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More than ever, the world is in need of the healing power of mindfulness, compassion, and the unifying force of community. What the world needs now is a refuge to weather the storm, resilience in the face of adversity, and the capacity to find joy and beauty even in the midst of great suffering.
We invite you to participate in InsightLA’s Annual Benefit and be nourished by practicing in community, while cultivating the qualities of mindfulness, resilience, compassion, wisdom, love and joy. This year’s all-day event was curated by our teachers and special guests to awaken our hearts to meet this moment and open our minds to new possibilities.
You are welcome to participate entirely or in part.
Open the day with a special heart opening practice to ground us in the day with the healing power of mindfulness.
Amy Love has been a dedicated public school educator for over 25 years. During her years of service, Amy has been a classroom teacher, intervention specialist, peer coach, professional development specialist, and curriculum writer. In addition to practicing mindfulness with students and teachers in public schools, Amy has experience teaching mindfulness in a variety of other settings such as prisons and community outreach programs. She is a graduate of Mindful School’s Certification Program as well as Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society’s Community Insight Meditation Facilitator training. Amy is on faculty as a guiding teacher with Mindful Schools and currently facilitates a weekly People of Color sit in South LA. She is particularly interested in bringing the mindfulness practices to communities who have been impacted by historical racial trauma, and suffering related to issues of poverty and migration.
Thomas Davis is a Mindful Awareness practitioner who emerged from the Contemplative Faith Community, where he served as a Lay Minister for over 10 years. His orientation to the Mindful Awareness practice began at the East Bay Meditation Center in Oakland, CA, where he was introduced to the Theravadan tradition of Vipassana in 2012.
Thomas began his journey into Dharma Leadership in 2013. In 2017, Thomas graduated from the Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leader Training Program, The Sati Center Buddhist Chaplaincy Training, and was enlisted as one of the Spirit Rock Community Welcome Teachers for the Monday Night Dharma program; which offers meditation, and practice support to new practitioners and 1st time visitors to Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Thomas is also a Co- Founder and Teacher of the Insight Richmond Meditation Group (www.insightrichmond.com), which is a growing and diverse meditation community where Insight meditation, Dharma exploration, and Inclusive Community Building are offered and practiced.
Additionally, he is a visiting teacher at The East Bay Meditation Center and Alameda Sangha, and has served as a member of the Kaiser Permanente Spiritual Care team as Chaplain.
Thomas has an authentic passion for the sharing the Traditional and Non- Traditional expressions of Mindfulness and how they integrate into the unique and practical aspects of our lives.
After the intentions of our day have been set, we will enjoy an inspiring dharma talk and practice around the ways that we can build resilience in the face of suffering.
Christiane loves teaching mindfulness with a good dose of humor, compassion, and science. She first encountered Insight and Loving-Kindness meditation in 1988. Before moving to Los Angeles in 2003, she worked as an Ob/Gyn at the Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany.
Christiane is a certified MBSR and MSC (Mindful Self-Compassion) teacher and co-founded InsightLA’s MBSR program with Trudy in 2005.
Trudy gave her teacher authorization in 2011 and she is a graduate of the 4 year IMS/Spirit Rock teacher training, and is authorized to teach in the Thai Forest Monastery tradition. She is the program director for mindfulness programs at InsightLA as well as the co-chair of the teacher council.
She is also a supervisor and trainer for MBSR teachers at the CFM (Center For Mindfulness) at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, the “mothership” of MBSR. She teaches retreats and trains people here in the US and also in Europe.
She is the program director and lead instructor for VA CALM, the national mindfulness facilitator training program for clinicians at the US Department of Veterans Affairs and the co-author of “A Clinician’s Guide to Teaching Mindfulness”, a seminal book that is used as required reading for several mindfulness facilitator trainings around the world.
She is currently writing her next book on how mindfulness helps with dealing with chronic pain.
When not teaching, writing or trying to stay calm while raising her three teenagers with her husband, Christiane can be found training and racing in long distance races and triathlons.
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. In this one-hour workshop, InsightLA’s MSC teachers will be offering you some experiential work, giving you a taste of how MSC could move from a concept to a living reality in your own life.
