Winter Insight Meditation Daylong
Dec
16
10:00 AM10:00

Winter Insight Meditation Daylong

Registration is now open...

Come spend the day deepening your Insight meditation practice with other meditators in this urban retreat. By bringing mindful attention to our moment to moment experience, we can learn to cultivate resilience amidst change, wisdom, courage, and compassion.

There will be periods of silent sitting and walking meditation with some instruction and guidance, a Dharma talk, and discussion. During this busy time of year, give yourself the gift of the seclusion and peace that a day of quiet mindfulness practice in community offers. 

 

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Wise Intention in the New Year Non-Residential Weekend Retreat
Jan
6
to Jan 7

Wise Intention in the New Year Non-Residential Weekend Retreat

  • InsightLA Canyon Retreat House (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Most of us have goals, and the New Year is often a time of self-improvement. Our mindfulness and Dharma practice invites us into another kind of exploration, however, that is not based on "improving", but on moving towards our deeper aspirations or intentions from a place of acceptance, presence with what is, and attention to the way we bring these goals to fruition. 

How do we embrace change and move towards new possibilities from a place of contentment? What intentions do we allow to arise when we cultivate a calm, clear mind, and a peaceful, loving heart? How do we accept what is, while steadily moving in the direction of our own well-being? 

Through mindfulness, Insight, and lovingkindness practices along with inquiry we will explore our relationship to these questions as we move towards awakening on the path. There will be periods of silent and guided sitting meditation, walking meditation, and a Dharma talk to support the development of your practice. Together, we will explore in community and leave refreshed and renewed for the New Year ahead. 

Participants are encouraged to continue practicing mindfulness in the evening after our Saturday retreat to strengthen continuity of mindfulness, for a full retreat experience. 

Schedule: 

Saturday January 6th - 10am - 4pm

Sunday January 7th - 10am - 4pm

Please bring a notebook and pen and a brown bag lunch. There are no places to eat near the facility. 

*Payment arrangements are available. Please contact programs@insightla.org for more information at least one week prior to the class beginning.

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2 Day Non Residential Insight Retreat
Apr
7
to Apr 8

2 Day Non Residential Insight Retreat

  • Benedict Canyon Retreat House (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

2 Day Non-Residential Insight Retreat with Celeste 

More Details to Come...

Space is limited, please be sure to sign up soon if you plan on joining us. 

InsightLA is a community of people dedicated to maintaining a safe and welcome, open and diverse environment that stands firmly against all racial, gender, economic, or religious bias. 

 

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July Insight Residential Retreat with Celeste and Beth
Jul
13
to Jul 16

July Insight Residential Retreat with Celeste and Beth

  • Mary and Joseph Retreat Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Registration is open for the annual summer residential retreat with Celeste Young and Beth Sternlieb.

Advance registration is recommended as space is limited.

Beth Sternlieb and Celeste Young are happy to offer once again our summer InsightLA retreat. The practice of retreat is a cherished tradition in the world of meditation and mindfulness and a wonderful way to let go of our day-to-day routines and drop into deep stillness in a the safety of a supportive community.

There will be guided meditations, instructions, teachings, and small group meetings with a teacher.

Through compassionate attention to what is, we experience greater freedom and wakefulness in each moment. As awareness grows and the mind quiets, the heart opens and its true nature is revealed. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn to hold our experience with care and wisdom. Come join us as we explore the practices of mindfulness and compassion through periods of sitting and walking meditation in the safety and support of residential retreat.

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Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Cadiz, Coast of Spain
Sep
2
to Sep 7

Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Cadiz, Coast of Spain

  • El Puerto De Santa Maria Spain (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Find balance within yourself, feel your breath and your body. Disconnect from your daily life and reconnect with yourself again, surrounded by a town of whitewashed walls, pinewoods, beaches and marshes, right on the Bay of Cádiz.

El Puerto de Santa María is a fishing town that best represents the Costa de la Luz (the "Coast of Light") in Cadiz. Beaches stretch along 16 kms of fine, soft sand. The Bahía de Cádiz Natural Park serves as a backdrop for the town centre's most symbolic buildings and the boats on the coast, enjoying more than 300 days of sunshine a year

You will be able to relax fully in our Beach Yoga Retreat Center located next to the coast. This Andalusian-style complex will feel like home. Its tranquility and service make it an ideal location for yogis wishing to spend a few days by the beach as well as getting to know the culture and events in the area.

