2-Day Self Courses

Feb 1 — 3
April 5 — 7

 

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Important: The following three changes have been made to our 2-day self course program:

  1. Our 2-day courses will now take place at a new and improved facility in Chappaqua, NY.
  2. These courses will now be dual-gendered courses. During the spring, we have tentatively scheduled the courses to take place on the first weekend of the month.
  3. In order for students to more easily complete a full work day on Friday and arrive on time, courses will now begin between 7-8pm on Friday as opposed to 5-6pm. As a result, students will be expected to have eaten dinner before arriving. Only light snacks will be provided that evening.

 

The New York Vipassana Association (NYVA) is pleased to be able to support old students in their practice by continuing to offer regular two-day weekend courses in 2019. Starting at 7PM on Fridays and ending at 5PM on Sunday, these single-gender courses have the distinct advantage of offering many old students in the region the opportunity to engage in serious, sustained meditation over the course of several days without conflicting with most people’s work schedules. On the other hand, given that there are few assistant teachers in the region, many of these weekend courses will be organized as self-courses, and thus require students to be able to work independently. The courses are small, with a maximum capacity of 24 students and 4 servers.

 

Self Courses

Before filling out the application form, please verify whether the course you are applying for is indeed a self-course. If it is, it’s important to understand that these courses are only open to old students who feel they are disciplined enough in their practice to work independently.​ If you do not feel that you can practice seriously without requiring assistance, we recommend that you enroll in a different course.

Beyond the absence of an assistant teacher, these courses will also have no instructions, except for the few minutes of guidance provided by Goenkaji at the beginning of his group sitting recordings. There will also be no instructions for both the opening formalities and the metta session at the end of the course, however students are expected to perform these silently and independently.

While there will be servers and course managers available to help you with any physical needs, a student should be confident that they will be able to handle any difficulties with their meditation without any assistance. The course manager is not an assistant teacher, and therefore cannot provide any guidance regarding the meditation technique.

TO QUALIFY FOR A SELF-COURSE APPLICANTS MUST:

  • Have sat a course in the last 2 years
  • Have not practiced any other technique of meditation since their last 10-day course in the tradition of S.N. Goenka (this helps to ensure that students will not mix techniques while on course, which can often lead to difficulties for the student in their practice).

Accommodations & Facilities

These courses will take place at Wagon Road Camp, a rented facility in Westchester, NY, approximately 50 minutes to 1 hour by car or train from NYC.

Residential Building

 

The retreat center is situated on a quiet 53 acre camp site owned by Children's Aid. The camp rents out to third party entities like ours during their off-season in order to offer children and handicapped individuals free summer camp experiences near NYC. Our courses will utilize two heated facilities:

  1. Each facility has one open dormitory that can fit up to 12 students and 4 servers as well as two showers and 4 toilets. Beds are single sized.
  2. One facility also has a spacious meditation hall, while the other has a small kitchen and dining room.

Students are expected to bring outdoor shoes, flashlights and their own bedding (including blankets).

 

Food

Simple vegetarian meals will be offered for breakfast and lunch. We will not be able to accommodate any special food preferences. Since this course is only open to old students, all students will be expected to abide by 8 precepts, including no meal after 12pm. Tea will be served at 5pm.

Schedule

Friday:
5-7 PM: Servers Set-up (All participants are welcome to come early and help set-up)
7-8 PM: Students arrive. Light snacks will be provided during orientation
8-9:00 PM: Course begins with silent opening formalities and Anapana meditation.
9:30 PM: Lights out

Saturday:
4:00 AM: Morning wake-up bell
4:20 AM: Second morning wake-up bell
4:30-6:30 AM: Meditate in the hall or in rooms
6:30-8 AM: Breakfast Break
8-9 AM: Group sitting in the meditation hall
9-11:00 AM: Meditate in the hall or in rooms
11:00 AM-1:00 PM: Lunch break
1-2:30 PM: Meditate in the hall or in rooms
2:30-3:30 PM: Group Sitting in meditation hall (switch to Vipassana)
3:30-5:00 PM: Meditate in the hall or in rooms
5-6:00 PM: Tea Break
6-7:00 PM: Group sitting in the meditation hall
7:15-8:15 PM: Evening Discourse
8:15-9:00 PM: Final sit
9:30 PM: Lights out

Sunday:
4:00 AM: Morning wake-up bell
4:20 AM: Second morning wake-up bell
4:30-6:30 AM: Meditate in the hall or in rooms
6:30-8 AM: Breakfast Break
8-9 AM: Group sitting in the meditation hall
9-11:00 AM: Meditate in the hall or in rooms
11:00AM-1:00 PM: Lunch break
1-2:00 PM: Group sitting in the meditation hall
2-2:30 PM: Final Metta
2:30-3:30 PM: Noble Chatter
3:30-4:00 PM: Announcements
4-5 PM: Clean-up (Optional)

Directions & Transportation

TRANSPORTATION: Wagon Road Camp is located 45 minutes to one hour by train or car from NYC. The address is 431 Quaker Road, ChappaquaNY, 10514.

Driving

Coming from NYC:
Take the Sprainbrook Pkwy N before merging onto the Sawmill River Pkwy N. Take exit 32 toward NY-120/Chappaqua, turn left onto onto Hunts Pl and then right onto Quaker Road. Your destination will be on your right.

Train

There are regular trains (every hour) leaving from Grand Central on the Harlem Line. Please get off at the Chappaqua station stop. If you need a ride from the train station, please let us know in advance and we will come pick you up at predetermined shuttle times between 7 and 8pm. We will also provide pickup services for people coming early to set up.

If you have questions regarding the course and/or course site, please do not call Wagon Road Camp directly. Please use the contact information provided below.

With kind regards,

The Registration Committee
New York Vipassana Association (NYVA)
registration@ny.us.dhamma.org
Contact number: 917-475-6672

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