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Pataka
Dhamma Patākā, Worcester, Western Cape, South Africa
Centre Location: Website | Map
** Unless noted otherwise, course instructions are given in the following language(s): English

Dhamma Patākā, meaning ‘flag of Dhamma’, is the first Vipassana Centre to be established in Africa. Located in 7.5 hectares of land that is abundant with trees and water, the Centre rests amid a mountain range that has its impressive peak Audenberg as the rear view of the property. The site was originally a holiday resort known as ‘Rustig’ (meaning ‘peaceful’ in Afrikaans). Offering regular new and old students courses since being operational from February 2005, Dhamma Patākā is 130 km from Cape Town, Western Cape Province.
How to Apply to Attend or Serve a Course
  1. Access the application form by clicking Apply for the desired course. Old students will be given the option to serve.
  2. Please carefully read the Introduction to the Technique and Code of Discipline which you will be asked to follow during your course.
  3. Fully and completely fill out all the sections of application form and submit it. An application is required to register for all courses.
  4. Await notification. All correspondence will be through e-mail if you give an e-mail address in your application. Due to the large volume of applications, it may take up to two weeks before receiving notification.
  5. If your application is accepted then we require you to confirm you will be attending in order to secure your place in the course.
Additional information
Vipassana Meditation Centre - Dhamma Pataka
PO Box 1771, Worcester, 6849, Western Cape

Registration & Information:
  Email: [email protected]
  Tel: [27](23) 004 0147 
  Fax: [27](86) 241 3351
 
Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
All ten day courses begin on the evening of the first day and end on the early morning of the last day.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
2018 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply* 07 Nov - 18 Nov 10-Day In Progress Worcester
Apply* 18 Nov - 21 Nov Work Period Servers - Open Worcester For old students
Apply* 21 Nov - 02 Dec 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Filling Up Female Server - Filling Up Male Server - Open Worcester
Apply* 02 Dec - 05 Dec Work Period Servers - Open Worcester For old students
Apply* 05 Dec - 16 Dec 10-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Wait List Men - Wait List Servers - Open Worcester
16 Dec - 26 Dec Work Period Applications accepted starting 25 Nov Worcester For old students
Apply* 26 December, 2018 - 06 January, 2019 10-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Wait List Men - Closed Servers - Wait List Worcester
2019 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
06 Jan - 09 Jan Work Period Applications accepted starting 16 Dec Worcester For old students
Apply* 09 Jan - 20 Jan 10-Day Women - Wait List New Men - Open Old Men - Filling Up Servers - Open Worcester
20 Jan - 23 Jan Work Period Applications accepted starting 30 Dec Worcester For old students
Apply* 23 Jan - 03 Feb 10-Day Open Worcester
03 Feb - 06 Feb Work Period Applications accepted starting 13 Jan Worcester For old students
Apply* 06 Feb - 17 Feb 10-Day Open Worcester
17 Feb - 20 Feb Work Period Applications accepted starting 27 Jan Worcester For old students
Apply* 20 Feb - 03 Mar 10-Day Open Worcester
03 Mar - 08 Mar Work Period Applications accepted starting 10 Feb Worcester For old students
Apply* 08 Mar - 17 Mar Satipatthana Sutta Open Worcester For old students
16 Mar - 20 Mar Work Period Applications accepted starting 23 Feb Worcester For old students
20 Mar - 31 Mar 10-Day Applications accepted starting 20 Nov Worcester
31 Mar - 03 Apr Work Period Applications accepted starting 10 Mar Worcester For old students
03 Apr - 14 Apr 10-Day Applications accepted starting 04 Dec Worcester
14 Apr - 17 Apr Work Period Applications accepted starting 24 Mar Worcester For old students
17 Apr - 28 Apr 10-Day Applications accepted starting 18 Dec Worcester
28 Apr - 01 May Work Period Applications accepted starting 07 Apr Worcester For old students
01 May - 12 May 10-Day Applications accepted starting 01 Jan Worcester
12 May - 15 May Work Period Applications accepted starting 21 Apr Worcester For old students
15 May - 26 May 10-Day Applications accepted starting 15 Jan Worcester
26 May - 29 May Work Period Applications accepted starting 05 May Worcester For old students
29 May - 09 Jun 10-Day Applications accepted starting 29 Jan Worcester
09 Jun - 12 Jun Work Period Applications accepted starting 19 May Worcester For old students
12 Jun - 23 Jun 10-Day Applications accepted starting 12 Feb Worcester
23 Jun - 30 Jun Work Period Applications accepted starting 02 Jun Worcester For old students
Apply 30 Jun - 21 Jul 20-Day Open Worcester For old students
21 Jul - 08 Aug Work Period Applications accepted starting 30 Jun Worcester For old students
08 Aug - 11 Aug 3-Day Applications accepted starting 09 Feb Worcester For old students
11 Aug - 14 Aug Work Period Applications accepted starting 21 Jul Worcester For old students
14 Aug - 25 Aug 10-Day Applications accepted starting 16 Apr Worcester
25 Aug - 28 Aug Work Period Applications accepted starting 04 Aug Worcester For old students
28 Aug - 08 Sep 10-Day Applications accepted starting 30 Apr Worcester
08 Sep - 11 Sep Work Period Applications accepted starting 18 Aug Worcester For old students
11 Sep - 22 Sep 10-Day Applications accepted starting 14 May Worcester
22 Sep - 25 Sep Work Period Applications accepted starting 01 Sep Worcester For old students
25 Sep - 06 Oct 10-Day Applications accepted starting 28 May Worcester
06 Oct - 09 Oct Work Period Applications accepted starting 15 Sep Worcester For old students
09 Oct - 20 Oct 10-Day Applications accepted starting 11 Jun Worcester
20 Oct - 24 Oct Work Period Applications accepted starting 29 Sep Worcester For old students
24 Oct - 27 Oct 3-Day Applications accepted starting 27 Apr Worcester For old students
27 Oct - 30 Oct Work Period Applications accepted starting 06 Oct Worcester For old students
30 Oct - 10 Nov 10-Day Applications accepted starting 02 Jul Worcester
10 Nov - 13 Nov Work Period Applications accepted starting 20 Oct Worcester For old students
13 Nov - 24 Nov 10-Day Applications accepted starting 16 Jul Worcester
24 Nov - 27 Nov Work Period Applications accepted starting 03 Nov Worcester For old students
27 Nov - 08 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 30 Jul Worcester
08 Dec - 11 Dec Work Period Applications accepted starting 17 Nov Worcester For old students
11 Dec - 22 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 13 Aug Worcester
2020 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
01 Jan - 12 Jan 10-Day Applications accepted starting 03 Sep Worcester
 
