Non Residential Retreat


Five-Day Non-Residential Retreat


With JoAnna Harper and Christiane Wolf





 February 24th through 28th, 2014

9:30am – 5:00pm


Santa Monica


Co-sponsored by InsightLA



This meditation intensive is intended for people interested in a period of sustained practice for whom being away from home overnight is not easily possible: people with young families, people with health or mobility challenges, evening job or school commitments or people with caregiver responsibilities. Of course, the retreat is also open to anyone who simply would prefer to return home in the evening. 

The retreat will be held in the context of silence, with periods of sitting meditation alternating with periods of walking meditation. Full instructions will be offered, along with dharma talks, question and answer periods, and sessions of guided movement. Participants are asked to bring their lunch each day so that there can be an uninterrupted day of practice that includes instructions in mindful eating.


 Cost: Sliding Scale: $250 -$400 plus dana to the teacher. Please pay at the highest level you can afford.  

Limited scholarships are available; please call or write for more info.



 JoAnna Harper has been exploring and practicing multiple traditions since 1999.  In 2005, her focus landed on Buddhism and Vipassana meditation, which is the premise for most of her current teaching. She teaches; adult and teen weeklong silent retreats, day longs and weekly classes, and works with at risk youth and non at risk youth in institutional and school settings. She has been trained in council facilitation with the Ojai Foundation, is a graduate of Noah Levine’s Against the Stream teacher training and is currently in the Spirit Rock/IMS/IMC four-year teacher training. She is the grateful mother of CJ and Harris – her main inspirations.


Christiane Wolf, MD, PhD loves teaching mindfulness with a good dose of humor, compassion and science. She first encountered Insight and LovingKindness meditation in 1988. Before moving to the Los Angeles in 2003 she worked as an Ob/Gyn at the Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany. In 2011 Christiane received Transmission from Trudy Goodman of InsightLA and she is part of the current Spirit Rock/IMS Insight meditation teacher training. Christiane is the Director of InsightLA’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program that she co-founded with Trudy in 2005. She is also a supervisor and trainer for MBSR teachers at the CFM (Center For Mindfulness) at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, the “mothership” of MBSR. She teaches and trains people here in the US and also in Europe. Christiane has been the Program Director of InsightLA’s VA CALM grant, a Patient Centered Care Initiative of the Greater Los Angeles Veteran’s Administration to train clinicians and staff in mindfulness and compassion. Christiane lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their three kids. 




This retreat will be held at 1001a Colorado Ave., Santa Monica. Click on the address for info on parking around the Center.


We have chairs and cushions available.