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  • Location Online
  • Experience Levels All
  • This class is a donation based class. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
  • Date/Time Sunday, June 23, 2024
    10:00 AM - 1:00 PM PT

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Hosted online by Big Bear Retreat Center
(note: InsightLA is not hosting this retreat)

Sunday, June 23rd 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Registration closes June 22nd at 11:59pm Pacific Time

Ayya Santacitta and Celeste Young will also offer an on land retreat on this same topic, all are invited to attend that retreat as well. 
October 20 – 26, 2024
Weaving Ourselves Back into the Fabric of Life: An Exploration of the Four Distortions of Perception

The 4 Distortions of Perception:

Seeing what is impermanent (anicca) as permanent (nicca )
Seeing what is painful (dukkha) as pleasant (sukha)
Seeing what is without a self (anatta) as a self (atta)
Seeing what is not beautiful (asubha) as beautiful (subha)

All we think about and project onto reality tends to be channeled through these misperceptions. As ‘business as usual’ is steadily eroding around us, we are called to navigate the world differently.

At an evolutionary threshold like this the Buddha’s teachings are a formidable anchor to keep us grounded while our old narratives are dissolving, and we are urged to go deeper.

Putting on the corrective lens of the Dharma – imminent, curious and discerning – we will contemplate a path to greater clarity, understanding and equanimity in our own lived experience, opening the door to our next steps.

Online Dana-based, pay at any amount above $0

At registration will receive a link with a landing page for the online community that includes the zoom and schedule information for the online component of this program, along with any other helpful tips before, during, and after your retreat. This link will be emailed to you again 24 hours before your retreat.

June 23rd, 10am – 1pm (PST)
*zoom link and more information will be available 24 hours before the retreat*

For any questions please contact or visit our website

Cancellation Policy: Please visit our website for more on the cancellation policy for this retreat-

Dana-based In Person Retreat Cancellation Fee Schedule:

> 4 weeks   20%
<4 weeks    No Refunds

Ayya Santacitta

Ayya Santacitta was born in Austria and did her graduate studies in Cultural Anthropology, focusing on dance, theatre and ritual. She also worked in avant-garde dance theatre as a performer and costume designer. In 1988 she met Ajahn Buddhadasa in southern Thailand, who sparked her interest in Buddhist monastic life. She trained as a nun... Read more

Celeste Young Teacher

Celeste began formal meditation practice in 2002. She was invited to join the very first teacher development cohort at InsightLA under the guidance of founder Trudy Goodman in 2011 and has since taught thousands of students the essentials of mindfulness over the years. Celeste offers several classes a week as a core teacher at ILA,... Read more

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