About Tovana

Tovana’- the Israel Insight Meditation Society - welcomes all who are interested to practice and develop awareness and cultivate freedom in their life to join retreats, courses, groups and activities. 

It offers a comprehensive range of authentic Buddhist teachings and practices, aligned with the Theravada lineage, with an emphasis on mindfulness, calm and insight (Vipassana). This helps us to explore the nature of experience and open doorways to an awakened life. It leads to clarity and opening of the heart, and to the development of capacities and qualities which support ourselves, our community, other living beings and the environment
The teachings are available and accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds, whether secular or religious, and from all ethnic groups and countries.
Tovana makes it a priority to offer its teachings and practices on a donation basis. Known as dana, this practice of generosity and giving, each according to their ability, allows people from all socioeconomic backgrounds to join.



Visiting Israel: 
Whether you are visiting Israel as a tourist, a peace activist, or on a business trip, you are welcome to add the Tovana experience to your travel plans.  It is an opportunity to make friends, learn about yourself and about a life in Israel that is seldom seen or told in the mainstream media.

You can choose from a variety of activities such as meditation retreats 
(some of which are held in English by world-renowned teachers), the Dharma Facilitator Program, Peace Walks, and other activities in the Sangha House in Tel-Aviv.


All activities in Tovana are supported by members of our volunteer community.

Should you be interested in helping with our on-going activities or meditation retreats please contact us at: tovana@tovana.org.il

Meditation Retreats:

Tovana's meditation retreats are held (unless otherwise stated) at Kibbutz Ein-Dor which is situated in the Galilee by Mount Tabor.  Ein-Dor's natural and peaceful environment is conducive to quieting the mind that enables depth of experience and authentic inquiry into the self.

Meditation retreats are held in noble silence and led by senior vipassana 

In order to support the practice and teaching to all participants, group meetings and discussions as well as personal interviews with teachers are an integral part of each program.

Sangha (Community):

Our vibrant and growing community of practitioners is open to all who wish to learn and grow with the support of friends along the Path.  The Buddha maintained that the community as an important catalyst to one’s spiritual growth.

Tovana's vision is to reach beyond the frontiers of borders and religions and create an international community that shares and develops qualities of peace, acceptance and compassion.

Sangha House:

Holding a variety of activities in the spirit of vipassana and self awareness offered by Sangha member and supported by participant’s generous donations (Dana).

Location: 21 Ovadia 
MiBartnora St., apt #15, Tel Aviv (near Bazel st.)


Take bus #5 and get off at Nordau and Yehoshua Bin-Nun bus stop.

Tovana's Ethical Code

Contact Tovana

Mail:  Amutat Tovana, Kibbutz Ein-Dor, R.D. Izrael, 1933500