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  • Location Online
  • Experience Levels All
  • This class is a donation based class. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
  • Date/Time Saturday, July 8, 2023
    10:00 AM - 11:30 AM PT
  • Next Available Date Saturday 15 July 2023

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Come together to meditate and talk about supporting the people in our lives (including ourselves) who may be struggling with deep suffering, hopelessness, helplessness, disconnection, mental health and health challenges, and/or suicidal thoughts.

Join us online every Saturday from 10:00-11:30am Pacific Time for InsightLA’s Mindfulness and Deep Suffering Affinity & Practice Group. 

H.O.P.E. Practice Group

The opposite of deep suffering is not just the absence of suffering.
The opposite of deep suffering is connection.

Since April 2020, the H.O.P.E. (Healing Ourselves through the Present Experience) practice group has been a refuge and sanctuary for those of us who feel lost at times.

Without judgment, shame, or pressure, we come together to practice and discuss the importance of connection, community, and compassion.

Expect a 15-20 minute guided meditation and teaching (recorded), followed by time for conversation, discussion, and questions (not recorded).

To watch or listen to previous H.O.P.E. Groups, visit the H.O.P.E. YouTube Channel.

Who is this practice group for?

This practice group is for anyone (including ourselves) who may be struggling with deep suffering, hopelessness, helplessness, disconnection, mental health and health challenges, and/or suicidal thoughts.

All levels of practitioners are welcome, including those who have never meditated before.

Questions? Contact instructors Brian or Mariela at or

Where is this practice located?

H.O.P.E. practice group meets online. Join us LIVE on Zoom from the comfort of your own home or another safe space. The Zoom link will be sent via email to everyone who registers.

By Donation:

Although this is a donation-based class, registration is required.

Suggested donation: $20

As always, if you are considering giving up or if you know someone who might be at risk for suicide, please call 800-273-TALK (8255) or dial 988 and visit: 


Brian Stefan

Brian’s inspiration and professional influences are many, but first and foremost is the well-known television educator Fred Rogers – “Mr. Rogers” – who reminded children of all ages: “If it’s mentionable, it’s more manageable.” In our day-to-day lives, we experience a range of emotions. Emotions serve an important survival function by giving us information about... Read more

Mariela Bravo Facilitator

Mariela Bravo is a bilingual-bicultural certified Mindfulness and Compassion Meditation Teacher. She is the founder of The Mindful Hour, a project with the aim of bringing mindfulness and compassion practices to different communities especially to those with limited exposure. Since 2018, Mariela has been teaching and facilitating mindfulness workshops and groups online and in-person in both Spanish and... Read more

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