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Dhamma Karuṇā, Youngstown, Alberta, Canada
Centre Location: Website | Map
** Unless noted otherwise, course instructions are given in the following language(s): English

Dhamma Karuṇā means "Compassion of Dhamma" in Pali. The centre is located on 8.5 acres on the outskirts of Youngstown, Alberta – a small farming village in the Canadian Badlands. This area is noted for its wildlife including waterfowl, deer, antelope and moose. It is also famous for some of the most important fossil deposits in the world, including the Bearpaw Shale. Youngstown is three to five hours by car from four major cities: Edmonton and Calgary in Alberta, and Regina and Saskatoon in the neighboring province of Saskatchewan.

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
Alberta Vipassana Meditation Centre
Dhamma Karuṇā
Tel: [1](403) 457-7842
Fax: [1](877) 230-9484
Mailing address:
Alberta Vipassana Foundation
PO Box 84124 Market Mall
Calgary, AB, T3A 5C4


All courses are temporarily suspended due to concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic.

Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Courses for young people.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
2020 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
30 May Children CANCELLED Youngstown Courses Cancelled
31 May Teen CANCELLED Youngstown Courses Cancelled
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.
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2020 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
25 Mar - 05 Apr 10-Day CANCELLED Youngstown
15 Apr - 26 Apr 10-Day CANCELLED Youngstown
29 Apr - 10 May 10-Day CANCELLED Youngstown
13 May - 17 May 3-Day CANCELLED Youngstown For old students
27 May - 07 Jun 10-Day Closed Youngstown
10 Jun - 21 Jun 10-Day Closed Youngstown
24 Jun - 05 Jul 10-Day Closed Youngstown
08 Jul - 19 Jul 10-Day Closed Youngstown
29 Jul - 09 Aug 10-Day Closed Youngstown
12 Aug - 23 Aug 10-Day
English / Vietnamese
Closed Youngstown
30 Sep - 04 Oct 3-Day Applications accepted starting 02 Jun Youngstown For old students
07 Oct - 18 Oct 10-Day Applications accepted starting 09 Jun Youngstown
18 Oct - 11 Nov Work Period Applications accepted starting 20 Jun Youngstown For old students
Part-time Welcome
11 Nov - 22 Nov 10-Day Applications accepted starting 14 Jul Youngstown
25 Nov - 06 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 28 Jul Youngstown
06 Dec - 16 Dec Work Period Applications accepted starting 08 Aug Youngstown For old students
Part-time Welcome
16 Dec - 27 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 18 Aug Youngstown
30 December, 2020 - 10 January, 2021 10-Day Applications accepted starting 01 Sep Youngstown
Non-Centre Courses
Courses and Activities conducted at other locations.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
2020 Dhamma Karuṇā Courses    Website | Map
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
23 Feb 1-Day Completed Conrich For old students
29 Mar 1-Day CANCELLED Conrich For old students
26 Apr 1-Day Open Conrich For old students
31 May 1-Day Open Conrich For old students
28 Jun 1-Day Open Conrich 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.karuna.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.

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.

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.