Join InsightLA teachers in one of two rooms to explore this work: (1) a beginners (or refreshers!) room, for those who would like an introduction to MSC and some beginning felt-sense MSC experiences and tools with some discussion time; and (2) a room for those who have taken the course before, where teachers will guide participants through the 3 core MSC meditations, mostly in silence.
Angelike Dexter shares mindfulness and Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) tools with students of all ages in the Los Angeles area. Trained by Susan Kaiser Greenland (author of “The Mindful Child” and “Mindful Games”) and a graduate of Susan’s 2013 Inner Kids Facilitator Training. Angelike teaches mindful awareness to children, parents, teachers, and families in a variety of settings, including public and private schools, camps, and community organizations, as well as on an individual basis.
Angelike is also a trained MSC teacher and a graduate of the inaugural MSC for teens, “Making Friends With Yourself (MFY),” teacher training in 2016, and regularly teaches series of and skills from both courses, including at USC (both the undergrad campus and The Keck School of Medicine) and at Insight LA, where she is also the co-facilitator of the Mindful Parent Sitting Group, a member of the Teacher Development Group, and a graduate of Insight LA’s Third Facilitators Training in 2018. She deeply enjoys helping parents create intentional vision around and mindfulness and compassion strategies for their families, both through individual sessions and through her Mindful Parenting classes at USC, The Keck School of Medicine, and Insight LA.
In her personal meditation exploration, she has been particularly working with the Tibetan practices associated with Lojong since 2016 and with the teacher and teachings of Dza Kilung Rinpoche, author of “The Relaxed Mind,” since 2017. A former attorney, Angelike continually delights in her current life as a mindfulness/compassion teacher!
Dina has been practicing meditation for over ten years and credits it with a profound change in the experience of her life. She has completed a number of training courses, conferences, and retreats in mindfulness and Vipassana meditation at InsightLA, Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center, to name a few. She has also studied Tibetan Buddhism in the tradition of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Pema Chodron.
Dina is a graduate of the InisghtLA Facilitator Training Program. She has been an elementary school teacher for fifteen years and currently teaches pre-service elementary teachers at the college level, as well as leads professional development for educators within various schools and districts. She holds both Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Education. Dina also enjoys creative endeavors such as writing, painting, and dance. She is deeply grateful to be a part of the InsightLA teaching and practice community.
Heidi is a licensed clinical social worker and has provided psychotherapy to adults, adolescents, and children for 15 years; including a decade of experience as a school therapist. She has been trained in Mindful Self- Compassion (MSC) by the developers of the program, Kristin Neff and Chris Germer, and teaches the course as part of USC’s mindfulness initiative. She also participated in the inaugural training program for MSC for Teens, Making Friends with Yourself. She is excited to offer this class to teens, who often struggle with self-acceptance. Heidi believes that the earlier in life we can learn to love, appreciate and accept ourselves, the more joy, happiness, and love we can experience.
James has been meditating for over 30 years, beginning in 1987 with James Baraz. He is a graduate of InsightLA’s Facilitator Training Program and Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach’s Mindfulness Mediation Teacher Certification Program (Inaugural Class). Currently, James also is a teacher-in-training for the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion.
James leads both secular and Buddhist- based mindfulness trainings, sits, and affinity groups (LGBTQI, Mental Health Professionals, White Awake). His areas of interests are community building for the LGBTQI/LGBTQI senior mindfulness community, and consciousness-raising around racism and heterosexism.
As a psychotherapist, James is Director of Outpatient Programs for the UCLA Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital. He intensively trained in Dialectic Behavioral Therapy, Mentalization-based Therapy, and Prolonged Exposure Therapy for post- traumatic stress. At UCLA Health he teaches staff about mindfulness and well-being. He also facilitates for UCLA MARC.
JD Lloyd was first exposed to mindfulness meditation in 1994, when a friend recommended the plain-spoken inspiration in Steven Levine’s book A Gradual Awakening. He is a long-time member of the InsightLA Meditation Community, where he teaches Essentials of Mindfulness classes and leads mindfulness sitting groups. JD has received specialized training to conduct Mindful Self-Compassion courses, which he facilitates at InsightLA, University of Southern CA, and the Cancer Support Community’s Benjamin Center. Over the last three years he has participated in InsightLA’s dedicated Dharma study program.
