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Workshop: The Creative Heart of Meditation

  • Long Beach Meditation 5100 East The Toledo Long Beach, CA, 90803 United States (map)

Led by Susy Keely

“At some point in life the world’s beauty becomes enough. You don’t need to photograph, paint, or even remember it. It is enough.” - Toni Morrison

Human beings have an innate capacity to create art, beauty, relationship, and different states of consciousness/awareness. We participate in the very creation of our experience through how we perceive it. This workshop will explore ways that our human drives to create, imagine, and be in relationship can deepen our meditative practice.  

We will explore how human creative capacities are fundamental supports for heart meditative practices such as Metta and self-compassion. We will also explore approaches to working with images (visual, poetic, archetypal etc.) in meditation. Additional discussion will focus on deepening our insight practice through becoming more sensitive to the way our attention, awareness, and thoughts shape our perception.
This workshop is suitable for any level meditator, and is in no way limited to creative types. We will be exploring the creative energies which can be accessed by anyone.

Saturday, March 31, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm


Refunds are available up to 24 hours before the course.




Bay Shore Church
5100 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 lot across Granada Ave. There is public parking available except from noon Saturday through noon Sunday. Street parking is also available, please observe all parking signs.

ADA Accessible

Equipment: We have different styles of zafus (firm sitting cushions), zabutons (floor mats), benches and comfortable chairs on hand.

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    Please consider bringing

    • A snack or drink for yourself and/or to contribute.
    • Your own sitting gear, if preferred.
    • A donation/dana for the teacher.
    • 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.

    Please Note:

    • DO NOT wear scented perfumes and fragrances.
    • TURN OFF your cell phone for the duration of the event.
    • Arrive at least 5 minutes early to get settled.

    Financial Assistance: No one is turned away for lack of funds! If you are unable to pay all or part of the fee, please email us at

    Susy Keely


    Susy has been practicing Buddhist meditation since 2001. Her early years of practice were with the sangha at Deer Park Monastery (Thich Nhat Hanh). She began practicing Vipassana / Insight Meditation in 2005. She has attended many residential retreats within the Insight Meditation and Zen traditions. She has also practiced and done retreat work engaged in a spiritually-oriented painting practice developed by Michele Cassou.

    Susy completed a year-long Mindfulness Facilitator Training at InsightLA with Trudy Goodman, and participates in facilitator trainings with Shinzen Young. Her current teachers are Rob Burbea and Shinzen Young.

    As the mother of a small child, she has a particular interest in how a vibrant meditation practice can be maintained in daily life, bringing with it the opportunity for so much healing and transformation. She is also passionately interested in the subtleties of samadhi and vipassana practice, and the intersection between spiritual practice, meditation, and creativity.