Valley Insight Classes

New VIMS Class

Waking Up White
A Course with Peg Meyer
Wednesdays, Howe Library
March 27-June 26, 2019
5:30–7:00 p.m.

Open to experienced meditators.

In this series of four classes, we will come together to develop our individual and collective awareness of race, specifically of the white race. We will look at the fabrication of whiteness and contemplate it through the lens of the Four Noble Truths and with compassion. We will use the book Waking Up White by Debby Irving to explore the phenomenon of suffering brought about by racism. “[This book] opens a rare window into the process of socialization that is unique to many white Americans.” Van Jones, about Waking Up White.

Teacher: Peg Meyer, Valley Insight Meditation Society Teacher
Place/Time: Howe Library Rotary Room, 5:30-7:00pm
Dates: Wednesday March 27/April 24/May 29/June26
No fee; donation is appreciated
Register: Peg Meyer: meymrgrt@gmail.com
Open to experienced meditators.

Concluded Classes

Mindfulness Meditation Practice for Everyone
Four-week series

5:45-7:15 pm
Thursday July 12, 19, 26 and August 2, 2018
St. Barnabas Episcopal Church Hall, 262 Main St., Norwich, VT

Mindfulness teachings in the west primarily grew out of the Buddhist tradition. Contemporary scientific research has confirmed the benefits of mindfulness practice, including reduction in general stress, in stress-related physical challenges, as well as improvements in emotional regulation and focus. This class will introduce various meditation practices and to help you cultivate a personal mindfulness practice in your daily life. Through talks, short videos, guided meditations, interactive exercises, and discussion, the class will help participants learn to become more present, less reactive toward the inevitable ups and downs of modern life, and more connected to the wisdom of the body and heart. Though it will include reference to the Buddhist roots of mindfulness, these practices are compatible with many belief systems.

The course is appropriate for those new to mindfulness and also those with experience who wish to reinvigorate their practice.

The course is taught by Landon Hall. She is a Trained Teacher of Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-based Self-Compassion (MSC) and is currently enrolled in a mindfulness teacher certification program with Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach. She has been practicing meditation with Valley Insight Meditation Society for over 10 years.

Course Registration and Financial Information:

Valley Insight is committed to keeping these teachings freely available to all. The modest course registration fee in order to cover operational costs, space rental, and ‘dana’ for the teacher. We offer three fee levels: supporting, standard, and scholarship.

Supporting ($100) includes a tax-deductible donation to VIMS;
Standard ($85) relates directly to VIMS actual costs;
Scholarship ($45) reflects financial assistance to the participant.

Payment is due at the first class.

It is VIMS’ sincere intention that cost not be an obstacle for anyone desiring access to these teachings. If you need additional assistance, please contact Landon to discuss your needs. We are particularly sensitive to the needs of young people and elders as well as people of color and those with chronic and life-threatening illness.

Email valleyinsightretreat@gmail.com for registration and questions.

Sangha Discount on Tricycle/Bodhi College Four Noble Truths Course

The Four Noble Truths are perhaps the first teachings anyone new to Buddhism learns. In September 2017, we’ll had an opportunity to explore them in depth when the faculty of Bodhi College in the UK teach a seven-week course through Tricycle’s online platform. The course consisted of video dharma talks and readings by Stephen Batchelor, Christina Feldman, John Peacock, and Akincano Marc Weber. They offered some startling new insights on the Four Noble Truths, as this interview with three of the faculty suggests, encouraging us to reexamine what we think we “know” about this essential teaching.

Anyone who signed up for the course will have permanent access to the videos and other course materials, so if you missed a week while the course was running, you’ll be able to catch up and you can go back and re-watch the videos later on or read and download the readings. A number of those who have signed up planned to meet weekly while the course was in session to sit together and share reflections on these teachings. Sessions were held Thursday nights from September 7 to October 19, 2017 in White River Junction.

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

Waking Up White, taught by Peg Meyer, VIMS Associate Teacher and Co-Founder SURJ-UV (Showing Up for Racial Justice, UV Chapter)
Required book: Waking Up White by Debby Irving
In this four-week class, we will be investigating how the systems of white supremacy and racism are enacted and expressed in our lives – both around us and through us. Much of our suffering and ignorance in this area is unconscious, outside our ordinary white awareness. We will explore ways that our spiritual practice can transform the suffering arising from systemic racism.  As we wake up together, we will embrace the practices of metta (friendliness) and karuna (compassion) to open our hearts/minds to our oneness. The class will consist of sitting meditation, reflection on material and interpersonal mindful dialogue.  This class is open to people who identify as white.

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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