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Dhamma Saraṇa, Santana de Parnaíba, São Paulo, Brazil
Centre Location: Website | Map
** Unless noted otherwise, course instructions are given in the following language(s): English / Portuguese

Dhamma Sarana is located in Santana de Parnaíba, 45 kilometers (28 miles) from downtown São Paulo. The property covers a total of 196 hectares (484 acres). Environmental legislation protects most of this land from development, leaving around five hectares (12 acres) available for construction. The protected land helps to make the center a true refuge.
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

Associação Vipassana de São Paulo

Physical Address: Rua Nhambu s/n, Fazenda Santa Helena, Rancho Tucsons, Santana de Parnaíba- São Paulo- CEP 06511-050

Postal Address: Caixa Postal, 54 - - Santana de Parnaíba - São Paulo, Brasil

e-mail: [email protected] / www.sarana.dhamma.org
Phone/whatsapp: [+55] (19) 98190-3715 ou [+55] (19) 98176-5198

All Brazil Courses Minas Gerais Nordeste Parana Planalto Central (Brasilia) Dhamma Santi
(Rio de Janeiro)


Committed to protecting our students during the Covid 19 pandemic, we have suspended all courses and no applications are being accepted. Any new information will be published on this page. Those enrolled in canceled courses will have priority to reschedule their participation.

We hope to resume our activities as soon as possible.

We wish you all peace and health,

Vipassana Association

Students of 10-Day courses and Satipatthana Sutta courses (excluding servers): A student may only apply to SIT ONE COURSE at a time regardless of the center location in Latin America, course dates or waiting list status. Additional applications will not be processed.
Students of 10-Day courses (non servers): priority granted to new students and old students who haven’t sat recently.
Opening inscriptions schedule: on the stipulated date, approximately at 5 a.m. local time.

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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
06 Dec Children / Teens CANCELLED Santana de Parnaíba, São Paulo
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
20 Sep - 01 Dec Work Period CANCELLED Santana de Parnaíba, São Paulo For old students
Long service period for building, maintenance, gardening and other services. You may apply part time. Please indicate the period you will be serving in your application form.
01 Dec - 05 Dec 3-Day CANCELLED Santana de Parnaíba, São Paulo For old students
The 3-day course ends about 7:30 a.m. of the 4th day.
05 Dec - 08 Dec Work Period CANCELLED Santana de Parnaíba, São Paulo For old students
09 Dec - 20 Dec 10-Day CANCELLED Santana de Parnaíba, São Paulo
20 Dec - 29 Dec Work Period Applications accepted starting 20 Nov Santana de Parnaíba, São Paulo For old students
30 December, 2020 - 10 January, 2021 10-Day Applications accepted starting 30 Nov Santana de Parnaíba, São Paulo

To access the Old Student Regional Site please click http://www.sarana.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.

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.