Wheel of Dhamma

Bodhi Leaf

Dhamma Pabhā, Upper Dromedary, Tasmania, Australia
Centre Location: Website | Map
** Unless noted otherwise, course instructions are given in the following language(s): English

Dhamma Pabha (which means “radiance” or “glow of Dhamma”) is nestled in a forest on the slopes of Mt Dromedary, forty minutes by road from Hobart.  The tall trees and the bushland setting are far from the noises of civilisation, trains or traffic, the only sounds being those of the native wildlife.

To read more about Vipassana Meditation, visit the International Vipassana website for an introduction, or see our answers to commonly asked questions.

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: GPO Box 6, Hobart, Tasmania 7001, Australia
Telephone: [61](03) 6263 6785 (during courses)
Email:  [email protected]

Registration & Information:
Tel: [61] 0431 856 050

Courses open for applications around 12 noon AEST (1pm AEDT)  on the course opening date.

Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus, courses are currently cancelled.  We will resume our program when the situation allows.

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.
2020 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
03 Apr - 06 Apr 3-Day CANCELLED Upper Dromedary For old students
06 Apr - 08 Apr Work Period CANCELLED Upper Dromedary For old students
08 Apr - 19 Apr 10-Day CANCELLED Upper Dromedary
26 Apr - 17 May 20-Day CANCELLED Upper Dromedary For old students
Please see eligibility criteria at the bottom of the page.
Apply* 05 Jun - 08 Jun 3-Day Open Upper Dromedary For old students
08 Jul - 19 Jul 10-Day Applications accepted starting 08 Apr Upper Dromedary
01 Aug 1-Day Applications accepted starting 03 May Upper Dromedary For old students
23 Sep - 04 Oct 10-Day
English / Mandarin
Applications accepted starting 24 Jun Upper Dromedary
07 Oct - 18 Oct 10-Day Applications accepted starting 08 Jul Upper Dromedary
04 Nov - 15 Nov 10-Day Applications accepted starting 05 Aug Upper Dromedary
18 Nov - 29 Nov 10-Day Applications accepted starting 19 Aug Upper Dromedary
11 Dec - 14 Dec 3-Day Applications accepted starting 11 Sep Upper Dromedary For old students
28 December, 2020 - 08 January, 2021 10-Day Applications accepted starting 28 Sep Upper Dromedary
Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Children's courses are for ages 8 to 12. Teenager courses are for ages 13 to 17.
Visit www.children.dhamma.org or contact Mary via [email protected] for further information.
2020 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
05 Jul Children / Teens Applications accepted starting 04 Jun Upper Dromedary Ages 8 - 17

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.

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.

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.