The Heart of Change: Mindfulness, Compassion, and Activism

We are no longer taking registrations for this class/event.
Aug 5 (Sat)
10:00am - 4:00pm
Santa Monica
Last year's election has shaken many people to the core.

People are asking the questions:

- How can I stay present and centered with such intense feelings being triggered?
- How can I respond consciously and effectively to what is going on in our country and our world?
- What is the role of compassion and mindfulness in activism and social change?
- What does compassionate action look like in light of the current political situation?

Consider that these are the times we have been practicing for... and our practice has great wisdom to offer in times as tumultuous as today.

The Heart of Change is a unique workshop interweaving meditation and mindfulness with The Work That Reconnects, as created by eco-philosopher and Buddhist scholar Joanna Macy.

In this workshop, we will gather together to acknowledge the power of presence at this pivotal point in world affairs. We will explore:

- How to transform our feelings about the world into compassionate action
- How to take outer action from inner listening, in order to be effective agents of change
- How to meet our pain from a place of stillness rather than reactivity.
- How to release unhelpful and limiting conditioned beliefs we may have about what it means to be an activist and what is required to make change in the world
- How to deepen our embodiment of interconnection
- How to contribute to global social justice and sustainability while avoiding burnout

This daylong retreat/workshop will involve meditation and mindfulness, writing exercises, relational mindfulness, and facilitated group discussion. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a journal & pen.

This event is co-sponsored by InsightLA and Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society.
Location Details:
InsightLA Olympic
1430 Olympic Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Please note: Parking is metered every day from 9AM - 6PM, except on Sunday.
*This site is equipped with a chair lift for persons with limited mobility.
Contact teacher:
Contact by email (expect responses Monday - Friday, only)

Sliding scale from $65 to $125 per person.

Please pay at the highest level of the sliding scale that you can afford. This helps us make sure those who pay less can attend.

Whatever you pay above the lowest end of the sliding scale is a tax-deductible donation to InsightLA.

Please note: There are many ways to attend InsightLA classes and events. If you are unable to pay the suggested registration price, please contact us by emailing

Enrollment Limit:
65 | There are still openings for this program.
Items to Bring:
Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a brown bag lunch and something to write with.
Contact Information: or 310-450-1821 or 310-450-1821
We are no longer taking registrations for this class/event.