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* 05 Dec - 14 Dec Satipatthana Sutta
English / Romanian / Italian
In Progress 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
Apply* 15 Dec 1-Day Women - Open Men - Open Female Server - Wait List Male Server - Open 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 - Long Wait List Men - Short Wait List Servers - Short Wait List Lutirano For old students
Apply* 26 December, 2019 - 06 January, 2020 10-Day Closed 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
12 Jan 1-Day Applications accepted starting 12 Dec Logatec For old students
Apply* 15 Jan - 26 Jan 10-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Short Wait List New Men - Long Wait List Old Men - Short Wait List Female Server - Short Wait List Male Server - 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 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* 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 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

08 Mar 1-Day Applications accepted starting 07 Feb Ljubljana New Course!!For old students
Apply* 11 Mar - 22 Mar 10-Day 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* 25 Mar - 05 Apr 10-Day 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* 08 Apr - 19 Apr 10-Day Women - Short Wait List New Men - Filling Up Old Men - Short Wait List Servers - Open 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)
01 May - 03 May Children / Teens
Italian
Applications accepted starting 12 Jan Lutirano
05 May - 16 May 10-Day Applications accepted starting 27 Dec Lutirano

FOREIGNERS' QUOTA LIMITED TO 15%

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

16 May - 17 May Trust Meeting Open Lutirano For old students
20 May - 31 May 10-Day Applications accepted starting 11 Jan Lutirano

FOREIGNERS' QUOTA LIMITED TO 15%

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

03 Jun - 14 Jun 10-Day Applications accepted starting 25 Jan Lutirano

FOREIGNERS' QUOTA LIMITED TO 15%

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07 Jun 1-Day Applications accepted starting 08 May Jesenice For old students
17 Jun - 28 Jun 10-Day for Old Students Applications accepted starting 08 Feb Lutirano For old students

N.B.: the requirements for this course are the following:

  • Have completed at least 2 10-Day courses.
  • Have not practiced any other techniques since last course.
  • Trying to maintain daily practice.
  • Should be keeping the five precepts to the best of one’s ability.
28 Jun - 14 Jul Work Period Open Lutirano For old students
Click here for further information (please use the old student web site username/password)
04 Jul - 08 Jul 3-Day Applications accepted starting 25 Feb Lutirano For old students
15 Jul - 26 Jul 10-Day Applications accepted starting 07 Mar Lutirano

FOREIGNERS' QUOTA LIMITED TO 15%

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

29 Jul - 09 Aug 10-Day Applications accepted starting 21 Mar Lutirano

FOREIGNERS' QUOTA LIMITED TO 15%

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

12 Aug - 23 Aug 10-Day Applications accepted starting 04 Apr Lutirano

FOREIGNERS' QUOTA LIMITED TO 15%

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

26 Aug - 06 Sep 10-Day Applications accepted starting 18 Apr Lutirano

FOREIGNERS' QUOTA LIMITED TO 15%

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

08 Sep - 12 Sep 3-Day Applications accepted starting 01 May Lutirano For old students
12 Sep - 13 Sep Trust Meeting Open Lutirano For old students
16 Sep - 27 Sep 10-Day Applications accepted starting 09 May Lutirano

FOREIGNERS' QUOTA LIMITED TO 15%

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

27 Sep - 05 Oct Work Period Open Lutirano For old students
Click here for further information (please use the old student web site username/password)
02 Oct - 04 Oct Children / Teens
Italian
Open Lutirano
06 Oct - 17 Oct 10-Day Applications accepted starting 29 May Lutirano

FOREIGNERS' QUOTA LIMITED TO 15%

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

21 Oct - 01 Nov 10-Day Applications accepted starting 13 Jun Lutirano

FOREIGNERS' QUOTA LIMITED TO 15%

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

04 Nov - 15 Nov 10-Day Applications accepted starting 27 Jun Lutirano

FOREIGNERS' QUOTA LIMITED TO 15%

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

19 Nov - 28 Nov Satipatthana Sutta Applications accepted starting 12 Jul Lutirano For old students
N.B.: please, see the requirements for the participation at the bottom of this page.
28 Nov - 29 Nov Trust Meeting Open Lutirano For old students
02 Dec - 13 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 25 Jul Lutirano

FOREIGNERS' QUOTA LIMITED TO 15%

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

13 Dec - 18 Dec Work Period Open Lutirano For old students
Click here for further information (please use the old student web site username/password)
19 Dec - 23 Dec 3-Day Applications accepted starting 11 Aug Lutirano For old students
26 December, 2020 - 06 January, 2021 10-Day Applications accepted starting 18 Aug Lutirano

FOREIGNERS' QUOTA LIMITED TO 15%

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

 
 

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.

10-day Courses for Old Students have the same timetable and discipline as 10-day courses. These courses are open to serious old students who have completed at least three 10-day courses and one Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta course, 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, are trying to maintain the five precepts in their daily lives, and trying to maintain daily practice.

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.

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.

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.