Valley Insight Classes


VIMS will be offering an INTRODUCTION TO INSIGHT MEDITATION this January starting on Sunday afternoon, January 12 from 2 to 5 pm, and continuing for the next three Wednesday evenings, January 15, 22 and 29, from 5:30 to 7 pm.  Location will be in a place that is easily accessible in the Norwich/Hanover/Wilder area.

The class welcomes beginners to meditation as well as those who want to invigorate their practice.  A primary aim of this class will be to inspire and guide a daily (or as-close-to-daily-as-possible) home practice in insight meditation. 

Following are the particulars.

Description: Meditation practice is simple and gentle.  It can help us to reduce stress, promote ease, and cultivate compassion in our lives.  Insight meditation offers a way for us to see things as they are and to free ourselves from the pain of wanting things to be otherwise.  Based on Buddhist teachings of 2,500 years ago, meditation practice is compatible with any spiritual path and very relevant today.  Each week the class will include guided meditation instruction and discussion.  We will use material from Gil Fronsdal’s course on Introduction to Meditation.

Taught by Lee Steppacher.  You can find out more about Lee at

Course Registration Information: The registration fee is:

$160 supporting;

$120 standard; 

$80 scholarship.  

No one will be turned away for financial reasons. The fees cover the course’s operational costs and include an offering to the teacher.

The ‘standard’ level fee relates directly to VIMS’s costs; the ‘supporting’ level includes a tax-deductible donation of $40 to VIMS; the ‘scholarship’ level provides some financial assistance to the participants.  If these costs are an obstacle, please contact Lee to discuss additional assistance. 

VIMS is committed to offering a safe, welcoming environment for people of all races, cultures, ethnicities, sexual orientations, classes, religions, abilities, and ages. If you require any specific accommodation, please contact Lee.

Registration: Payment is due at the first class.  Please contact Lee at to register and for any questions.


Concluded Classes

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

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

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

Waking Up White
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