About Insight Meditation Society

The Insight Meditation Society is one of the Western world’s oldest and most-respected meditation retreat centers. We are dedicated to providing a spiritual refuge for all who seek freedom of mind and heart.

Co-founded by renowned teachers Joseph Goldstein, Sharon Salzberg, and Jack Kornfield in 1976, IMS draws thousands of meditators to our Retreat Center and Forest Refuge in Barre, Mass., every year. 

Both at our physical centers and in our online programs, our experienced teachers offer guidance in Buddhist meditations known as vipassana (insight) and metta (lovingkindness). While the context is the Buddha’s teachings, these practices are universal. They help to develop awareness and compassion in ourselves, giving rise to greater peace and happiness in the world.