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Dhamma Modana

The Vancouver Island Vipassana Association (VIVA) is presenting several one-day courses throughout the year for old students who have completed at least one ten-day course with S.N. Goenka or his assistant teachers. One-day courses are an ideal way to refresh your practice. One-day courses are typically conducted by an assistant teacher who is available to answer meditator’s questions during lunch interviews. When an assistant teacher is not available to conduct the course, an authorized old student will play one-day course instructions and there are no interviews to clarify meditators’ questions.

As with all Vipassana courses, donations are the only source of funding.

Registration is required for 1-day Courses at Dhamma Modana. Please register using one of the APPLY links on the Schedule Page

Winter One Day Meditation Courses

  • The winter one-day courses (November through April) will take place in the newly renovated Dhamma House. Within the Dhamma House you will have available for your use: washrooms, full kitchen, dinning area and meditation hall
  • Bring your own sitting cushions. Floor mats, blankets and chairs are available.
  • Please bring a bag lunch or pot luck item to share (vegetarian—no meat, no seafood, no eggs)!
  • Please wash any cup, plate or utensils that you use.

Summer One Day Meditation Courses

  • The summer one-day courses (May through October) will take place in the old dhamma hall located at the top of the property.
  • The building is not heated, and the temperature varies throughout the day, so please bring a variety of clothing.
  • Bring your own cushions/mats, blankets.
  • Lunch is between 12:30 and 1:00pm; please bring a bag lunch (vegetarian—no meat, no seafood, no eggs)!
  • Bring your own cup, plate, utensils.
  • Bring your own camp chair for during the lunch period.
  • There is no electricity, so please do not bring food that needs to be heated up.
  • There is no running water, so please be prepared to take away your dishes to wash at home.
  • Please bring all the food you plan to eat during the day up to the meditation hall, where it will be safely stored, so that it will not attract any bears. There is a very, very slim likelihood of bears on the land, but we want to err on the side of caution.
  • There are outhouse’s available for men and women.

Ride Sharing

When you register your acceptance letter will contain the link to the ride share board for this course. The RideBoard links are unique to each course.


This One-Day Course will be held at Dhamma Modana (view map).

Directions from Victoria:

  • Go N. on Hwy. 1 about 45 km. You will go through the town of Duncan, past Thrifty Foods on you left, straight through the lights at the Forest Museum, past Honda and Toyota on your right. Shortly after that you turn left at the lights onto the Cowichan Valley Hwy, Highway 18, towards Lake Cowichan.
  • After about 25 km you come to a junction where you take the right fork onto Youbou Road. The centre is exactly 1 km along Youbou Rd. [Do not go into the town, which is the left fork.] Pass Neva Rd. then the entrance to “The Slopes” on your right, and the center is the next driveway on the right.
  • Turn into the driveway and cross the bridge.  You’ll see the Dhamma Server House sign on the left.  Whether coming to meditate or volunteer, please take the road to the right to the house and sign in. If you bear left, continuing up the steep hill along the road, you will come to a large clearing with a small out building (pump house/kitchen) and a larger building (Dhamma hall),  the main site of the future Centre.

When attending the Winter Courses: After crossing the small bridge take the road to the right, there you will see the Dhamma House

When attending the Summer Courses: After crossing the small bridge continue straight up the road to the end.


9:30-9:45 a.m Arrive
9:45-10:00 a.m. Registration
10:00-11:00 a.m. Course Opening – Anapana Instructions
11:00-11:30 a.m. Meditation
11:30-12:30 p.m. Vipassana Instructions
12:30-1:00 p.m. Lunch Break
1:00-2:00 p.m. Meditation
2:00-3:00 p.m. Group Sitting
3:00-4:00 p.m. Discourse & Metta – Course Closing

Additional Information

If you have any questions or require more information, please contact the centre at: 250-749-4499 or  [email protected]