Valley Insight garden seating

Valley Insight Meditation Society is a spiritual refuge for all who seek freedom of mind and heart. We provide opportunities and support for exploring the teachings of Buddhism and practice of vipassana, also known as insight meditation.

We offer weekly sitting groups suitable for beginners and experienced meditators; non-residential retreats; and instruction in meditation and mindfulness practice. Our teachers and formal practice are closely aligned with that of Insight Meditation Society (IMS), Barre Center for Buddhist Studies (BCBS), and Spirit Rock Meditation Center.


  • Sign up for our December retreat, led by Doreen Schweizer and Subha Srinivasan. Details »
  • Join our Sangha Circle for an opportunity to talk about your practice with others in our sangha. Details »
  • Awakening Together Through Practices of Gratitude and Joy, online series, throughout November. Details »
  • Join a Listening Session about Valley Insight’s Future. Details »
  • A Different Way to Practice: Guided Nature Walks with Lee Steppacher, December 17. Details »
  • Daily Gatherings for Refuge and Clarity, weekdays at 7:30 AM (Eastern time). Details »
  • Weekly meditation/study/discussion every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday; click links below for login information & weekly updates.



Held in our Online Dharma Hall
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Held in our Online Dharma Hall
Details & Sign up →


11am – 12:30pm
Held in our Online Dharma Hall
Details & Sign up →

Vaccination, Mask and Attendance Policy  for In-Person Events: In consideration of the Buddhist precept of not causing harm to our fellow beings, we want our events to be as safe as possible. Therefore, Valley Insight Meditation Society requires everyone who attends an in-person sit, retreat, or other Sangha-sponsored event to be fully vaccinated and boostered, and to wear a mask indoors at all times except while eating or drinking. The one exception to this requirement is that teachers who are leading an in-person event may un-mask while offering dharma talks, facilitating discussion, and guiding meditation. This allows their words to be more clearly understood by those attending in-person and online.
People who are experiencing symptoms of any illness, especially respiratory illness (such as cough, nasal congestion, shortness of breath, sore throat, or fever), should not attend in-person sits or other events. We expect everyone to be guided by their concern for others and by their own level of comfort when choosing whether or not to attend an in-person event. Most of our events will offer an option to attend through our Online Dharma Hall. And we are committed to re-evaluating our decisions as more information becomes available. In general, we follow CDC guidelines and may change our requirements or cancel in-person sits and events if we need to.
We are grateful for your patience, your understanding, and your shared commitment to our collective safety and wellness.  May we continue to find refuge in curiosity, kindness, beauty, space, breath, gratitude, and one another. If you have any questions or concerns about these policies or our approach to sits and other events, please contact one of the teachers or a board member. (approved August 2022)
Diversity Policy: Valley Insight Meditation Society is committed to offering a safe, welcoming environment for people of all races, cultures, ethnicities, sexual orientations, classes, religions, abilities and ages in which to practice meditation and to explore the ideas put forth in the Buddha’s teachings. We recognize that all people hold unexamined beliefs, assumptions, fears and prejudices about others, and especially about those who seem different from themselves, and we acknowledge that these beliefs are a great source of suffering for individuals and societies. We strive for inclusivity, kindness and generosity toward all, in our programs and in our hearts.