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Suttama
Dhamma Suttama, Montebello, Quebec, Canada
Centre Location: Website | Map
** Unless noted otherwise, course instructions are given in the following languages: French and English

The Québec Vipassana Centre, also called in Pali, Dhamma Suttama, meaning “the best of Dhamma,” is located halfway between Montréal and Ottawa/Gatineau, five kilometers north of Montebello. On this exceptional property, in a tranquil, open valley surrounded by forest, the centre can accommodate more than 100 students per course. Purchased in February 2011, the new centre continues to uphold the mission of the former Sutton centre established in 1999.
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
Québec Vipassana Meditation Centre - Dhamma Suttama
  • Registration Office for information (answering machine): [1] 514-481-3504
  • Fax (Registration to sit a course): [1] 514-879-3437,
  • Fax (Registration to serve a course): [1] 514-879-8981
  • Centre’s address: Québec Vipassana Meditation Centre, 810, Côte Azelie, Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours, Montebello (Québec), Canada J0V 1L0

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Unless otherwise noted, all courses are bilingual English and French.

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Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Courses for ages 8-17 years old:  please ensure that we receive your application form 5 days before the start date of the course. See "Comments" for any special instructions for these courses.
2016 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply 01 Oct Children
English
Closed Montebello

Course for Children ages 8-12 - English - See Course Timetable

Please fill out this form if your child wants to attend the course in ENGLISH. 

Applications will be closed as of Sunday, 25 September, 2016.

Apply 01 Oct Children
French
Closed Montebello

Course for Children ages 8-12 - French- See Course Timetable

Please fill out this form if your child wants to attend the course in FRENCH. 

Applications will be closed as of Sunday, 25 September, 2016.

 

 

Apply 02 Oct Teen
English
Closed Montebello

New! Course for Teenagers ages 13-17 - English - See Course Timetable

Please fill out this form if your child wants to attend the course in ENGLISH. 

Applications will be closed as of Sunday, 25 September, 2016.

Apply 02 Oct Teen
French
Closed Montebello

New! Course for Teenagers ages 13-17 - French   See Course Timetable

Please fill out this form if your child wants to attend the course in FRENCH. 

Applications will be closed as of Sunday, 25 September, 2016.

2017 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
29 Apr Children
English
Applications accepted starting 15 Feb Montebello

Course for Children ages 8-12 - English - See Course Timetable

Please fill out this form if your child wants to attend the course in ENGLISH. 

Applications will be closed as of Sunday, 23 April, 2017.

29 Apr Children
French
Applications accepted starting 15 Feb Montebello

Course for Children ages 8-12 - French- See Course Timetable

Please fill out this form if your child wants to attend the course in FRENCH. 

Applications will be closed as of Sunday, 23 April, 2017.

 
30 Apr Teen
English
Applications accepted starting 15 Feb Montebello

Course for Teenagers ages 13-17 - English - See Course Timetable

Please fill out this form if your child wants to attend the course in ENGLISH. 

Applications will be closed as of Sunday, 23 April 2017.

30 Apr Teen
French
Applications accepted starting 15 Feb Montebello

Course for Teenagers ages 13-17 - French   See Course Timetable

Please fill out this form if your child wants to attend the course in FRENCH. 

Applications will be closed as of Sunday, 23 April 2017.

30 Sep Children
English
Applications accepted starting 15 Aug Montebello

Course for Children ages 8-12 - English - See Course Timetable

Please fill out this form if your child wants to attend the course in ENGLISH. 

Applications will be closed as of Sunday, 24 September, 2017.

30 Sep Children
French
Applications accepted starting 15 Aug Montebello

Course for Children ages 8-12 - French- See Course Timetable

Please fill out this form if your child wants to attend the course in FRENCH. 

Applications will be closed as of Sunday, 24 September, 2017.

 
01 Oct Teen
French
Applications accepted starting 15 Aug Montebello

Course for Teenagers ages 13-17 - French   See Course Timetable

Please fill out this form if your child wants to attend the course in FRENCH. 

Applications will be closed as of Sunday, 24 September 2017.

01 Oct Teen
English
Applications accepted starting 15 Aug Montebello

Course for Teenagers ages 13-17 - English - See Course Timetable

Please fill out this form if your child wants to attend the course in ENGLISH. 

Applications will be closed as of Sunday, 24 September 2017.

 
Short Courses
1-Day, 2-Day, and 3-Day courses are short courses for old students.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
2016 Short Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply 27 Sep - 01 Oct 3-Day In Progress Montebello For old students

Starts on TUESDAY

We are approaching the starting date for this course and the team of servers is incomplete.

