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Sarana
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] (11) 97143-4118 ou [+55] (19) 98176-5198

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

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.
2019 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply 06 Oct Children / Teens Girls - Open Boys - Open Female Server - Wait List Male Server - Open Santana de Parnaíba, São Paulo Anapana meditation course for children and teens between 8 and 15 years old
27 Oct Children / Teens Applications accepted starting 27 Sep Santana de Parnaíba, São Paulo Anapana meditation course for teenagers between 15 and 17 years old
2020 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
03 May Children / Teens Applications accepted starting 03 Mar Santana de Parnaíba, São Paulo Anapana meditation course for teenagers between 13 and 15 years old.
 
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.
2019 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply 17 Aug - 07 Sep 20-Day In Progress Santana de Parnaíba, São Paulo For old students
Apply 07 Sep - 10 Sep Work Period Servers - Open Santana de Parnaíba, São Paulo For old students
Apply 11 Sep - 22 Sep 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - Wait List Santana de Parnaíba, São Paulo
Apply 22 Sep - 12 Nov Work Period Servers - Open Santana de Parnaíba, São Paulo For old students
During this service period, maintenance, gardening, cleaning, etc. will be carried out. It is possible to serve part time. Please inform the dates on your application form.
29 Sep 1-Day Applications accepted starting 29 Aug Santana de Parnaíba, São Paulo For old students
13 Oct 1-Day Applications accepted starting 13 Sep Santana de Parnaíba, São Paulo For old students
13 Nov - 24 Nov 10-Day Applications accepted starting 13 Sep Santana de Parnaíba, São Paulo
24 Nov - 26 Nov Work Period Applications accepted starting 24 Oct Santana de Parnaíba, São Paulo For old students
27 Nov - 08 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 27 Sep Santana de Parnaíba, São Paulo
08 Dec - 10 Dec Work Period Applications accepted starting 08 Nov Santana de Parnaíba, São Paulo For old students
11 Dec - 22 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 11 Oct Santana de Parnaíba, São Paulo
22 Dec - 25 Dec Work Period Applications accepted starting 22 Nov Santana de Parnaíba, São Paulo For old students
26 December, 2019 - 06 January, 2020 10-Day Applications accepted starting 26 Oct Santana de Parnaíba, São Paulo
2020 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
06 Jan - 07 Jan Work Period Applications accepted starting 06 Dec Santana de Parnaíba, São Paulo For old students
08 Jan - 19 Jan 10-Day Applications accepted starting 08 Nov Santana de Parnaíba, São Paulo
19 Jan - 21 Jan Work Period Applications accepted starting 19 Dec Santana de Parnaíba, São Paulo For old students
22 Jan - 02 Feb 10-Day Applications accepted starting 22 Nov Santana de Parnaíba, São Paulo
02 Feb - 04 Feb Work Period Applications accepted starting 02 Jan Santana de Parnaíba, São Paulo For old students
05 Feb - 16 Feb 10-Day Applications accepted starting 05 Dec Santana de Parnaíba, São Paulo
16 Feb - 18 Feb Work Period Applications accepted starting 16 Jan Santana de Parnaíba, São Paulo For old students
19 Feb - 01 Mar 10-Day Applications accepted starting 19 Dec Santana de Parnaíba, São Paulo
01 Mar - 03 Mar Work Period Applications accepted starting 01 Feb Santana de Parnaíba, São Paulo For old students
04 Mar - 15 Mar 10-Day Applications accepted starting 04 Jan Santana de Parnaíba, São Paulo
15 Mar - 17 Mar Work Period Applications accepted starting 15 Feb Santana de Parnaíba, São Paulo For old students
18 Mar - 29 Mar 10-Day Applications accepted starting 18 Jan Santana de Parnaíba, São Paulo
29 Mar - 31 Mar Work Period Applications accepted starting 29 Feb Santana de Parnaíba, São Paulo For old students
01 Apr - 12 Apr Executive Course Applications accepted starting 01 Feb Santana de Parnaíba, São Paulo
12 Apr - 14 Apr Work Period Applications accepted starting 12 Mar Santana de Parnaíba, São Paulo For old students
15 Apr - 26 Apr 10-Day Applications accepted starting 15 Feb Santana de Parnaíba, São Paulo
26 Apr - 27 Apr Work Period Applications accepted starting 26 Mar Santana de Parnaíba, São Paulo For old students
28 Apr - 02 May 3-Day Applications accepted starting 28 Feb Santana de Parnaíba, São Paulo For old students
04 May - 09 Jun Work Period Applications accepted starting 04 Apr Santana de Parnaíba, São Paulo For old students
 
 

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.

10-day Executive Courses are an introductory course to Vipassana Meditation especially for business executives and government officials where the technique is taught step-by-step each day. For more information please visit the Executive course website. 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 7:30am.

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.