Offering Mindfulness Meditation

in the context of the Buddha’s teachings

in a welcoming community

Special Events

"The End of Craving" a practical workshop-retreat with Cheryl Slean

Saturday, May 19, 10:00am to 4:00pm

The Buddha taught that freedom from suffering can be realized simply by letting go of craving. Sounds good, but simple doesn’t necessarily mean easy! In practice we find that “letting go of craving” is a multifaceted learning process that involves recognizing craving in its many forms (what’s the difference between craving and wholesome desire?), viewing it correctly (not as a failing but as a natural human process), and learning to work with it skillfully. Ultimately, it’s compassion that lets go of craving: the wisdom of learning to see, and to meet, the authentic human needs at the core of craving’s pull.

This daylong meditation workshop will offer reflections, meditation skills and some group process presenting a clear practice path to understand and release craving. This work goes beyond personal development to improve our relationships and transform how we live in the world. Anyone who’s had an introduction to mindfulness meditation is welcome to join us for this day of skill-building and insight. Please bring writing materials and a bag lunch.

Cheryl Slean has been practicing Buddhist meditation intensively since 1995, including hundreds of days of silent retreat. She was authorized to teach in 2007 and currently serves on the Teachers’ Councils at Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Center and Insight Community of the Desert.

Fierce Compassion: A Daylong Workshop for Woment with Beth Mulligan

Saturday, June 23, 9:30am to 3:30pm

Join ICD Teacher Beth Mulligan for this 6 hour retreat-style workshop where we’ll explore what it means to have a “Strong back and a soft front” in other words what might it look like to go through the world with an open heart and strong clear boundaries?  Vulnerability researcher, Social Worker and best selling author Brene Brown says, “The most compassionate people I know have the clearest boundaries.”

With Compassionate Awareness (mindfulness) in the forefront of our day together, we’ll practice the well researched exercises from the Mindful Self-Compassion program developed by Kristin Neff PhD and Chris Germer PhD. We’ll see how connecting with self kindness, and common humanity helps us stay true to our deepest values, and we’ll explore ways to work with strong emotions with wisdom and compassion, seeing how our feelings can actually work forus with consciousness and purpose.

The day will include guided meditations and experiential- interactive exercises, short talks and mindful movement.

Beth Mulligan is a certified Mindful Self Compassion Teacher and international teacher trainer. She was in the first group to be invited to MSC teacher training, and has been teaching MSC with great passion and enthusiasm ever since, at the UC Irvine Center for Integrative Medicine and Insight LA as well as providing workshops for professional caregivers. Beth is also a certified MBSR teacher and teacher trainer, and adjunct faculty for the UMASS Center for Mindfulness. She has been teaching MBSR for over a decade to diverse populations; from the critically ill, to non-profit organizations, the underserved, educators, and corporate leaders. Beth has a background in primary care medicine as a Board Certified Physician Assistant and has practiced medicine for over 25 years.  She is a senior student of Roshi Charles Tenshin Fletcher at Yokoji Zen Center where she has lived in residence, and is the former Guiding teacher at Insight Community of the Desert.

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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