There will be periods of silent sitting meditation as well as yoga. 

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The Heart of Gratitude Weekend Non-Residential Retreat
Nov
11
to Nov 12

The Heart of Gratitude Weekend Non-Residential Retreat

  • InsightLA Canyon Retreat House (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Come spend the weekend at ILA's beautiful Benedict Canyon Retreat House deepening your Insight meditation practice with other meditators.

By bringing mindful attention to our moment to moment experience, we can learn to cultivate resilience amidst change. We will focus on practices that quiet the mind and open the heart, allowing us to access gratitude for what is, in the midst of it all.

There will be periods of silent sitting and walking meditation with some instruction and guidance, a Dharma talk, and discussion. Enjoy the seclusion and peace that a weekend of quiet practice in community offers. 

Participants are encouraged to continue practicing mindfulness in the evenings at home on Saturday to strengthen their continuity of mindfulness for the full retreat experience, although this is a non-residential retreat. 

Cost: Sliding Scale from $100-200 per person

InsightLA is committed to providing opportunities for all people to participate in our programs. Please inquire with our office about our easy payment plans, reduced fee opportunities, and financial assistance by emailing programs@insightla.org or calling 310.450.1821. 

InsightLA is a community of people dedicated to maintaining a safe and welcome, open and diverse environment that stands firmly against all racial, gender, economic, or religious bias. 

The address to this location will be sent out closer to the date. Parking is limited. If you'd consider carpooling please let us know and we'll help coordinate.

 

 

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Fall Insight 10 day Residential Retreat at Spirit Rock
Oct
16
to Oct 26

Fall Insight 10 day Residential Retreat at Spirit Rock

  • Spirit Rock Meditation Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Celeste will be assisting the Fall Insight Retreat at Spirit Rock. 

Teachers: Trudy Goodman, Jack Kornfield, Gina Sharpe, Spring Washam, Christiane Wolf, Alexis Santos, and Teja Bell (Qigong)

Details from Spirit Rock:

If you missed registering for the lottery you may still apply to attend this retreat by sending a Wait List Application to the registration department. You will be added to the bottom of the wait list. Please be aware that the waiting list is very long. 
If you are interested and need financial assistance, we may have a work exchange available.


This retreat will emphasize quieting the mind, opening the heart, and developing clarity and depth of practice. Traditional meditation instruction will be combined with a spirit of loving-kindness and silent sitting, walking, dharma talks and practice meetings with teachers. 

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Awakening Together: ILAYA Non-Residential Weekend Retreat
Sep
9
to Sep 10

Awakening Together: ILAYA Non-Residential Weekend Retreat

  • InsightLA Canyon Retreat House (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Saturday Sep 9th + Sunday Sep 10th

10am - 5pm Saturday 10:00am - 4pm Sunday

Come spend the weekend with Celeste Young and Jozen Tamori Gibson at InsightLA's retreat center, the Canyon, and deepen your Insight practice with other young meditators. 

There will be periods of silent sitting and walking meditation with some instruction and guidance, a Dharma talk, and discussion. This retreat will be held mostly in the container of silence, and will include some relational practices with our own heart-mind-bodies (breath, movement) and with others (deep listening and some relational mindfulness exercises). There will be some time for small group check ins about your practice and Qigong (chi gung) offered with Gabrielle Hammond. 

Participants are encouraged to continue practicing mindfulness in the evening after our Saturday retreat to strengthen continuity of mindfulness, for a full retreat experience. 

*Special Note: Directions and location information will be emailed to you the week of the event. 

Space is limited, please be sure to sign up soon if you plan on joining us.

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Candlelight Sit
Jul
27
9:15 PM21:15

Candlelight Sit

Thursday, July 27th

The world can feel like an exceptionally noisy place these days. If you're looking for a refuge, come and join me for the sweet stillness of a 9:15pm candlelight sit.  This meditation will be mostly silent

No registration is required, and everyone is welcome. 

This is a donation based community offering. 

Come and sit with us!

