Lovingkindness: The Path of Love (4 Wednesdays
Jun
5
to Jul 31

Lovingkindness: The Path of Love (4 Wednesdays

Many people associate the word 'mind' with their heads but in Buddhist psychology the seat of consciousness is said to be in the heart.  In this series we'll practice metta or lovingkindess as a gesture of goodwill to ourselves and others. This class will incorporate teachings and practices for opening the heart to greater compassion so that we can face difficulty without turning away. 

This class will meet for 4 Wednesday evenings:  June 5 - June 26th from 7:30pm - 9pm in Santa Monica. 

This is a donation-based offering. Suggested donation is $30 per class to pay teachers and center. Please give generously as you are able. No one turned away for lack of funds. 

At InsightLA, we’re dedicated to creating a safe and welcome, open and equitable community that stands firmly against all racial, gender, economic, or religious bias.

This class is a donation based class. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

View Event →
The Path of Love: Lovingkindness Daylong
Jun
22
10:00 AM10:00

The Path of Love: Lovingkindness Daylong

In these troubling and divisive times, it was heartening to hear the wise words of Dr. Martin Luther King, "We must discover the power of love, the redemptive power of love. And when we do that, we will make of this old world a new world. Love is the only way."

The ancient Buddhist teaching of metta meditation is a training in discovering and harnessing this power of love. The sutta's say in practicing metta we familiarize ourselves with this particular quality, we see it's effect on our own mind and body and how it expands our hearts and minds, overcomes our fears and self doubt and we thereby gain faith and trust in it as a truly trustworthy, helpful and powerful force.  It is a force that can liberate our own minds and the force we need to heal our society.  It is the antidote for divisiveness and hatred.  

Come spend the day steeping in lovingkindess.

Please bring your lunch and snacks.  There is a refrigerator and microwave available for your use. Wear layers for changes in temperature, sunscreen and bring walking shoes.  There is a hiking trail on site as well.  

Suggested donation is $65.  No one turned away for lack of funds.

At InsightLA, we’re dedicated to creating a safe and welcome, open and equitable community that stands firmly against all racial, gender, economic, or religious bias.

This class is a donation based class. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

View Event →
InsightLA Month-long Silent Meditation Retreat
Jul
6
to Aug 3

InsightLA Month-long Silent Meditation Retreat

An extended period of retreat offers the rare opportunity for sustained and dedicated practice. This retreat emphasizes quieting the mind, opening the heart, and developing profound clarity and depth of insight practice. For the entire fourteen-day period, we are committing to The Eight Precepts, which are simple training tools that can be helpful in establishing a continuity of mindfulness.

Most of the retreat is held in silence with periods of sitting and walking meditation. There are also teaching talks, guided meditations, time for questions and answers, and practice meetings with a teacher. Come join us in this silent and mindful environment where awareness sharpens, the mind settles, and space opens for insight and understanding to develop. 

Melissa McKay and Lien-Chi "LC" Tran will be teaching for the entire month. Kate Johnson will be teaching from July 17th to July 24th. Additional teachers will be announced soon.

Please note that this two-week retreat is being held in the container of a longer one-month program. For more information on the month-long, click HERE

WHAT TO EXPECT

RETREAT SCHEDULE
The daily rhythm of a retreat usually involves alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation, nature walks, meals and tea, as well as practice meetings, dharma talks and time for rest. The first sitting usually begins before breakfast. Each morning the teachers offer continuing meditation instructions for the day. The whole retreat is a succession of mindfulness trainings, breathing practices, deep awareness of the body and environment, meditations on the nature of feelings, and awareness of the mind that come from the Buddhist Insight Meditation tradition.

SITTING MEDITATION
Sitting meditation is at the heart of silent retreats. In sitting practice stillness develops, concentration deepens, and awareness expands. The training of the heart brings kindness and compassion for all that arises. We come into presence and learn to find freedom in the midst of life as it truly is.

WALKING MEDITATION
Walking gracefully and wisely on the earth is also a way to practice meditation. On retreat, periods of walking meditation alternate with periods of sitting meditation. Through walking practice, we learn to sustain meditative awareness through movement. In walking meditation, we become aware in the midst of activity. Throughout the retreat we learn to cultivate a mindful awareness in all postures, sitting, walking and lying down.

EATING MEDITATION 
An awareness of food, and the mindful understanding of the entire process of nourishment and eating is included in the practice at retreats. Retreatants are encouraged to bring the same calm, focused attention to eating as is brought to sitting and walking. Mindful eating is a wonderful context for the arising of insights. Every bite of food we eat contains, rain, sun, earth and the work of many, many beings.

