Young Adult Sitting Group
Feb
26
to Dec 17

Young Adult Sitting Group

Sunday Evenings at 7:00pm - 8:30pm (with tea + connection afterwards until 9pm)

I curate a drop in, donation based sitting group for folks in their 20's + 30's, offered every Sunday evening at InsightLA Olympic. 

About the sitting group: The intention is to create a space of collective wisdom and sharing through sitting meditation with time for discussion. We may also choose readings together to reflect on or topics to explore with a focus on what's most alive in your practice, including how to live the teachings of mindfulness and compassion in daily life as a young person, navigating transitions, career, romantic partnerships, family, life choices, and how to live with greater clarity. 

The schedule of teachers rotates-- for the most up to date list of who is scheduled to teach, click ILAYA sitting group page

This sitting group is drop in and (dana) donation based. 

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Evening Basics of Mindfulness
Oct
30
to Dec 4

Evening Basics of Mindfulness

Monday Evenings from 7:00pm - 8:45pm

Our beginning meditation class that helps bring balance into your daily life. 

This is InsightLA's popular Basics of Mindfulness Class in Santa Monica! This is our premier introduction to creating and incorporating an effective and ongoing insight meditation practice in all aspects of your life. This 6-week class is appropriate for beginners as well as experienced meditators who want to refresh the fundamentals of their practice. 

In this class you will learn to reduce your stress and gain more happiness by: 

1. Developing a healthier relationship with your thoughts
2. Developing more balance with your emotions
3. Being more in touch with your body and mind. 

These classes provide our students with a supportive environment. Our teachers tailor their instructions to meet the specific needs of participants. In a step by step process students learn the nuts and bolts of insight meditation and basic mindfulness practice. 

There is a total of six classes, over six Wednesday mornings. 

*Payment arrangements are available. Please contact programs@insightla.org for more information.

Cost: Sliding Scale $185 - $250

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The Heart of the Dharma: Wise Intention
Oct
31
to Dec 5

The Heart of the Dharma: Wise Intention

With so much suffering in our increasingly complex world, how do we find a way to live an intentional life that is an expression of our deeper values? The Buddha offered us 3 ways to practice wise intention: the cultivation of non-harming, lovingkindness, and renunciation. 

In this class, we will deepen our commitment to Dharma practice through exploring creative ways to cultivate the 3 aspects of wise intention as skillful means of moving towards freedom from suffering for ourselves and others. We will look at how we can apply wise intention moment to moment in the service of our goals in life. Through relational mindfulness exercises, mindful inquiry, and meditation practice we will build a supportive community in which to explore how to live these timeless teachings, and integrate them more fully for freedom from suffering and greater well being . There will be time for meditation, teachings, discussion and some exercises to take home.  

This class is appropriate for those students with previous meditation experience who have taken an introductory mindfulness class or a Buddha's Path class previously. 

*Payment arrangements are available. Please contact programs@insightla.org for more information. 

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Daytime Basics of Mindfulness
Nov
1
to Dec 6

Daytime Basics of Mindfulness

Wednesday Mornings from 10:00 - 11:45am

Our beginning meditation class that helps bring balance into your daily life. 

This is InsightLA's popular Basics of Mindfulness Class in Santa Monica! This is our premier introduction to creating and incorporating an effective and ongoing insight meditation practice in all aspects of your life. This 6-week class is appropriate for beginners as well as experienced meditators who want to refresh the fundamentals of their practice. 

In this class you will learn to reduce your stress and gain more happiness by: 

1. Developing a healthier relationship with your thoughts
2. Developing more balance with your emotions
3. Being more in touch with your body and mind. 

These classes provide our students with a supportive environment. Our teachers tailor their instructions to meet the specific needs of participants. In a step by step process students learn the nuts and bolts of insight meditation and basic mindfulness practice. 

There is a total of six classes, over six Wednesday mornings. 

*Payment arrangements are available. Please contact programs@insightla.org for more information.

Cost: Sliding Scale $185 - $250

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Daytime Basics of Mindfulness
Jan
10
to Feb 14

Daytime Basics of Mindfulness

Wednesday Mornings from 10:00 - 11:45am

Our beginning meditation class that helps bring balance into your daily life. 

