with lay and monastic teachers, and completed the Sati Center Buddhist Chaplaincy training. She received a Ph.D. in physics in 1998.

Everyone Welcome.

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September 27: Beginning Meditation 6-week Course

This is a 6-week introduction to the practice of Mindfulness Meditation at Insight Santa Cruz.  We will focus on developing mindfulness through the regular practice of meditation and bringing/sustaining mindful awareness in daily life. Students will learn and practice meditations with […]

This is a 6-week introduction to the practice of Mindfulness Meditation at Insight Santa Cruz.  We will focus on developing mindfulness through the regular practice of meditation and bringing/sustaining mindful awareness in daily life.

Students will learn and practice meditations with focus on the breath, body, feeling tones, thoughts and emotions.  The sessions will include: the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, the Four Noble Truths, the common obstacles to meditation, and cultivating wholesome mind states like loving kindness and compassion.

Beginners, continuing beginners, and everyone welcome.

Date: Wednesdays: September 27 to November 1

Time: 9:00am to 10:30am

Cost: Dana (donation)

How to Register: Please email: email hidden; JavaScript is required

Teacher: Karen Zelin

Everyone Welcome.

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October 14: Silent Daylong Retreat

This is a day of silent sitting and walking practice, with brief instructions in the morning and a Dharma talk in the afternoon, but no other talking. Individual practice discussion with the teacher is available. To maintain a quiet atmosphere, […]

This is a day of silent sitting and walking practice, with brief instructions in the morning and a Dharma talk in the afternoon, but no other talking. Individual practice discussion with the teacher is available. To maintain a quiet atmosphere, participants are asked to enter at the beginning or ending of a sit.

Schedule: 9:30 Sit — 10:15Walk — 11:00 Sit — 11:30 Walk — 12:00 Sit — 12:30 Lunch — 1:30 Sit — 2:15 Walk — 3:00 Sit — 3:45 Stretch break — 3:55 Dharma talk — 4:30 End

Date: Saturday October 14 2017

Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Cost: Dana (Donation)

How to Register: No registration required

Teacher: Kim Allen

Everyone Welcome.

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October 28: Refuge Recovery Daylong

This daylong will consist of detailed Buddhist teachings, meditations, Q & A, group discussion, an outline of the inventory process from the book “Refuge Recovery” by Noah Levine, and more. Everyone is welcome to attend regardless of background or experience […]

This daylong will consist of detailed Buddhist teachings, meditations, Q & A, group discussion, an outline of the inventory process from the book “Refuge Recovery” by Noah Levine, and more.

Everyone is welcome to attend regardless of background or experience with addiction. From a Buddhist perspective, we are all suffering and recovering from something.

“Refuge Recovery is a Buddhist-oriented, non-theistic recovery program that does not ask anyone to believe anything, only to trust the process and do the hard work of recovery. In fact, no previous experience or knowledge of Buddhism is required. Recovery is possible, and this book provides a systematic approach to treating and recovering from all forms of addictions. When sincerely practiced, the program will ensure a full recovery from addiction and a lifelong sense of well-being and happiness.” – Noah Levine

Please bring: A copy of the book Refuge Recovery, a notebook, and a lunch.

Event Date: Saturday October 28, 2017

Event Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Event Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Event Cost: Dana (Donation)

How to Register: No registration required

Event Facilitator: Kara Haney

Kara Haney has been practicing Buddhist meditation since 1993. She has been in recovery from addiction since 1996. Kara has been active as a facilitator and mentor for the Refuge Recovery community since 2013. She is currently in the ATS Facilitator training.

Everyone Welcome.

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November 4: Cultivating the Mindfulness of Death with an Open Heart

Doesn’t everything die at last and too soon? Tell me what is it you want to do with your one wild and precious life?”– Mary Oliver In Buddhist meditation there are profound practices on the mindfulness of death.  Perhaps it’s […]

Doesn’t everything die at last and too soon?
Tell me what is it you want to do with your one wild and precious life?”– Mary Oliver

In Buddhist meditation there are profound practices on the mindfulness of death.  Perhaps it’s time to reflect on “your one wild and precious life”.  By cultivating awareness of impermanence, you can begin to make peace with the inevitable and develop a deeper wisdom and compassion.

This one-day retreat combines periods of sitting and walking meditation. Part of the day will be held at a local cemetery to practice. Please bring a bag lunch since we will be eating at the cemetery.  It is suggested to commit for the full day of practice.

From the Path of Purification:
“As though huge mountains made of rock, so vast they reached up to the sky were to advance from every side, grinding beneath them all that lives, So age and death roll over all, crushing all beings, sparing none.  And here no troop of elephants, no charioteers, no infantry, strategy in form of spells, no riches, serve to beat them off. This is how death should be recollected.”

Event Date: Saturday November 4, 2017

Event Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm

Event Cost: Dana

How to Register: No registration required

Event Location: Insight Santa Cruz, Meditation Hall

Event Teacher: Bob Stahl

Everyone Welcome.

