Offering Mindfulness Meditation

in the context of the Buddha’s teachings

in a welcoming community

Sunday Dharma Talks: All Sundays will be Zoom only meetings until further notice.  Subscribe to our Newsletter for updates!

A Morning of Practice – A Half Day Retreat with Ian Challis

December 9, 2023   9:15 am – 12:00 noon (doors open at 9)

Mizell Center 

480 S. Sunrise Way

Palm Springs, CA 92262

Please join us as we practice together in community and take a few hours to experience the gift of quiet practice. With our busy lives and the stress of each day, we sometimes let our practice slip away, yet it is so important to maintain, especially right now. Our morning will be an opportunity to let go and get back to cultivating present time awareness, and rest in being. There will be sitting and walking meditation, dharma, and conversation. Suitable for everyone.

Reg Fee: $45 covers the cost of the day and support to ICD. No one is turned away for lack of funds. There will be an opportunity to offer dana to the teacher.

Ian Challis


Join us online for these regular events…

Meditation as Refuge

6:30 – 8 pm

Meditation as Refuge extends a weekly invitation to everyone who would like to explore meditation as a support for their spiritual development. The intention is to focus on realizing our innate capacity for care, compassion and mutual respect.

Just Sit

5:30 – 6:15 p.m.

Join friends and sangha for a silent 45 minute peer-led sit. Everyone is welcome!

Weekly Metta Meditation with Ian Challis & Friends

4:30 – 5:15 p.m.

When the Buddha’s followers felt anxious and afraid, he taught them the practice of mettā or lovingkindness meditation. Mettā is a form of practice that helps us touch deeply into our own hearts, uncover the energies of kindness and compassion, and share these energies for the benefit of all beings.

If you would like to explore this powerful practice, please join Ian Challis & Friends online. These 45- minute meetings will be practice-focused with most of the time spent in meditation. If you are new to the practice, great! We will learn by doing. After practice, there will be time for questions and sharing.


update from the icd board

ICD Meetings in 2023

We are writing today to update you on how we will come together as a community in 2023.  In 2023 we anticipate that all of Insight Community of the Desert’s regularly scheduled sits – those held on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday – will be on Zoom only. The reason for this change is that hybrid meetings (in person meetings at UUCOD simulcast on Zoom) have been sparsely attended and require a good deal of volunteer time to produce as they involve synchronizing an on-line and in-person meeting.

This does not mean that ICD will not hold in-person gatherings in 2023. The board intends to organize a number of such events throughout the year. If you would like to help produce in-person events, the board invites your participation in the planning and host committees. 

Finally, it is important to note that our teachers and others will continue to offer retreats and classes in the coming year. These special offerings may be in-person, virtual, or hybrid, at the discretion and capacity of the instructor. 

The board appreciates that the changes in meeting formats can be confusing, maybe even frustrating.  We acknowledge that though the hybrid meetings have been sparsely attended (at least in person), nonetheless they are a valuable and meaningful experience.  As noted, we expect to gather in person in 2023 but our regularly scheduled sits in the coming year will be on Zoom.

Volunteering is a Beautiful Act of Generosity

Dear Sangha,

As we prepare to come back to in-person gatherings, there is also the opportunity to build in-person community again. Part of creating the space to share the dharma is the need for volunteers to support it.

Volunteering is a beautiful act of generosity and can be considered a form of dana. Your time helps to support the sangha and teachers which enables us to offer the dharma today, tomorrow, and beyond. Being of service in this way also lets us connect with others outside of the Zoom mosaic, gently moving into re-entry.

You can volunteer in any number of ways. Can you help set up a few chairs or tables? Can you help with checking people in at a daylong? Can you help greet at the Sunday group? Can you help with online support? There are several ways to help us move into this next iteration of ICD, and we really do need you.

For more information or to sign up, please contact us at

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