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.

In the event that these spots have been claimed and you’re interested in attending please email support@insightla.org to be added to the financial support waitlist.

In addition, we offer Payment Plans in a variety of amounts and durations (ie: If the class is $100 you can make 2 monthly payments of $50 or 4 monthly payments of $25). For payment plan requests, please email support@insightla.org

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:

Drop-in Classes 

>24 hours – 95% Refund

<24 hours – No Refunds

Class Series

>7 days – 95% Refund

<7 days – No Refunds


Non-Residential retreats 

>7 days – 95% Refund

<7 days – No Refunds

 

Residential Retreats 

> 8 weeks

   95% refund

4-8 weeks

    50% refund

2-4 weeks

    20% refund

< 2 weeks

    No Refunds

 

Special Events

>7 days – 95% Refund 

<7 days – No Refunds

 

Trainings & Study Programs 

> 8 weeks

   95% refund

4-8 weeks

    50% refund

2-4 weeks

    20% refund

< 2 weeks

    No Refunds

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  • Location Online
  • Experience Levels All
  • Date Starts Saturday, May 2, 2020
    Ends Tuesday, May 5, 2020

    3 nights

Refund and Event Policies

This retreat has been reformatted specifically to be an online retreat, accessible for people who are staying home right now and would like to deepen their practice and connect with some calm, stillness, and a sense of inner refuge. 

We live in an increasingly complex world, and many of us long for more stillness and quiet in our busy lives. With the current challenges we are facing, some of us may find we finally have that opportunity but aren’t sure how to begin to cultivate it. Others may feel even busier in some ways and overwhelmed with the current events in addition to continuing to work and fulfill commitments while other members of our household are at home. Whatever our conditions might be, this is an important time to strengthen practice and find moments of peace – whether amidst the unexpected activity or quiet of our home life.

During this four day online retreat, we’ll learn to slow down and attune to the fresh simplicity of our present moment experience, rest in stillness, and connect with the heart’s inner capacity for healing and freedom, within whatever conditions we find ourselves during this time. As we focus on practices that quiet the mind and open the heart, we support a continuity of mindfulness and a deepening of our meditation practice, which provides us with a true refuge amidst uncertainty.

Together we’ll explore some of the supports for presence: letting go of distraction, the deliberate cultivation of simplicity and contentment, and a renewed sense of connection with our own bodies, hearts, and minds in community. By bringing mindful attention to our moment to moment experience, we can learn to cultivate resilience amidst change and grow in awareness, love and wisdom. 

The structure of this online Insight meditation retreat includes two guided meditations with Q&A each day, time for independent sitting and walking meditation periods in the communal virtual hall, rest, mindful eating instructions for meals, Dharma talks, and short individual or small group practice discussion meetings with the teachers. This format is configured to maximize its effectiveness as a virtual retreat during this extraordinary time of shelter-in-place. It combines the dedicated practice time of a residential retreat while supporting those with family members and/or other responsibilities. 

General Schedule (All times are Pacific Time):

  • 7:00 – 8:00am Individual morning sit (virtual meditation hall open)
  • 9:00 – 10:00am First Guided Meditation Period/Q&A
  • 10:00 – 12:30pm Individual Sitting and Walking Practice (when not attending your Practice Meeting)
  • 2:30 – 3:00 pm Individual Sitting Practice 
  • 3:00 – 3:45 pm Dharma Talk
  • 3:45 – 4:15 pm Individual walking practice
  • 4:15 – 5:00pm Second Guided Meditation Period
  • 5:00 – 6:00pm Individual Sitting and walking practice 
  • 7:30 – 8:00pm Last community sit of the evening with chanting

The retreat includes 4 full days of practice together. It will start at 9:00am on Saturday, May 2nd and end at 8:00pm on Tuesday, May 5th. We are asking participants in this retreat to commit to all items on the schedule that are in bold, and as many of the other practice sessions as your circumstances allow.

Dana/Donations: There will also be an opportunity to offer Dana for the teachers and center at the end of the retreat. Thank you for your support! 

Financial Support and Payment Plans: There is a limited amount of financial support available for those in financial hardship. We will do our best to offer as much as possible to all who request it. In order to do so, we rely on people to commit to paying at the highest level they can afford. Once we have an understanding of how much financial support is needed among everyone who requests it, we will do our best to meet people’s needs equitably.

If you would like to set up a payment plan please email anisa@insightla.org with the number of payments and the payment amount (ie: 12 monthly payments of $50). If you would like to be added to the financial support waitlist please email anisa@insightla.org by April 23rd with the amount you can afford and your desired payment plan (if applicable). 

Pricing Options
Base $350
Benefactor - to provide support to fellow retreatants in financial hardship and sustain InsightLA and the teachers $1000
Supporter - to support fellow retreatants who cannot afford the base price $650
Subsidized - for those who genuinely cannot afford the base price $275

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.

In the event that these spots have been claimed and you’re interested in attending please fill out this intake form to apply for financial support or a payment plan.

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