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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.
2015 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply* 07 Oct - 18 Oct 10-Day In Progress Worcester
Apply* 21 Oct - 01 Nov 10-Day Open Worcester
04 Nov - 15 Nov 10-Day CANCELLED Worcester
14 Nov - 29 Nov Teacher's Self Course CANCELLED Worcester For old students
Apply* 15 Nov 1-Day Open Worcester For old students
Apply* 18 Nov - 29 Nov 10-Day Open Worcester
Apply* 09 Dec - 20 Dec 10-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Open Men - Open Servers - Open Worcester
Apply* 30 December, 2015 - 10 January, 2016 10-Day Open Worcester
2016 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
10 Feb - 21 Feb 10-Day Applications accepted starting 13 Oct Worcester
02 Mar - 13 Mar 10-Day Applications accepted starting 03 Nov Worcester
23 Mar - 03 Apr 10-Day Applications accepted starting 24 Nov Worcester School holidays
13 Apr - 24 Apr 10-Day Applications accepted starting 15 Dec Worcester Easter 25/26 Mar, school holidays
27 Apr - 08 May 10-Day Applications accepted starting 29 Dec Worcester Freedom day 27 Apr, Labour day 1 May
18 May - 29 May 10-Day Applications accepted starting 19 Jan Worcester
15 Jun - 18 Jun 3-Day Applications accepted starting 16 Feb Worcester For old students
Youth day 16 June
06 Jul - 17 Jul 10-Day Applications accepted starting 08 Mar Worcester School holidays
Non-Centre Courses
Courses and Activities conducted at other locations.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
2015 Courses In South Africa
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
21 Oct - 01 Nov 10-day (female only) CANCELLED Khula Dhamma For Female Students only
01 Nov 1-Day Open Johannesburg For old students
No application necessary. More details
12 Dec Children / Teens Open CapeTown Click here for details
Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Courses for young people.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
2015 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
12 Dec Children / Teens Open CapeTown Click here for details

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.

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.

Teacher's Self-Courses are open only to serious Old Students playing or likely to play an important role in the spread of Dhamma who are practicing Vipassana exclusively (not practicing any other meditation techniques), maintaining a daily practice of two hours per day, abstaining from killing, sexual misconduct, intoxicants and keeping other precepts to the best of one's ability. These requirements may change annually and admission subject to the discretion of S.N. Goenka.

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.

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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