Twin Cities Vipassana Collective

About the Twin Cities Vipassana Collective

TCVC is an organization that provides opportunities to hear and practice the teachings of vipassana (insight) and metta (lovingkindness) meditation, through residential retreats led by senior teachers in the Theravada Buddhist tradition.

TCVC retreats are appropriate for both beginning and experienced meditators. We are committed to cultivating a retreat environment that is welcoming to people of diverse identities, including those of all races, ethnicities, cultures, sexual orientations, gender identities, religions, abilities and ages. It is our aim that all may feel safe and respected on their TCVC retreat.

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TCVC is a nonprofit organization. All retreats are made possible by volunteers. At the center of the volunteer organization is the coordinating committee, consisting of the Retreat Coordinator, Newsletter Coordinator, Volunteer Coordinator, Secretary and Treasurer. The committee is supported by a larger group of volunteers, who fulfill ongoing needs or volunteer as registrars or managers for a single retreat.

TCVC is grateful for the ongoing financial support that has enabled the organization to offer meditation retreats since 1986. Donations to TCVC are allocated to either the Operating Fund or the Scholarship Fund. Click here to make a donation

TCVC is committed to operational transparency. Published below are the organization's bylaws, operational policies, conflict of interest policy and a description of volunteer roles.


Vipassana (Insight) meditation is a simple and direct practice: the moment-to-moment investigation of the mind/body process through calm, open and precise awareness. Learning to observe experience from a place of spacious stillness enables one to relate to life with a balance of wisdom and compassion.


Metta (Lovingkindness) meditation develops our ability to connect and care for ourselves and others in a way that deeply fulfills our wishes to be happy and peaceful. The result of this practice is an ever-deepening peace of mind, from which the truth of life can be recognized more clearly.

TCVC Organizational Documents


Operational Policies

Conflict of Interest Policy

Description of Volunteer Positions