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Radiant Mind, Compassionate Heart Residential Retreat with Celeste Young and Beth Sternlieb
Jul
1
to Jul 4

Radiant Mind, Compassionate Heart Residential Retreat with Celeste Young and Beth Sternlieb

  • Mary and Joseph Retreat Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Radiant Mind, Compassionate Heart - Practicing for the Benefit of Self and Others

Annual summer residential retreat with Celeste and Beth

Register in advance as space is limited.

Beth Sternlieb and Celeste Young are happy to offer once again our summer InsightLA retreat. The practice of retreat is a cherished tradition in the world of meditation and mindfulness and a wonderful way to let go of our day-to-day routines and drop into deep stillness in a the safety of a supportive community.

There will be guided meditations, instructions, teachings, and small group meetings with a teacher.

Through compassionate attention to what is, we experience greater freedom and wakefulness in each moment. As awareness grows and the mind quiets, the heart opens and its true nature is revealed. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn to hold our experience with care and wisdom. Come join us as we explore the practices of mindfulness and compassion through periods of sitting and walking meditation in the safety and support of residential retreat.

This Fourth of July weekend, we invite you to join InsightLA's Beth Sternlieb and Celeste Young at the peaceful Mary and Joseph Retreat Center in beautiful Rancho Palos Verdes for Radiant Mind, Compassionate Heart - a residential retreat.

 

 

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June Women's Meditation Circle Venice
Jun
24
7:30 PM19:30

June Women's Meditation Circle Venice

Saturday, June 24th 7:30 - 9:30pm

In the second intimate women's circle of 2017, we will have time for silent meditation, connection, mindfulness exercises and sharing of our reflections in community. Come join us as we deepen our connection to our mindfulness meditation practice, to ourselves, and our world through nourishing our inner life. Bolsters and mats will be provided, but please feel free to bring your favorite meditation cushion, blanket, sheepskin, shawl or other supports. :)

Early Bird: Before June 21st $35

After June 21st $40

Space is limited, sign up early if you plan on joining us! 

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ILAYA Malibu Daylong Retreat for Young People
Jun
3
10:00 AM10:00

ILAYA Malibu Daylong Retreat for Young People

Come spend the day in beautiful Malibu beach deepening your Insight meditation practice with other young meditators. 

There will be periods of silent sitting and walking meditation with some instruction and guidance, a Dharma talk, and discussion. 

*Special Note: This retreat is being held in Malibu at a private home on the beach. Directions and location information will be emailed to you. For questions please contact celeste@insightla.org. 

Please bring a brown bag lunch and a favorite cushion for sitting if you have one. 

This retreat will be held at a private residence. Address sent out upon registration. 

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InsightLA is committed to providing opportunities for all people to participate in our programs. Please inquire with our office about our easy payment plans, reduced fee opportunities, and financial assistance by emailing programs@insightla.org or calling 310.450.1821. 

InsightLA is a community of people dedicated to maintaining a safe and welcome, open and diverse environment that stands firmly against all racial, gender, economic, or religious bias.

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Resting The Heart In Presence: Non Residential Weekend Retreat
May
27
to May 28

Resting The Heart In Presence: Non Residential Weekend Retreat

  • InsightLA Benedict Canyon Retreat House (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Saturday, May 27th from 10:00am - 5:00pm and Sunday, May 28th from 10:00am - 4:00pm

Come spend the weekend at ILA's beautiful Benedict Canyon Retreat House deepening your Insight meditation practice with other meditators. 

There will be periods of silent sitting and walking meditation with some instruction and guidance, a Dharma talk, and discussion. Enjoy the seclusion and peace that a day of quiet practice in community offers. 

Participants are encouraged to continue practicing mindfulness in the evenings at home on Saturday to strengthen their continuity of mindfulness for the full retreat experience, although this is a non-residential retreat. 

Cost: Sliding Scale from $100-200 per person

InsightLA is committed to providing opportunities for all people to participate in our programs. Please inquire with our office about our easy payment plans, reduced fee opportunities, and financial assistance by emailing programs@insightla.org or calling 310.450.1821. 

InsightLA is a community of people dedicated to maintaining a safe and welcome, open and diverse environment that stands firmly against all racial, gender, economic, or religious bias. 

