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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: registration@pataka.dhamma.org
  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.
2017 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply* 06 Dec - 17 Dec 10-Day In Progress Worcester
Apply* 27 December, 2017 - 07 January, 2018 10-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Wait List New Men - Closed Old Men - Wait List Female Server - Open Male Server - Wait List Worcester
2018 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply* 10 Jan - 21 Jan 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Wait List Servers - Open Worcester
Apply* 24 Jan - 04 Feb 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Open Servers - Open Worcester
Apply* 07 Feb - 18 Feb 10-Day Open Worcester
Apply* 21 Feb - 04 Mar 10-Day Open Worcester
Apply* 08 Mar - 11 Mar 3-Day Open Worcester For old students
Apply* 14 Mar - 25 Mar 10-Day Open Worcester
Apply* 28 Mar - 08 Apr 10-Day Open Worcester
Apply* 13 Apr - 22 Apr Satipatthana Sutta Open Worcester Note: New Dates!For old students
25 Apr - 06 May 10-Day Applications accepted starting 26 Dec Worcester
09 May - 20 May 10-Day Applications accepted starting 09 Jan Worcester
23 May - 03 Jun 10-Day Applications accepted starting 23 Jan Worcester
06 Jun - 17 Jun 10-Day Applications accepted starting 06 Feb Worcester
27 Jun - 08 Jul 10-Day Applications accepted starting 27 Feb Worcester
01 Aug - 12 Aug 10-Day Applications accepted starting 03 Apr Worcester
16 Aug - 19 Aug 3-Day Applications accepted starting 17 Feb Worcester For old students
22 Aug - 02 Sep 10-Day Applications accepted starting 24 Apr Worcester
05 Sep - 16 Sep 10-Day Applications accepted starting 08 May Worcester
19 Sep - 30 Sep 10-Day Applications accepted starting 22 May Worcester
03 Oct - 14 Oct Special 10-Day Applications accepted starting 06 Apr Worcester For old students
17 Oct - 28 Oct 10-Day Applications accepted starting 19 Jun Worcester
01 Nov - 04 Nov 3-Day Applications accepted starting 05 May Worcester For old students
07 Nov - 18 Nov 10-Day Applications accepted starting 10 Jul Worcester
21 Nov - 02 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 24 Jul Worcester
05 Dec - 16 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 07 Aug Worcester
26 December, 2018 - 06 January, 2019 10-Day Applications accepted starting 28 Aug Worcester
Non-Centre Courses
Courses and Activities conducted at other locations.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
2017 Courses In South Africa
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply* 17 Dec Children / Teens Open Hout Bay
Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Courses for young people.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
2017 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply* 17 Dec Children / Teens Open Hout Bay

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: info@pataka.dhamma.org

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.

Special 10-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.

Children's Courses are open for all children aged 8-12 years old who wish to learn to meditate. Their parents/guardians do not have to be meditators.

Teenagers' Anapana Courses are available for teens in different age ranges from 13-18 years old. Their parents/guardians do not have to be Vipassana meditators.

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.

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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