A Brief History
In 1994, two local dharma teachers, Adrianne Ross and Joanne Broatch, began offering classes and retreats for vipassana meditators to sit together regularly with teacher support. In 2005, we chose the name "Vipassana BC" and created a website that allowed our individual meditators and existing dharma groups throughout the province to connect in the spirit of sangha. In 2006, we became a registered non-profit society under the name "British Columbia Insight Meditation Society".
We have a small volunteer board of directors and no office or paid staff. Members from our community volunteer to help put on retreats, classes and social events. Offering your time and energy is an important part of our practice of generosity, and is an easy, informal way to meet others, have fun, and support the BCIMS meditation community.