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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Refund and Event Policies

Along the path of dharma practice we make it a habit to connect to the truth of each moment as experienced in the body and through all the senses. By doing so, we can effectively reduce anxiety and confusion, making room for peace and joy.

Meditation can also help balance our nervous system, moving us from fight, flight or freeze to rest and digest. This is profoundly healing. Not only do we learn to notice the habit of getting lost in troubled thinking, we practice creating a whole new relationship to your thoughts.

On retreat, we experience the support of the community, teachers and teachings. All of which help us face the challenges of our lives with greater courage, peace and equanimity.

Come home to your senses October 12-16th with Trudy Goodman, Gullu Singh and Gabrielle Hammond.

Silent Insight Meditation Retreat

Settling into the simple life of retreat invites us to move from feeling overwhelmed with worries, grief, and restlessness to feeling steady and grateful. 

Time in retreat allows us to step away from the demands of everyday life and listen deeply to our body, heart and mind. The purpose of this practice is to turn our attention to what brings true peace and happiness in life while cultivating more resilience, compassion and wisdom, both in responding to suffering in the world and in our own hearts.  

Most of the retreat is held in silence, with periods of sitting and walking meditation.  Expect guided meditations, teaching talks, qigong practices and a teacher-led practice discussion meeting for each participant.

Retreatants are given guidance to encourage the practice of mindfulness in all the retreat activities, staying with their own present experience as it unfolds, moment to moment.

Where Is This Retreat Located?

This retreat will take place in-person on the sacred grounds of the Mary & Joseph Retreat Center in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. Enjoy expansive city and ocean views from high atop the bluffs of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, beautiful gardens, hiking trails and an outdoor labyrinth.

Guests may choose from double or single rooms with shared or private bath. Three healthy vegetarian meals are provided each full day (the first day includes dinner and the final day includes breakfast). Dietary restrictions are accommodated whenever possible.

Schedule

Registration deadline: August 11

Starts Thursday, October 12, 2023 Check In: 3-5pm
Ends Monday, October 16, 2023 by 11am

Transportation

Please try to carpool or offer a ride to others by signing up here. Thank you for supporting the earth and your fellow practitioners.

COVID-19 Policy

Attendees must read and agree to the COVID-19 policy below.

About Trudy Goodman

Trudy Goodman, PH.D., is the founding teacher of InsightLA and cofounder of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. She has taught at universities and retreat centers worldwide for over 40 years. Trudy has trained in mindfulness and Zen since 1973, holds a graduate degree in developmental psychology from Harvard, and is one of the senior Buddhist teachers in the U.S.

She is widely known for her role as the voice of Trudy the Love Barbarian in the Netflix series “Midnight Gospel.” Trudy is a contributing author for The Clinical Handbook of Mindfulness, Compassion and Wisdom in Psychotherapy, and Mindfulness and Psychotherapy. 

She teaches retreats and workshops worldwide, often teaching with her husband, Jack Kornfield. Learn more about Trudy at TrudyGoodman.com and InsightLA.org.

About Gullu Singh

Gulwinder “Gullu” Singh is a corporate real estate attorney who regularly teaches both secular and Buddhist classes and groups at InsightLA and at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, has taught mindfulness at the University of Southern California and has been a guest lecturer on mindfulness at UCLA Law School. 

Gullu spends several weeks per year teaching and attending silent meditation retreats and is deeply inspired to share meditation as an antidote to stress, a way to cope more effectively with the challenges of work and life and to inject more sanity, compassion and wisdom into this world. Learn more about Gullu here.

About Gabrielle Hammond

Gabrielle Hammond has been a Vipassana practitioner since 2008, has a regular retreat practice and devotes several hours a day to contemplative practice.

She is an acupuncturist and doctor of Taoist and Traditional Chinese Medicine for 22 years, under the tutelage of a 64th generation Taoist Master, Chang Yi Hsiang. Gabrielle continues to teach and practice qigong over 35 years later and will lead qigong practices on this retreat. Learn more about Gabrielle here.

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Dana/Generosity

Teacher compensation is not included in the registration fee. There will be an opportunity at the end of retreat to make a donation to the teachers. Thank you for your support! *note: as of June 2023, we will not be accepting cash and there is not an ATM on site. Credit cards and checks are accepted.

COVID-19 Policy 

  • Proof of full vaccination
  • Proof of negative covid antigen test (test or picture of test) taken on arrival day
  • Masks Optional (subject to change) & we will have a Masks Required section for those who wish to sit amongst folks who are wearing masks
  • Read more here

Registration Deadline: August 11, 2023

Pricing Options
Early-Bird Single Room Private Bath $1600
Early-Bird Single Room Shared Bath $1520
Shared Room $960

Register Now

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.

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