Vipassana Meditation as taught by S.N. Goenka in the tradition of Sayagyi U Ba Khin

What is Vipassana?

Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are, is one of India’s most ancient techniques of self-observation. It was taught more than 2500 years ago as a universal remedy for universal ills – an Art of Living.

Vipassana is a practical technique which enables one to lead a more positive, balanced and happy life.  It is a practical method of self-knowledge and awareness, that is universal and not tied to any particular religious organisation.

How is it learnt?

The technique of Vipassana is taught at ten-day residential courses during which participants learn the basics of the method and practice sufficiently to experience its beneficial results. No previous experience is required. After reviewing the Code of Discipline for Vipassana pourses and checking the course schedule, you may apply for a course.


at: The Meditation Centre Dhamma Atala

Dhamma Atala Vipassana Centre (the name means “firm or steady in Dhamma”), stands at Lutirano near Marradi, in the province of Florence, although actually closer to Faenza. It is around 400m above sea level in the Apennines of Tuscany-Emilia. It is 35 km from Faenza and 75 km from Florence, and can be reached from the A14 and A1 highways. The centre’s setting is rural, quiet and in a verdant landscape, making an ideal place for meditating. The meditation hall is housed in a wooden building, used exclusively for this purpose.

It’s possible to visit the centre when courses are not running by getting in touch with us beforehand.


Courses are run solely on a donation basis. All expenses are met by donations from those who have completed a 10-day course, experienced the benefits of Vipassana, and wish to give others the same opportunity. Those who organize and run the courses volunteer their time and receive no remuneration.

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