Based on the guidance from California health officials, and to care for everyone’s health in this uncertain time, the physical location of Inner Way LA will be temporarily closed.
However, our community remains open and connected
and some events will be available online. 
Please check our calendar for more information.
Our amazing community, teachings and practice can be a great source of refuge in these troubled times.
Please make an effort to stay connected and engaged.
May you be well, safe and happy.
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  • Featured event

    Treasure Map: Unearthing True Value in Yourself and Your Relationships

    Facilitated by Blake Abramovitz

    “The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.”

    –Joseph Campbell


    Date: Fridays - an ongoing all levels class. Drop-ins welcome
    Time: 7:30 till 9:00pm PST (Los Angeles time zone)
    Price: $10 per class, $35 for a 4 week pass, $70 for an 8-week pass 

    To Register: Please contact Blake directly at blakeshields@yahoo.com

    Treasure Map is a rolling eight-week meditation course, employing Buddhist mindfulness techniques, creative journaling practices, the evocative power of poetry, and authentic community to catalyze development across multiple lines.

    This course is a skills-based training, guaranteeing no radical overnight transformation, no permanent ecstatic state. The aim of Treasure Map is to equip students with real, practical tools for navigating rough terrain. It focuses on the messy but necessary work of facing raw, vulnerable dimensions of our humanity, empowering practitioners to show up more authentically in their creative lives, their work, and their relationships.

     Human beings employ various methods for fleeing what’s uncomfortable. As Carl Jung put it:

    People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own soul. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.”

    The shadow reappears despite our best attempts to escape it. With the realization that there in the shadows is where our treasure is buried, we can radically shift our relationship to the places within that scare us. 
     

    Your treasure is locked in some inky cellar.

    Or it is lying in a sodden swamp,

    guarded by Will-o’-the-wisps,

    Or it is clutched in the skeletal hands

    of a mummy.

    It doesn’t matter. Find your own tiny body

    in the yellow of this faded map—

    there you are—

    and set out.

    Like a dotted line twisting

    across parchment,

    your diamond feet

    will find the way.

    Bio

    After many years as a hard-partying Hollywood actor, I heeded a deeper calling to find a more balanced and fulfilling life purpose. I dedicated myself to serious yoga and meditation practice and study, training extensively with an array of L.A.'s most dynamic and respected teachers in both disciplines. The resources I’ve developed as a result of my studies have brought profound healing to the wounds of my rocky childhood and have allowed me to flourish mentally and emotionally.

    I’ll be sharing these practices alongside insights on how neuroscience, psychology, and addiction theory support and expand our path to wholeness, allowing us to radically increase our overall life satisfaction and happiness. Though I am a meditation teacher of eight years now, I remain fiercely devoted to creativity as a spiritual path and still practice as a poet, musician, playwright, and actor.

    To learn more about Blake, visit www.veniceyogi.com.

    WHEN
    January 22, 2021 at 7:30pm
    WHERE
    Online
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
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  • Featured event

    Happiness in Trying Times
    with David Leonard

    Happiness in Trying Times
    with David Leonard

    Wednesdays 7:30 pm - 9 pm

    This is an online event

    Please RSVP below to get the link to online conference

    Join us for a talk on ways to cultivate and maintain a happy mind in trying times. We will discuss powerful mental skills and practices to sustain mental peace in difficult times and throughout the rest of our life.

    By donation.
    Your generous donation supports David and Inner Way LA. Click here to donate.

    David Leonard has practiced and taught meditation for over 50 years, after receiving teacher training in Sri Lanka where he was a monk for three and a half years in his early 20s. David has done over eight years of deep retreat, and maintains an extensive daily practice. His intuitive approach to practice is uniquely suited to western minds, and he has been influential in the training of some well-known western teachers.

    More teachings from David are now available at his YouTube channel, Mind Moment. Here's a video from that channel:

     

    WHEN
    January 20, 2021 at 7:30pm
    WHERE
    Online
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