This is InsightLA's popular Basics of Mindfulness Class in Santa Monica! This is our premier introduction to creating and incorporating an effective and ongoing insight meditation practice in all aspects of your life. This 6-week class is appropriate for beginners as well as experienced meditators who want to refresh the fundamentals of their practice. 

In this class you will learn to reduce your stress and gain more happiness by: 

1. Developing a healthier relationship with your thoughts
2. Developing more balance with your emotions
3. Being more in touch with your body and mind. 

These classes provide our students with a supportive environment. Our teachers tailor their instructions to meet the specific needs of participants. In a step by step process students learn the nuts and bolts of insight meditation and basic mindfulness practice. 

There is a total of six classes, over six Wednesday mornings. 

*Payment arrangements are available. Please contact programs@insightla.org for more information.

Cost: Sliding Scale $185 - $250

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Mindfulness for Emotional Balance
Jan
22
to Feb 12

Mindfulness for Emotional Balance

Monday Evenings 7:00 - 9:00pm

In this class series we will explore some of the traditional teachings around on how to work mindfully with emotion, as well as modern approaches drawing on the latest research from positive psychology and neuroscience. 

We will learn how to skillfully work with difficult emotions and cultivate greater well-being through mindfulness meditation practice, applied mindfulness techniques and exercises designed to deepen emotional intelligence and balance and increase ease, contentment and joy in daily life. 

This class is appropriate for people with some prior meditation experience such as Basics of Mindfulness or MBSR, as well as those newer to meditation.

Sliding scale from $150 to $250 per person.

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The Heart of the Dharma: Wise Intention
Apr
3
to May 8

The Heart of the Dharma: Wise Intention

With so much suffering in our increasingly complex world, how do we find a way to live an intentional life that is an expression of our deeper values? The Buddha offered us 3 ways to practice wise intention: the cultivation of non-harming, lovingkindness, and renunciation. 

In this class, we will deepen our commitment to Dharma practice through exploring creative ways to cultivate the 3 aspects of wise intention as skillful means of moving towards freedom from suffering for ourselves and others. We will look at how we can apply wise intention moment to moment in the service of our goals in life. Through relational mindfulness exercises, mindful inquiry, and meditation practice we will build a supportive community in which to explore how to live these timeless teachings, and integrate them more fully for freedom from suffering and greater well being . There will be time for meditation, teachings, discussion and some exercises to take home.  

This class is appropriate for those students with previous meditation experience who have taken an introductory mindfulness class or a Buddha's Path class previously. 

*Payment arrangements are available. Please contact programs@insightla.org for more information. 

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Daytime Basics of Mindfulness
Apr
4
to May 9

Daytime Basics of Mindfulness

Wednesday Mornings from 10:00 - 11:45am

Our beginning meditation class that helps bring balance into your daily life. 

This is InsightLA's popular Basics of Mindfulness Class in Santa Monica! This is our premier introduction to creating and incorporating an effective and ongoing insight meditation practice in all aspects of your life. This 6-week class is appropriate for beginners as well as experienced meditators who want to refresh the fundamentals of their practice. 

In this class you will learn to reduce your stress and gain more happiness by: 

1. Developing a healthier relationship with your thoughts
2. Developing more balance with your emotions
3. Being more in touch with your body and mind. 

These classes provide our students with a supportive environment. Our teachers tailor their instructions to meet the specific needs of participants. In a step by step process students learn the nuts and bolts of insight meditation and basic mindfulness practice. 

There is a total of six classes, over six Wednesday mornings. 

*Payment arrangements are available. Please contact programs@insightla.org for more information.

Cost: Sliding Scale $185 - $250

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Daytime Intermediate Mindfulness Meditation
Sep
6
to Oct 11

Daytime Intermediate Mindfulness Meditation

Wednesday mornings from 10:00am - 12:00pm

This class offers a natural next step for those who have completed our Basics of Mindfulness course. Build on your understanding of mindfulness meditation and the Insight that arises out of this practice. 

