Residential Retreats

Insight Residential Retreats are opportunities to engage in full-time mindfulness training. The daily schedule includes periods of sitting and walking meditation, instructions, dharma talks, work meditation and practice discussion with teachers. Silence is maintained throughout most of the retreat.



New Santa Cruz Insight Retreat with Dawn Neal

June 20–23, 2024  –  Hours: Sunday check-in is from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm  End time: Sunday 1:00 pm

ISC Guiding Teacher Dawn Neal will offer a small, all-Dana, Insight Retreat at Jikoji Zen Center. Priority registration will be offered to Insight Santa Cruz community members, with others welcome as space allows. Dormitory style accommodations with limited camping spots available.

RETREAT FULL – Apply to be put on the waiting list.

See our FAQ for more information.
Questions: Contact the Registrar, Denise: registrar@insightsantacruz.org


6 day Insight Retreat with Dawn Neal and Kim Allen.


August 11 to 16, 2024  –  Hours: Sunday check-in is from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm  End time: Friday 11:30 am

A silent mindfulness retreat with alternating sitting and walking meditation, instruction, dharma talks, work meditation, and practice discussion with the teachers. This rustic retreat center is surrounded by the deep forest of the Santa Cruz Mountains, and includes a beautiful walk uphill to the meditation hall. Suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners. This retreat is offered freely, as gifts to those who attend—there is no cost. Donations by those who attend make it possible to pass this gift forward to others who want to attend these freely offered retreats.

The Quaker Center is located approximately 45 minutes north of Santa Cruz, California, and approximately an hour southwest of San Jose International Airport.

Accommodations will either be in double rooms or in your own tent at a campsite (approximately five campsites are available). All guests at Quaker Center are required to bring their own sheets, pillowcases, towels, and toiletries (blankets and some pillows are provided). Campers should plan to bring their own tent and sleeping gear.

APPLY ONLINERegistration closes May 21.

Requirements: Having an established meditation practice, including mindfulness meditation.

Your application and credit card deposit must be received by May 21, 2024 to be entered in the lottery. Applicants will be notified by 5/23/2024 if they have been accepted or are on the waiting list. Subsequent applications will be added to the waiting list. Your credit card will only be charged the $200 deposit if you are accepted into the retreat and cancel after 7/25/2024.

Questions: Contact the Registrar, Denise: registrar@insightsantacruz.org


1 week Insight Retreat with Insight Santa Cruz with Dawn NealBob Stahl, and Mary Grace Orr


November 17 to 24, 2024  –  Hours: Sunday check-in is from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm  End time: Sunday 1:00 pm

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.

Registration opens July 17, 2024 – please check the IRC website then, or earlier for more details.

Questions: Contact the Registrar: Barry,   barry@insightretreatcenter.org


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