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Nature Meditation Programs and Retreats

Worldwide Classes and App

Worldwide Insight – Every Sunday, 11am PST, 2pm Eastern US time, 7pm UK time, 8pm European time, 4am Monday Australia time

  • Sessions with Dharma teachers with diverse backgrounds and cultural perspectives
  • A range of both world-renowned teachers and lesser known voices
  • Teachings you don’t hear on retreats: Bringing dharma wisdom to daily life themes such as work, relationships, sex, communication, culture, ecology and consumerism, as well as ethics, meditation and the liberation of the heart.

Insight Timer – An app that connects more than 1 million meditators worldwide and keep track of your meditation practice.  You can personalize sounds of bells, ambient background sounds, saved your personalized settings for a sit into a presets.  After a sit, you can log into a journal and write down your reflections.

US Meditation Retreat Centers/Programs


New York
  • Blue Cliff Monastery – Thich Nahn Hanh community in upstate, NY.
  • Garrison Institute – Garrison, NY
  • Omega Institute – Rhinebeck, NY – Founded by Elizabeth Lesser in 1977, Omega offers diverse and innovative educational experiences that inspire an integrated approach to personal and social change.  Offers program on campus in Rhinebeck, NYC, or Costi Rica.
Washington, DC
  • Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW) – a spiritual community that teaches and practices Insight (Vipassana) meditation in the DC metro area. IMCW has grown from a small group led by Tara Brach to a large and thriving community.

West Coast

  • Spirit Rock Meditation Center – Woodacre, CASet among 411 acres of serene oak woodlands in the secluded hills of West Marin County, California, Spirit Rock is a refuge from everyday life where it’s truly possible to quiet the mind, soften the heart and see life in a new way.
    a: 5000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Woodacre, CA 94973;t: (415) 488-0164
  • Esalen Institute – Big Sur, CA
    a:55000 Highway One, Big Sur, CA 93920; t: 831-667-3000; e:

NYC Meditation Centers

  • Brooklyn Zen Center (Zen)
    – A Soto Zen community in the tradition of San Francisco Zen Center’s founder, Shunryu Suzuki.
    a: 505 Carroll Street, Suite 2A, Brooklyn; t: (718) 701-1083
  • downtown new york meditation community (Insight)
    – Practice primarily in the style of the Thai Forest tradition. Led by Peter Doobinin and other teachers.
    a: 39 West 14th St, Room 507
  • New York Insight Meditation Center (Insight)
    – An urban Insight (Vipassana) meditation center. Offers talks, weekly sittings and courses as well as daylong and weekend retreats and workshops.
    a: 28 West 27th St., 10th Fl, betw. Broadway & 6th Avenue; t: (212) 213-4802; e:
  • M N D F L (All)
    – Modern,  drop-in meditation studio that feature expert teachers from a variety of traditions.  Open public access to meditation rooms for self-guided practice.
    a: 10 E 8th St.; t: (212) 477-0487
  • The Rubin Museum of Art – Mindfulness Meditation Series (Insight) – weekly meditation session led by Sharon Salzberg, New York Insight Meditation Center, and the Interdependence Project.
  • Shambhala (Tibetan)
    – Practiced in the tradition of the Shambhala lineage and Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.
    a: 118 W 22nd St., 6th Fl; t: 212-675-6544; e:
  • The Shinnyo Center for Meditation and Well-being (Shinnyoen)
    – Provides workshops,  one-on-one guided meditations by appointment, and special-themed meditation programs.  Provides public access to its meditation halls and rooms.
    a: 19 W. 36th St.; t: 212-868-9838; e:
  • Tibet House US (Tibetan)
    – Founded by Robert Thurman at the request of the Dalai Lama to present Tibetan cultures to the West.  Offers weekly meditation programs.
    a: 22 W. 15th St.(betw. 5th & 6th Ave); t: 212-807-0563

Podcasts/Dharma Talks

  • Dharma Seed – free podcasts and dharma talks from Western Vipassana teachings since the 1980s


For Family/Children

Family Retreats

Weekly Family Programs – New York City

Family Programs – Around the US


Climate Change Activism

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