Apply* 29 Oct 1-Day Open Ottawa For old students
Apply 02 Nov - 06 Nov 3-Day Open Montebello For old students
Apply* 20 Nov 1-Day Open Quebec City For old students
Apply 20 Dec - 24 Dec 3-Day Open Montebello For old students
Starts on TUESDAY
Apply* 31 Dec 1-Day Open Ottawa For old students
2017 Short Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply 21 Feb - 25 Feb 3-Day Open Montebello For old students
Starts on TUESDAY
Apply* 25 Feb 1-Day Open Ottawa For old students
25 Apr - 29 Apr 3-Day Applications accepted starting 25 Oct Montebello For old students
29 Apr 1-Day Applications accepted starting 31 Oct Ottawa For old students
21 Jun - 25 Jun 3-Day Applications accepted starting 21 Dec Montebello For old students
23 Aug - 27 Aug 3-Day Applications accepted starting 23 Feb Montebello For old students
26 Sep - 30 Sep 3-Day Applications accepted starting 26 Mar Montebello For old students
Starts on TUESDAY
22 Nov - 26 Nov 3-Day Applications accepted starting 22 May Montebello For old students
 
Ten Day & Other Adult Courses

Students are expected at the centre between 2 and 4 pm for the registration period and the orientation. The course ends the morning of the 11th day by 6:30 am.

Click the 'Apply' link to complete an application. Old students will have the option to serve or to sit the course.

2016 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
29 Sep - 02 Oct

Children's Teacher Workshop

In Progress Montebello For old students

Reserved for old students who have been invited personally.

Applications will be closed as of Sunday, 25 September, 2016.

Apply 03 Oct - 10 Oct Seasonal Service Period for old students Open Montebello For old students
Apply 10 Oct - 11 Oct service period between courses Open Montebello For old students
Welcome to old students full-time and part-time to prepare the next course: cleaning, cooking, minor repairs, etc.
Apply 11 Oct - 22 Oct 10-D for Women only New Women - Course Full Old Women - Long Wait List Men - Closed Servers - Open Montebello Concurrent course - Starts on TUESDAY
Apply 11 Oct - 01 Nov 20-Day Open Montebello For old students
Concurrent course - Starts on TUESDAY
Apply 01 Nov - 02 Nov service period between courses Open Montebello For old students
Welcome to old students full-time and part-time to prepare the next course: cleaning, cooking, minor repairs, etc.
Apply 06 Nov - 09 Nov service period between courses Open Montebello For old students
Welcome to old students full-time and part-time to prepare the next course: cleaning, cooking, minor repairs, etc.
Apply 09 Nov - 20 Nov 10-Day New Women - Course Full Old Women - Wait List Men - Open Servers - Open Montebello
Apply 20 Nov - 23 Nov service period between courses Open Montebello For old students
Welcome to old students full-time and part-time to prepare the next course: cleaning, cooking, minor repairs, etc.
Apply 23 Nov - 04 Dec 10-Day New Women - Course Full Old Women - Open Men - Open Servers - Open Montebello
04 Dec Meeting of the Board of Directors Open Montebello All old students are welcome to attend Trust meetings, in an observer capacity: group sitting from 9h00 to 10h00 am followed by the meeting which usually last 3 hours. Meal served at noon.
Apply 04 Dec - 07 Dec service period between courses Open Montebello For old students

Welcome to old students full-time and part-time to prepare the next course: cleaning, cooking, minor repairs, etc.

Apply 07 Dec - 18 Dec 10-Day New Women - Course Full Old Women - Open Men - Open Servers - Open Montebello
Apply 18 Dec - 20 Dec service period between courses Open Montebello For old students

Welcome to old students full-time and part-time to prepare the next course: cleaning, cooking, minor repairs, etc.

