Offering Mindfulness Meditation

in the context of the Buddha’s teachings

in a welcoming community

Special Events

Daylong Retreat with Larry Yang:

Tenderly This Life: Ages, Changes, and Passes Away 

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Mindfulness allows us to appreciate our lives just as they are—even as our bodies, minds, and hearts change and age. Being present in Tender Awareness, being kind to ourselves supports us, as life has its own way of transforming itself through the gains, limitations, and losses of our experiences. Join us in this daylong retreat to explore different mindfulness practices meant to build our skills, and create greater ease and peace of mind and heart. Topics will cover our increasing limitations, changing nature of the body and mind, loss and impermanence of all things including ourselves.

Daylong Retreat with Pablo Das:

Connect and Sustain – A Day of Practice and Connection for the LGBTQIA+ Community.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

As the world continues to change, we come together again in a contemplative space to practice presence for ourselves and for one another. This daylong retreat will include periods of mindfulness practice as well as periods of discussion and interpersonal practices.

Please join Insight Community of the Desert’s day long retreat created especially for those who identify as members of the LGBTQIA+ community, from all faith traditions, who feel that they might benefit from meditation.

In an external world that is still caught in the collective suffering of homophobia and discrimination, it is often difficult for people who are LGBTQIA+ to find space for spiritual refuge and safety. This event is intended as a sacred space for the LGBTQIA+ community. LGBTQIA+ meditators of all levels and ages are invited and we respectfully request that only those who self identify as such attend.

6-Week Essentials of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

With Beth Mulligan

April 13th – May 18th 2017

This experiential and intensive six week training program, Essentials of MBSR offers a powerful, integrative approach for tapping into and mobilizing inner resources for healing and well-being. Participants can develop a life-affirming approach to living with many stress-influenced conditions such as anxiety, anger, depression, headaches, high blood pressure, sleep disturbances, and gastrointestinal problems. Sessions will include mindfulness meditation instruction and body practices including gentle yoga, which we can adapt to suit people of every level of ability. There will also be lively discussions on health related subjects.

Presented by Mindful-Way in association with Insight Community of the Desert.

Regular Events

  • Weekly Sit and Dharma talk:
    Sundays 4:30pm – 6:00pm
  • Meditation as Refuge:
    Tuesdays 6:30pm – 8:00pm
  • Peer Led silent sit:
    Wednesdays 5:30pm – 6:15pm
  • Intro to meditation:
    First Sunday of each month, 3:00pm

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Larry at Wisdom 2.0

Larry Yang was selected to speak at this year’s Wisdom 2.0 conference in San Francisco. We are so proud of our Founding Teacher and his inspiring message of True Integrity, and that this timely message could be shared with the world! Click below to see the video of this inspiring teaching!

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Meditation as Refuge

Meditation As Refuge We are happy to welcome Meditation As Refuge (formerly Meditation in Recovery at Michael’s House) to Insight Community of the Desert. Greg Varra and Jokai Blackwell extend a weekly invitation (Tuesdays, at 6:30pm) to everyone who would like to...

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New Website!

At long last a new web design! We rely on volunteers to do almost everything at Insight Community of the Desert. Sangha members volunteer to be greeters, sound people, openers, cleaners, to work on the program committee, the diversity committee, to do our...

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Insight Community of the Desert


Our center is centrally located between downtown Palm Springs and the airport.


1111 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way

Building C, 2nd Floor

Palm Springs, CA 92262