Insight Meditation Community of Charlottesville (IMCC) is dedicated to the practice of mindfulness-awareness, also known as Insight or Vipassana Meditation. IMCC provides a full program of weekly meditation, ongoing classes, daylong programs, and retreats.

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NY Times Bestselling Author Will Guide Meditation and Discuss Its Proven Benefits

at Blue Ridge Prison Project Benefit April 24 in Charlottesville

(Charlottesville) – Can practicing meditation stimulate the human brain for more fulfilling relationships, a deeper spiritual life and a greater sense of inner confidence and worth? According to New York Times bestselling author Rick Hanson, PhD,the answer is yes. Hanson, well known for combining scientific findings and historically based spiritual insights, will offer guided meditation and discussion Friday, April 24, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Unity of Charlottesville, 2825 Hydraulic Road.

Unity is co-hosting Hanson’s appearance with Insight Meditation of Charlottesville to raise money for the Blue Ridge Prison Project – a program that has brought weekly Mindful Meditation classes to Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women since 1994. A $10 donation at the door is requested.

In his work, Hanson has examined breakthroughs in neuroscience against a backdrop of insights gleaned from research on thousands of years of Mindful Meditation practice. He is the author of Buddha’s Brain, Hardwiring Happiness, Just One Thing andMother Nurture. A psychologist, he serves as senior fellow at the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California-Berkeley, and is founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom.

“We’re grateful that Dr. Hanson is donating his time to a project that helps incarcerated women cope better with stressful situations and give them tools that can be used for a better and more successful life when they’re released,” says Allie Rudolph, a guiding teacher at Insight Meditation Community of Charlottesville.

Hanson’s presentation will include guided meditation, discussion and Q&A, and refreshments. “This is a great opportunity to learn more about Mindful Meditation in a way that will also help others,” says Unity co-minister Rev. Patricia Gulino Lansky. For more information, visit www.imeditation.org or www.unitycville.org.


Bringing Home the Buddha's Teachings, a 10-month course with Pat Coffey, Susan Stone, Heather Karp and Holly Robedeau, starting April 9th.  This experiential inquiry into what the Buddha really said meets once a month for 10 months on Thursday evenings, from 7:30 to 9.  

Online registration is required.  

For more information about this course and other IMCC events, please visit the Events page. 

Residential Retreat, May 8-15 at Serenity Ridge with Chas DiCapua, Pat Coffey, and Sharon Beckman-Brindley; Choose a Weekend or a Week-long option.

This spring's residential retreat offers both a weekend and a week-long option, May 8-10 and May 8-15, 2015, respectively.
(Weekend now full / wait-list only; Week-long registration still open.)

Once again, the setting is Serenity Ridge in beautiful Nelson County, which attendees last fall reported as a stunning and restorative setting for deepening their practice.

Online registration is now open to members and non-members.  Space is limited and rooms will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.

For more information about the spring retreat and other IMCC events, please visit our Events page.

About IMCC

IMCC provides a welcoming environment for people to engage in Insight Meditation and related practices. IMCC offers ongoing weekly group meditation sessions and dharma talks as well as a variety of educational opportunities designed to increase the understanding, knowledge, and practice of Insight Meditation. IMCC is a 501(c)3 charitable organization and donations are tax-deductible. These events are open to all people, whether they are newcomers, regular visitors, or members (see below).

Insight or Vipassana Meditation draws on the Buddhist tradition and the central techniques taught by the Buddha upon his enlightenment. IMCC embraces this tradition yet is nonsectarian and open to anyone with a desire to practice meditation.

Participation is free. Attendees are invited contribute donations or dana to help cover space rental, web hosting, and other expenses. Fees are required for some retreats and classes. Donations do sustain us and are always welcome.

Membership in IMCC

In June 2014, the IMCC Board of Directors implemented a new Membership Structure designed to encourage community participation, with the goals of helping to sustain our mission and activities and providing opportunities for people to deepen their practice. As always, however, everyone is welcome at IMCC events, whether a member or not.

Everyone who received our bimonthly e-newsletter will continue to do so, and new contacts may sign up online to receive it without becoming members (see above).

To become a member, complete the Member Application.

What does becoming a Member mean? Registering as a “Member” of IMCC is an expression of one’s commitment to:

1. Maintain a regular meditation practice, including a commitment to integrating the principles of mindfulness-awareness into one’s daily life

2. Volunteer service to our community in keeping with one’s skills, personal interests, and availability

3. Make a financial contribution to our community as one’s personal circumstances permit.

Who can become a member? Anyone can become a member, provided he or she embraces the three Membership Commitments.

Why become a member? Membership in IMCC is a commitment to your practice and your community. These are some of the benefits:

• To deepen your practice by greater participation in IMCC.
• To have the chance to offer Dana by volunteering for IMCC.
• To access early registration for workshops and retreats.
• To receive individual welcome meeting with an IMCC teacher.
• Access to the Members section of the IMCC website where Board meeting minutes and the budget will be posted.

Am I already a member? Unless you have visited imeditation.org and registered as a Member after June 15, 2014, you are not a member under the new Membership Structure. If you were registered in the past, you will continue to receive our e-blasts. But you must re-register to become a Member.

Who can answer other questions? If you have any questions about Membership in IMCC, please contact Board President Jeff Fracher, at jeffreyf@imeditation.org.

The Practice of Dana: Making a Donation

IMCC relies on the time-honored tradition of dana, or generosity, to support its weekly programs and special events. Donations are used to cover expenses such as space rental, web hosting, supplies, and other costs. Attendees have opportunities to make a contribution at every event.

Tuesday Evening and Weekday Donations. IMCC accepts donations to offset its expenses at each Tuesday evening meditation and Dharma talk as well as at its weekday meditation sessions. This voluntary expression of gratitude for the teachings we receive helps cover space rental and other IMCC costs and support our dedicated teachers. Any offering is welcome, though none is required, and people typically contribute $5 to $15.                                        

Other Opportunities to Donate. Individuals and corporations can make a tax-deductible annual, quarterly, or monthly contribution to help us. You may send a check made payable to IMCC in care of Maggie MacInnis, 8 Winchat Ln., Palmyra, VA 22963. To pay via credit card, debit card, or direct debit from your checking account, use our secure PayPal account (no service fee applied).

Yes, Donations Are Tax-Deductible. Contributions made before December 31 of each calendar year are tax-deductible for that year; you may request a receipt for tax purposes.                                    

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Weekly Opportunities
for IMCC Meditation

Tuesdays, 7:30-9:00 pm, Meditation and Dharma Talk.  JABA, 674 Hillsdale Dr., CVille.  Free admission; donations welcome ($5 to $15 is customary).

Wednesdays, 12-1 pm, Meditation and Discussion.  Common Ground, Jefferson School City Center, 233 4th St. NW #219, CVille (enter at left).  Free admission; donations welcome.

Fridays, 12-1 pm, Meditation and Discussion.  Common Ground, Jefferson School City Center, 233 4th St. NW #219, CVille (enter at left).  Free admission; donations welcome.

Please check our EVENTS page to learn more about classes, retreats, and other offerings.

(Meditation 101)



Upcoming events

23 Mar 2015 7:00 PM • Common Ground, 233 4th St, C'ville
09 Apr 2015 7:30 PM • Sojourner's Church, 1017 Elliott Ave., Cv, VA
21 Apr 2015 7:30 PM • JABA

IMCC is a nonprofit organization established in 1996. Its primary mission is to promote the instruction and practice of Buddhist Insight Meditation and related teachings that awaken an individual’s natural wisdom and compassion. IMCC is located in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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