People of Color Group

1st & 3rd Mondays Each Month



Each meeting includes a 30 minute guided meditation, followed by a group discussion. All who self-identify as a person of color are welcome, buddhists and non-buddhists alike, at all levels of meditation experience.  These groups are offered on a dana/donation basis. No one is ever turned away for lack of funds. This group is facilitated by Valerie Cusson and Erica Shehane (alternating nights).

The aim of this group is to support and address the issues that people of color may be struggling with in the American Buddhist traditions. The intention is not to divide, but rather to explore feelings of separateness and disconnectedness, cultivate connections independent of external conditions, and find true freedom in a way that does not ignore difficult social realities.

Valerie Cusson is a high school special education teacher working with At-Risk students in San Bernardino. She came to meditation through yoga and began walking the Buddhist path in 2002.  She completed Facilitator training with Noah Levine and JoAnna Harper in 2012. Valerie also leads a weekly sitting group in Redlands, with the Brahma Viharas as a central practice.

Erica Shehane has had a dedicated mindfulness meditation practice since 2008. She completed a year of committed compassion practice and a year-long facilitator training with Noah Levine. She especially enjoys bringing mindfulness to adolescents and young adults. She pays the bills by doing clinical social work and public health research.

To receive email updates about this group, please join the Google Group for the Against The Stream People of Color Sangha.

The group will be held at the Melrose Center – 4300 Melrose Ave, LA, 90029