Valley Insight Classes

Cultivating a Mindful and Fulfilling Life
5:30-7:00 pm
Wednesday evenings beginning September16 (September 16, 23, 30 & October 7, 14, 21 
Offered via Zoom

This class for beginning and intermediate meditators that will focus on cultivating a fulfilling life through practice of ethics, mindful speech, generosity, lovingkindness, compassion, and joy. Classes will be offered online using Zoom. Participants will need a computer, tablet, or smartphone and an internet connection to sign in for the class.

A mindfulness meditation practice allows a person to become aware of what’s happening internally in their body and mind — and to accept what they notice without judging it or wanting to go away. This series of classes builds on an established meditation practice to explore how that practice — plus others offered in this course — form the foundation for a fulfilling life.

Cultivating the practice of ethics, mindful speech, generosity, lovingkindness, compassion, and joy provide the foundation for living a rich and mindful life in relationship with others. This class is suitable for beginning and intermediate mediators. Prerequisite: An established mindfulness practice and near-daily meditation practice.

Taught by Michael Stoner; for information, or to sign up, contact him at

A Different Way to Practice – A Guided Nature Walk 

September 2, 2 PM
Meets in person; participants will be advised of location
Note: Each walk will last approximately 1.5-2 hours (and no longer than 2 hours), varying based on whatever conditions we find.

Why not put your technology aside for a time, and step outside to rediscover your connection to the natural world around you? 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. Location will be determined but will be in the Hanover-Lebanon-Norwich area.

Valley Insight recognizes, in this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, that any “public” event, even a small and outdoors one such as this, engenders at least a small risk of exposure to coronavirus. To minimize this risk, we will limit our group size to four participants, honor social distancing practices of six feet between walkers, and ask participants to wear masks during our time together.  Thank for honoring these sangha-supporting measures if you choose to participate.

  • New Dates for Guided Nature Walks
        • Wednesdays October 7  and November 4 ,  Walks will be from 2-4 pm
        • Wednesdays October 21 and November 18, Walks at 10 am 

Teacher: Lee Steppacher
Contact Lee ( with questions or to sign up.

Concluded Classes

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

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

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