Psychotherapy and Meditation

Mindfulness and Zen Meditation in Santa Monica at InsightLA

I teach at InsightLA, in Santa Monica, CA.

Please come practice with us Monday and Friday mornings for silent sitting and walking meditation, followed by a short reading and comment.

If you would like to learn about meditation, I welcome you to Basics of Mindfulness, or Mindful Self Compassion.

I lead one-day meditation retreats at InsightLA. The next retreat is a Zen Daylong on Saturday, May 14th.

Please check the InsightLA.org website for details. Some of these offerings are described below as well.

Mindful Self Compassion is a practice of turning toward ourselves when we experience difficulty, as we would a close friend or a child, without judgement, indulgence or self-pity.
Through guided meditations, discussion and practice you can experience a felt sense of simple, profound generosity toward oneself in the hard moments of our lives.

The 8-week format consists of eight weekly, 2.5 hour sessions in a classroom/​discussion group format, plus a 4-hour retreat. This material is often easily integrated into our lives. The class offers the opportunity to deepen and solidify our felt sense of practice.

I am a Trained Teacher of Mindful Self Compassion, trained the the Center for Mindfulness at UC San Diego.

This course meets the qualification for up to 24 hours of continuing education credit for LCSW, MFT, LEP and LPCC licenses, approved by the CA Board of Behavioral Sciences, Provider No. PCE 5131. The class meets once a week for eight weeks and has one half-day retreat meeting.

InsightLA offers payment plan options as well as limited financial assistance. For more information please email programs@​insightla.org.

Sitting together in silence offers each of us support

Every Friday morning at Insight LA, a meditation center in Santa Monica at 1826 14th Street, there is a free silent meditation at 7:30 am.

We follow a simple form to sit and walk together in silence, and then sit again. At 8:20, a senior member of the group reads a selected passage and there is an opportunity for reflection and questions. Please feel free to stop in and join us.

I am teaching Zen at a Vipassana (Insight) Buddhist Center because the Guiding Teacher of InsightLA, Trudy Goodman, and I practiced Zen together at the Providence Zen Center in the 1970's. InsightLA is a vibrant community of meditation and compassion. I am happy to be part of this community.

If you are interested in more information,
please contact me at avalouisestanton@​insightla.org or go to InsightLA.org.

First Fridays

After morning sitting on the first Friday of the month, I answer questions and we read from ZEN MIND, BEGINNERS MIND the essential American Zen text written by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, the founder of my lineage of Soto Zen in America.
Join us to learn about the basics of Zen practice with members of the Friday morning sitting group.
For questions, please email me at avalouisestanton@​insightla.org.

Monday Morning Community Zen Sit
Come to 14th Street in Santa Monica between 7:00 and 7:10 for a 35 minute sit on Monday mornings. We finish at 7:45.
Please join us!

Selected Works