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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 Starts Saturday, January 6, 2024
    Ends Sunday, January 7, 2024

    1 night

Refund and Event Policies

This event is the online version of a hybrid retreat which will take place both in-person and online. To register for the in-person version of this event click here. 

Please join us as we come together in community to practice together within the container of a silent Insight meditation retreat centered around the theme of wise intention in the new year! This is a non-residential weekend.

Most of us have goals, and the New Year is often a time of self-improvement. Our mindfulness and Dharma practice invites us into another kind of exploration, however, that is not based on “improving”, but on moving towards our deeper aspirations or intentions from a place of acceptance, presence with what is, and attention to the way we bring these goals to fruition.

How do we embrace change and move towards new possibilities from a place of contentment? What intentions do we allow to arise when we cultivate a calm, clear mind, and a peaceful, loving heart? How do we accept what is, while steadily moving in the direction of our own well-being?

Through mindfulness, Insight, and lovingkindness practices along with inquiry we will explore our relationship to these questions as we move towards awakening on the path. There will be periods of silent and guided sitting meditation, walking meditation, and a Dharma talk to support the development of your practice. Together, we will explore in community and leave refreshed and renewed for the New Year ahead. The retreat will be held in silence to support a deepening of mindful awareness and insight.

Participants are encouraged to continue practicing mindfulness in the evening at home to strengthen their continuity of mindfulness for the full retreat experience, as this is a non-residential retreat.

Schedule in Pacific Time:
Saturday January 6th, 2024
10:00 – 10:30 Opening Guided Meditation 
10:30 – 11:00 Retreat Orientation + Community Connection
11:00 – 11:30 Walking (or Movement) Meditation
11:30 – 12:15 Sitting (or Stationary) Meditation
12:15 – 12:45 Walking Meditation
12:45 – 1:15 Dharma talk
1:15 – 2:15 Lunch
2:15 – 3:00 Guided Metta sit 
3:00 – 3:30 Walk 
3:30 – 4:00 Sit 
4:00 – 4:30 Walk 
4:30 – 5:00 Sit and closing of day one

Sunday January 7th, 2024
10:00 – 10:30 Opening meditation with instructions
10:30 – 11:00 Walking (or movement) meditation 
11:00 – 11:30 sitting (or stationary) meditation
11:30 – 12:00 walking
12:00 – 12:30 sit 
12:30 – 1:00 walking
1:00 – 1:30 Dharma Talk
1:30 – 2:30 lunch
2:30 – 3:00 sit – Metta
3:00 – 3:15 Walking the question practice
3:15 – 3:25 intention journaling
3:25 – 3:40 small group sharing – (breakout rooms for those online)
3:40 – 3:55 sharing in the large group- both online and in person
3:55 – 4:00 retreat closing, dedication of merit 

Suggested Donation: $170

Celeste Young Teacher

Celeste began formal meditation practice in 2002. She was invited to join the very first teacher development cohort at InsightLA under the guidance of founder Trudy Goodman in 2011 and has since taught thousands of students the essentials of mindfulness over the years. Celeste offers several classes a week as a core teacher at ILA,... Read more

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