 

The online application form encrypts your information before it is sent from your computer to our application server. However, it may not be totally secure even though encryption is used. If you are concerned about the possibility of security risks of your confidential information while it is on the Internet, do not use this form and instead download an application. Print and complete it. Then please send the form to the course organizers. By faxing or posting your application form it may delay the registration process by one to two weeks.


To access the Old Student Regional Site please click http://www.pataka.dhamma.org/os. A user name and password will be required to access these pages.

Questions may be addressed to Email: [email protected]

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.

Old students are 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.

Bilingual courses are courses which are taught in two languages. All students will hear daily meditation instructions in both languages. The evening discourses will be heard separately.

Meditation courses are held at both center and non-center locations. Meditation centers are dedicated facilities where courses are held regularly throughout the year. Before meditation centers were established in this tradition, all courses were held at temporary sites, such as campgrounds, religious retreat centers, churches and the like. Today, in regions where centers have not yet been established by local students of Vipassana who live in the area, 10 Day meditation courses are held at non-center course sites.


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 7:30 am.

20-day Courses are open only to serious Old Students committed to this technique who have completed a minimum of five 10-day courses , one Satipatthana Sutta course, given Dhamma Service at least one 10-day course, and have been practicing regularly for at least two years.

Applications must be submitted well in advance as processing may take some time. Students who speak neither English nor 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.

Satipatthana Sutta Courses have the same timetable and discipline as 10-day courses. The difference is that in the taped evening discourses the Satipatthana Sutta is carefully examined. This is the principal text in which the technique of Vipassana is systematically explained. These courses are open to serious old students who have sat (not including courses served) at least three 10-day courses, have not been practising any other meditation techniques since last 10-day course, have been practising this technique of Vipassana for at least one year, and who are trying to maintain their meditation practice and the five precepts in their daily lives, at the very minimum from the time of applying to the course.

Work Periods have been set aside to work on a variety of Centre maintenance, construction, household and gardening projects. All Old Students are welcome to participate. The daily program will include three group sittings with morning and afternoon work periods. On selected evenings, there will be tapes played of special discourses and talks that S.N. Goenka has given to Old Students.

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.