JD is particularly drawn to Lovingkindness and Mindful Self-Compassion meditation practices as paths toward self-acceptance and open-hearted connection with others. He appreciates the outdoors and the arts – especially film, photography and poetry. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing and enjoys weaving poetry and story-telling into his teaching.
Wendy N. Block started practicing meditation at age 18, studying different traditions, including Buddhist, Hindu, and Advaita paths with various teachers. She has been practicing Vipassana meditation for the past 15 years, and has helped organize meditation programs in Long Beach for the past 10 years. She has trained with cognitive psychologist Zindel Segal to teach Mindfulness- Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).
Wendy teaches MBCT, Mindful Self Compassion, and Buddha’s Path classes. She completed the Dedicated Practitioner’s Program at InsightLA and Spirit Rock Meditation Center. She has been teaching MBCT for Kaiser Permanente for the past three years. Wendy co-leads the Long Beach sitting group, as well as the North Orange County Sitting Group. Her teachers are Trudy Goodman, Beth Sternlieb and Victor Bryd.
She currently works as a therapist, integrating mindfulness and psychotherapy.
Cultivate wisdom from the profound teachings in Bruce Lee’s philosophy that encourage us to “Be Like Water” in these uncertain and challenging times. Bruce Lee’s daughter Shannon Lee, will be in conversation with InsightLA facilitator Nico Cary about her new book on her father’s teachings that are especially inspiring for this time. “A teacher is never a giver of truth—he is a guide, a pointer to the truth that each student must find for himself. A good teacher is merely a catalyst.” – Bruce Lee
Cost: $45 – includes Shannon Lee’s book, Be Water, My Friend
Nico Cary is a graduate of InsightLA’s Facilitator Training Program, and a founding member of the arts education collective, iLL-Literacy. Back in 2009, he codeveloped the curriculum for CampusBuiLLd – a program that focuses on the history of social movements and how art and creativity can be used to address discrimination on college campuses and in local communities. Turning more of his attention to deepening practice over the last couple of years, Nico is interested in the many different vocabularies of healing and the holding capacity of mindfulness, particularly as it relates to activism and social justice work.
Shannon Lee is the CEO and Owner of the Bruce Lee Family Companies and President of the Bruce Lee Foundation, as well as the daughter of the legendary martial artist and cultural icon, Bruce Lee. Shannon’s mission is to provide access to her father’s philosophy and life through education and entertainment. She is the creator of Camp Bruce Lee through the Bruce Lee Foundation, and has spoken at TED, TEDx, and Creative Mornings, to name a few. Shannon lives in California with her daughter, Wren, where she co-hosts the Bruce Lee Podcast and executive produces Cinemax’s Warrior.
Join Rosamaria Segura, InsightLA’s Director of Insight-in-Action, for a bi-lingual Spanish/English meditation to open your heart. Loving Kindness (Metta) meditation strengthens feelings of kindness and connection towards others and works as an antidote to difficult mind states such as fear and anger.
Rosamaría leads the Insight in Action program, bringing a life commitment to social justice and meditation, and experience in managing non-profit programs.
Her dedication to meditation has inspired her to mitigate suffering using insights from mindfulness-based practices. She is passionate to share meditation practices with groups that are dedicated to changing injustices in environmental, socio-economic and political arenas, and in communities that have limited exposure to the benefits of meditation.
She facilitates meditation groups, in Spanish for refugees in shelters in Tijuana, Mexico, in Spanish and English in East Los Angeles and in East Hollywood.
Rosamaría has completed InsightLA’s Facilitator Training Program and is currently in a two-year Mindfulness Meditation Teacher program, led by Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield. She has also practiced with various teachers in different institutions, including Spirit Rock, InsightLA, Long Beach Meditation, Deer Park Monastery, and Yokoji Zen Mountain Center.
Her professional career is grounded in working for just health care access, immigrant rights, grassroots and labor organizing, and protecting mother earth.
She holds a Master in Geography and an A.A. in Human Service.
