Share in the collective wisdom of others. Sit and meditate in a community with those who were born in the 1970s and 80s.
The Middle-Ish online affinity group is supported by InsightLA teachers Michael Karakashian and Eileen Ybarra, and facilitators Julian Kehs, Elizabeth Stomp and Lulu Toselli.
The middle-era adult faces unique challenges around integrating the teachings of mindfulness and compassion in daily life while navigating substantial life transitions. We address these challenges with seated meditation practice and reflective readings within a supportive, mindful community.
If you have a topic regarding career, romantic or familial relationships, or life choices that you’d like to bring more clarity to, bring it to the group!
The Middle-Ish affinity group meets ONLINE on the third Sunday of the month from 7-8:30pm, with some additional fifth Sundays listed here on this page as they are announced.
Attendees will have optional time for connection from 8:30-9pm after the formal session finishes.
We also meet IN PERSON on the first Sunday of every month. To register for the in person practice group please click here.
Who is this practice group for?
The Middle-Ish Affinity Group is for adults who were born in the 1970s and 80s who would like to deepen their mindfulness practice in community. All are welcome, regardless of previous mindfulness or meditation experience.
- June 18th: Elizabeth Stomp
- July 16th: Elizabeth Stomp
- July 30th Eileen Ybarra
- Aug 20th: Elizabeth Stomp
- Sept 17th: Elizabeth Stomp
- Oct 15th: Lulu Toselli
- Nov 19th: Lulu Toselli
- Dec 17th: Elizabeth Stomp
About Michael Karakashian
Michael has been practicing Insight meditation as a commitment to inner self-development since 1998. He joined the InsightLA community in 2014. Michael’s core influences include Theravadan and Tibetan Buddhism, contemplative/meditative Christianity, and contemporary psychological science.
Michael serves as a clinical psychologist and mental health program leader for the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Greater LA Healthcare System and as faculty for the national VA CALM mindfulness facilitation training program. Learn more about Michael here.
About Eileen Ybarra
Eileen began studying Theravadan Buddhism as a meditation practice in 2004 under the guidance of her first meditation teacher, Trudy Goodman. Since, she has completed two year-long facilitator training programs with Against the Stream Meditation Society, as well as the Dedicated Practitioners Program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center.
Eileen leads guided meditations and group discussions for the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Young Adult, and Middle-Ish meditation groups. Learn more about Eileen here.
About Julian Kehs
Julian has been involved with InsightLA since 2013 and is a graduate of the Mindfulness Facilitator Training Program. A musician, writer and professional fundraiser with a Master’s in Education, Julian is especially interested in heart practices and attends silent retreat once yearly to deepen their practice. Learn more about Julian here.
About Elizabeth Stomp
Elizabeth Stomp is a graduate of InsightLA’s Facilitator Training Program and a Mindfulness Self-Compassion Trained Teacher from the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion & the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness. She is a part of InsightLA’s Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) Committee. Originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico, she teaches and facilitates in both Spanish and English language. Learn more about Elizabeth here.
About Lulu Toselli
Lulu is a graduate of InsightLA’s Mindfulness Facilitator Training Program. She has been guiding sound baths, meditation classes and workshops since 2015. After a decade of long, stressful hours working as a creative director and graphic designer, Lulu found real transformation and self-compassion through mindfulness and loving-kindness practices. She now shares this sacred path with others. Learn more about Lulu here.
Although this is an online, donation-based class, registration is required.
Suggested donation: $20.