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Connecting to our Heart’s Refuge with Ian Challis

September 30, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

A sense of home or refuge — an internal base that offers shelter, support and safety — is vital in an ever-changing, unpredictable world. Buddhist teachings offer three universal refuges: Our own innate capacity for heart/mind awakening (Buddha), the refuge of practice and wisdom (Dharma), and the refuge of community (Sangha).

Join us for a day of practice and exploration of refuge as it relates to our lives and our world. Is it possible to bring a sense of home and refuge wherever we may find ourselves?

We will spend the day exploring mindfulness practices designed to strengthen and support this internal sense of refuge. We will also look at how this strong internal confidence and safety can be shared and supported with others through the practices of community: lovingkindness, compassion and wise action.

The day will include periods of sitting meditation, walking meditation, short dharma talks and discussion. This event is suitable or new or experienced meditators. Please bring a lunch.



Ian Challis practices and teaches in the Insight Tradition of Buddhism. He is a regular teacher and founding board member at Insight Community of the Desert in Palm Springs. He also teaches at Meditation as Refuge, Michael’s House, and the Desert Meditation Group in Rancho Mirage. Ian has studied and sat residential retreats with Rodney Smith, Santikaro, Narayan Liebenson, Larry Yang, Leigh Brasington, Sylvia Boorstein, Tara Brach and Joseph Goldstein, among many others. Ian is currently pursuing certification as a teacher of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. In April 2017 he graduated from the Community Dharma Leaders Program of Spirit Rock Meditation Center.

Cost: The registration fee for this event is $45 with a sliding scale. This fee is shared with the teacher, however does not mean the costs of the event or the teachings are fully covered. A dana (voluntary donations) may be made at the event, and we encourage you to offer as much support of generosity as you are able. Please know that our policy is that no one is ever turned away for lack of funds. When people are able to extend as much generosity as possible, financial accessibility to our events comes with greater ease for the whole community.


September 30, 2017
9:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Stephen Pickard – Program Coordinator


Insight Community of the Desert
1111 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Bldg C - 2nd Floor
Palm Springs, CA 92264 United States
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