Wheel of Dhamma

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Aloka
Dhamma Aloka, Woori Yallock, Victoria, Australia
Centre Location: Website | Map
** Unless noted otherwise, course instructions are given in the following language(s): English

Dhamma Aloka (Light of Dhamma) was purchased in 1995 after years of searching for a site. The property is at Woori Yallock (“running stream” in the local Aboriginal language), one hour’s drive east of Melbourne and only ten kilometres from the renowned Healesville wildlife sanctuary.

The centre is on a hill which adjoins a reserve on the banks of the Yarra river, with an outlook across lush river flats towards mountain ranges. The eighteen acre site has a Dhamma Hall with 22 meditation cells, kitchen and dining room complex, accommodation with single rooms and dormitories, a toilet-shower block. It is mostly cleared with a fringe of ti-tree and eucalypt forest. The impression is one of seclusion and tranquillity.

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 Centre Victoria
Dhamma Aloka
PO Box 11, Woori Yallock VIC 3139

Email: [email protected]

Tel: +61 (03) 5961 5722

COVIDsafe guidelines apply at Dhamma Aloka until further notice.

Courses maybe cancelled at short notice if the Covid-19 guidelines call for it.

You will be required to bring enough face masks and hand sanitizer for the duration of the course.

Please apply for ONE 10 DAY COURSE ONLY, as only **ONE** application per person will be processed.

Courses are restricted to Victorian residents only, for the COVIDsafe period. Long Courses are open to Australian and New Zealand residents.

Applications for all courses will open around 8:00pm in Winter or 9:00pm in Summer (daylight saving time) on the scheduled opening date.
Note: the 'apply' link will not be visible until then. The actual opening time may be some time later, due to the automated nature of the system. You will need to refresh this page to see any link changes, as this page does not auto-refresh.

 

Group sittings; Have resumed, places are limited due to covid-19 spacing rules.

If you have any covid-19 symptoms, do not attend.

 

The Vipassana Centre Dhamma Ujjala in S.A. .is now open to the old and new students of Victoria. Check the policy message above our Course Schedule before applying. We have accommodation for longer stay dhamma workers in the tranquil Clare valley. We transport to and from Adelaide airport. Call Gerry on 0414964743 for more information.

 
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.
2021 Short Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply* 02 May 1-Day Women - Short Wait List Men - Filling Up Servers - Closed Elwood For old students

Victoria residents only. Limited places.

06 Jun 1-Day Applications accepted starting 22 Apr Elwood For old students

Victoria residents only. Limited places.

04 Jul 1-Day Applications accepted starting 20 May Elwood For old students

Victoria residents only. Limited places.

01 Aug 1-Day Applications accepted starting 17 Jun Elwood For old students

Victoria residents only. Limited places.

05 Aug - 08 Aug 3-Day Applications accepted starting 07 May Woori Yallock For old students

Victoria residents only. Some old student accommodation will be in tents.

05 Sep 1-Day Applications accepted starting 22 Jul Elwood For old students

Victoria residents only. Limited places.

03 Oct 1-Day Applications accepted starting 19 Aug Elwood For old students

Victoria residents only. Limited places.

07 Nov 1-Day Applications accepted starting 23 Sep Elwood For old students

Victoria residents only. Limited places.

02 Dec - 05 Dec 3-Day Applications accepted starting 03 Sep Woori Yallock For old students

Victoria residents only. Old student accommodation will mostly be tent.

05 Dec 1-Day Applications accepted starting 21 Oct Elwood For old students

Victoria residents only. Limited places.

 
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.
2021 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply* 20 Apr - 01 May 10-Day In Progress Woori Yallock

Victoria residents only. Old student accommodation will mostly be tent. Urgently need Male Servers

Apply* 05 May - 16 May 10-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Short Wait List New Men - Closed Old Men - Short Wait List Servers - Filling Up Woori Yallock

Victoria residents only. Old student accommodation will mostly be tent. Urgently need Male Servers

Apply* 19 May - 30 May 10-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Short Wait List New Men - Closed Old Men - Short Wait List Female Server - Short Wait List Male Server - Filling Up Woori Yallock

Victoria residents only. Old student accommodation will mostly be tent. Server places available

Apply* 02 Jun - 13 Jun 10-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Long Wait List New Men - Closed Old Men - Short Wait List Female Server - Short Wait List Male Server - Open Woori Yallock

Victoria residents only.Old student accommodation will mostly be tent.

Apply* 16 Jun - 27 Jun 10-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Short Wait List New Men - Closed Old Men - Long Wait List Servers - Open Woori Yallock

Victoria residents only. Old student accommodation will mostly be tent.

Apply* 30 Jun - 11 Jul 10-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Short Wait List New Men - Closed Old Men - Short Wait List Servers - Open Woori Yallock

Victoria residents only. Old student accommodation will mostly be tent.

Apply 14 Jul - 04 Aug 20-Day Women - Short Wait List Men - Filling Up Servers - Open Woori Yallock New Course!!For old students

Open to Australian & New Zealand residents.

11 Aug - 22 Aug 10-Day Applications accepted starting 13 May Woori Yallock

Victoria residents only. Old student accommodation will mostly be tent.

25 Aug - 05 Sep 10-Day Applications accepted starting 27 May Woori Yallock

Victoria residents only. Old student accommodation will mostly be tent.

08 Sep - 19 Sep 10-Day Applications accepted starting 10 Jun Woori Yallock

Victoria residents only. Old student accommodation will mostly be tent.

22 Sep - 03 Oct 10-Day Applications accepted starting 24 Jun Woori Yallock

Victoria residents only. Old student accommodation will mostly be tent.

06 Oct - 17 Oct 10-Day Applications accepted starting 08 Jul Woori Yallock

Victoria residents only. Old student accommodation will mostly be tent.

20 Oct - 31 Oct 10-Day Applications accepted starting 22 Jul Woori Yallock

Victoria residents only. Old student accommodation will mostly be tent.

31 Oct - 04 Nov Work Period Applications accepted starting 01 Sep Woori Yallock For old students

Victoria residents only.

05 Nov - 14 Nov Satipatthana Sutta Applications accepted starting 07 Aug Woori Yallock For old students

Victoria residents only. Old student accommodation will mostly be tent.

17 Nov - 28 Nov 10-Day Applications accepted starting 19 Aug Woori Yallock

Victoria residents only. Old student accommodation will mostly be tent.

08 Dec - 19 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 09 Sep Woori Yallock

Victoria residents only. Old student accommodation will mostly be tent.

19 Dec - 26 Dec Work Period Applications accepted starting 20 Oct Woori Yallock For old students

Victoria residents only.

26 December, 2021 - 06 January, 2022 10-Day Applications accepted starting 27 Sep Woori Yallock

Victoria residents only. Old student accommodation will mostly be tent.

 
Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Courses for young people.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
2021 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply* 25 Apr Children / Teens Wait List Brunswick East
 
 

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 https://www.au.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.

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.

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.