About our courses

All courses offered at the Dhamma Dipa Vipassana Meditation Centre and other locations in the UK are conducted by assistant teachers of S. N. Goenka using audio and video tapes of Mr. Goenka's instructions and discourses.

Please note: All courses are offered subject to the availability of assistant teachers, who are volunteers like all course servers. In the rare event that an assistant teacher is unavailable, the course will have to be cancelled and we will inform you by email. We will try to do this at least two weeks before the start date.

How to apply for a course

  1. Prior to applying read the Introduction to the Technique and Code of Discipline which you will be asked to follow during your course
  2. Access the application form by clicking 'Apply' in the left hand column.
  3. Fill out all the sections of application form and submit it.
  4. Await notification which may take up to 2 weeks. All correspondence will be through email if you have an email address. Please check your spam folder in case our email has been considered as spam.
  5. If your application is accepted we will ask you to reconfirm a month before the course in order to secure your place.

Schedule for both
new students and old students
 
10 day courses

Children's courses

 
Schedule for old students only
 
1 day courses

2 & 3 day courses

Satipatthana &
long courses

Old student
10 day courses

General service
periods

 



Schedule by Course Location
 
Dhamma Dipa
(Herefordshire)

Dhamma Padhana
(Herefordshire)

Dhamma Sukhakari
(East Anglia)

Northern England

Scotland

Ireland

 

Various old student courses, including 10-day courses, are being held at Dhamma Padhana, adjacent to Dhamma Dipa, for students who meet these requirements . Please click here for more details.
All ten day courses begin on the evening of the first day and end on the early morning of the last day.


10 day courses in the UK and Ireland for both new and old students

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Apply Dates Course type Location Status Comments
Apply 16th Apr - 27th Apr 10 day Dhamma Dipa, Herefordshire
Female-Closed
Male-Closed
For both new and old students
Apply 16th Apr - 27th Apr 10 day Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland
Female-Closed
Male-WaitList
Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland
Female servers still required from the 21st-27th April.
Apply 6th May - 17th May 10 day Dhamma Dipa, Herefordshire
Female-Closed
Male-Closed
servers needed
Apply 28th May - 8th Jun 10 day Dhamma Dipa, Herefordshire
Female-Closed
Male-Closed
For both new and old students
Apply 11th Jun - 22nd Jun 10 day Dhamma Dipa, Herefordshire
Female-Closed
Male-WaitList
Hindi / English bilingual course
Apply 8th Jul - 19th Jul 10 day Dhamma Dipa, Herefordshire
Female-Closed
Male-WaitList
For both new and old students
Apply 16th Jul - 27th Jul 10 day Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland
Female-Open
Male-Open
Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland
Opens for applications to Irish residents only on 30th April 2014 and to overseas applicants on 30th May 2014.
Apply 23rd Jul - 3rd Aug 10 day Dhamma Dipa, Herefordshire
Female-WaitList
Male-Open
For both new and old students
Apply 6th Aug - 17th Aug 10 day Dhamma Dipa, Herefordshire Opens for registration 6th May For both new and old students
Apply 20th Aug - 31st Aug 10 day Dhamma Dipa, Herefordshire Opens for registration 20th May For both new and old students
Apply 9th Sep - 20th Sep 10 day Dhamma Dipa, Herefordshire Opens for registration 9th June For both new and old students
Apply 23rd Sep - 4th Oct 10 day Dhamma Dipa, Herefordshire Opens for registration 23rd June For both new and old students
Apply 7th Oct - 18th Oct 10 day Dhamma Dipa, Herefordshire Opens for registration 7th July For both new and old students
Apply 21st Oct - 1st Nov 10 day Dhamma Dipa, Herefordshire Opens for registration 21st July For both new and old students
Apply 12th Nov - 23rd Nov 10 day Dhamma Dipa, Herefordshire Opens for registration 12th Aug For both new and old students
Apply 26th Nov - 7th Dec 10 day Dhamma Dipa, Herefordshire Opens for registration 26th Aug For both new and old students
Apply 10th Dec - 21st Dec 10 day Dhamma Dipa, Herefordshire Opens for registration 10th Sept For both new and old students
Apply 11th Dec - 22nd Dec 10 day Grange-Over-Sands, Cumbria Opens for applications on 11th Sept Castlehead Field Centre (please do not contact the venue directly)
Apply 22nd Dec - 2nd Jan 10 day Sheringham, Norfolk open for registration 23rd Sept For both new and old students
Sheringham, Norfolk
Apply 23rd Dec - 3rd Jan 10 day Grange-Over-Sands, Cumbria Opens for applications on 23rd Sept Castlehead Field Centre (please do not contact the venue directly)
Apply 27th Dec - 7th Jan 10 day Dhamma Dipa, Herefordshire Opens for registration 27th Sept For both new and old students

