Trudy Goodman

Founder and Guiding Teacher of InsightLA

Trudy Goodman

Trudy Goodman is the founder and Guiding Teacher at InsightLA. She has studied and practiced meditation since 1974 and taught retreats and workshops nationwide for many years. Trudy co-founded the first Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, in Cambridge MA, in 1995. (

In Cambridge, Trudy had the privilege of studying developmental psychology with Jean Piaget, Lawrence Kohlberg, and Carol Gilligan. For 25 years in Cambridge, Trudy did mindfulness-based psychotherapy with children, teenagers, couples and individuals. She devoted much of her life to practicing Buddhist meditation with revered Asian and Western teachers in the Zen and Theravada traditions, including Zen Master Seung Sahn, Kobun Chino Otagawa Roshi and Maurine Stuart Roshi; Joseph Goldstein, Sharon Salzberg and others.

Trudy taught with Jon Kabat-Zinn in the early days of the MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) clinic at University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester. From 1991-1998, Trudy was, with her former husband, a resident Zen teacher at the Cambridge Buddhist Association where they taught classic Zen retreats, created seminars on the great Mahayana sutras, and developed Zen trainings for mental health clinicians.

Trudy Goodman is currently the senior Vipassana teacher in Los Angeles from the Theravada lineage of the major meditation centers where Trudy trained and teaches. Passionate about embracing both relational and transcendent perspectives, Trudy's intention for InsightLA is to welcome the fullness of our humanity, through both mainstream mindfulness and Buddhist practice.

After leaving her marriage, sangha, and professional community in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Trudy went into retreat; she practiced in Bhutan and India, and was a resident teacher for the Santa Fe VIpassana Group. In 2002, Trudy moved to California for family reasons, to help out and decided to start a new life, founding InsightLA ( and completing Jack Kornfield’s Vipassana teacher training program. She co-founded Growing Spirit, a family program, in 2004. Trudy is a contributing author: Compassion and Wisdom in Psychotherapy, (Guilford Press, 2011); Clinical Handbook of Mindfulness (Springer, 2008); Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, (Guilford Press, 2005).

At InsightLA, through mindfulness meditation, we learn how to access our intuitive wisdom and discover the boundless love that’s possible for the human heart. We practice compassion and awareness so we can be of benefit to ourselves, each other and our world.

May all beings, all species, and our earth be cherished!


Trudy's Upcoming Schedule

Deepening Your Practice
March 5 - April 30

Deepening Your Practice Yearlong
January 1 - December 31