Apply 24 Dec - 28 Dec service period between courses Open Montebello For old students
Welcome to old students full-time and part-time to prepare the next course: cleaning, cooking, minor repairs, etc. Waiting list for female servers.
Apply 28 December, 2016 - 08 January, 2017 10-Day New Women - FULL Old Women - Long Wait List New Men - Open Old Men - Filling Up Servers - Short Wait List Montebello
2017 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply 08 Jan - 11 Jan Work Period Open Montebello For old students
Apply 11 Jan - 22 Jan 10-Day New Women - Wait List Old Women - Open Men - Open Servers - Open Montebello
Apply 22 Jan - 25 Jan Work Period Open Montebello For old students
Apply 25 Jan - 05 Feb 10-Day Open Montebello
Apply 05 Feb - 08 Feb Work Period Open Montebello For old students
Apply 08 Feb - 19 Feb 10-Day Open Montebello
Apply 19 Feb - 21 Feb Work Period Open Montebello For old students
Apply 27 Feb - 14 Mar Seasonal Service Period for old students Open Montebello For old students
Apply 01 Mar - 12 Mar 10-D for women only Women - Open Men - Closed Servers - Open Montebello
Apply 15 Mar - 26 Mar 10-Day Open Montebello
Apply 26 Mar - 29 Mar Work Period Open Montebello For old students
Apply 29 Mar - 09 Apr 10-Day Open Montebello
09 Apr - 12 Apr Work Period Applications accepted starting 09 Oct Montebello For old students
12 Apr - 23 Apr 10-Day Applications accepted starting 12 Oct Montebello
23 Apr - 25 Apr Work Period Applications accepted starting 23 Oct Montebello For old students
01 May - 03 May Work Period Applications accepted starting 03 Nov Montebello For old students
03 May - 14 May 10-Day Applications accepted starting 03 Nov Montebello
14 May - 17 May Work Period Applications accepted starting 14 Nov Montebello For old students
17 May - 28 May 10-Day Applications accepted starting 17 Nov Montebello
28 May Open House Day Open Montebello Welcome to all
28 May - 06 Jun Seasonal Service Period for old students Applications accepted starting 28 Nov Montebello For old students
07 Jun - 18 Jun 10-Day Applications accepted starting 07 Dec Montebello
18 Jun - 21 Jun Work Period Applications accepted starting 18 Dec Montebello For old students
25 Jun - 28 Jun Work Period Applications accepted starting 25 Dec Montebello For old students
28 Jun - 09 Jul 10-Day Applications accepted starting 28 Dec Montebello
09 Jul - 12 Jul Work Period Applications accepted starting 09 Jan Montebello For old students
12 Jul - 23 Jul 10-Day Applications accepted starting 12 Jan Montebello
23 Jul - 26 Jul Work Period Applications accepted starting 23 Jan Montebello For old students
26 Jul - 06 Aug 10-Day Applications accepted starting 26 Jan Montebello
09 Aug - 20 Aug 10-Day Applications accepted starting 09 Feb Montebello
20 Aug - 23 Aug Work Period Applications accepted starting 20 Feb Montebello For old students
27 Aug - 30 Aug Work Period Applications accepted starting 27 Feb Montebello For old students
30 Aug - 10 Sep 10-Day Applications accepted starting 01 Mar Montebello
10 Sep - 13 Sep Work Period Applications accepted starting 10 Mar Montebello For old students
13 Sep - 24 Sep 10D - For Women only Applications accepted starting 13 Mar Montebello Concurrent course - Starts on TUESDAY
15 Sep - 24 Sep Satipatthana Sutta Applications accepted starting 15 Mar Montebello For old students
24 Sep Open House Day Open Montebello Welcome to all
24 Sep - 26 Sep Work Period Applications accepted starting 24 Mar Montebello For old students
02 Oct - 10 Oct Seasonal Service Period for old students Applications accepted starting 02 Apr Montebello For old students
11 Oct - 22 Oct 10-Day Applications accepted starting 11 Apr Montebello
22 Oct - 24 Oct Work Period Applications accepted starting 22 Apr Montebello For old students
24 Oct - 04 Nov 10-Day Applications accepted starting 24 Apr Montebello Starts on TUESDAY
04 Nov - 08 Nov Work Period Applications accepted starting 04 May Montebello For old students
08 Nov - 19 Nov 10-Day Applications accepted starting 08 May Montebello
19 Nov - 22 Nov Work Period Applications accepted starting 19 May Montebello For old students
26 Nov - 29 Nov Work Period Applications accepted starting 26 May Montebello For old students
29 Nov - 10 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 29 May Montebello
10 Dec - 13 Dec Work Period Applications accepted starting 10 Jun Montebello For old students
13 Dec - 24 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 13 Jun Montebello
24 Dec - 27 Dec Work Period Applications accepted starting 27 Jun Montebello For old students
27 December, 2017 - 07 January, 2018 10-Day Applications accepted starting 01 Sep Montebello
 
 

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 at the address listed under the “Contact Us” Tab above. 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.suttama.dhamma.org/os. A user name and password will be required to access these pages.

Questions may be addressed to Email: info@suttama.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.

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.

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.

Old Student Programs are similar to Service Periods where there is time to work on a variety of Centre maintenance, construction, household and gardening projects, but have a more full and structured program, an opportunity to meet with assistant teachers, and possibly committee and trust meetings. All Old Students are welcome to participate. The daily program will include three group sittings with morning and afternoon work periods and in the evening there will be tapes played of special discourses and talks that S.N. Goenka has given to Old Students.

Open Days are held between meditation courses. All are welcome to attend and learn about Vipassana Meditation and the Centre.

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.

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.

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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