We will explore the benefits of a growing meditation practice as well as common obstacles that come up in meditation, applied mindfulness in daily life exercises, finding support for your daily practice, and deepening our understanding of the foundations of mindfulness. 

Students will also be required to participate in a sitting group or daylong retreat during the course to support their practice. 

This class is appropriate for people with some prior meditation experience such as a Basics of Mindfulness or MBSR class

Cost: Sliding scale from $185 to $250 per person.

Please pay at the highest level of the sliding scale that you can afford. This helps us make sure those who pay less can attend.

Whatever you pay above the lowest end of the sliding scale is a tax-deductible donation to InsightLA.

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 by emailing programs@insightla.org.

*Payment arrangements are available. Please contact programs@insightla.org for more information.

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Finding Joy and Ease: Living the Dharma in Everyday Life
Sep
5
to Oct 10

Finding Joy and Ease: Living the Dharma in Everyday Life

Tuesday Evenings from 7:15 - 9:15pm

The Buddha offered many practical teachings for "householders": those of us whose lives are devoted to work, family, friends, and community in addition to formal meditation and Dharma practice. How do we wake up in the world, just as it is today? The Dharma and daily life are really not separate. 

Join us as we learn to develop ease, happiness, and joy, regardless of the changing conditions of our moment to moment experience. We will learn to inhabit our lives with more awareness, drawing from timeless teachings like the 5 precepts, mindful communication practices for difficult conversations, and practices to open the heart. In this class, we'll explore what it means to truly live the Dharma both on and off the cushion. 

There will be time for meditation, teachings, discussion and some exercises to take home. 

This class is appropriate for those students with previous meditation experience who have taken an introductory mindfulness class or a Buddha's Path class previously. 

Through meditation, instruction, and group discussion in this class, we will explore the teachings of the buddha. 

Cost: This class is a Dana based class. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Dana means giving. The suggested donation for this class series, which includes 6 classes, is $180 dollars.

$30 per person of an average size class at InsightLA covers the cost of paying teachers, administrators, rent and outreach, as well as covering the participation of students who will pay less.

Please give generously. Your act of generosity is significant. The Buddha taught that all of the beautiful qualities of heart and mind begin with generosity: Generosity dissolves the separation of self and other… Giver receiver and gift intertwined. Everyone has a role to play in supporting the whole community practicing to their fullest potential.

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Daytime Liberation + The Noble Eightfold Path
Sep
5
to Oct 10

Daytime Liberation + The Noble Eightfold Path

Tuesday Mornings September 5th - October 10th 10:00am - 12:00pm

Mindfulness is a powerful tool when applied thoughtfully in meditation and in daily life. In the wider scope of the Buddha's teachings, however, it is just one support for the cultivation of liberation and freedom from suffering, which is found within a larger path known as the noble eightfold path. 

In this class series we'll dig a little deeper and explore the path factors of wise understanding, wise view, wise speech, wise action, wise livelihood, wise effort wise mindfulness and wise concentration and what it looks like to cultivate the path of freedom and liberation as a modern day householder, both in meditation, and off the cushion in daily life. 

There will be time for meditation, teachings, discussion and some exercises to take home. 

This class is appropriate for those students with previous mediation experience who have taken intermediate classes or Buddha's Path classes before.

Cost: This class is a Dana based class. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Dana means giving. The suggested donation for this class series, which includes 6 classes, is $180 dollars.

$30 per person of an average size class at InsightLA covers the cost of paying teachers, administrators, rent and outreach, as well as covering the participation of students who will pay less.

Please give generously. Your act of generosity is significant. The Buddha taught that all of the beautiful qualities of heart and mind begin with generosity: Generosity dissolves the separation of self and other… Giver receiver and gift intertwined. Everyone has a role to play in supporting the whole community practicing to their fullest potential.

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Evening Basics of Mindfulness
Sep
4
to Oct 9

Evening Basics of Mindfulness

SOLD OUT

space available in Oct 30th Session 

Monday Evenings from 7:00 - 8:45pm

Our beginning meditation class that helps bring balance into your daily life. 

