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Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation

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

Led by Jane Broadwell & Susy Keely

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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, 5:30-7:00pm

July 22, 29 & Aug 5, 12, 19 & 26, 2018


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.

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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

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    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 dozens of residential retreats within those 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.  She currently participates in trainings with her teachers Rob Burbea and Shinzen Young.

    Susy  has a particular interest in how a deep and vibrant meditation practice can be maintained in daily life. She is also passionately interested in the subtleties of samadhi and vipassana practice, and the intersection between spiritual practice, meditation, and creativity.

    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.