InsightLA aims to help people: live mindfully, offering evidence-based teachings that support well-being; live compassionately: facing our complex world with love, and serving those on the front lines of suffering; and live joyfully: creating a diverse, inclusive community for all.


2 Submitted Ideas

  • CONNECT ·2020 Grants Challenge

    Insight in Action

    InsightLA is requesting support of its Insight in Action (IIA) program, which offers meditation teachings and community-building activities to vulnerable and marginalized populations and to healthcare workers and caregivers responding to suffering. This year, IIA will continue to work with existing partner organizations and expand programming for individuals and organizations recovering from the effects of Covid-19 whether because of illness, loss, economic instability, or vicarious trauma experienced in the line of duty.

  • 2013 Grants Challenge

    LA the capital of mindfulness in 2050

    Our idea is to transform the health of Los Angeles by catalyzing a mindfulness movement and changing behavior upstream. Working with health care professionals, schools, hospitals, clinics, businesses, community centers, and citizen leaders we will provide the tools, teachings, and network of teachers to help more people learn how to install healthy behaviors that benefit ourselves, our families, our institutions, and our city.

    There are three specific components of this idea:

    1. Expand the existing InsightLA training programs for health care professionals, which currently provide mindfulness training to health care professionals at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles (CHLA) and other LA hospitals (UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital, St John's, Cedars-Sinai) and hospice programs, including a partnership with Skirball. Nurses, doctors, respiratory & other therapists, social workers, chaplains, and interpreters all receive mindfulness training. The program has proven to be popular and beneficial to the many health care professionals who have attended over the last six years. As eighty percent of child deaths in hospitals occur in ICUs, the mindfulness retreats were initially created to help PICU (Pediatric ICU) and NICU (Neonatal ICU) staffers deal with the grief of multiple losses. The program has since expanded to include practitioners from other units, including Hematology-oncology, Cardio-thoracic, Surgery, Adolescent Medicine, and Bone Marrow Transplant. We are interested in expanding this program by launching a teacher training program that specializes on serving the health care system and the people who provide care.

    2. Repair and open a new 17 acre property that has recently been transferred to InsightLA and can serve as a center for mindfulness in the heart of the city. The property is a unique asset offering access to nature, canyon views, native plants, and hiking trails. An estimated $75,000 are needed this year for basic repairs to make the space usable. Once those repairs are made, we intend to hold a retreat for professional caregivers from area hospitals and hospices, and with this grant we would also package the case study to create manuals and show how this model can be scaled to other health institutions in LA. We can also utilize the space to create similar programs targeted to specific professional fields and workplaces throughout the city, as well as community colleges and LAUSD, offering leadership trainings to help current and future leaders develop mindfulness tools to help solve LA's most pressing challenges.

    3. Grow the network of teachers and programs that exists across LA in health care institutions, schools, and community centers through a Los Angeles Mindfulness Ambassador initiative. Currently, all InsightLA programs are open to the public, and participation is increasing. In addition to helping InsightLA launch a unique physical space, this project will help InsightLA take the mindfulness training programs online to increase reach and accessiblity of the trainings. Through this offline / online hybrid model, the project will effectively generate mindful leadership and action across our cultural, institutional, and community assets.