What we're about

Napa Valley Insight Meditation offers meditation training and spiritual teachings from Buddhist and other wisdom traditions. We are dedicated to supporting the cultivation of mindful awareness and compassion in daily life. Our mission is to support one another in applying the teachings and practice of mindfulness meditation and loving-kindness within ourselves, our relationships, our work and our society. Our programs include (or will include) meditation classes, daylong retreats, sitting groups, workshops, and other classes.

Most of the teachers and the founding members of NVIM have been trained in the American Insight or Vipassana movement. The Insight tradition focuses on the practice of mindfulness and loving-kindness meditation, and draws mostly on the early teachings of the Buddha. However, it is also a nonsectarian and generally pluralistic stream of Buddhism that is open to all, and is non-religious in nature.

NVIM does not require payment for any of our gatherings, programs or events. The support of our teachers, facility use fees and supplies is done through the voluntary donations of our community.

NVIM's weekly gatherings and sitting groups, events, daylong retreats and classes welcome new and experienced practitioners from all spiritual and meditation traditions. We value diversity and welcome people of every race, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, age, and physical ability. To find out more about upcoming events, please check out our calendar.

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Upcoming events (4+)

Thursday Morning Online Meditation

Needs a location

NVIM will continue to host our Thursday morning meditations by Zoom. Morning meditation is led by Debbie Darrin, and others, and begins promptly at 9:00am. All are welcome.

Thursday morning sits begin with an inspirational reading, followed by a 30-minute mostly silent meditation period and a short 10-minute period in which individuals may comment on their own practice while the group listens in silence.

To receive the Zoom link one day in advance, become a member of NVIM on MeetUp, or sign up for our newsletter on our website at www.napainsight.org

Meditation & Reflections with Lori Stelling: Tues 7/12 @ NVIM

Needs a location

NVIM is now meeting at the NVUU in-person and on Zoom, following a hybrid model, Tuesdays at 7:00pm. Masking is required for indoor participation. (See Guidelines below)

This Tuesday evening sangha will be led by Lori Stelling. Lori has practiced Insight Meditation since 2002 and served as a local teacher and board member for NVIM since 2014. She is a Certified Mindfulness Meditation Teacher through UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center and has been engaged in on-going Buddhist Studies, for over two decades, through Aloka Vihara Monastery, Sacred Mountain Sangha, Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and other vipassana centers and programs. Lori offers life coaching for women, and community meditation classes for adults of all ages.

Updated NVIM In-person COVID Guidelines (April 2022):
· full vaccination recommended
· masks required indoors (with the exception of being optional for the teacher while teaching)
· no beverages allowed indoors (you are welcome to bring your own beverage outdoors during breaks)
· please stay home if you have any COVID-like symptoms or have tested positive for COVID in the past 10 days

The receive the link to our Zoom meeting, sent out 2 days before the event, please become a member of NVIM on MeetUp or "sign up" for our newsletter on our website at: www.napainsight.org

Thursday Morning Online Meditation

Needs a location

NVIM will continue to host our Thursday morning meditations by Zoom. Morning meditation is led by Debbie Darrin, and others, and begins promptly at 9:00am. All are welcome.

Thursday morning sits begin with an inspirational reading, followed by a 30-minute mostly silent meditation period and a short 10-minute period in which individuals may comment on their own practice while the group listens in silence.

To receive the Zoom link one day in advance, become a member of NVIM on MeetUp, or sign up for our newsletter on our website at www.napainsight.org

Meditation & Reflections with Forrest Hill: Tues 7/19 @ NVIM

Needs a location

NVIM is now meeting at the NVUU in-person and on Zoom, following a hybrid model, Tuesdays at 7:00pm. Masking is required for indoor participation. (See Guidelines below)

This Tuesday evening will be led by Forrest Hill. Forrest Hill has been practicing Insight Meditation since 2004 and is a founding member of Napa Valley Insight Meditation. He is a graduate of the the 2 year Community Dharma Leaders Program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center.

Updated NVIM In-person COVID Guidelines (April 2022):
· full vaccination recommended
· masks required indoors (with the exception of being optional for the teacher while teaching)
· no beverages allowed indoors (you are welcome to bring your own beverage outdoors during breaks)
· please stay home if you have any COVID-like symptoms or have tested positive for COVID in the past 10 days

The receive the link to our Zoom meeting, sent out 2 days before the event, please become a member of NVIM on MeetUp or "sign up" for our newsletter on our website at: www.napainsight.org

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