 

Courses for children and young people in the UK and Ireland

Please visit our Young Person`s and children's course page for more information on these courses.
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Apply Dates Course type Location Status Comments Old Students
Apply to serve
Apply 23rd May - 25th May Young Person`s Courses Boys 12-18, Girls 12-18 Dhamma Dipa, Herefordshire
Female-Open
Male-Open
Apply to serve
Apply 30th May - 1st Jun Children`s Course mixed 8-11 Dhamma Sukhakari, East Anglia
Female-Open
Male-Open
Apply to serve
Apply 5th Sep - 7th Sep Children`s Course mixed 8-11 Dhamma Dipa, Herefordshire
Female-Open
Male-Open
Apply to serve
Apply 24th Oct - 26th Oct Children`s Course mixed 8-11 Dhamma Sukhakari, East Anglia
Female-Open
Male-Open
Apply to serve
Apply 7th Nov - 9th Nov Young Person`s Courses Boys 12-18, Girls 12-18 Dhamma Dipa, Herefordshire
Female-Open
Male-Open
Apply to serve

 

1 day courses in the UK and Ireland for old students only

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Apply Dates Course type Location Status Comments
Apply 11th May 1 day Dun Laoghaire, Ireland
Female-Open
Male-Open
For old students only
At Vedas Studio, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
Apply 15th Jun 1 day Dun Laoghaire, Ireland
Female-Open
Male-Open
For old students only
At Vedas Studio, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
Apply 13th Jul 1 day Dun Laoghaire, Ireland
Female-Open
Male-Open
For old students only
At Vedas Studio, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
Apply 21st Sep 1 day Dun Laoghaire, Ireland
Female-Open
Male-Open
For old students only
At Vedas Studio, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
Apply 19th Oct 1 day Dun Laoghaire, Ireland
Female-Open
Male-Open
For old students only
At Vedas Studio, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
Apply 16th Nov 1 day Dun Laoghaire, Ireland
Female-Open
Male-Open
For old students only
At Vedas Studio, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
Apply 7th Dec 1 day Dun Laoghaire, Ireland
Female-Open
Male-Open
For old students only
At Vedas Studio, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

 

2 and 3 day courses in the UK and Ireland for old students only

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Apply Dates Course type Location Status Comments
Apply 16th May - 19th May 3 Day Isle of Cumbrae, Scotland
Female-Open
Male-Open
Isle of Cumbrae
For old students onlyservers now on waiting list
Apply 23rd May - 26th May 3 Day Dhamma Sukhakari, East Anglia
Female-WaitList
Male-Open
For old students only
Apply 30th May - 2nd Jun 3 Day Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland
Female-Open
Male-Open
Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland
Opens for applications on 30th Mar 2014
Apply 19th Jun - 22nd Jun 3 Day Dhamma Sukhakari, East Anglia
Female-Open
Male-Open
For old students only
Apply 26th Jun - 29th Jun 3-Day Course Dhamma Padhana, Herefordshire
Female-WaitList
Male-Open
For old students only
Apply 10th Jul - 13th Jul 3 Day Dhamma Sukhakari, East Anglia Opens for registration 10th May For old students only
Apply 25th Jul - 28th Jul 3 Day Dhamma Sukhakari, East Anglia Opens for registration 25th May For old students only
Apply 1st Aug - 4th Aug 3 Day Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland
Female-Open
Male-Open
Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland
Opens for applications on 1st June 2014
Apply 7th Aug - 10th Aug 3 Day Dhamma Sukhakari, East Anglia Opens for registration 7th June For old students only
Apply 22nd Aug - 25th Aug 3 Day Dhamma Sukhakari, East Anglia Opens for registration 22nd June For old students only
Apply 11th Sep - 14th Sep 3 Day Dhamma Sukhakari, East Anglia Opens for registartion 11th July For old students only
Apply 26th Sep - 29th Sep 3 Day Dhamma Sukhakari, East Anglia Opens for registration 26th July For old students only
Apply 2nd Oct - 5th Oct 2 day Dhamma Sukhakari, East Anglia Opens for registartion 2nd August For old students only
Apply 9th Oct - 12th Oct 3 Day Dhamma Sukhakari, East Anglia Opens for registration 9th August For old students only
Apply 24th Oct - 27th Oct 3 Day Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland
Female-Open
Male-Open
Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland
Opens for applications on 24th Aug 2014
Apply 6th Nov - 9th Nov 3 Day Dhamma Sukhakari, East Anglia Opens for registration 6th September For old students only
Apply 14th Nov - 17th Nov 3 Day Dhamma Sukhakari, East Anglia Opens for registration 15th September For old students only
Apply 4th Dec - 7th Dec 3 Day Dhamma Sukhakari, East Anglia Opens for registration 6th October For old students only
Apply 24th Dec - 27th Dec 3 Day Dhamma Sukhakari, East Anglia Opens for registration 24 October For old students only Females only
Apply 28th Dec - 31st Dec 3 Day Dhamma Sukhakari, East Anglia Opens for registration 28th October For old students only Males only