This is InsightLA's popular Basics of Mindfulness Class in Santa Monica! This is our premier introduction to creating and incorporating an effective and ongoing insight meditation practice in all aspects of your life. This 6-week class is appropriate for beginners as well as experienced meditators who want to refresh the fundamentals of their practice. 

In this class you will learn to reduce your stress and gain more happiness by: 

1. Developing a healthier relationship with your thoughts
2. Developing more balance with your emotions
3. Being more in touch with your body and mind. 

These classes provide our students with a supportive environment. Our teachers tailor their instructions to meet the specific needs of participants. In a step by step process students learn the nuts and bolts of insight meditation and basic mindfulness practice. 

There is a total of six classes, over six Wednesday mornings. 

Cost: Cost: Sliding Scale $185 - $250


*Payment arrangements are available. Please contact programs@insightla.org for more information.

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Daytime Basics of Mindfulness
Jul
19
to Aug 23

Daytime Basics of Mindfulness

Wednesday Mornings from 10:00 - 11:45am

Our beginning meditation class that helps bring balance into your daily life. 

This is InsightLA's popular Basics of Mindfulness Class in Santa Monica! This is our premier introduction to creating and incorporating an effective and ongoing insight meditation practice in all aspects of your life. This 6-week class is appropriate for beginners as well as experienced meditators who want to refresh the fundamentals of their practice. 

In this class you will learn to reduce your stress and gain more happiness by: 

1. Developing a healthier relationship with your thoughts
2. Developing more balance with your emotions
3. Being more in touch with your body and mind. 

These classes provide our students with a supportive environment. Our teachers tailor their instructions to meet the specific needs of participants. In a step by step process students learn the nuts and bolts of insight meditation and basic mindfulness practice. 

There is a total of six classes, over six Wednesday mornings. 

*Payment arrangements are available. Please contact programs@insightla.org for more information.

Cost: Sliding Scale $185 - $250

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Evening Basics of Mindfulness
Jul
18
to Aug 22

Evening Basics of Mindfulness

Tuesday Evenings from 7:15pm - 9:00pm

Our beginning meditation class that helps bring balance into your daily life. 

This is InsightLA's popular Basics of Mindfulness Class in Santa Monica! This is our premier introduction to creating and incorporating an effective and ongoing insight meditation practice in all aspects of your life. This 6-week class is appropriate for beginners as well as experienced meditators who want to refresh the fundamentals of their practice. 

In this class you will learn to reduce your stress and gain more happiness by: 

1. Developing a healthier relationship with your thoughts
2. Developing more balance with your emotions
3. Being more in touch with your body and mind. 

These classes provide our students with a supportive environment. Our teachers tailor their instructions to meet the specific needs of participants. In a step by step process students learn the nuts and bolts of insight meditation and basic mindfulness practice. 

There is a total of six classes, over six Wednesday mornings. 

*Payment arrangements are available. Please contact programs@insightla.org for more information.

Cost: Sliding Scale $185 - $250

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Mindfulness for Emotional Balance
Jun
5
to Jun 26

Mindfulness for Emotional Balance

Monday Evenings 7:00 - 9:00pm

In this class series we will explore some of the traditional teachings around on how to work mindfully with emotion, as well as modern approaches drawing on the latest research from positive psychology and neuroscience. 

We will learn how to skillfully work with difficult emotions and cultivate greater well-being through mindfulness meditation practice, applied mindfulness techniques and exercises designed to deepen emotional intelligence and balance and increase ease, contentment and joy in daily life. 

This class is appropriate for people with some prior meditation experience such as Basics of Mindfulness or MBSR, as well as those newer to meditation.

Sliding scale from $150 to $250 per person.

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Liberation and The Eightfold Path
May
23
to Jun 27

Liberation and The Eightfold Path

Tuesdays 7:15 -9:15pm

Mindfulness is a powerful tool when applied thoughtfully in meditation and in daily life. In the wider scope of the Buddha's teachings, however, it is just one support for the cultivation of liberation and freedom from suffering, which is found within a larger path known as the noble eightfold path. 

In this class series we'll dig a little deeper and explore the path factors of wise understanding, wise view, wise speech, wise action, wise livelihood, wise effort wise mindfulness and wise concentration and what it looks like to cultivate the path of freedom and liberation as a modern day householder, both in meditation, and off the cushion in daily life. 

