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Inner Way LA is an inclusive community and space
to connect with others and ourselves,
to explore creativity in a meaningful way, and
to allow for inner growth for the benefit of all.
  • Featured event

    Healing Harp Meditation & Sound Bath


    Join musicians Erica & Nailah on a sonic journey into restoration and self discovery. Guided by the healing vibrations of live harp, vocal harmonies, and Tibetan singing bowls, participants will explore realms of inner sanctity and serenity through meditation. All sounds and vibrations during this 50 minute immersion will be tuned down to 432 hz; a frequency found in nature, that is thought to create a sacred resonance within our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual bodies. Come and submerge yourself in a sea of rejuvenating sound, and emerge saturated in the elixir of your own light. 


    Suggested donation: $20 (or whatever you can afford)

    Nailah Middleton is a Caribbean-American musician, visual artist, and writer based in Los Angeles. With her harp and fx units, she conjures up ethereal sonic landscapes perfect for inward exploration and spiritual rejuvenation. Nailah sings in a variety of languages and styles that include classical, jazz, bossa nova, salsa, traditional Javanese, and alternative pop. A graduate of the Herb Alpert School of Music at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), with a BFA in vocal performance, she has performed at venues such as Carnegie Hall, The Troubadour, the House of Blues, and The Dresden.

    Erica Rey is a Latinx certified Ayurvedic Practitioner and yoga instructor who also offers herbal medicine, bodywork, and doula services. She is passionate about healing and is committed to accessibility and intentionality that allow these practices to be tools of resilience and sustainability for our communities. Erica holds a BA in World Arts and Cultures from UCLA, an Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor certification from Kerala Ayurveda Academy, Certified Doula and Community Birthworker training from Matriz Birthwork and Ayurvedic Wellness Practitioner and Herbal Medicine degrees from Southern California University of Health Sciences. Erica guides yoga at People's Yoga and offers Ayurvedic consultations and yoga at WeSpark Cancer Support Center.


    June 09, 2019 at 5:30pm
  • Featured event

    Open, Spacious, and Relaxed
    Webinar with Lama Marut


    Saturday June 15 & Sunday June 16 at 5 - 6:30pm

    Open, Spacious, and Relaxed:

    Keys for Understanding Emptiness and Interdependence

    Live Webinar - Streamed live at Inner Way LA
    In this two-part, interactive webinar we’ll investigate the central philosophical teachings of Mahayana Buddhism and how they are applicable to our spiritual lives.  Drawing on fifteen years of translation and study of Nagarjuna’s master text, Lama Marut will lay out a set of simple arguments that get to the heart of the doctrines of emptiness and interdependence.  The keys to understanding these deep insights into the nature of reality need not be overly complicated and putting them into practice results in an “open, spacious, and relaxed” state of mind we can bring to even the most difficult of circumstances

    Suggested donation: $35 per class or $55 for both

    Lama Marut (a.k.a. Brian K. Smith) is extensively trained in the spiritual traditions of India and Tibetan Buddhism.  He holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Religion and taught for over two decades in the academic world, first at Columbia University and later at the University of California, where he retired as Professor Emeritus in 2004.  
    He has served for the past seventeen years as a spiritual teacher to students around the world, and is currently the Spiritual Director for the Inner Way, LA, center in Los Angeles.“
    In addition to several scholarly studies and translations based on Sanskrit materials, he is the author of the popular and award-winning book, A Spiritual Renegade’s Guide to the Good Life and of Be Nobody (both published by Beyond Words).  His audio and video podcasts reach hundreds of thousands of people around the globe.
    With his unique mixture of erudition and earthiness, intensity and humor, conviction and openness, Lama Marut’s message is easily accessible and potentially life changing.
    June 15, 2019 at 5pm
    $35.00 USD ·
  • Featured event

    Community Drum Circle

    With Dario Sanchez

    Please join us as we celebrate life, community and music-making while living in the present moment. Drum circles are known to create a sense of community and a powerful shared experience while integrating body, mind and spirit. Studies have shown that drumming lowers blood pressure and stress hormones, releasing endorphins in the human brain that cause feelings of happiness and euphoria. Absolutely no musical experience necessary. The only prerequisite is an intention to have fun!

    All are welcome. We encourage you to bring your own drum if you have one.

    About the Teacher

    Drum Circle Facilitator Dario Sanchez earned his bachelor's degree in psychology and music. Since 2014 he has served the community working with non-profits tackling social issues, such as mental health, homelessness, and drug addiction. in 2015 he discovered the dharma and has since incorporated his practice into both his personal and professional life.

    Suggested Donation $10

    June 03, 2019 at 7pm
  • Featured event

    Girlie Stories

    Girlie Stories
    Drop into a Girlie Stories Gathering to join an instant community of womyn-identifying folks empowering themselves and each other via personal storytelling!  
    Every last Saturday of the month, we'll check in with each other, experience some playtime with a community building activity, and then we'll share our stories! 
    Please RSVP to if you'll be in attendance. Please prepare a personal story (about your life), no longer than 10 minutes.
    You are welcome to tell your story with or without notes. Girlie Stories believes that all of us have stories worth hearing and that all of us are storytellers! We welcome womyn with all levels of performance/writing experience, including none!

    Come to tell a story or just to listen and share space with other womyn. Please bring a snack or drink to share.
    $5 suggested donation or whatever you can afford, though all are welcome regardless of ability to pay and nobody will be turned away due to lack of funds.

    FACILITATOR BIO: Johanna Middleton is an artist and arts educator with a passion for creating spaces for others to share their own stories. She is the creator of Girlie Stories, which provides a platform for women and girls to empower themselves via personal storytelling through monthly gatherings, workshops, and productions.  

    Johanna has performed her original pieces as a storyteller with KPCC's Unheard LA, Rogue Machine's Rant and Rave, iO West, Upright Citizens Brigade, The Last Bookstore, and even the Long Beach Transit! She debuted her first solo theatre piece, Timeline:27, a participatory storytelling show, at the Santa Monica Playhouse. 
    As an arts educator and arts-based facilitator, she has worked with students of all ages in Chicago and Los Angeles.  She is currently the Student Program
    Coordinator at Greenway Arts Alliance. She has facilitated storytelling and theatre workshops for UCLA, Black Women for Wellness, WeRise LA, and more.
    Johanna Middleton
    June 29, 2019 at 8pm

Weekly Events

Wednesday 7-8pm Moving Meditation (Tai Chi)
Thursday 7:30-9:30pm License to Chill