All contributions will be donated to the Northwest Vipassana Association.
Tragically, on January 12, 2020, Megan Fryzelka passed away at the young age of 30. Her life was short, but it was powerful. With her uniquely free spirit, fiery personality, and incredible love for nature and preservation, Megan inspired and captured the hearts of countless people across the world. One of the many things she loved was practicing meditation and yoga. In that journey, a friend introduced her to Vipassana. After her first Vipassana, Megan wrote in a family chat "Come mid-December I'll be attending another 10-day silent meditation, as the first one was life-changing." From then on, she spoke very highly about the meditation center and encouraged others to participate. Because of Vipassana, Megan was able to find a deeper sense of purpose in life, self-love, and peace that she never knew before. She proclaimed that attending the Vipassana course was the best decision she'd ever made. In conversation with Megan, we learned that this organization is non-profit, free for all students, and operates solely on donations/volunteers. She said she planned to donate to the organization as soon as she could. Unfortunately, she never got the opportunity to do so. Megan did her very best to give back. Volunteering, striving to live zero waste, consciously reducing her carbon footprint and urging others to recycle and preserve our planet. Our family feels that it is important for us to do this, for her. We're hoping, with this fundraiser connecting family and friends and all who feel compelled, we can make that possible and donate to the Northwest Vipassana Association in honor of Megan Rae Fryzelka. Thank you kindly.
Rest in peace baby sister. You are loved and missed immensely. ~Dana Wass
Vipassana is one of India's most ancient meditation techniques. To learn Vipassana as taught by S.N. Goenka one must attend a residential ten-day course.
The Northwest Vipassana Center, also known as Dhamma Kuñja (meaning Grove of Dhamma) is one of over 120 international centers where Vipassana meditation in this tradition is taught and practiced. Dhamma Kuñja is managed by the Northwest Vipassana Association, a 501c3 non-profit.
Dhamma Kuñja is situated on 50 rural acres near the town of Onalaska, Washington, two hours south of Seattle, and 1.5 hours north of Portland, Oregon.
Vipassana meditation retreat centers in this tradition are run solely based on donations (aka “dāna”) from meditators who have completed at least one course, or by friends and family of those who have. Donations are tax-deductible.