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  • Location Santa Monica Meditation Center
  • Experience Levels All
  • This class is a donation based class. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
  • Date/Time Sunday, July 21, 2024
    2:00 PM - 3:30 PM PT
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This event will no longer be offered as in-person. To register for the online option of this event, click here.

Parenting can be an all-consuming, emotionally charged, and even chaotic experience, but also one that presents unique opportunities for mindful living and growth. What are some of the ways to maintain a mindful equilibrium in addressing day-to-day parenting challenges? What can our kids and our experiences raising them teach us about living life deeper and more skillfully? 

Join Wendy Block, an Insight meditation teacher, in conversation with Lane Igoudin, author, educator, and mindfulness practitioner, about his recently published memoir A Family, Maybe, which depicts his and his husband’s journey adopting their daughters from foster care, and his spiritual takeaways from being an adoptive Dad.

The talk will include a meditation practice, Q&A, and book signing. The discussion will highlight the application of Buddhist and mindfulness practices to one particular challenge described in Lane’s book – interfacing with the foster care system. We will have Q and A between Wendy and Lane, a reading from the book, and questions from audience. 

Where is this event located? 
This event will take place in person at the Santa Monica Meditation Center. Find directions, parking and accessibility information here


Wendy Block, LCSW Teacher

Wendy N. Block began practicing meditation at age 18, studying different traditions, including Buddhist, Hindu, and Advaita paths. She has been practicing Vipassana meditation for 20 years, and has helped teach and organize meditation programs in Long Beach for Long Beach Meditation and Insight LA. She is dedicated to supporting and nurturing the practice of... Read more

Lane Igoudin Guest

Lane is a member of Zen Center Los Angeles where he received his jukai (lay ordination) in 2016. He also learned dharma at InsightLA retreats with Jack Kornfeld and Philip Moffitt. An English professor at Los Angeles City College, Lane has written about adoptive parenting, LGBTQ families, and spiritual growth for Applied Jewish Spirituality, Forward,... Read more

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