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What a joy to be a learner of Mindful Self Compassion and to entrust others in my role as a teacher. Mindful Self Compassion transformed my longtime meditation practice, infusing it with kindness. May it help you too.

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Ava is a Certified Mindful Self Compassion Teacher, training to mentor and train new MSC teachers. She teaches Mindful Self Compassion and continuing classes in Mindful Self Compassion to graduates of the 8-week course at InsightLA in Santa Monica, CA. For a schedule of classes, please see

A student of Zen Buddhism since 1973, Ava is a Lay Entrusted Teacher in the Suzuki Roshi lineage. She currently studies with Tony Patchell (Russian River Zen Center, Sonoma County, CA).

Ava is a psychotherapist in private practice in Santa Monica, CA, working with meditation students and other adults. She offers individuals mindfulness training and and self-compassion work. She leads Mindful Self Compassion continuing groups in her office for students and professionals who have taken the Mindful Self Compassion class. Please see her website,

United States
Santa Monica

Basics of Mindfulness, Basics of Zen, intermediate classes, and daylong retreats. These class listings are at the InsightLA website (InsightLA,org) under Programs.