Valley Insight Classes


Practicing mindfulness meditation not only helps us to develop a clearer understanding of ourselves, but it has other benefits that are now emerging from scientific studies. It also helps us to stay centered and aware — a real benefit in a time of tumult and uncertainty.

This course is taught in six sessions:

Weekend Retreat: 1.5 hours Sat/Sun June 27-28: 9:00-10:30 am

Tuesday June 30, and July 7, 14, and 21: 7:30-8:45 pm

This course is open to anyone with a sincere interest in developing a regular mindfulness practice: no experience is necessary. Students will learn a number of meditation practices that they can use on their own to develop a practice that works for them.

The course will begin with a weekend “retreat” where students will learn about meditation and practice several different types of meditation. During the four sessions following, they’ll learn how to extend their awareness to their body, thoughts and emotions, enabling them to sustain their focus on what’s happening and explore it with growing awareness and tender attention.

The class will be taught by Michael Stoner. Michael has been meditating since 2006. He’s an active member and the board chair of Valley Insight Meditation Society. Michael is enrolled in the Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program led by Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield, both of whom are internationally know meditation teachers.

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Sessions will be conducted through Zoom, so participants will need a computer, tablet or smartphone and an internet connection to participate.

If you have questions or wish to register, please contact Michael Stoner by email ( or phone (1-312-622-6930).

The teachings are freely offered: during the course, we’ll talk about how students who value the teachings can support organizations that further meditation and Dharma studies.

Concluded Classes

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