Financial Support

Our mission is to make all of our programs accessible. Every fee-based offering has a limited number of pay-what-you-can spots available to support self-identified people of color, members of marginalized groups (queer people, transgender people, and  people with disabilities) and those in financial need (those for whom the cost to attend is not financially possible). 

These spots are offered on a first come, first served basis. Please pay at the highest level you can afford. In order for this support to be available, we rely on those who can afford to pay the full price to do so.

Find out if spots are available by clicking REGISTER NOW on the event you are interested in.

In the event that these spots have been claimed and you’re interested in attending please email support@insightla.org to be added to the financial support waitlist.

In addition, we offer Payment Plans in a variety of amounts and durations (ie: If the class is $100 you can make 2 monthly payments of $50 or 4 monthly payments of $25). For payment plan requests, please email support@insightla.org

Safety 

We work to protect the safety of all students. We reserve the right to remove any student from any class, sitting group, retreat, or any event if the student is disruptive to the safe learning environment we maintain for all.

Cancellation & Refunds

We reserve the right to cancel a class or special event due to low enrollment or other circumstances which would make the event non-viable. If InsightLA cancels an event you’ve registered for, you will be offered a full refund. If an event has to be postponed for any reason, you will have the option to either receive a full refund or transfer your registration to the same event at the new, future date. If you cancel, we apply a 5% credit processing fee and the refunded amounts are listed below:

Drop-in Classes 

>24 hours – 95% Refund

<24 hours – No Refunds – Credit given if requested or converted into donation to InsightLA

Class Series

>7 days – 95% Refund

<7 days – No Refunds – Credit given if requested or converted into donation to InsightLA


Non-Residential retreats 

>7 days – 95% Refund

<7 days – No Refunds – Credit given if requested or converted into donation to InsightLA

 

Residential Retreats 

> 8 weeks

   95% refund

4-8 weeks

    50% refund

2-4 weeks

    20% refund

< 2 weeks

    No Refunds

 

Special Events

>7 days – 95% Refund 

<7 days – No Refunds – Credit given if requested or donation to InsightLA

 

Trainings & Study Programs 

> 8 weeks

   95% refund

4-8 weeks

    50% refund

2-4 weeks

    20% refund

< 2 weeks

    No Refunds

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  • Location Big Bear Retreat Center
  • Experience Levels All
  • Date Starts Wednesday, September 16, 2020
    Ends Sunday, September 20, 2020

    4 nights

Refund and Event Policies

This is the 2nd annual Creating Joy in Community Residential Meditation Retreat for the Transgender, Gender Nonconforming, Genderqueer, and Non-binary communities. This 5 day, 4 night retreat at the Big Bear Retreat Center, Big Bear, California will be a space, where the grounding of kindness and compassion will support the healing from day to day harms and legacies of injustice.

We will offer meditation, mindful movement and heart-centered practices.  These practices will be offered in silence balanced with discussions and community-building group exercises that nurture radical connection, joy and resilience.

Retreat Schedule: 4 nights, 5 days

Arrive Wednesday, September 16th 2pm – 4pm

Depart Sunday, September 20th 11am

What to expect: The daily rhythm of a retreat usually involves alternating periods of stillness and movement meditation, time in nature, meals and tea, as well as practice meetings, dharma talks and rest periods. The first practice begins before breakfast. Each morning the teachers offer continuing meditation instructions for the day. The whole retreat is a succession of mindfulness training, breathing practices, deep awareness of the body and environment, meditations on the nature of feelings, and awareness of mind are from the Buddhist Insight Meditation tradition.

Still Meditation: In stationary meditation practice silence and stillness develop, 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 that as it truly is. There are a number of postures for practicing still meditation, including laying down, sitting on a cushion, or a chair.

Movement Meditation: Moving intentionally and wisely on the earth is also a way to practice meditation. On retreat, periods of movement  or walking meditation alternate with periods of still meditation. Through this practice we learn to sustain meditative awareness through movement. In movement meditations, we become aware in the midst of activity. Throughout the retreat we learn to cultivate a mindful awareness in all postures, whether we are sitting, standing, moving, moving, walking and/or 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 other meditation. 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.

Dharma Talks and guided meditations:  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.

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. We would like to assign a task based on your abilities. Please let us know if you have any concerns related to possible yogi jobs. 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.

Meals: All meals will be vegetarian. Vegan and Gluten Free options will be available.  We encourage you to bring your own food if you have further dietary needs. A refrigerator and microwave will be available for your use 24/7.

Work Retreatant Opportunity:  A work retreatant can attend the retreat for free in exchange for up to 5 hours of work a day and the rest of the time they can attend all activities of the retreat.  If you are interested please email melissamckay@insightla.org

Accessibility: The retreat center is located at an elevation of 7,000 ft. If you have questions about access at this retreat, please contact martin@insightla.org

Cost:  This retreat will be offered on a sliding scale based on financial need.  Please pay as you are able and be as generous as possible in order to support others who may have fewer financial resources.  All rooms have shared bathrooms.

When registering, you will have the option of choosing from the following options. If you need additional financial support beyond these options, please click the financial support options on the registration page.

– Subsidized Rate:  $250 Intended for people in need of financial support. For instance this rate would be for students, people with low income or receiving public benefits or others for whom the base cost is a financial hardship.

 Base Cost:  $440 This is the base cost for a shared room and meals for the entire retreat that is recommended below. Please pay this amount if you can afford to, but you will have the option of selecting any amount on the following registration page.

 Single Room with Shared Bath: $650 The cost for a single room with shared bath. There are a limited number of single rooms so please alert martin@insightla.org if your request is a preference versus a need.

 Single Room with Private Bath: $950 The cost for a single room with private bath. There are a limited number of single rooms so please alert martin@insightla.org if your request is a preference versus a need.

 Base or Single Room plus donation: If you can afford to, please consider making an additional donation beyond the cost of your registration that will go toward financial support for those requesting a subsidized rate.

Pricing Options
Subsidized Rate for Shared Room
$250
Base Cost for Shared Room
$440
Single Room with Shared Bathroom
$650
Single Room with Private Bathroom
$950

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Financial Support

Our mission is to make all of our programs accessible. Every fee-based offering has a limited number of pay-what-you-can spots available to support members of marginalized groups (people of color, queer people, people with disabilities) and those in financial need (those for whom the cost to attend is not financially possible).

These spots are offered on a first come, first served basis. Please pay at the highest level you can afford. In order for this support to be available, we rely on those who can afford to pay the full price to do so.

You’ll see the financial support options after clicking the Register Now button.

In the event that these spots have been claimed and you’re interested in attending please email support@insightLA.org to be added to the financial support waitlist.

For payment plan requests, please email support@insightla.org.