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Dhamma Mahī, Dhamma Mahi (Yonne), France
Centre Location: Website | Map
** Unless noted otherwise, course instructions are given in the following language(s): English / French

Courses are also held in other parts of France (see links below)

One or two ten-day courses are held in the centre each month, in French, in English, and occasionally in Khmer. Different langages are available on audiotapes so that foreign students can listen to the evening discourses in their mother tongue.

The French Vipassana centre is situated on 100 acres of land,  in beautiful country, a lovely mixture of woods and meadows. Goenkaji called the centre Dhamma Mahi, « the land of Dhamma ». The Dhamma Mahi Centre is located in the territory of Champignelles in the department of Yonne (89). The nearest village is Villiers-Saint-Benoît (3 kms). The centre is 12 kms away from Toucy, 36 kms away from Auxerre, and about 170 kms away from Paris.

  1. Access the application form by clicking on "Apply*" in the left hand column.
  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 email if you give an email 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.
  6. The registration starts around 6h in the morning on the opening day of the course. Please note that for new students we proceed with an electronic random selection. See an explanatory note under the heading '10 day courses and other courses for adults' below.


Additional information

Centre Vipassana Dhamma Mahi
Le Bois Planté
89350 Champignelles

Tel : +33 (0)
Fax : +33 (0)
E-mail : [email protected]

All France Courses Dhamma Mahi Dhamma Nilaya North West Paris Area South East South West Children and Teenagers

ÉTUDIANTS FRANCOPHONES : Merci de remplir le formulaire en français, cela facilitera les échanges avec les chargés de cours et les enseignants. Pour cela, cliquez sur le lien "S'inscrire" à partir de la page en français à laquelle vous accéderez en sélectionnant 'Français' dans le menu 'languages" en haut à droite de cette page. Merci.

Ten Day & Other Adult Courses

All ten day courses and Satipatthana courses begin on the evening of the first day and end on the early morning of the last day. 3 days courses begin on the evening of the first day and end late after noon of the last day.

Registration procedure specific to Dhamma Mahi for people who are attending a 10 day course for the first time.

- 3 months before the start of the course, registration will be open from 6:00 am, all day long, after which the course will be closed (for registration).

- An electronic random selection will then be made to allocate available places for the course and to establish a waiting list.

- In the 7 days that follow, students who were not allocated a place on the course will be notified.

- Please note it is imperative to send only one registration form per person and per course, otherwise none of the forms will be taken into account.

*Due to the increasing number of applications, we can only take into consideration one application per person for the same period (4 months) throughout the European region. This is also the case for the wait lists which number of applications is limited.


Registration procedure for old students (people having previously done a 10 day course) and for people who are attending a non-center 10 day course for the first time or a Khmer language course for the first time.

- Applications are accepted from 6 a.m. (06:00 hrs) on the day courses open for registration.

- Due to the number of application, please be kind to others and wait 4 months between courses. (This restriction apply for 10 day courses, Satipatthana and long courses). We therefore can only take into consideration one application per person for the same period (4 months) throughout the European region. This is also the case for the wait lists which number of applications is limited.


Thank you to mention when applying if you are the object of a particular diet. Diets without lactose and without gluten may be provided by the kitchen at the centre. Other specific dietery requests can only be provided for in response to specific medically diagnosed conditions. Please inform us of those on application.

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2019 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply* 16 Sep - 24 Sep Work Period In Progress Dhamma Mahi (Yonne) For old students
Apply* 25 Sep - 06 Oct 10 Day Open Dhamma Mahi (Yonne)
Apply* 09 Oct - 20 Oct 10 Day Open Dhamma Mahi (Yonne)
Apply 05 Nov - 16 Nov Special 10 Day Women - Filling Up Men - Filling Up Female Server - Wait List Male Server - Open Dhamma Mahi (Yonne) For old students
NB "regular practice" = 2 hours a day for at least two years
16 Nov - 17 Nov TRUST MEETING Open Dhamma Mahi (Yonne) Saturday: committees' meetings.
Sunday at 9:15: trust meeting.
All old students are welcome.
Apply* 17 Nov - 26 Nov Work Period Open Dhamma Mahi (Yonne) For old students
Apply* 27 Nov - 08 Dec 10 Day Open Dhamma Mahi (Yonne)
Apply* 11 Dec - 22 Dec 10 Day Open Dhamma Mahi (Yonne)
25 December, 2019 - 05 January, 2020 10 Day Applications accepted starting 26 Sep Dhamma Mahi (Yonne)
Teenagers' and Children's Courses
For more information on children courses, click here.
2019 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply* 23 Oct - 26 Oct Teen's course (12-18 years) - In French only Open Dhamma Mahi (Yonne) Course language: in French only.
Apply* 28 Oct - 31 Oct Children's course (8-11 years) - French only Open Dhamma Mahi (Yonne) Course language: in French only.

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.mahi.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.

Special 10-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.

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.

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.