Valley Insight Classes

Join Peg Meyer for chanting, Wednesdays in March 2021:

Chanting with Peg Meyer begins March 3; March 10, 17, 24; 7:30-8:00 pm

Please join Peg for chanting/silent meditation practice. We will begin Wed March 3 and continue every Wednesday through March 24. We will be chanting verses from the Theravada traditions. In chanting it does not matter how “good” the voice sounds as Aj. Sucitto says. Each of us will be chanting in our own space. Please email Peg ( if you would like to join. She’ll share the Zoom link and words to the chant. All are welcome!

EcoSattva Training
Lead by Willow Nilsen
Beginning January 28, 2021
Every other Thursday

Starting in January, VIMS, with leader Willow Nilsen, will be hosting an EcoSattva training that was developed by One Earth Sangha.  Drawing on insights from Buddhism and the growing field of climate psychology, we will explore the intersections between ecological harm and other forms of objectification and exploitation, especially in regard to race, revealing their common roots and common remedies.  

In the final part of the course, we will explore diverse forms of response, from the surprisingly important changes we can make in our everyday lives to the necessary refusals to cooperate with systems of domination.  We will also explore our inner landscape and consider ways to bring a compassionate and wise response to these issues.

 The class is nine weeks long.  The initial meeting is scheduled as a time for participants to get to know each other and to share course logistics before we begin. We will begin on Thursday, January 28th at 6:30 pm and meet every other Thursday thereafter.  Each 60-minute meeting will include time for meditation, connection, discussion, and reflection. 

For more information, please contact Willow Nilsen at

Willow regularly attends retreats at the Barre Center for Buddhist Study and has been delighted to practice with VIMS since moving to the area. She has a master’s degree in science education and has taught climate science, ecology, and botany in public schools and wilderness programs. She is currently the program coordinator of the Dartmouth Outing Club and has a passion for solo backpacking. 

Mindfulness: A New Valley Insight Dharma Study Group 

Beginning in February, dates TBA

We will use the material in a Wisdom video course and book by Bhikkhu Analayo, both titled Introducing Mindfulness

The course of study will consider the Buddhist background and the current secular uses of this very important tool. Analayo’s guest speakers include Judson Brewer, Bonnie Duran, and Jon Kabat-Zinn. 

The course will meet bi-weekly for six months and will be based on the format of our first Dharma Study Group––using supplemental sutta material and small and large group discussions. We are working out details––especially around procuring the Wisdom course. We tentatively plan to begin on February 18th from 5-6:30PM and, subsequently, to meet on the first and third Thursdays of the month for 12 sessions total. It will be offered on a dana basis.

Doreen, Peg, and Michael will serve as overall facilitators. The course is suitable for all levels. It offers a good entry point for those new to practice and a refinement and deepening of understanding for more experienced practitioners. 

If you are interested in learning more, please contact

Concluded Classes

A Different Way to Practice – A Guided Nature Walk 
Wednesday, December 30, Walk at 2 pm
Taught by Lee Steppacher

Cultivating a Mindful and Fulfilling Life
(September 16, 23, 30 & October 7, 14, 21 
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

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