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Introduction to Meditation

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

Led by Jane Broadwell & Franz Manfredi

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Learn mindfulness techniques that reduce stress, increase emotional balance, and develop 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 to moment experience. Through cultivating mindful attention to our senses, bodies, thoughts, and emotions we can deepen our understanding of the nature of our experience.  This allows for more freedom and wisdom 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 mindfulness practice, as well as a refuge that can be accessed in daily life.

Course Format:

  • Meditation Instruction

  • Weekly Check-in

  • Guided meditations/exercises

  • Q&A with discussion

This course establishes and enhances  the foundation for any of our weekly sitting groups, courses and retreats, in which we further deepen our mindfulness practices.

This six-week course meets 6 consecutive Sundays, 5:15-7:00pm

January 13, 20 & 27 and February 3, 10 & 17


Registration closed

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. with public parking available. Street parking is also available.

ADA Accessible

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

Questions? Email us at

Also Bring:

  • 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!

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

Franz Manfredi


Franz Manfredi is a Community Dharma Leader at Long Beach Meditation whose passion is to share the teachings of the historical Buddha to share the blessings they have created in his own life. He spent his youth studying and practicing Hindu meditation and philosophy, which included several pilgrimages to Bengal, India (where he received tantric initiation and instruction in the Dakshina Kali tradition), and Vrindavan, India (where he received Vaishnava initiation and Mantra meditation instruction). After completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in World Music performance (India/Indonesia), Franz started a family in Long Beach where he and his sons live today. For the past five years Franz has made an in-depth study of Early Buddhist Mindfulness Meditation rooted in Theravada Buddhism guided by the teachings of Gil Fronsdal.

Jane Broadwell


Jane began her meditation practice at age 19, but was not introduced to Buddhist meditation practices until 2007, when she signed up for a 10-­‐day retreat, not realizing what type of meditation it was! The potential for freedom that Buddhist practice holds became almost immediately apparent to her.

In 2010, Victor Byrd encouraged her to do extended silent retreat practice. Since then, she has done four long silent retreats, the longest of which was 11 months. In the course of this practice, she has had the good fortune to study with many remarkable teachers, including Ajahn Succito, Sayadaw Vivekanada, Rodney Smith, Joseph Goldstein, Marcia Rose -­ and quite a few others -­ to all of  whom she is profoundly grateful.

Jane completed Insight LA’s first Facilitator Training led by Trudy Goodman and other teachers and taught at Insight LA’s Los Feliz location for several years.

Last, but by no means least, she continues to benefit from Dr. Victor Byrd’s wisdom and encouragement.