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Connect and Sustain
A Day of Practice and Connection for the LGBTQIA+ Community.

June 24, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

As the world continues to change, we come together again in a contemplative space to practice presence for ourselves and for one another. This daylong retreat will include periods of mindfulness practice as well as periods of discussion and interpersonal practices.

Please join Insight Community of the Desert’s daylong retreat created especially for those who identify as members of the LGBTQIA+ community, from all faith traditions, who feel that they might benefit from meditation.

In an external world that is still caught in the collective suffering of homophobia and discrimination, it is often difficult for people who are LGBTQIA+ to find space for spiritual refuge and safety. This event is intended as a sacred space for the LGBTQIA+ community. LGBTQIA+ meditators of all levels and ages are invited and we respectfully request that only those who self identify as such attend.

Please bring a bag lunch.


Pablo Das was empowered as a Buddhist teacher by Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society founder Noah Levine in 2009. He was a member of the founding teachers council at ATS until 2016. He is a practitioner of Somatic Experiencing (sep), a body centered system for the resolution of trauma and he is currently assisting S.E. trainings.  He was on the founding treatment team at Refuge Recovery, A Buddhist based, trauma informed, outpatient treatment program for drug and alcohol addiction.  Pablo has trained as a holistic health coach (hhc) at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and studied food therapy under Annemarie Colbin at the Natural gourmet institute in New York City. He maintains a private coaching practice working with clients one on one, integrating Buddhist practice and principles, trauma resolution,  and holistic health models. He studied council practice at the Ojai foundation and teaches classes on interpersonal mindfulness and authentic self expressin. Pablo Das has worked in suicide prevention for the LGBTQ teen population. and is an indie-folk (antifolk) musician and storyteller. Pablo lives and works in Los Angeles.

The registration fee for this event is $45. This fee is shared with the teacher(s), however does not mean the costs of the event or the teachings are fully covered.  A dana (voluntary donations) collection will be taken at the day of 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.


June 24, 2017
10:00 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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(888) 280 67777
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