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in the context of the Buddha’s teachings

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Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction with Beth Mulligan & Ian Challis

Starting January 23, 2020, experience the original 8-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program! 

Expertly designed, and research-backed, the MBSR course will teach you how to understand and work with the mind-body connection in order to reduce stress and improve self-regulation. The program, which will be taught in Palm Springs, provides fun and effective training in a variety of mindfulness techniques, including mindfulness meditation instruction, relaxing body awareness practices, and gentle yoga-type exercises.

Awakening into the Heart of Love: Retreat with Arinna Weisman and Ian Challis

Silent Retreat March 13 – 16, 2020

Come, relax and practice with your spiritual community of friends at Dhamma Dena. We are happy to again offer this special opportunity for Insight Community of the Desert sangha members to come together for a weekend of deepening practice.

Daylong Retreat: Facing Your Demons with Mary Stancavage

Saturday, February 29 @ 9:30 am – 4 pm

Come spend a day facing your demons and yourself with kindness and compassion, maybe invite them in for tea. There will be dharma talks, sitting and walking meditation and conversation. Suitable for everyone.

ICD Book Club

In the spirit of the New Year, we are launching a Book Club at Insight Community of the Desert.  The first meeting of the ICD Book Club  is on 2.12.2020.  The club will meet the 2nd Wednesday of each month after the midweek Peer-lead meditation sitting. Our Book Club is open to all. 

The selection  for Febraury is Anne Lamott’s most recent book, “Almost Everything:  Notes on Hope”.  

Find out more about Anne Lamont and this book at the ICD Book Club website

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Alan Arkin Visits ICD

Alan Arkin Visits ICD

Alan Arkin appeared at a sold out event at Insight Community of the Desert on December 7, 2019. All of us at ICD are so deeply moved and grateful for our community being able to raise $16,400 at this event. In response, this note from Ian Challis, our Guiding Teacher:

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5 Day Silent Mindfulness Retreat

5 Day Silent Mindfulness Retreat

January 2 – 7, 2020.
Joshua Tree Retreat Center.
Join us for 5 days of silence and meditation; a great way to start the New Year. This retreat is an opportunity to renew and deepen your practice of mindfulness and living fully.

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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