About South Bay InsightLA

How We Serve

South Bay InsightLA provides a welcoming environment to sustain and support meditation and mindfulness practices. We offer an opportunity to belong to a community that benefits from the consistent practice of sitting in meditation with others and exploring dharma teachings. ​

Our dedicated teachers have studied and trained with experts in the field of mindfulness and meditation. They have many years of experience in moderating practice groups and retreats.  And, they serve in leadership and development positions at our parent organization, InsightLA. ​

Our community is inclusive of people of all color and gender diversity. Our meetings are open to attend on a drop-in basis, and are supported by donations at will. Meditators with all levels of experience are invited to join us.

Find out more about our meditation and mindfulness practice groups, here. Meet The South Bay InsightLA Teaching Collective, here. See our Calendar page for our schedule of events, here.  Receive our monthly newsletter and notices about our special events by signing up for our mailing list, here.

The South Bay InsightLA Teaching Collective

Peggy Kersulis

Peggy Kersulis has been practicing Vipassana meditation for many years. She has done long retreats and the Heavenly Messengers training program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. She is currently a member of InsightLA's Teacher Development Group. She has been a psychotherapist for over 30 years and is still in private practice in the South Bay. She also facilitates bereavement groups at Torrance Memorial Medical Center and is a hopice volunteer. Peggy is our South Bay InsightLA teacher at the Palos Verdes Meditation Practice Group.

Eric McCullum

Eric McCullum

Eric McCullum first discovered meditation in the early 1990’s.  In 2005 he began practicing in the Vipassana tradition with Trudy Goodman and Insight LA.  Eric has completed InsightLA’s one-year Mindfulness Facilitator Training Program.  He is currently a member of InsightLA’s Board of Directors, the Teacher’s Council and is a member of the teacher development group.  Eric teaches a variety of mindfulness classes including Essentials of Mindfulness, classes on Death and Dying, and the Dedicated Practitioners Program.  He regularly leads groups at both Santa Monica and South Bay locations and has taught classes and events for the University of Southern California, the Beach Cities Health District, the Redondo Beach School District, and corporate mindfulness events. Eric is the South Bay InsightLA teacher at the Redondo Beach Meditation Practice Group.

Ali Hedayat

Ali Hedayat

Ali Hedayat has been practicing Vipassana meditation since 2003 and has led mindfulness sitting groups in various educational settings as well as the LMU sitting group. Currently, he runs the People of Color Sangha for InsightLA and is in the InsightLA Teacher Development Program. Professionally, Ali was an Industrial Engineer before earning his second Masters degree. He then became a credentialed School Counselor and has been working with youth in Los Angeles since 1998. Ali is an alternate South Bay InsightLA teacher at the Redondo Beach MeditationPractice Group.

Annette Lombardi

Annette Lombardi

Annette Lombardi is a graduate of  the 2020 UCLA Training in Mindfulness Program as part of the Mindful Awareness Research Center. With a practice of Insight meditation for over 25 years, she is now turning her attention toward teaching others the preciousness of mindfulness practices. Annette also has a degree in social work and has facilitated support groups for families in various settings including autistic adults, teens in crisis and special needs families. Annette has particular affection for long, residential retreats and has been fortunate to attend may retreats in which to hone her practice. Annette is the South Bay InsightLA teacher at the Hermosa Beach Meditation Practice Group.


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