There will be time for meditation, teachings, discussion and some exercises to take home. 

This class is appropriate for those students with previous mediation experience who have taken intermediate classes or Buddha's Path classes before.

This class is a Dana based class. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Dana means giving. The suggested donation for this class series, which includes 6 classes, is $180 dollars.

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Daytime The 5 Spiritual Faculties
May
23
to Jun 27

Daytime The 5 Spiritual Faculties

Tuesday Mornings 10:00am – 12:00pm

In this course we will explore the Buddha's teachings on five qualities that empower our meditation practice: The Five Spiritual Faculties.  

These five empowerments -- faith, energy, mindfulness, concentration, and wisdom -- are our greatest friends and allies on the path of practice. These qualities are most powerful when they are in balance: traditionally we think of faith balancing wisdom, and energy balancing concentration, with mindfulness providing the inner strength to balance all of these as we stay present and awake in every aspect of our life. 

Through meditation, instruction, and group discussion in this class, we will experience for ourselves how each of The Five Faculties can be developed and utilized for the cultivation of inner balance. 

This class is appropriate for people with some prior meditation experience such as a Basics of Mindfulness or MBSR class who would like to deepen their practice. Classes will include time for meditation, meditation instruction, teachings and group discussion, and is designed to deepen your practice.

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Intermediate Mindfulness Meditation
Apr
3
to May 8

Intermediate Mindfulness Meditation

Monday Evenings 7:00PM – 8:45PM

This class offers a natural next step for those who have completed our Basics of Mindfulness course. Build on your understanding of mindfulness meditation and the Insight that arises out of this practice. 

We will explore the benefits of a growing meditation practice as well as common obstacles that come up in meditation, applied mindfulness in daily life exercises, finding support for your daily practice, and deepening our understanding of the foundations of mindfulness. 

Students will also be required to participate in a sitting group or daylong retreat during the course to support their practice. 

This class is appropriate for people with some prior meditation experience such as a Basics of Mindfulness or MBSR class.

There are six weekly classes.

Sliding scale from $185 to $250 per person.

*Payment arrangements are available. Please contact programs@insightla.org for more information.

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The 5 Spiritual Faculties
Mar
28
to May 9

The 5 Spiritual Faculties

Tuesday Evenings 7:15 - 9:15pm

Join me as we deepen our exploration of the Buddha’s teachings. I will be fresh from sitting the month-long retreat at Spirit Rock and look forward to sharing with all of you!

In this course we will explore the Buddha's teachings on five qualities that empower our meditation practice: The Five Spiritual Faculties.  

These five empowerments -- faith, energy, mindfulness, concentration, and wisdom -- are our greatest friends and allies on the path of practice. These qualities are most powerful when they are in balance: traditionally we think of faith balancing wisdom, and energy balancing concentration, with mindfulness providing the inner strength to balance all of these as we stay present and awake in every aspect of our life. 

Through meditation, instruction, and group discussion in this class, we will experience for ourselves how each of The Five Faculties can be developed and utilized for the cultivation of inner balance. 

This class is appropriate for people with some prior meditation experience such as a Basics of Mindfulness or MBSR class. 

PLEASE NOTE: There will be no class on April 25th. 

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Daytime Emotional Balance
Mar
28
to Apr 18

Daytime Emotional Balance

Tuesday Mornings at 10:00-11:45 AM

Please note: This Class meets at InsightLA 14th st: 1826 14th St. Santa Monica, CA 90403

In this class series we will explore some of the traditional teachings around how to work mindfully with emotion, as well as modern approaches drawing on the latest research from positive psychology and neuroscience. 

We will learn how to skillfully work with difficult emotions and cultivate greater well-being through mindfulness meditation practice, applied mindfulness techniques and exercises designed to deepen emotional intelligence and balance and increase ease, contentment and joy in daily life. 

This class is appropriate for people with some prior meditation experience such as Basics of Mindfulness or MBSR, as well as those newer to meditation.

Sliding scale from $150 to $250 per person.

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