Join InsightLA’s founding teacher Trudy Goodman, Lily Dulan, founder of Kara Love Project and author of Giving Grief Meaning & former NBA World Champion, entrepreneur, philanthropist and co-founder of The Artest University, Metta World Peace for a conversation and practices on how to navigate through grief and trauma and transform it into love. “Discover ways to unleash the power in names and giving them special meaning to help move through the grief process in a thoughtful and transformative way”
Cost: $55 – includes Lily Dulan’s book, Giving Grief Meaning
Trudy Goodman Kornfield, PhD, is the Founding Teacher of InsightLA, the first center to combine training in Insight (Vipassana) Meditation and in non-sectarian mindfulness and compassion practices, including Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC). The fourth teacher ever of MBSR, Trudy taught with its creator, Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and studied Buddhist meditation for 40 years, with Asian and Western teachers. She is the Guiding Teacher and co-founder of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the first center in the world dedicated to integrating these two disciplines, and had a private psychotherapy practice there for 25 years.
Trudy co-founded Family Path and Growing Spirit, family mindfulness programs, with Susan Kaiser Greenland in Los Angeles, and has worked with kids and families throughout her career.
Trudy teaches retreats and workshops worldwide; often teaching with her husband, Jack Kornfield.
Trudy is a contributing author: Clinical Handbook of Mindfulness (Springer, 2008); Compassion and Wisdom in Psychotherapy, (Guilford Press, 2011); Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, (Guilford Press, 2013).
Lily Dulan is an MFT Psychotherapist with a masterʼs degree in Psychology and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Antioch University, Los Angeles. She played an instrumental role in starting the LGBTQ Affirmative Psychology specialization at Antioch University. Ms. Dulan holds a Master of Arts Degree in Teaching from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts and she is a certified Heart of Yoga Teacher. She studied Spiritual Coursework at Agape International Spiritual Center under the tutelage of Reverend Michael Bernard Beckwith.
Lily drew on her studies of both Eastern and Western disciplines to create a heart centered system of healing and moving through trauma that she calls The Name Work.
After her first daughter, Kara Meyer Dulan, died at home from SIDS at two months old, Lily started a foundation in her childʼs memory called The Kara Love Project. The Kara Love Project has teamed with local, national and international organizations such as the Unatti Foundation in Nepal, Venice Arts in Los Angeles and Foster Nation to serve marginalized youth. It has also developed and supported programming to benefit the mental and physical wellbeing of seniors in Los Angeles county. Ms. Dulan facilitates The Name Work workshops and educational events
in the greater Los Angeles area for universities, organizations, corporations, and small private groups. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two daughters.
Metta World Peace is an American former professional basketball player. He played for six teams in the NBA and gained a reputation as one of the league’s premier defenders. He won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2004, when he was also named an NBA All-Star and earned All-NBA honors. He won an NBA championship in 2010 as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers.
Metta World Peace has made a life reducing the stigma surrounding Mental Health and encouraging others to seek help. Join this former NBA World Champion, entrepreneur, philanthropist and co-founder of non-profit The Artest University, as he shares his personal story of healing and living with mental illness.
Find joy in community with live music, open-mic sharing, relational practices and more!
Akemi coordinates InsightLA’s volunteer and community programs, including recruiting, training, and supervising volunteers and developing community throughout the organization.
Akemi spent every weekend of the first 18 years of her life at the Orange County Buddhist Church, learning the meaning of Sangha through the empowering Japanese American community youth groups there. Her meditation journey started in 2017 when she traveled to Thailand for a month to live at a mindful permaculture community and meditate at a Thai forest monastery. Upon returning to the US, she started sitting with the Against the Stream People of Color group which led her to the many offerings of InsightLA.
Prior to InsightLA, Akemi spent ten years working in various political non-profits, doing everything from registering new voters to issue-based campaigning to starting internship programs for college students. Her experience in organizing for social change in the local, state and national level of government is the foundation on which her mindfulness practice rests, and she’s passionate about connecting inner with outer transformation to heal ourselves and the world.
Akemi expresses her own love for life through dancing, singing, painting, writing, and trail running. She teaches music and creative expression to kids, and started a spiritual soul band with her best friends (Mystic Tiger), performing regularly at InsightLA and other spiritual centers around California.
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