InsightLA is dedicated to bringing the deep joy and peace of mindfulness and compassion to people everywhere. Our commitment is to provide a warm, supportive learning environment, fostering mindfulness and compassion in all our relationships – with ourselves, with others and with our world.
InsightLA was founded in 2002 by Trudy Goodman, Ph.D., with a small circle of dedicated people practicing in living rooms and community centers around the city and has grown into an organization that teaches thousands of people every year in locations from Santa Monica to Los Feliz to Long Beach and beyond.
As a non-profit organization, InsightLA is supported by the generosity of individuals who understand the importance of offering mindfulness practices for all people. Our program revenues supplement our functioning expenses and through these two forms of income we are able to offer financial assistance to those who need it most and to enable those with no or little income to still practice and attend events.
InsightLA offers classes designed to introduce people to mindfulness meditation with Basics series as well as deepen their understanding with intermediate and advanced offerings. We teach both secular mindfulness classes, such as MBSR and Buddhist classes, such as our Buddha’s Path series. Our instructors are extensively trained and have been practicing for many years.
Classes are designed to meet you where you are and our teachers are passionate that each student’s experience be unique and helpful to them as individuals.
WORKSHOPS AND RETREATS
In addition to our classes, InsightLA offers workshops, daylong and residential retreats, which give students the opportunity to practice mindfulness and meditation in a controlled setting under the watchful eye of a seasoned teacher. Workshops are provided for mental health and caregiving professionals as well as lay practitioners who want to learn more about using the tools of mindfulness in specific situations.
Our residential and daylong retreats invite you to step away from the day to day business and deepen your practice through stillness, contemplation, and community. These events are great chances to refresh and rejuvenate your mind and spirit!
INSIGHTLA’S SPEAKER SERIES
We are proud to offer programs with some of the brightest voices in mindfulness and Buddhism today. Speakers like Jack Kornfield, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Sharon Salzberg, Joseph Goldstein, Robert Thurman, Tara Brach, George Mumford, Dan Siegel, and Ram Dass have all participated in our InsightLA Speaker Series. These are one-of-a-kind opportunities to learn with the masters.
From Santa Monica to Orange County, Los Feliz to Long Beach - InsightLA’s Sitting Groups offer unique chances for people to keep up their practice, meet likeminded people, and enjoy a warm sense of community. Many sitting groups have a theme and are geared toward people who identify with the content of the group. These group are offered at no charge and exist through the generosity of the InsightLA community.
TRAINING PROGRAMS FOR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS
Among the many professional programs for healthcare workers that InsightLA provides are In-Service Training Programs at hospitals. A key element of that work is our quarterly day-long retreats with professional health caregivers – nurses, doctors, respiratory (& other) therapists, social workers, chaplains and interpreters. Since its inception, this program has grown to include caregivers, mental health professionals, and those who work in high stress medical situations. Our training program provides practical tools to help caregivers cope compassionately with the emotional challenges of working with people who are gravely ill or dying, and with their families. The programs teach mindfulness and meditation, providing tools for developing a wise attention that can embrace caregiver and recipients, as well as all the states of mind and heart encountered in facing death and dying.
The program has proven to be popular and beneficial to the many healthcare professionals across the Los Angeles area.
CORPORATE MINDFULNESS TRAINING
InsightLA offers specifically designed programs tailored to the needs of your business. Our corporate training programs can address the needs of your employees. Whether your goal is to boost performance, lower healthcare costs, or improve work relations with customers and staff, InsightLA will build the program that can work best for you.
We work with diverse groups of busy professionals including: schoolteachers, neuroscientists, artists, actors and studio executives, corporate employees, CEOs, youth and adult prison inmates, families, children, graduate students in business and mental health, university professors, and members of the clergy.
InsightLA is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and is affiliated with Spirit Rock Meditation Center, the Center for Religion and Spirituality at Loyola Marymount University, the Insight Meditation Society, the Pediatric Pain Program at UCLA, the Innerkids Foundation, and the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy.