Before You Apply

Please read the Code of Discipline. This document contains important information about the content, structure, and rules of the course. It also includes the daily course schedule.

Answers to the commonly asked questions are available to help you better understand the technique and course protocol.

If you have completed at least one 10-day course, as taught by S. N. Goenka, then you are an old student. Otherwise you are a new student. Please review the relevant information given below before you proceed to apply to a course.

New Students

To reiterate, all new students learn Vipassana by taking an intensive, residential ten-day course. Instructions are provided by S.N. Goenka on video and audio recordings. One or more Assistant Teachers will be present to provide guidance and answer any questions about the technique.

As stated earlier, there are no charges for the courses – not even to cover the cost of food and accommodation.

Someone taking the course for the first time may give a donation on the last day of the course or at any time thereafter. Students may give whatever amount matches their ability to give and their desire to provide others with the opportunity to learn this technique.

The three steps involved in attending a course are application, registration, and preparation for a course. Please take a few minutes to review the information in the application guidelines and registration sections, and then proceed to review the schedule and apply.

Old Students

If you have completed a 10-day course as taught by S.N. Goenka you are an Old Student. If you are planning to attend a course and wish to apply, here are a few points to bear in mind.

Standard 10-day Course

The process of application, acceptance and confirmation, preparation for the course, and cancellation are essentially the same as for a new student. Therefore, if you are not familiar with our policies procedures, please take a few minutes to review the information in the application and registration sections, and then proceed to review the schedule and apply.

We ask that you fill in a new application each time you apply as changes may have occurred in your personal history, contact information, history of your courses sat and served, and your language preference.

Other Courses

1-day and 3-day refresher courses are offered to those who have already completed a 10-day course. Additionally, for serious practitioners of Vipassana meditation, Satipatthana, old student only special 10-day, 20-day, and longer courses are available. The eligibility requirements and instructions for applying for these courses is available in our course schedule.

Alberta Vipassana Foundation is a registered non-profit charitable organization. Charity Number: BN 85502 1739 RR0001