Offering Mindfulness Meditation

in the context of the Buddha’s teachings

in a welcoming community

Special Events

Unplug and Tune-In: A Day of Meditation Practice with Ian Challis

Saturday, August 25, 9:00am to 5:30pm

In the busy-ness of daily life, how often do we get a chance to really slow down? How often are we able to give ourselves the gift of stillness and presence for an extended period of time?

Even those of us who are regular meditators may sometimes find ourselves squeezing in our meditation practice after everything else. On Saturday, August 25, let’s prioritize our practice, let’s give ourselves the space, time and support to truly enjoy and explore mindfulness practice in the company of like-minded folks.

The focus of the day will be on practice: plain and simple. This longer format daylong will be similar to what you might experience on an extended residential retreat: alternating periods of walking, sitting and heart meditations. There will be brief practical instructions and tips offered, with opportunities for questions.

All that is required is a willingness to show up, and to practice the Buddha’s way of peace that leads to wisdom and an open heart.

Doors open at 8:30 and practice begins at 9:00am. Please come early, enjoy some tea and relax into the day. Please bring a packed lunch. Space is limited so please register soon!

Ian Challis is the Guiding Teacher of Insight Community of the Desert, Palm Springs. A lifelong interest in the dharma and meditation matured into a committed Insight practice in 2005. Since then he has sat residential retreats and studied with many teachers including Narayan Liebenson, Larry Yang, Leigh Brasington, Ven. Santikaro, Marcia Rose, Joseph Goldstein and many others. He works as an artist and designer. He is a founding board member and past president of Insight Community of the Desert, and leads the Desert Meditation Group at UUCOD. Ian is a 2017 graduate of the Community Dharma Leader (CDL) teacher training program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center.

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Regular Events

  • Weekly Sit and Dharma talk:
    Sundays 4:30pm – 6:00pm
  • Meditation as Refuge: (open to all)
    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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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