Meditate online, in community. Share in the collective wisdom related to sitting meditation practice.
The Youngish Practice Group is for those in their 20s and 30s. This group is supported by InsightLA teachers Michael Karakashian and Eileen Ybarra, and facilitators Julian Kehs, Elizabeth Stomp and Lulu Toselli.
What’s most alive in your practice? What are you struggling with? In a supportive group environment, we will meditate, choose readings to reflect on and topics to explore.
We’ll focus most on the challenges you might be facing as a Youngish Adult including; how to live the teachings of mindfulness and compassion in daily life, and navigating transitions, relationships and careers.
If you have a topic that you would like to bring more mindfulness to, bring it to the group!
Second & Fourth Sundays
This affinity group meets online on the 4th 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 2nd Sunday of every month in the beautiful environs of the Benedict Canyon Retreat House in Beverly Hills. To register for the in-person practice group please click here.
Who is this practice group for?
The Youngish Practice Group is for people in their 20s and 30s who would like to deepen their mindfulness practice in community. All are welcome, regardless of previous mindfulness or meditation experience.
- May 28th: Elizabeth Stomp
- June 25th: Elizabeth Stomp
- July 23rd: Lulu Toselli
- Aug 27th: Michael Karakashian, PhD
- Sept 24th: Lulu Toselli
- Oct 22nd: Elizabeth Stomp
- Nov 26th: TBA
- Dec 24rd: TBA
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 Michael Karakashian, PhD
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 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.
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.
Although this is an online, donation-based class, registration is required.
Suggested donation: $20.