Classes & Special Events

Sangha Circle Gathering

Sunday, October 16
Online, via Zoom

Come enjoy the company of fellow Valley Insight members at our Sangha Circle gatherings. We begin with a 10-minute meditation followed by discussion of the joys and challenges we’re encountering in practice. From 9:30am-10:20am on Zoom. All are welcome. We’ll meet on two upcoming Sundays — September 18 and October 16 — from 9:30-10:20 am and may decide to continue monthly if people are interested.

If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to Gina Sonne or Molly Grover. Gina: 802-649-7062 or ginavims14@gmail.com.  Molly: 802-540-0365 or mollygrov@gmail.com

A Different Way to Practice – Guided Nature Walks

The next nature walks will take place on October 15 at 9:30 am.

Meets in person; participants will be advised of location when signing up. Each walk will last approximately 1.5 – 2 hours (and no longer than 2 hours), based on whatever conditions we find. Walks will be weather dependent.

Why not put your technology aside for a time and step outside to rediscover your connection to the natural world? Let yourself relax into nature’s rhythms and open your senses to the richness of trees and rivers, sights and sounds. Be restored.

This practice will be a guided contemplative walk held with a small group. The walk will be conducted primarily in silence, allowing you to sink into your experience. The pace will be relaxed, but participants should be able to walk a few miles, possibly on uneven ground. The location is to be determined, but it will be in the Hanover-Lebanon-Norwich area.

In accordance with Valley Insight’s current COVID-19 policies, all participants on these nature walks must be fully vaccinated.  Group size will be limited to 7 participants and social distancing will be honored as well. More information on Valley Insight’s policy will be posted soon.

Teacher: Lee Steppacher

Contact Lee (shepstep@comcast.net) with questions or to sign up.

Daily Gathering for Refuge and Clarity

Weekday mornings, 7:30 am
Online via Zoom

Every weekday morning, Valley Insight offers a half-hour community time to be together and remember our connection to one another and to these teachings, which show us a way to have greater peace, ease, and openness in our hearts and minds—even in times of polarization and dissension—and even as we engage actively in working towards making the world better for all sentient beings.

Meetings begin with silence. Then we use the formal “Going for the Three Refuges” to speak/chant the intention to seek safety and support from

  1. our connection to Buddha, as a symbol of our commitment towards being awake, wise and kind in thought, speech and action;
  2. a trust and a willingness to try out the practices that Dharma teachings offer;
  3. a confidence in one another as fellow practitioners and support—even in the solidarity of silence.

Then we will speak the Five Training Precepts together. Remember: these are not “commandments,” they are “mindfulness bells,” considerations that nourish wisdom and strengthen the possibility of appropriate, compassionate action. And you are free to take only those that you feel pertain to you. The Precepts are to refrain from

  1. harming any living creature;
  2. taking what is not freely given;
  3. sexual or sensual misconduct;
  4. harsh, incorrect, or intentionally polarizing speech;
  5. drugs or alcohol which may cloud the mind and lead to carelessness.

For an invitation, please contact us at greetingsfromvalleyinsight@gmail.com.


Concluded Classes & Events

Valley Insight is talking about … The Last White Man
September 14, 2022
Online, via Zoom
Facilitated by Peg Meyer

Cultivating Heart Practices of Lovingkindness, Compassion, Joy and Equanimity
Wednesdays, July 27, August 3 & 10
Taught by Subha Srinivasan 

A Community Reading of Frederick Douglass’s 4th of July Speech
July 4, 2022
Colburn Park, Lebanon
Once again, we participated in a communal reading of Frederick Douglass’s emotionally important and heart-felt 1852 speech “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”

An Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation
Saturday mornings, February 19, 26; March 5, 12, 19, 26
Taught by Subha Srinivasan

Eco-Sattva Training
Using a curriculum developed by the nationally-based One Earth Sangha, Willow Nilson facilitated this bi-weekly, six-session discussion group. Prerecorded speakers included David Loy, Lama Willa, and Dan Siegel, as well as less well-known dharma voices, native peoples, and psychologists. With their help, we addressed the personal, relational, and political implications of the climate emergency; rested together in the grief for what is being lost; reflected on ways to stay open and proceed with agency.