 

10 day courses in the UK for old students only

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Apply Dates Course type Location Status Comments
Apply 1st Oct - 12th Oct Special 10-Day Course Dhamma Padhana, Herefordshire
Female-Open
Male-Open
For old students only
Apply 26th Nov - 7th Dec Old Students Only 10-Day Course Dhamma Padhana, Herefordshire
Female-Open
Male-Open
For old students who meet these requirements

 

General service periods in the UK for old students only

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Apply Dates Course type Location Status Comments
Apply 27th Apr - 4th May ETATM Dhamma Dipa, Herefordshire
Female-Open
Male-Open
Servers needed to help during European Teachers and Assistant Teachers Meeting
Apply 19th May - 22nd May General Service Period Dhamma Dipa, Herefordshire
Female-Open
Male-Open
For old students only
Apply 23rd Jun - 5th Jul General Service Period Dhamma Dipa, Herefordshire
Female-Open
Male-Open
For old students only
Apply 30th Jun - 8th Jul General Service Period Dhamma Padhana, Herefordshire
Female-Open
Male-Open
For old students only
Apply 1st Sep - 5th Sep General Service Period Dhamma Dipa, Herefordshire Opens for registration on 1st June For old students only
Apply 16th Sep - 19th Sep General Service Period Dhamma Padhana, Herefordshire
Female-Open
Male-Open
For old students only
Apply 3rd Nov - 9th Nov General Service Period Dhamma Dipa, Herefordshire Opens for registration on 3rd August For old students only
Apply 6th Nov - 11th Nov General Service Period Dhamma Padhana, Herefordshire Opens for registration on 6th Aug For old students only
Apply 7th Dec - 10th Dec General Service Period Dhamma Padhana, Herefordshire Opens for registration on 7th Sept For old students only
Apply 22nd Dec - 26th Dec General Service Period Dhamma Dipa, Herefordshire Opens for registration on 22nd Sept For old students only

 

 

Courses at Dhamma Dipa, Herefordshire

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Apply Dates Course type Status Comments
Apply 16th Apr - 27th Apr 10 day
Female-Closed
Male-Closed
For both new and old students
Apply 27th Apr - 4th May ETATM
Female-Open
Male-Open
Servers needed to help during European Teachers and Assistant Teachers Meeting
Apply 6th May - 17th May 10 day
Female-Closed
Male-Closed
servers needed
Apply 19th May - 22nd May General Service Period
Female-Open
Male-Open
GSP for old students only
Apply 23rd May - 25th May Young Person`s Courses Boys 12-18, Girls 12-18
Female-Open
Male-Open
Old Students may Apply to serve

Please visit our
Young Person`s and children's course page
for more information on these courses.
Apply 28th May - 8th Jun 10 day
Female-Closed
Male-Closed
For both new and old students
Apply 11th Jun - 22nd Jun 10 day
Female-Closed
Male-WaitList
Hindi / English bilingual course
Apply 23rd Jun - 5th Jul General Service Period
Female-Open
Male-Open
GSP for old students only
5th Jul Open Day From 2-6 pm, All welcome
Apply 8th Jul - 19th Jul 10 day
Female-Closed
Male-WaitList
For both new and old students
Apply 23rd Jul - 3rd Aug 10 day
Female-WaitList
Male-Open
For both new and old students
Apply 6th Aug - 17th Aug 10 day Opens for registration 6th May For both new and old students
Apply 20th Aug - 31st Aug 10 day Opens for registration 20th May For both new and old students
Apply 1st Sep - 5th Sep General Service Period Opens for registration on 1st June GSP for old students only
Apply 5th Sep - 7th Sep Children`s Course mixed 8-11
Female-Open
Male-Open
Old Students may Apply to serve

