Ten Day & Other Adult Courses


Basics

How do I learn Vipassana?

New students learn Vipassana by taking an intensive, residential ten-day course. Instructions are provided by S.N. Goenka on video and audio tapes. One or more assistant teachers are also present to provide guidance and answer any questions about the technique. You can visit the How to Apply for a Course page to understand what you need to know to attend a course and the application process.

How much does a course cost?

Each student who attends a Vipassana course is given this gift by a previous student. There is no charge for either the teaching, or for room and board. All Vipassana courses worldwide are run on a strictly voluntary donation basis. At the end of your course, if you have benefited from the experience, you are welcome to donate for the coming course, according to your volition and your means.

Are there courses shorter than ten days?

Actually, the ten-day course is the minimum; it provides an essential introduction and foundation to the technique. To develop in the practice is a lifetime job. Experience over generations has shown that if Vipassana is taught in periods of less than ten days, the student does not get a sufficient experiential grasp of the technique. Traditionally, Vipassana was taught in retreats lasting seven weeks. With the dawning of the 20th century, the teachers of this tradition began to experiment with shorter times to suit the quickening pace of life. They tried thirty days, two weeks, ten days, down to seven days–and they found that less than ten days is not enough time for the mind to settle down and work deeply with the mind-body phenomenon.

How many students attend each course?

Course size varies, ranging from approx 20 to 140 students. Courses that fall during a holiday generally have higher attendance.

What are the accommodations like?

Accommodations vary from simple rooms with a single bed to shared rooms with bunk beds to tent camping. Each site we host courses at will have different types of accommodations.

What kind of food is served?

The menu is a tasty and nutritious vegetarian menu. Special diets due to medical conditions and serious allergies can be accommodated with advance notice. Please discuss any dietary issues with the Registrar during the registration process.

Course Checklist if Accepted

Please find below the information for those who have been accepted for a meditation course with Hawaii Vipassana. If you have any further questions regarding the courses, please do not hesitate to contact the Registrar at [email protected].

Confirm Registration

A few weeks prior to the course, you will receive an email with a link that will allow you to confirm your registration.
If you do not confirm your registration, your enrollment will be bumped from the course and your spot given to a student on the waitlist.

If at any time you need to cancel the course, you may do so using the link in your acceptance letter, or by sending email to [email protected]

Read the Code of Discipline

If you have not already done so, please read the Code of Discipline. This document contains important information about the content, structure, and rules of the course. By submitting your application, you have agreed to follow the “Code of Discipline” during this course.

Select the Items to Bring with You

Clothing

Dress should be simple, modest, and comfortable. Tight, transparent, revealing, or otherwise striking clothing (such as shorts, short skirts, tights and leggings, sleeveless or skimpy tops) should not be worn. Tights or leggings should be worn only under a knee-length top or shirt. Sunbathing and partial nudity are not permitted. This is important in order to minimize distraction to others.

Please anticipate your individual needs in this environment. The rooms and the meditation hall may not be climate-controlled or they may have central heat and air conditioning. Many people like a sweater, shawl or light blanket in the meditation hall. As outdoor shoes are not worn in the meditation hall, dining hall or residential quarters, it is advisable to bring shoes that are easy to slip on and off.

Bring sufficient clothing for the duration of your stay. Although automated laundry facilities are not available, facilities are available for hand wash and line dry.

Toiletries

No perfumed or scented creams, powders, shaving lotions, etc.

Bring all items necessary for personal hygiene such as:

  • Towel
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Bath soap
  • Shampoo / conditioner
  • Shaving/Sanitary supplies

Bedding

Bedding is offered at some locations, but normally not. Plan to bring your own sheets, pillowcase, and warm blanket or sleeping bag.

Meditation Cushions

At times a cotton floor meditation cushion and a meditation cushion is provided, but you should be prepared to bring all of your own meditation cushions. Chairs may be available at some sites. Please request a chair if you need one on the first day of the course after your arrival.

Other Articles

Please do not bring unnecessary valuables or jewelry. Also, please do not bring food items, books, radios, computers, tape players, writing materials, journals, or religious objects.

All mobile phones, computers, tablets, and other communication devices will need to be checked in with the management on the first day. Checked items will be returned when the course is over.

It is advisable to bring a watch and/or a non-ticking alarm clock. You may want to bring a flashlight and a small umbrella. Bring walking shoes if you want to do any walking exercise during the course.

Arrival and Departure Times

Please arrive between 1:00 and 5:00 PM for the registration period on the day the course begins. A light meal will be served at 6:00 PM and orientation will follow at 7:00 PM. If your arrival will be delayed past 5:00 PM on the day the course begins please contact Hawaii Vipassana at +1-512-843-5039. If you have not arrived by 6:00 PM, and we haven’t heard from you, we will assume you are not coming, and your seat may be given to another student.

The 10 day courses will end at approximately 7:00 AM on the last day, followed by breakfast and clean up. Please plan any flights for after 10:30 am on the last day, to allow time for transportation to the local airports.

All new students, as well as returning students taking a full course, are expected to remain until the very end of the course.

Cancellation Instructions

It takes a tremendous amount of planning and expense to organize each of our 10-day residential courses. The courses in Hawaii are usually between 20 and 140 students and are run strictly on a donation basis. It is essential to know the exact number of participants for each course, so please let us know as early as possible if you can not attend the course so other students can have an opportunity to attend a course.

If for any reason you will not be able to attend, it is essential for you to cancel, even if it is the day of the course. You may cancel by clicking the link in your confirmation email or if it is the day to of the course you can cancel by sending an e-mail to [email protected] or by calling Hawaii Vipassana at 512-843-5039.

Travel to the Site

Travel to the Site can be done by a combination of Air Travel, Bus, Taxi, Car, and Ride Share. Please plan to arrive at the Center no later than 5:00 PM on the day the course starts. The course ends on the morning of the last day. Students can expect to leave the center between 8 – 10 am.

Ride Share Board

If you need a ride or can offer rides for others to get to the course site, please follow the rideshare board instructions on your Acceptance email. This volunteer-run board may help you find a ride to the center with other students. Please consider offering rides if you will have extra space in your vehicle. Sometimes people cannot attend simply because they lack transportation.

Arrivals by Airplane

Please review your acceptance email for details.

Arrivals by Bus or Rail

Please review your acceptance email for details.

Arrivals by Taxi

Please review your acceptance email for details.

Driving to the Site

Please review your acceptance email for details.