Insight Resources

There are several local and national Insight resources available to help support your practice. Here you can find links to other groups and Insight resources based in Ann Arbor, Detroit and around Michigan, as well as other US based organizations.

Local Organizations

Sojourner Sangha: developing insight meditation community in Brighton, MI
Sittings every other Friday evening.

Refuge Recovery (12 step) group in Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti
This is similar to a 12-step group but open to people with any type of addiction. The meetings include meditation and are based on the Four Noble Truths, the Eightfold Path and other Buddhist principles. It was started by Noah Levine (son of Stephen Levine) and is a national organization, found at The program is based on a book by Noah Levine entitled “Refuge Recovery”. Please see more details at the¬†National Refuge Recovery website.

Michigan Collaborative for Mindfulness in Education
Bringing mindfulness to the classroom. Special film ” Room to Breathe” available from this group.

University of Michigan Resources
Mindfulness resources, including traditional mindfulness meditation, MBSR, and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, for free or for a fee.

Ann Arbor Center for Mindfulness
Classes and sittings in mindfulness training

Mindful City Ann Arbor
Connecting and engaging organizations and neighborhoods with mindfulness.

Kirtan Ecstatic Chant and Workshop
Monthly Friday night open chanting. See website for more information.

Harmony Yoga
Check out the Iyengar yoga, breath work, and Feldenkrais classes going on at Harmony Yoga.

Chelsea Meditation
Chelsea Meditation is dedicated to providing opportunities to learn and practice Insight Meditation.

(Non Violent Communication) The Compassionate Communication Center in Ann Arbor
CCCAA is a recently formed organization under the auspices of the Compassionate Communication Center of Ohio. Please check their Facebook page for meeting times and activities.

Area Retreats

Dharma Retreats in Canada
Located in Toronto, Canada. Our purpose is to provide retreats for people who wish to learn and deepen their practice of Vipassana/Insight Meditation and Metta/LovingKindness Meditation. Upcoming retreat June 15-22, 2018, please check web site for details.

Yellow Springs Dharma Center retreats
Located in Ohio. Yearly vipassana retreats in May. See PDF of recent offering.

Dharma in the USA

BIN (Buddhist Insight network) -Find a Retreat
Looking for a retreat? BIN, supporting the Insight Meditation movement, has a searchable database of insight meditation retreats.

Spirit Rock
Spirit Rock, a beautiful retreat center in Woodacre, CA, offers year round retreats and programs. Spirit Rock Meditation Center is dedicated to the teachings of the Buddha as presented in the vipassana tradition.

Southern Dharma
Is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western NC, about 1 hour by car northwest of Asheville. SDRC offers silent, teacher-led retreats in a variety of Buddhist traditions from March-Dec each year.

Mid America Dharma
Mid America Dharma, located in Kansas City, MO, is a non-profit organization dedicated to making the practice of vipassana or Insight Meditation available in the central region of the United States, retreats and classes.

IMS Retreat Center and Forest Refuge
Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA has a wonderful retreat center, year round retreats with well known teachers.


Pathways to Mindfulness
Newsletter, retreats and classes in Webster Grove, MO.

Access To Insight
A compilation of Buddhist teaching, good resources for practice and meditation – directories, text archives, self-guided tour through the Pali Canon.

Inquiring Mind
Inquiring Mind is a semiannual magazine with articles about dharma for westerners. Published each April and October, the journal is freely distributed on a donation basis.

Nice online site with articles. Also a quarterly, subscription magazine for Buddhist teachings. Good articles, listings for centers, meditation supplies and books

Shambhala Sun
The Shambhala Sun about waking up, bringing a Buddhist view to all the important issues in modern life. Also available as a magazine.

Waxing Philosophical on Cleaning the Soul
A collection of articles on the relationship between clutter,cleaning, and mindfulness.