Wheel of Dhamma

Bodhi Leaf

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

Applications for all courses will open around 8:00pm AEST (9:00pm AEDT) on the scheduled open 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 the link as this page does not autorefresh.

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.
2018 Short Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply* 04 Nov 1-Day Women - Closed Men - Open Servers - Closed Elwood For old students
Apply* 06 Dec - 09 Dec 3-Day Women - Closed Men - Closed Female Server - Short Wait List Male Server - Open Woori Yallock For old students
2019 Short Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
25 Jan - 28 Jan 3-Day Applications accepted starting 27 Oct Woori Yallock For old students
03 Feb 1-Day Applications accepted starting 20 Dec Elwood For old students
21 Feb - 24 Feb 3-Day Applications accepted starting 23 Nov Woori Yallock For old students
03 Mar 1-Day Applications accepted starting 17 Jan Elwood For old students
28 Mar - 31 Mar 3-Day Applications accepted starting 28 Dec Woori Yallock For old students
05 Apr - 08 Apr 3-Day Applications accepted starting 05 Jan Woori Yallock For old students
07 Apr 1-Day Applications accepted starting 21 Feb Elwood For old students
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
15 Oct - 15 Nov 30-Day In Progress Woori Yallock For old students
Apply* 21 Nov - 02 Dec 10-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Long Wait List New Men - Closed Old Men - Long Wait List Servers - Open Woori Yallock
Apply* 12 Dec - 23 Dec 10-Day Women - Closed New Men - Closed Old Men - Long Wait List Servers - Open Woori Yallock
Apply* 26 December, 2018 - 06 January, 2019 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - Short Wait List Woori Yallock
2019 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply* 09 Jan - 20 Jan 10-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Long Wait List New Men - Closed Old Men - Long Wait List Servers - Open Woori Yallock
01 Feb - 10 Feb Satipatthana Sutta Applications accepted starting 03 Nov Woori Yallock For old students
10 Feb - 21 Feb Work Period Applications accepted starting 27 Dec Woori Yallock For old students
27 Feb - 10 Mar 10-Day Applications accepted starting 29 Nov Woori Yallock
13 Mar - 24 Mar 10-Day Applications accepted starting 13 Dec Woori Yallock
31 Mar - 06 Apr Work Period Applications accepted starting 14 Feb Woori Yallock For old students
11 Apr - 22 Apr 10-Day Applications accepted starting 11 Jan Woori Yallock
Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Courses for young people.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
2018 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply* 21 Oct Children / Teens Girls - Wait List Boys - Wait List Servers - Open Brunswick East
One-day Anapana course for teenagers and children A one-day course in Anapana meditation for children and teenagers’ aged 8 – 16 years will be held in Melbourne at the Brunswick East Primary School, East Brunswick on Sunday 21st October.
Anapana is a simple technique of meditation that involves observing the breath to concentrate the mind.

Registration on the day of the course commences at 8.30am, the courses commences around 9.15am and finishes around 3.30/4.00pm. To register for either course, please visit the course schedule. If you have any enquiries, please contact Dhamma Aloka office (03) 5961 5722

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.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.

30-day Courses are open only to serious Old Students committed to this technique who have completed a minimum of six 10-day courses (one since their first 20-day course), one 20-day course, one Satipatthana Sutta 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.