The address to this location will be sent out closer to the date. Parking is limited. If you'd consider carpooling please let us know and we'll help coordinate.

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Formal Teacher Authorization Ceremony and Celebration
May
13
2:00 PM14:00

Formal Teacher Authorization Ceremony and Celebration

I am delighted to share with all of you that there will be a formal teacher authorization ceremony and celebration with Jack Kornfield and Trudy Goodman to recognize and authorize myself and a few of my colleagues and friends as full teachers in our lineage: Lisa Kring, Paloma Cain, and Emily Horn on May 13th at InsightLA.

I would be honored if any students who have attended classes or events with me would join us for this very special afternoon! Information from InsightLA below.

Please join Trudy Goodman and Jack Kornfield on Saturday May 13th at 2pm for our community appreciation and honoring of one of our brilliant groups of teachers: Paloma Cain, Celeste Young, Lisa Kring, and Emily Horn. 

Jack represents the Theravada lineage handed down to Trudy, who in turn passes on the Dharma to the InsightLA teachers in this formal Teacher Authorization ceremony. First Christiane Wolf, Beth Sternlieb, Allen Weiss and Ron Ames, and now this new group, embody the lineage at InsightLA.

Come join us as we joyfully celebrate and cherish the wisdom, compassion, and community spirit of our skilled and generous teachers! 

InsightLA Founder and Guiding Teacher Trudy Goodman and InsightLA Board of Directors member Jack Kornfield will preside over the celebratory ceremony, which will be followed by light hors d'ouevres. 

There is a $10 registration fee for this event and everyone is welcome.

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Worskpace Oasis: A Women's Co-Working Wellness Pop-Up in Venice
May
10
10:00 AM10:00

Worskpace Oasis: A Women's Co-Working Wellness Pop-Up in Venice

Celeste will be offering a guided meditation, a short talk + community building from 2 -3:15pm.

From Worksapc Oasis:

WORK + CONNECT + MEDITATE
10am - 6pm

Our elevated coworking day will include a mindfulness meditation from 2-3pm led by Celeste Young. The first 20 sign ups will receive a Reiki healing session by from Stephanie Park, crystal reading from Lindsey Kimura or mini facial from organic + vegan skincare brand OSEA Malibu.

*Please arrive by 1:45p as we will be locking the door, until 3:15p for the meditation*

NOURISH Organic, plant-based lunch will be provided by Plant Lab Venice.

 SELF CARE We partnered with our favorite conscious brands to gift our attendees organic snacks and a curated self care package to take home! 

Special thanks to Runa, Califia Farms, Harmless Harvest, Emmys Organics, Bare Snacks, Yogi Tea, Thistle Co, Brush With Bamboo, CAM Jewelry, Mineral Fusion Makeup, Moon Deli, Muse Bath, and Ujjayi!

 Please note, our day pass is all inclusive of coworking + connecting from 10-6pm, mediation 2-3pm, reiki/crystal reading/mini facial, organic nourishment and self care package! We can't wait to connect with you and our amazing community!

 WE ARE HOSTING A SACRED SOUND BATH AT 7PM - 9PM  

CLICK HERE TO JOIN

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Wise Speech Daylong Retreat at InsightLA with Celeste Young and Dr. Christiane Wolf
May
6
9:30 AM09:30

Wise Speech Daylong Retreat at InsightLA with Celeste Young and Dr. Christiane Wolf

May 6, 2017 9:30am- 3:30pm

As practitioners we are committed to walking the path of awareness and lovingkindness in a noisy and sometimes seemingly mindless world. Relational mindfulness is such a valuable part of how we can learn to take the teachings into daily life, and yet it can be one of our most challenging places to practice.

If peace begins within our own hearts and ripples out to our communities, what better place and time is there than here and now to look at the power of mindfulness and meditation and its effect on our communication? This will be a day of self-exploration and inquiry in community to deepen our practice both on and off the cushion.

The first half of the day will be held in silence by the participants with guided meditations by the teachers. Our periods of sitting meditation will be interspersed with walking meditation.

In the afternoon, having cultivated embodied presence in the silence, we will then explore the many facets of mindful communication through relational mindfulness exercises and practices.

We will offer dyads and small group work to explore together some of the Buddha’s teachings on wise speech as well as contemporary modalities for cultivating mindful communication.

