Wheel of Dhamma

Bodhi Leaf

 
Atala
Dhamma Aṭala, Lutirano, Firenze, Italy
Centre Location: Website | Map
** Unless noted otherwise, course instructions are given in the following language(s): English / Italian

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

Address: Località Veriolo, Strada Prov.le 29, Lutirano - 50034 Marradi (FI), Italy

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +39 055 804818

 

IMPORTANT NOTE: due to organizational reasons it's not possible to apply for more than a 10 day course at a time.

NOTE: Applications are accepted from 8 p.m. in the summer and 7 p.m. in the winter UK time on the day courses open for registration. The 'apply' link will not be visible until then. Also the actual opening time may be a few minutes or even up to an hour later. This is due to the automated nature of the system. You will need to refresh this page to see the 'apply' link as this page does not auto-refresh.

 

Dhamma service at the meditation center (for old students only)

Click on the icon below for further information on Dhamma service periods at the meditation center:

 
Ten Day & Other 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.
2019 Ten Day & Other Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply* 23 Oct - 03 Nov 10-Day Women - Short Wait List Men - Filling Up Servers - Open Calabria This course will be held in CALABRIA
Apply* 23 Oct - 03 Nov 10-Day Women - Short Wait List Men - Short Wait List Servers - Open Lutirano
FOREIGNERS' QUOTA LIMITED TO 15%
Apply* 06 Nov - 17 Nov 10-Day New Women - Long Wait List Old Women - Short Wait List Men - Short Wait List Servers - Open Lutirano FOREIGNERS' QUOTA LIMITED TO 15%

The green light doesn't guarantee an available place in the course


15 Nov - 17 Nov 2 Day Self Course Open Zaplana For old students
For servers (and serious old students) only. For the application form write an email to: [email protected]
Apply* 20 Nov - 01 Dec 10-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Short Wait List New Men - Long Wait List Old Men - Short Wait List Servers - Filling Up Lutirano FOREIGNERS' QUOTA LIMITED TO 15% The green light doesn't guarantee an
available place in the course
01 Dec 1-Day Applications accepted starting 01 Nov Dolenjska For old students
Course Location is Dobrnič
Apply* 05 Dec - 14 Dec Satipatthana Sutta
English / Romanian / Italian
Women - Filling Up Men - Filling Up Female Server - Filling Up Male Server - Open Dhamma Atala, Italia For old students
N.B.: please, see the requirements for the participation at the bottom of this page.

14 Dec - 15 Dec Trust Meeting Open Lutirano For old students
15 Dec 1-Day Applications accepted starting 15 Nov Ljubljana For old students
15 Dec - 18 Dec Work Period Open Lutirano For old students
Click here for further information (please use the old student web site username/password)
Apply* 19 Dec - 23 Dec 3-Day Women - Short Wait List Men - Open Servers - Open Lutirano For old students
Apply* 26 December, 2019 - 06 January, 2020 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Long Wait List Female Server - Long Wait List Male Server - Short Wait List Lutirano

FOREIGNERS' QUOTA LIMITED TO 15%

The green light doesn't guarantee an available place in the course

2020 Ten Day & Other Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
06 Jan - 14 Jan Work Period Open Lutirano For old students
Click here for further information (please use the old student web site username/password)
10 Jan - 12 Jan Children / Teens
Italian
Open Lutirano
Apply* 15 Jan - 26 Jan 10-Day New Women - Long Wait List Old Women - Short Wait List Men - Short Wait List Servers - Open Lutirano

FOREIGNERS' QUOTA LIMITED TO 15%

The green light doesn't guarantee an available place in the course

Apply* 29 Jan - 09 Feb 10-Day Women - Short Wait List New Men - Short Wait List Old Men - Filling Up Servers - Open Lutirano

FOREIGNERS' QUOTA LIMITED TO 15%

The green light doesn't guarantee an available place in the course

Apply* 13 Feb - 22 Feb Satipatthana Sutta Open Lutirano For old students
N.B.: please, see the requirements for the participation at the bottom of this page.
22 Feb - 23 Feb Trust Meeting Open Lutirano For old students
Apply* 26 Feb - 08 Mar 10-Day Open Lutirano

FOREIGNERS' QUOTA LIMITED TO 15%

The green light doesn't guarantee an available place in the course

08 Mar 1-Day Applications accepted starting 07 Feb Ljubljana New Course!!For old students
11 Mar - 22 Mar 10-Day Applications accepted starting 02 Nov Lutirano

FOREIGNERS' QUOTA LIMITED TO 15%

The green light doesn't guarantee an available place in the course

25 Mar - 05 Apr 10-Day Applications accepted starting 16 Nov Lutirano

FOREIGNERS' QUOTA LIMITED TO 15%

The green light doesn't guarantee an available place in the course

08 Apr - 19 Apr 10-Day Applications accepted starting 30 Nov Lutirano

FOREIGNERS' QUOTA LIMITED TO 15%

The green light doesn't guarantee an available place in the course

18 Apr - 29 Apr 10-Day
English / Slovenian
Applications accepted starting 18 Feb Pokljuka New Course!!
22 Apr - 26 Apr 3-Day Applications accepted starting 14 Dec Lutirano For old students
26 Apr - 04 May Work Period Open Lutirano For old students
Click here for further information (please use the old student web site username/password)
07 Jun 1-Day Applications accepted starting 08 May Jesenice For old students
 
 

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.atala.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.

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.

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 Self Courses have the same timetable and discipline as a 10-day course. The difference is that there is no teacher in attendance. These courses are open to serious old students who have completed at least three 10-day courses, have not been practicing any other meditation techniques since their last 10-day course, have been practicing this technique of Vipassana for at least one year, and who are trying to maintain the five Precepts in their daily lives.

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.