Vipassana, which means to see things
as they really are, is one of India's most ancient techniques
of meditation. It was taught in India more than 2500 years
ago as a universal remedy for universal ills, an Art of Living.
To those who are not familiar with Vipassana Meditation we
recommend visiting the international Vipassana website for
To Apply for a Course
To learn Vipassana Meditation one needs
to develop one's own experience during a residential ten day
course. To apply for a course find a convenient date in the
and click on the link for the date. This will take you to
the Introduction to the Technique,
the Code of Discipline,
the Daily Timetable
and the Application Form.
All ten-day courses begin on the evening
of the first day and end on the morning of the last day.
Ten-day Courses are held at hired facilities
in the Byron Bay/Lismore area. There are generally two ten
day courses held per year at this venue. See the Course
Read more about teenagers'
and children's courses
Introductory Talks and Events
Public talks and screenings of videos
about Vipassana Meditation are often organised in the Northern
Rivers area in the weeks leading up to a ten day course. These
events are generally publicised in community announcements
in regional newspapers and radio station broadcasts, and via
About Northern Rivers Vipassana
Northern Rivers Vipassana is a voluntary
association based in the Northern Rivers area of N.S.W, Australia,
which is dedicated to supporting the learning and practice
of Vipassana Meditation as taught by S.N Goenka.
More information on the worldwide movement
of Vipassana Meditation can be found on the international
Vipassana Meditation website.
Northern Rivers Vipassana has formed an official
Trust and is looking for land for a Centre between Byron Bay
and Lismore. The plan is to have a meditation centre operational
in the next few years.
Local Activities for Old Students, who have
already completed at least one ten day course in the tradition
of S.N. Goenka, include weekly group meditations held in Lismore,
Byron Bay and Mullumbimby, and a One Day course held every
month in Byron Bay. Contact details for NRV are at the bottom
of this page.
Courses are run solely on a donation
basis. There are no charges for the courses, not even to cover
the cost of food and accommodation. All expenses are met by
donations from those who have completed a course, experienced
the benefits of Vipassana, and wish to give others the same
opportunity. Neither the Teacher nor the Assistant Teachers
receive remuneration; they and those who organise the courses
volunteer their time.