About the Mid-Atlantic Vipassana Association

The first 10-day Vipassana course in Virginia was held in 2002 at Camp Virginia Jaycee near Blue Ridge, Virginia. In 2005 students from the Mid-Atlantic organized a 10-Day Vipassana course at Camp Fairlee Manor in Chestertown, Maryland, near Washington DC. Currently, the Mid-Atlantic students offers 10-day Vipassana courses twice per year at the Blue Ridge, Viginia as well as the Chestertown, Maryland location. Course have also been held in the NY/NJ area.

The organization of the first course by a handful of meditators was a huge task. There were many factors that had to be considered during the initial planning stages, such as finding a suitable site, arranging to bring a teacher in for the course, ensuring there was an adequate number of attending students, and putting financing in place to cover initial deposits and the ongoing expenses to support the running of the course. The success and organization of the first course prompted the management of the camp to offer the facilites to us for courses during their off season.

In 2004 a Summit was held in Maryland to bring all of these regions together to plan the work of establishing more and more courses in this area. This has culminated in 2005 in the creation of a Trust to organize further Vipassana activities in the Mid-Atlantic Region. The Mid-Atlantic Vipassana Trust is a registered, non-profit, charitable organization whose sole purpose is to provide Vipassana courses to the public.