A Community Reading of Frederick Douglass’s 4th of July Speech
July 4, 2021
Colburn Park, Lebanon
We participated in a communal reading of Frederick Douglass’s emotionally important and heart-felt 1852 speech “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”

The Eightfold Path Study Group
Wednesdays, May 12- June 23, 2021
Led by Peg Meyer

Vesak Day Celebration 2021, Wednesday May 26

Our 2021 Vesak Day Celebration included a guided meditation from the Valley Insight teachers and statements from Sangha members who shared observations from their practice and concerns or joys from the past year.

Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation
April 19, 26 and May 3, 10, 17, 24 2021
Taught by Michael Stoner

Dharma Talk: Venerable Dr Pannavati
March 13, 2021
Co-Founder and Co-Abbot of Embracing Simplicity Hermitage and Co-Director of Heartwood Refuge

EcoSattva Training
January-March 2021
Led by Willow Nilsen

Chanting With Peg Meyer
Wednesdays in March 2021
Chanting/silent meditation practice with Peg Meyer

A Different Way to Practice – A Guided Nature Walk
December 30, 2020
Taught by Lee Steppacher

Cultivating a Mindful and Fulfilling Life
September 16, 23, 30; October 7, 14, 21 2020
Taught by Michael Stoner

Bringing Mindfulness to Daily Life
August 5 & August 20, 2020
Taught by Peg Meyer

Creating an In-Home Meditation Retreat
August 19, 2020
Taught by Karen Summer

Introduction to Insight Meditation
Weekend Retreat: Sat/Sun June 27-28, 2020
June 30, and July 7, 14, and 21, 2020
Taught by Michael Stoner

Mindfully Facing Climate Change
April 16 & 30 and May 14 & 28, 2020
We used Bhikkhu Analayo’s course material from the BCBS website for our discussion

Dharma Talk: Judson Brewer
February 29, 2020
Dharma Teacher and noted Psychiatrist Judson Brewer, an expert in the field of mindfulness-based habit change and a long-time practitioner, offered a dharma talk on “The Factors of Awakening and Reward-Based Learning”

Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation
January 12, 15, 22, and 29, 2020
Taught by Lee Steppacher

A Community Reading of Frederick Douglass’s 4th of July Speech
July 3, 2019
Colburn Park, Lebanon
We participated in a communal reading of Frederick Douglass’s emotionally important and heart-felt 1852 speech “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”

Waking Up White
March 27-June 26, 2019
Taught by Peg Meyer

Mindfulness Meditation Practice for Everyone
July 12, 19, 26 and August 2, 2018
Taught by Landon Hall

Dharma Talk: Ruth King
June 25, 2018
Senior Vipassana teacher Ruth King discussed her book, Mindful of Race: Transforming Racism from the Inside Out

Vesak Day (Buddha Day)
May 29, 2018
We celebrated Vesak Day 2018 with a sit and potluck at St. Barnabas in Norwich

Valley Insight Exploration of Tricycle/Bodhi College Four Noble Truths Course
September 7-October 19, 2017
Facilitated by Michael Stoner

Introduction to Insight Meditation
April 20- May 18, 2017
Taught by Karen Summer

Waking Up White
2017
Taught by Peg Meyer

Introduction to Insight Meditation
June 22 to July 27, 2016
Taught by Karen Summer

Introduction to Insight Meditation
January 6 to February 24, 2016
Taught by Karen Summer, with Landon Hall, Doreen Schweizer, and Peg Meyer

Introduction to Insight Meditation

Sept 10 – Oct 29, 2015
Taught by Peg Meyer and Karen Summer

Everyday Mindfulness

April 30 – June 4, 2015
Taught by Peg Meyer and Landon Hall

Introduction to Meditation

January 8 to February 26, 2015  (8 weeks)
Taught by Peg Meyer

Metta and Mindful Movement Class
October 23 to December 18, 2014
Taught by Doreen Schweizer and Landon Hall

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