You will leave this daylong with tools you can take with you into daily life.  This daylong is suited for beginning and intermediate students.

Cost: Sliding scale from $50 to $100 per person.

Please note: There are many ways to attend InsightLA classes and events. If you are unable to pay the suggested registration price, please contact us.

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The Power and Challenges of Sustaining Mindful Attention: Daylong Retreat at Spirit Rock
Apr
15
9:30 AM09:30

The Power and Challenges of Sustaining Mindful Attention: Daylong Retreat at Spirit Rock

April 15, 2017 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM

The Power and Challenges of Sustaining Mindful Attention

In daily life, our minds and hearts are often confronted with waves of stress, distraction and uncertainty. In our culture we are facing an excess of stimulation, expectations and demands from others and ourselves, and our attention scatters easily.

Mindfulness practice offers us balance and protection from mental and emotional overwhelm. It also helps us to see with greater clarity what changes are needed in our lives and can empower us to make those changes. However, for mindfulness to truly flower in our lives, we have to be able to direct our attention skillfully and rest it with experience long enough for mindfulness to have its effect.

In Buddhism this challenge is described as the need to learn how to aim our attention at the present moment and to learn how to sustain our attention on what matters in the moment. In this daylong we will examine the Buddha’s instruction for developing and utilizing the skills of both aiming and sustaining attention for the development of our meditation and for greater happiness, contentment and fulfillment in daily life.

The practice of sustaining mindfulness will be emphasized. As we work with this principle of sustaining, we can practice staying present long enough to find out the true nature of experience and open to the possibility of greater insight and wisdom.

This silent day of sitting and walking practice with brief dharma talks and discussion will present a number of skillful approaches for developing this capacity of sustaining mindful awareness.

Young Adults (18-26) and Seniors (65+ with limited income) are invited to attend this day for $45

Cost: Sliding Scale $75 – $200

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Worskpace Oasis: A Woman's Co-Working Wellness Pop-Up in Venice
Apr
5
10:00 AM10:00

Worskpace Oasis: A Woman's Co-Working Wellness Pop-Up in Venice

Celeste will be offering a guided meditation and a short talk about working mindfully and mindful self-care practices from 2 -3pm. 

WRK|SPC Oasis is a wellness + co-working popup for female creatives, freelancers, entrepreneurs and healers. 10:00am - 5:00pm April 5th.

From WRK SPC Oasis:

Our intention is to create a community where women can come together and make genuine connections in a thriving workspace. We understand the importance of balancing work with self care and we seek to integrate wellness in every aspect of the experience!

FIRST 20 women to sign up for a day pass will receive their choice of a 15-min Reiki healing session with Reiki Master Ali Ballensweig or 20-min Skin Food Talk consultation with Hayley Wood (Therapeutic Skin Coach) and Tara Curran (Holistic Nutritionist) to receive a skin and health analysis.

WORK + CONNECT + MEDITATE Come work in an elevated and inspiring workspace alongside other women.

We will come together at 2pm for an hour long guided meditation on mindfulness led by Insight Meditation Teacher, Celeste Young.

NOURISH Organic healthy bites and refreshments provided throughout the day provided by The Hive

*Complimentary self care package included*

WRK|SPC OASIS

INSTAGRAM

Have questions? Please email hello@wrkspc-oasis.com

 

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ILAYA Daylong Hollywood Hills: Day of Insight Practice for Young People
Apr
1
10:00 AM10:00

ILAYA Daylong Hollywood Hills: Day of Insight Practice for Young People

Come spend the day in the beautiful Hollywood Hills deepening your Insight meditation practice with other young meditators. 

There will be periods of silent sitting and walking meditation with some instruction and guidance, chi gung practice lead by Gabrielle Hammond, a Dharma talk, and discussion. 

*Special Note: This intimate retreat is being held at the private residence of a generous sangha member. Directions and location information will be emailed to you the week of the event. For questions please contact celeste@insightla.org

Please be sure to bring your own brown bag lunch and a favorite cushion for sitting if you have one. 

Space is extremely limited, please be sure to sign up soon if you plan on joining us. 

This daylong retreat is appropriate for practitioners with some previous meditation experience.

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