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

Class Series

>7 days – 95% Refund

<7 days – No Refunds


Non-Residential retreats 

>7 days – 95% Refund

<7 days – No Refunds

 

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

 

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 Online
  • Experience Levels All
  • Date Starts Tuesday, December 20, 2022
    Ends Monday, December 26, 2022

    6 nights

Refund and Event Policies

Please note this retreat meets the requirements for participants in Jack Kornfield + Tara Brach’s Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification program through Sounds True. Please read the Criteria for MMTCP Retreat Attendance Requirements.

The form of the retreat is held in contemplative silence and includes meditation instruction, Dharma talks, classical meditation practices, Qi Gong, multiple daily sessions of chanting, mantra practice, and ceremony. There will be opportunities to meet with the teachers and share within the group.

This retreat is offered to strengthen refuge and resilience to better resource ourselves within the intensity of these times by drawing from a unique synthesis of Insight meditation and the Kuan Yin Dharmas. This approach, cultivated over the years by Kittisaro and Thanissara, provides a context for the practice of contemplative inquiry, which supports embodying the transformative power of the Bodhisattva path.

The beloved Elder, Thich Nhat Hanh, taught, “we are here to awaken from our illusion of separateness.” At this inflection point in our planetary journey, we are caught between a regressive, divisive force energized by fear, and an evolutionary longing to leap beyond old painful systems of extraction and oppression that are destroying the Earth.

At the crux of this dynamic is the free will of the human heart/mind. The Buddha said this mind “is the forerunner of all things.” Endeavoring to honor his words we will be working with body, mind, and heart, aligned within the deep listening of Kuan Yin to better prepare ourselves as conduits for service, as taught by Ajahn Chah, of the Living Dharma.

The teaching team supporting this retreat, all bring exceptional contributions to our collective exploration of awakening and cultivation of the Bodhisattva heart.  Special attention will be given to the care of self and body alongside care from the team to hold the space with realness, mutual respect, and a lightness of being.

pen our connection to our direct moment to moment experience, cultivate continuity of mindfulness, and awaken the heart and mind for greater ease, balance, and clarity in daily life.  

This retreat is a hybrid, to join in-person at Big Bear Retreat Center in Southern California click here. 

Tentative Schedule in PT (subject to change)
Day 1:
7:00 Opening Ceremony
9:30 Rest/Further Practice – Sharing of Blessings

Days 2-6:
6.00 Quan Yin Bowing
6:10 Silent Sitting/Stationary Meditation
6:50 Chanting
7:15 Walking/Movement Meditation
8:00 Meal Time
9:00 Instructional Sitting/Stationary Meditation with Teacher Input 
10:00 Walking/Movement Meditation or Small Groups (when assigned)
10:45 Silent Sitting/Stationary Meditation
11:30 Walking/Movement Meditation or Small Groups (when assigned)
12:00 Silent Sitting/Stationary Meditation & Eating Meditation/ Blessing
12:30 Lunch
2:30  Silent Sitting/Stationary Meditation with a Few Words and/or Chant
3:00 Walking/Movement Meditation or Small Groups (when assigned)
3:30 Silent Sitting/Stationary Meditation
4:15 Qi Gong 
5:00 Q&A – Teacher Body 
5:30 Evening Meal
7:00 Chanting and Sitting/Stationary Meditation
7:30 Break
7:40 Dharma Talk
8:30 Walking/Movement Meditation
9:00 Silent Sitting/Stationary Meditation
9:30 Rest/Further Practice – Sharing of Blessings

Day 7:
6.00 Quan Yin Bowing
6:10 Silent Sitting/Stationary Meditation
6:50 Chanting
7:15 Walking/Movement Meditation
8:00 Meal Time
9:00 Closing Ceremony
10:45 Retreat Ends 
*All are strongly encouraged to attend as much of the retreat as possible. MMTCP Students: Attendance will be tracked at the bolded sessions. 

Dana/Generosity: There will also be an opportunity to offer Dana for the teachers and center at the end of the retreat. Thank you for your support!

Pricing Options
Class Fee $545

Register Now

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 request financial support.

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

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