Please visit our
Young Person`s and children's course page
for more information on these courses.
Apply 9th Sep - 20th Sep 10 day Opens for registration 9th June For both new and old students
Apply 23rd Sep - 4th Oct 10 day Opens for registration 23rd June For both new and old students
Apply 7th Oct - 18th Oct 10 day Opens for registration 7th July For both new and old students
Apply 21st Oct - 1st Nov 10 day Opens for registration 21st July For both new and old students
Apply 3rd Nov - 9th Nov General Service Period Opens for registration on 3rd August GSP for old students only
Apply 7th Nov - 9th Nov Young Person`s Courses Boys 12-18, Girls 12-18
Female-Open
Male-Open
Old Students may Apply to serve

Please visit our
Young Person`s and children's course page
for more information on these courses.
Apply 12th Nov - 23rd Nov 10 day Opens for registration 12th Aug For both new and old students
Apply 26th Nov - 7th Dec 10 day Opens for registration 26th Aug For both new and old students
Apply 10th Dec - 21st Dec 10 day Opens for registration 10th Sept For both new and old students
Apply 22nd Dec - 26th Dec General Service Period Opens for registration on 22nd Sept GSP for old students only
Apply 27th Dec - 7th Jan 10 day Opens for registration 27th Sept For both new and old students

 



All courses are run solely on a donation basis. All expenses are met by donations from those who, having completed a course and experienced the benefits of Vipassana, wish to give others the same opportunity. Neither the Teacher nor the assistant teachers receive remuneration; they and those who serve the courses volunteer their time. Thus Vipassana is offered free from commercialisation.

New students - Those who have not completed a 10-day Vipassana Meditation course with S.N. Goenka or his Assistant Teachers.
If you have practised other meditation techniques or even vipassana meditation in another tradition for the purposes of your first course in this tradition you will be considered a new student.

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Old students - Those who have completed a 10-day Vipassana Meditation course with S.N. Goenka or his Assistant Teachers.
Old students have the opportunity to provide Dhamma Service at the courses listed above.
Please click on the "Apply" link in the above schedule and choose the 'Serve the course' option to apply for Dhamma Service.
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10-day courses are an introductory course to Vipassana Meditation where the technique is taught step-by-step each day. The courses begin after a 2-4 pm registration period and orientation, followed by 10 full days of meditation, and end the morning of the 11th day by 7:30am.
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10-Day self course at a centre These courses are for students who have completed at least 3 10-day courses with S.N. Goenka or his assistant teachers, are trying to maintain daily practice and are trying to keep all precepts to the best of their ability. They should not have practised other meditation techniques since their last course. Admission is at the discretion of an Assistant Teacher.
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10-day courses for Old Students 10-day courses for Old Students have the same timetable and discipline as 10-day courses. These courses are open to serious old students who have completed at least three 10-day courses and one Satipatthāna Sutta course, have not been practising any other meditation techniques since their last 10-day course, have been practising this technique of Vipassana for at least one year, are trying to maintain the five precepts in their daily lives, and trying to maintain daily practice.
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Special 10-day courses have the same timetable and discipline as 10-day courses. These courses are open to serious old students who have completed at least five 10-day courses and one Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta course, are trying to maintain the five precepts in their daily lives, and maintain daily practice for at least 2 years. Application for these courses must be made with a Long Course Application Form. Applications must be submitted well in advance as processing may take some time. Students who speak neither English or one of the other announced course languages may apply for the course, however acceptance into the course will depend on the availability of required course materials, suitable translators and permission of the teacher conducting the course.
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10-day courses for Executives are an introductory course to Vipassana Meditation especially for business executives and government officials where the technique is taught step-by-step each day. For more information please visit the 10-day courses for Executives website. The courses begin after a 2-4 pm registration period and orientation, followed by 10 full days of meditation, and end the morning of the 11th day by 7:30am.
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Old Student short courses (1-3 days) are for any student who has completed the 10-day course with S.N. Goenka and his assistant teachers. All old students are welcome to apply to attend these courses, including those where it has been some time since their last course.
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General Service Periods Are reserved for the maintenance of Dhamma Dipa and are open for old students to attend. All kinds of projects are undertaken, such as gardening, office work, construction, cleaning, cooking and painting. Whatever your particular skills or abilities, your help during these work periods is always welcome. You can choose to come for the whole time or only part of it.
The essential life of the centre continues throughout the work period, with three daily meditation group sittings.

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Young Person`s Anapana Courses are available for teens in different age ranges from 12-18 years old. Their parents/guardians do not have to be Vipassana meditators. For further information and age ranges for children click here.
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Children's Anapana Courses are open for all children aged 8-11 years old who wish to learn to meditate. Their parents/guardians do not have to be meditators.
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