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

Come practice together in community to open to the shared experience of our common humanity, being with what is and awakening to your own inner capacity for loving and supporting yourself through whatever shows up.

This half-day retreat is an opportunity to deepen your self-compassion practice and nourish your heart through meditation, experiential exercises and connecting to others.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the specific nature of the MSC practice, this event is for current students and graduates of MSC and SC-MSC ONLY. Thank you for observing this criteria.

Saturday 8th July, 10.00 – 2.00 PM PT 

Suggested Donation: $50


In keeping with the principles of the dharma that underlies all of our activities, primarily non-harming, we are requiring that all attendees be fully vaccinated in order to attend any in-person event.
Max Capacity: 35
Masks: Optional (all attendees are fully vaccinated). 


Exciting news! InsightLA is running a Food Bank Program to offer our community the opportunity to support the Westside Food Bank and help folks dealing with low income living and/or experiencing  houselessness. To participate please click here.

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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