Financial Support

We are committed to providing opportunities for all people to participate in our programs. We are able to offer payment plans for students who request them.  Approximately 50% of programming is donation-based, pay what you can. If you are interested in attending an offering that is tuition-based and are not able to afford the cost of the class, we offer financial support to reduce the fee of the class on a first-come first-served basis. 

We have funding allocated for People of Color (POC), Queer people, folks with serious medical conditions, and young adults (age 18-24). Funding is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Funding is budgeted per class, retreat or event and because of high demand, can run out quickly.   

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.

Drop-in Classes 

>24 hours – Fully refundable 

<24 hours – No Refunds – Credit given if requested or donation to InsightLA

 

Class Series

>7 days – Fully refundable 

<7 days – No Refunds – Credit given if requested or donation to InsightLA


Non-Residential retreats 

>7 days – Fully refundable 

<7 days – No Refunds – Credit given if requested or donation to InsightLA

 

Residential Retreats 

> 8 weeks

    Full refund

4-8 weeks

    50% refund

2-4 weeks

    25% refund

< 2 weeks

    No Refunds

 

Special Events

>7 days – Fully refundable 

<7 days – No Refunds – Credit given if requested or donation to InsightLA

 

Trainings & Study Programs 

> 8 weeks

    Full refund

4-8 weeks

    50% refund

2-4 weeks

    25% refund

< 2 weeks

    No Refunds

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  • Location Big Bear Retreat Center
  • Experience Levels All
  • Date Starts Thursday, April 9, 2020
    Ends Thursday, April 16, 2020
    7 nights

Event Policies

This silent retreat offers practical instruction in mindfulness, concentration, and insight meditation practice (vipassana). Through developing mindfulness of breath, body, feelings, and mind, meditators will find that habitual judgments, fear, and craving will fall away, and the natural spaciousness of a mind imbued with wisdom and joy will be revealed. By cultivating calm, balanced awareness, we can dissolve any suffering that may entangle our hearts, and discover our freedom in the midst of things.

Instructions in sitting and walking meditation, consultations with the teacher, and daily dharma teachings make this retreat suitable for both new and experienced practitioners.

RETREAT SCHEDULE: 7 nights, 8 days

Arrive 2-4pm Thursday, April 9th  

Depart 11:00am Thursday April 16th 

The daily rhythm of a retreat usually involves alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation, nature walks, meals and tea, as well as practice meetings, dharma talks and rest periods. The first sitting usually begins before breakfast. Each morning the teachers offer continuing meditation instructions for the day. The whole retreat is a succession of mindfulness training, breathing practices, deep awareness of the body and environment, meditations on the nature of feelings, and awareness of mind are from the Buddhist Insight Meditation tradition.

Sitting Meditation: Sitting meditation is at the heart of silent retreats. In sitting practice silence and stillness develop, concentration deepens, and awareness expands. The training of the heart brings kindness and compassion for all that arises. We come into presence and learn to find freedom in the midst of life as it truly is.

Walking Meditation: Walking gracefully and wisely on the earth is also a way to practice meditation. On retreat, periods of walking meditation alternate with periods of sitting meditation. Through walking practice we learn to sustain meditative awareness through movement. In walking meditation, we become aware in the midst of activity. Throughout the retreat we learn to cultivate a mindful awareness in all postures, sitting walking and lying down.

 Eating Meditation: An awareness of food, and the mindful understanding of the entire process of nourishment and eating is included in the practice at retreats. Retreatants are encouraged to bring the same calm, focused attention to eating as is brought to sitting and walking. Mindful eating is a wonderful context for the arising of insights. Every bite of food we eat contains, rain, sun, earth and the work of many, many beings.

Dharma Talks and guided meditations:  Each day, the teachers present a different set of teachings that are central to practicing mindfulness and compassion. These teaching can be applied to our own experience. Sometimes the talks focus on retreat practice, and sometimes they offer teachings for wise living in the world.

Pricing: The price of the retreat includes accommodation for 7 nights and all meals for the duration of the retreat.

Donations/Dana: Please note that the price of the retreat covers accommodation, food, facilities, and other InsightLA expenses.  To allow the teachers to continue their dharma work, support from the students is needed.  There will be an opportunity to contribute at the end of the retreat to the teachers.

Accommodations: Located just a 2.5 hour drive from Los Angeles, Big Bear Retreat Center is nestled in the ancient Juniper woodlands of the San Bernardino Mountains near the town of Big Bear, California. The tranquil property is immediately adjacent to the National Forest and offers access to roughly 1,300 acres of conserved lands.

The property consists of eleven separate buildings for dining, meditating, and sleeping. The single-story residence buildings include both single and double rooms. There is a mirror and a small clothes-hanging area in each room. Two bathrooms are located in each building.

Yogi Jobs: Participation in this retreat will involve a light working meditation to support the community experience.  When you arrive you will be assigned a daily task to complete with mindful attention.  Please let us know if you have any physical challenges that might impact your ability to perform certain tasks.  Please also bring long pants, closed toe shoes, and a shirt that you can change into in the event you are assigned a yogi job in the kitchen.

Meals: All meals will be vegetarian.

Pricing Options
Base Shared $770
Single with Shared Bathroom $1330
Single with Private Bathroom $2030

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