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Vipassana Meditation Center 10-day Retreats

Event Details

December 26—January 6, 2019
March 13—March 24, 2019

Vipassana Meditation Center
386 Colrain-Shelburne Rd
Shelburne , MA 01370
United States
42° 38' 9.042" N, 72° 40' 4.6452" W
Handicap access available
Unsuggested, Donate-it-Forward Basis
Jonathan Crowley

The Vipassana Meditation Center (VMC) of Shelburne, MA offers 10-day residential, silent meditation courses twice monthly to the public without charge on an unsolicited, voluntary, pay-it-forward, donation basis.

VMC, in partnership with UMass Amherst, is reserving ten spaces for any Pioneer Valley Massachusetts Five College students, faculty and staff for each of its December 26th 2018 and March 13th 2019 courses.

Typically, VMC course retreats are full with a waitlist for three to six months in advance.

Vipassana means “to see things as they really are” and is a way of self-transformation through self-observation. It focuses on the deep interconnection between mind and body, which can be experienced directly by attention to the physical sensations that form the life of the body, and that interconnect and condition the life of the mind.

It is this observation-based, self-exploratory journey to the common root of mind and body that gradually dissolves negativities resulting in a balanced mind full of love and compassion.

Rediscovered by the Buddha more than 2,600 years ago and taught by him as a universal remedy for universal ills, the practice is taught in a non-sectarian manner.

For more information on Vipassana, please visit To apply for either of the courses, please visit, select either the December 26 or March 13 course applications and don’t forget to identify yourself as a Five College student, faculty or staff member in the application.