GUIDED MEDITATIONS & DHARMA TALKS
Each day, the teachers present a different set of teachings that are central to practicing mindfulness and compassion. These teaching can be applied to our own experience. Sometimes the talks focus on retreat practice, and sometimes they offer teachings for wise living in the world.

MEALS 
The Sixth Precept holds, “I undertake the training to refrain from eating at the wrong time (i.e. after lunch).” This training can be a powerful tool in helping to establish a continuity of mindfulness. 

In observing the Eight Precepts on this retreat,  two healthy vegetarian meals will be provided for participants along with only a light snack (fruit, crackers, peanut butter) in the evening.  Dietary restrictions are accommodated whenever possible.

That said, we fully encourage all participants to generously take care of themselves in whatever way is best for their body and practice. Individuals who may not be able to commit to The Sixth Precept are more than welcome to bring their own food as needed. Each housing residence is equipped with a refrigerator and cabinets for storage, as well as a full kitchen.

ACCOMMODATIONS
More detailed information about the Big Bear Retreat Center will be sent to registrants as the date approaches.

There are a limited number of single rooms available with a private bath, and single rooms available with a shared bath.  Otherwise, the majority of the rooms are shared rooms with shared baths.

YOGI JOBS
Participation in this retreat will involve a light working meditation to support the community experience.  When you arrive you will be assigned a daily task to complete with mindful attention. Please let us know if you have any physical challenges that might impact your ability to perform certain tasks.  Please also bring long pants, closed toe shoes, and a shirt that you can change into in the event you are assigned a yogi job in the kitchen.  

View Event →
Wanderlust Festival Denver
Aug
9
to Aug 11

Wanderlust Festival Denver

An evolution from Wanderlust 108 of years past, Wanderlust Denver offers the full range of Wanderlust Festival experiences: 50+ classes per day led by premiere teachers in yoga and meditation, a wide variety of expert fitness instructors and activities, and a full lineup of inspirational speakers, all in a premium festival setting featuring local foods, craft vendors, healers, live music and more. Fill your days with classes and experiences in our six beautiful tented venues and our sprawling festival grounds. Step into new practices and new ideas—you’ll discover that a healthy and inspired life is waiting just around the corner.

View Event →
Wanderlust Festival Chicago
Sep
14
to Sep 15

Wanderlust Festival Chicago

An evolution from Wanderlust 108 of years past, Wanderlust Chicago offers the full range of Wanderlust Festival experiences: 50+ classes per day led by premiere teachers in yoga and meditation, a wide variety of expert fitness instructors and activities, and a full lineup of inspirational speakers, all in a premium festival setting featuring local foods, craft vendors, healers, live music and more. Fill your days with classes and experiences in our six beautiful tented venues and our sprawling festival grounds. Step into new practices and new ideas—you’ll discover that a healthy and inspired life is waiting just around the corner.

View Event →

The Art of Manifesting 4 week series
May
7
to May 28

The Art of Manifesting 4 week series

Most people are stuck in limiting, negative and even unkind thought patterns. These patterns solidify into beliefs and create the life we live in. But we are not stuck, there is something we can do about that. In this 4 week series you will learn tools and practices of the law of attraction for manifesting the things you desire in your life, in your relationships, work, finances, health and leisure. You will learn to change and shed those old thought patterns and beliefs and watch how your life will change as you do.

People know about the Law of Attraction but because of our busy lives we often forget to practice it. This series gives the support to help you remember so that you stay on track for your life goals and desires. Specific tools learned are:creative visualization techniques where you see yourself and feel yourself in the conditions you would like to be in, becoming more conscious of negative thinking patterns and beliefs and then practicing changing those, living with gratitude, and becoming clear on your intentions.

“I have taught this series for many years in New York and Los Angeles and have watched people manifest wealth, new careers, create businesses, attract relationships, buy houses and have babies from doing the work. They also establish a new and kinder way of relating to themselves which improves all aspects of their lives.” Melissa McKay

We will meet 4 Tuesdays May 7, 14, 21 and 28 in Larchmont, Los Angeles. Email mel.e.mckay@gmail.com for the address.

The cost is $95, $85 if you register by April 20th and $70 if you have taken it before.

View Event →
Befriending the Mind:  Day of Practice
Apr
27
10:00 AM10:00

Befriending the Mind: Day of Practice

A very practical way we can bring mindfulness into all aspects of our lives comes from a teaching called the Four Great Efforts. This daylong will focus on that teaching and we will put into practice ways we can be more conscious of what we are thinking, discern which thoughts are working for us and which are creating more stress and begin to change those habits of the mind.

We will practice mindfulness and lovingkindness as well as gratitude and forgiveness. Practices that we will be able to take with us to parties, work, our relationships and everywhere.

View Event →