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November 18: Emotion, Mindfulness and Dharma

When we think about the best and most difficult times of our life, we’re likely thinking about emotion.  The story of our past is bound together by chapters of emotion. When we hope for something in the future, we’re typically […]

When we think about the best and most difficult times of our life, we’re likely thinking about emotion.  The story of our past is bound together by chapters of emotion. When we hope for something in the future, we’re typically hoping to feel a particular way. Emotion is at the heart of what it means to be human and a central aspect of spiritual practice. The fruition of this practice involves emotion too: the tone and rhythm of our emotional life can be transformed through the dharma.

During our time together, we’ll consider Buddhist and scientific approaches to understanding emotion, welcoming emotion, and transforming it. We’ll explore how the dharma helps us meet strong emotions skillfully. Since our emotions ripple out and affect the people in our lives, our work with emotion is dedicated to both ourselves and to others.

The day will include guided meditations, practice suggestions, and time for dialogue and discussion.

Date: Saturday, November 18 2017

Time: 9:00am-4:00pm

Cost: Dana (donation)

How to Register: No registration required

Teacher: Matthew Brensilver, PhD

Matthew Brensilver, PhD, served as a Buddhist chaplain at USC for four years and teaches about the intersection of mindfulness and mental health at UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center and with Mindful Schools. Matthew was trained by Noah Levine and teaches at Against the Stream. He completed the Spirit Rock/IMS teacher-training program (2016) and regularly offers retreats at Spirit Rock and the Insight Retreat Center. He spent years doing research on addiction treatment at the UCLA Center for Behavioral and Addiction Medicine and continues to be interested in the unfolding dialogue between dharma and science.

Everyone Welcome.

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November 28 – December 3: ISC Retreat at Insight Retreat Center

This traditional insight meditation retreat will offer silent periods of sitting and walking meditation, mindful yoga as well group and individual practice discussions. Each day, there will be Dhamma talks and systematic meditation instructions embedded with loving kindness that emphasize […]

This traditional insight meditation retreat will offer silent periods of sitting and walking meditation, mindful yoga as well group and individual practice discussions.
Each day, there will be Dhamma talks and systematic meditation instructions embedded with loving kindness that emphasize quieting the mind, opening the heart, and developing clarity and depth of practice.

This retreat is suitable for both beginners and experienced meditators.

Location: Insight Retreat Center, 1906 Glen Canyon Rd, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Retreat Dates: Tuesday November 28 – Sunday December 3, 2017

Retreat Times: check in – Tuesday Nov 28 at 2pm, retreat ends – Sunday Dec 3 at 1pm

Cost: Dana

How to Register: Please use this link: http://www.insightretreatcenter.org/retreats

Teachers: Bob Stahl, Jill Hyman, Bruce Hyman, and Karen Zelin (Yoga)

Everyone Welcome.

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December 8: Friday Night Insight – Mindfulness & Anger Management

We will explore the emotion of anger, how it arises and how we can choose to impulsively react or skillfully respond. Our anger often emerges from deeper feelings, such as fear or hurt about a situation not going the way […]

We will explore the emotion of anger, how it arises and how we can choose to impulsively react or skillfully respond. Our anger often emerges from deeper feelings, such as fear or hurt about a situation not going the way we had hoped for. With mindful meditation, combined with skillful communication, we can peel back the layers, deepen our understanding, and make choices that result in maintaining and enhancing successful relationships with others.

Event Date: Friday December 8, 2017

Event Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Event Cost: Dana

How to Register: No registration required

Event Teacher: Vicki Assegued

Vicki Assegued, M.A. has a Master’s degree in Restorative Justice &
Conflict Resolution. She has developed and directed successful programs
and provided trainings for a wide variety of organizations over the past
20 years. Her teaching style is dynamic, interactive and fun, offering
participants enough information and practice to actually apply their new
skills directly to their lives. This will be Vicki’s 4th year leading a
retreat at ISC.

Everyone Welcome.

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December 9: Mindful Communication & Mindful Meditation

In this daylong retreat, we will learn the principles of wise speech and wise listening to enhance our communication skills and relationships. Wise communication can be cultivated both through mindfulness practice and learning new skills that allow us to relate […]

In this daylong retreat, we will learn the principles of wise speech and
wise listening to enhance our communication skills and relationships.
Wise communication can be cultivated both through mindfulness practice and learning new skills that allow us to relate in more effective and positive ways. Through teaching, meditation, discussion and practice we will learn how to develop more awareness, compassion and skill within ourselves, leading to more successful and meaningful interactions with others. Applying this mindful communication with family members and others, during the holidays and year round, is vital for healthy, happy relationships.

Event Date: Saturday December 9, 2017

Event Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm

Event Cost: Dana

How to Register: No registration required

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Event Teacher: Vicki Assegued

Vicki Assegued, M.A. has a Master’s degree in Restorative Justice &
Conflict Resolution. She has developed and directed successful programs
and provided trainings for a wide variety of organizations over the past
20 years. Her teaching style is dynamic, interactive and fun, offering
participants enough information and practice to actually apply their new
skills directly to their lives. This will be Vicki’s 4th year leading a
retreat at ISC.

Everyone Welcome.

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