About Celeste Young

Celeste first started practicing meditation in 2002. In 2011, she was invited to join the first teacher development cohort at InsightLA under the guidance of founder Trudy Goodman, PhD and has since taught thousands of students mindfulness meditation as a core teacher and trainer for ILA’s Essentials of mindfulness program. She has also developed and taught many other intermediate secular mindfulness and Buddhist classes, daylongs and residential retreats.

Upon request, she teaches meditation for profit and non-profit organizations. Additionally, Celeste offers private sessions globally online and in person in Los Angeles for individuals and small groups seeking to learn meditation or to more fully integrate mindfulness into their daily lives. 

Celeste has sat silent meditation retreats in the Insight tradition each year for over a decade and considers this a strong support to her practice. Prior to teaching mindfulness and Dharma, she taught yin yoga and has a background in working with youth from early childhood to teens. She is also a graduate of Spirit Rock’s Advanced Practitioner Program, and Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing training. She is a current member of the InsightLA teacher council and was also a core trainer for the InsightLA facilitator training, training the 2016 cohort how to teach the essentials of mindfulness in their communities throughout the greater Los Angeles area. She has received formal teacher authorization in the Theravadan Buddhist tradition from Trudy Goodman, PhD and Jack Kornfield.

Celeste is passionate about sharing mindfulness and meditation in creative and innovative ways. She enjoys sharing the teachings in a wide variety of settings with many different communities, offering pop-up mindfulness gatherings, retreats, and collaborations in an effort to make the teachings accessible to a wider range of Angelenos, and to spread the word that you can truly sit anywhere. She also curates a free Sunday night sitting group for folks in their 20's + 30's Sunday nights at InsightLA, in an effort to make the teachings avaiable to a new generation of practitioners.