Intro to Vipassana Meditation
With Susy Keely and Cesar Seas
Learn Vipassana techniques that will help reduce stress, increase emotional balance, and develop your inner-strength. You will access the ability to be mindful with less judgement and more stability. Join us for this course to learn how to act from your deepest intentions, rather than from fear, desire, or superficial values.
This meditation approach emphasizes direct observation of our present moment experience. Through cultivating mindful attention to our senses, bodies, thoughts, and emotions we can deepen our understanding into the nature of our experience. This allows for more freedom and wisdom around the areas in which we struggle, while at the same time increasing our capacity to deeply participate in what is joyful in our lives.
We will focus on practices that:
- Bring balance and kindness to thoughts and emotions
- Tune into the body in a helpful way
- Cultivate our capacity to be aware with less judgement and more stability
- Reduce stress and reactivity
- Dissolve barriers to wisdom and compassion
- Allow us to act from our deepest intentions rather than from fears, desires and superficial values.
Throughout the course we will also introduce simple and effective practices that help us establish stability of mind. This place of calm and ease will serve as a platform for our Vipassana practice, as well as a refuge that can be accessed in daily life.
This course establishes the foundation for any of our weekly sitting groups, courses and retreats, in which we further deepen our mindfulness with 'vipassana' (insight) practices.
This six-week course meets Saturdays, January 13, 20, 27 and February 3, 10 and 17, from 10am - 12pm.
Course fee is $125.
Cancellation - Refunds are available up to a week before the course. After that time a $5 service fee will be incurred plus the cost of any classes attended.
Bay Shore Church
5100 East The Toledo
Long Beach, CA 90803
We meet in the Gabrielson Chapel of the Bay Shore Church on The Toledo and Granada in Belmont Shore.
Parking: There is a free city owned lot across Granada on Livingston. A pass is required after 12pm on Saturdays, we will provide it on-site. There is also street parking.
Important Note: There is a wheelchair ramp to the left of the main entrance.
- Your own sitting gear, if preferred.
- Wear loose-fitting clothes and shoes that are easy to slip on and off.
- An extra wrap like a blanket or shawl to keep warm during the sits.
- DO NOT wear strong scents or perfumes.
- TURN OFF your cell phone for the duration of the event.
- Arrive at least 5 minutes early to get settled.
Equipment: We have different styles of zafus (firm sitting cushions), zabutons (floor mats), benches and comfortable chairs on hand.
Questions?: If you have concerns or questions about attending this event, please contact our Operations Manager.
Please consider contributing to help defray the cost of those who wish to attend but cannot afford the whole tuition. No one is turned away for lack of funds!
As a non-profit organization we offer a limited number of full and partial scholarships to those who can demonstrate a financial need as well as a sincere interest in learning meditation.
If you are in need please consider how much of the full fee you can cover, remembering that we prefer to collect the full course fee if at all possible.
Please fill out the form below and use the space provided to describe the details of your financial need and interest in meditation. You will have opportunities to extend your generosity by signing up as a volunteer to help out during the course.