Financial Support

Our mission is to make all of our programs accessible. Every fee-based offering has a limited number of pay-what-you-can spots available to support self-identified people of color, members of marginalized groups (queer people, transgender people, and  people with disabilities) and those in financial need (those for whom the cost to attend is not financially possible). 

These spots are offered on a first come, first served basis. Please pay at the highest level you can afford. In order for this support to be available, we rely on those who can afford to pay the full price to do so.

Find out if spots are available by clicking REGISTER NOW on the event you are interested in.

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. If you cancel, we apply a 5% credit processing fee and the refunded amounts are listed below:

MBSR, MSC, & MBHC, Mindfulness for Beginners & Special Events

7 days – 95% Refund
<7 days – No Refunds – Credit given if requested or donation to InsightLA

Fee-Based Non-Residential Retreats (note: Donations are non-refundable)

>7 days – 95% Refund
<7 days – No Refunds – Credit given if requested or donation to InsightLA

Residential Retreats

> 8 weeks – amount paid less $100
4-8 weeks – amount paid less $175
2-4 weeks – amount paid less $300
< 2 weeks – No refund

Residential Retreats with Financial Support:

> 8 weeks – amount paid less $75
4-8 weeks – amount paid less $100
2-4 weeks – amount paid less $200
< 2 weeks – No refund

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  • Location Online
  • Experience Levels All
  • Dates
    • Wednesday, March 20, 2024 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM PT

Refund and Event Policies

In difficult times, the skills and reflections offered from the Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program can help you show up for yourself just as you would a friend.  Practicing these skills within BIPOC community can powerfully insulate us from a sense of separation and help heal grief and trauma caused by systemic oppression. 

MSC’s three powerful components work together as an offer of validation and love to ourselves:

  1. Mindfulness:  we pause and acknowledge when we’re having a hard time– without over-identifying with the difficulty or ruminating on it.
  2. Our shared BIPOC humanity:  we recognize that there’s nothing wrong with us personally for having a hard time; this is what it’s like to be a human being (and a racialized human being at that); we deeply understand we are not alone.
  3. Self-kindness:  we respond to ourselves with the same level of care and compassion that we would offer to a friend just like us.

This course will include experiential exercises with these three components (including meditations, contemplations, and discussions), along with interactive teachings on mindful self-compassion, proven by research to boost emotional well-being and reduce anxiety and depression. Over the course of 10 online meetings (9 weekly classes and 1 half-day retreat), we will move self-compassion from a concept to a living reality in our daily lives.

Open to all who self-identify as Black, Indigenous, or People of Color, we seek to create a safe refuge, where we can reflect, share authentically, listen deeply, and compassionately hold ourselves and each other in community. Please join us!

Schedule (Wednesdays 9-11:30am PT):
March 20th
March 27th
April 3rd
April 10th
April 17th
April 24th
May 1st
Saturday, May 4th Online Retreat, 9am-1pm
May 8th
May 15th

Testimonials from Alisa and Dina’s previous MSC BIPOC Series:

“This course was transformative and healing. Alisa and Dina are amazing, collaborative co-teachers. As a non-binary Black womxn, the depth of information and practice – and the supportive, dynamic BIPOC community – developed in this course have helped me grow, stretch and recover.” – Lenora L.

“This BIPOC MSC course was the most extraordinary course I have taken on meditation and mindfulness practices. It was rooted in practical tools, community, self love and depth of self. I would recommend this course to ANY BIPOC looking for a loving space to practice. This class is full of permission: permission to love yourself, love others, and love community. I learned from my fellow classmates tremendously and would take this class again and again. Self compassion takes so much tender courage and this course facilitates bravery, surrender and humility.” -Camila L.

“Yes, I would. I’d say, this is the short-cut for your life-long journey.”
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Continuing Education Hours:

Psychologists: Continuing Education Credit for this program is provided by UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness. The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course offers 24.0 CE credit.

California licensed MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, LCSWs: Continuing Education Credit for this program is provided by UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness. The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. 24.0 CE credit may be applied to your license renewal through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. For those licensed outside California, please check with your local licensing board to determine if CE credit is accepted.

Nurses: UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP16351, for 28.75 CE credit.

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This event has a limited number of spots – please register early. This event is offered with a sliding scale of $225-$550 and has a limited number of pay-what-you-can financial support spots for those who cannot afford the base price.

To register: click Register, Person of Color, then type in the highest amount you can afford to help support fellow practitioners.

To support this offering and students who cannot afford the base price, click here to make a donation.

 

Alisa Dennis, PhD Teacher

Alisa Dennis, Ph.D., discovered meditation through her study of metaphysics and ancient mystical traditions during the 1980s.  Since then, she’s trained in the Soto Zen tradition, MBSR, and most recently in the Theravada tradition.  Alisa completed Spirit Rock’s intensive 4-year teacher training program and is an authorized teacher in the Theravada lineage.  Alisa gravitated toward... Read more

Dina Aish, EdD Teacher

Dina is an educator and mindfulness teacher with a doctorate degree in education and teaches methods and social emotional learning professionally at the college level and to elementary school faculties throughout Los Angeles, CA. She is a founding teacher with the Insight in Schools program and has a passion for supporting teachers with mindfulness and... Read more

Pricing Options
Class Fee with CEs $625
Class Fee $550
Financial Support Class Fee $225
Pay-What-You-Can $0

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Financial Support

Our mission is to make all of our programs accessible. Every fee-based offering has a limited number of pay-what-you-can spots available to support members of marginalized groups (people of color, queer people, people with disabilities) and those in financial need (those for whom the cost to attend is not financially possible).

These spots are offered on a first come, first served basis. Please pay at the highest level you can afford. In order for this support to be available, we rely on those who can afford to pay the full price to do so.

Register Now

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