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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Meditation and Discussion: Lori Stelling

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

Lori Stelling will facilitate this evening’s meditation and discussion. Lori has practiced Insight Meditation since 2002. She has completed Insight Meditation Center’s 9-Month Eightfold Path Program and is currently engaged in on-going Buddhist studies through Dharmagiri. NVIM meets at Napa Valley Unitarian Universalists (1625 Salvador Ave, Napa CA). All levels of experience are welcomed. Each meeting will generally follow the following structure: - 7:00 pm Meditation sitting begins - Sitting meditation: 30 minutes - Short break for tea and greetings: 15 minutes - Dharma talk and discussion: 45 minutes - 8:30 pm Meeting ends

Thursday Morning Meditation

Napa Valley Unitarian Universalists

For those interested in supporting their morning practice, we invite you to join us on Thursday mornings for silent meditation. The meditation will begin promptly at 8 am in the Napa Valley Unitarian Universalists sanctuary. There will be a 30 minute silent meditation period, followed by a short 10 – 20 minute period in which individuals may comment on their own practice, in a safe and supportive space. No meditation experience is necessary. Everyone is welcome.

Special Guest: Cheryl Slean

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

Please join us on Tuesday, June 4th, as we welcome back Cheryl Slean to our NVIM community. Cheryl is a playwright, filmmaker, and a UCLA certified mindfulness teacher who has also graduated from Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s Dedicated Practitioner and Advanced Practitioner programs. She has been practicing Buddhist meditation since 1995, was trained to teach by Rodney Smith of Seattle Insight, and has been teaching Dharma and meditation classes worldwide since 2007. Now based in Southern California, Cheryl has served on the Teachers Councils at Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Center and Insight Community of the Desert. Cheryl has participated in research and education on meditation and chronic pain, stress reduction and substance addiction. She is a guiding teacher with Mindful Schools, teaches mindfulness-based relapse prevention at Foundations Recovery Network and offers community mindfulness lectures and classes to the public. In addition to her work as a playwright and filmmaker, Cheryl is the co-executive producer of VisionLA Climate Action Arts, a nonprofit that engages the arts and entertainment communities in the sustainability movement. She is keenly interested in the promise of ethical mindfulness as a tool for social change.

Thursday Morning Meditation

Napa Valley Unitarian Universalists

For those interested in supporting their morning practice, we invite you to join us on Thursday mornings for silent meditation. The meditation will begin promptly at 8 am in the Napa Valley Unitarian Universalists sanctuary. There will be a 30 minute silent meditation period, followed by a short 10 – 20 minute period in which individuals may comment on their own practice, in a safe and supportive space. No meditation experience is necessary. Everyone is welcome.

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