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  • Location Benedict Canyon Retreat House
  • Experience Levels Experienced
  • 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 - 2:00 PM PT
  • Ride Sharing Sign-Up

Refund and Event Policies

Nourish the heart and connect to an innate ability to offer yourself love, regardless of what’s present. 

“Awakening self-compassion is often the greatest challenge people face on the spiritual path.” 
-Tara Brach

Practice in community and open to the shared experience of our common humanity. Expand your capacity to be with what is and awaken to your own innate ability to love and support yourself through whatever shows up.

Where is this event located?

This event will take place in person at the Benedict Canyon Retreat House. Find directions, parking and accessibility information here

Please note: In keeping with the principles of the dharma that underlie our activities, primarily non-harming, we are requiring that all attendees be fully vaccinated in order to attend in-person. Masks are optional as all attendees are fully vaccinated. Attendance is limited to 35 to allow for social distancing.

Donation Based:

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

Suggested donation: $45

If you cannot make it, please cancel your reservation so that others may attend in your place. Space is limited.

JD Lloyd, MFA Teacher

JD Lloyd is a long-time member of the InsightLA Meditation Community, where he completed four years of dedicated Dharma study programs and received training to facilitate mindfulness classes. He completed additional training to conduct courses in Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), and he has also received specialized education in chaplaincy support, contemplative caregiving, and trauma-sensitive mindfulness. JD... Read more

Suzanne Smith, MSN, RN, NP

Suzanne Smith, MSN, RN, NP, is a Family Nurse Practitioner at UCLA where she is involved in Mind-Brain-Body research and has facilitated MBSR for research studies. Suzanne has been meditating with InsightLA since 2006, and is a graduate of Mindful Self-Compassion, Fearless Compassionate Care, MBSR and Mindfulness Facilitation Teacher Training Programs. Suzanne enjoys offering guidance... Read more

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