The Northern England Vipassana Group is made up of old students of Vipassana Meditation (as taught by SN Goenka in the tradition of Sayaji U Ba Khin) who wish to see and contribute to the spread of Dhamma in the region. Regular monthly 1 day sittings / 1 day courses have been held for some time in Manchester, Leeds, and Todmorden. The group's first 3 day course, open to all old students, was conducted in April 2010 in a beautiful rural site in Lancashire. Since then the group have successfully held several further 3 and 10 day courses in the region.

Castlehead sunrise

Vipassana Courses at Castlehead in Cumbria

Both three day and ten day vipassana courses are run at Castlehead, a field study centre, just outside Grange-Over-Sands between the southern edge of the Lake District and Morecambe Bay. In 2017 there will be two three day courses for old students in April and in August, and one ten day course in December for new and old students. Click here for travel directions to Castlehead.

For more information on course dates, please see the Course Schedule 

For information about Vipassana and other courses in the UK, including a regular schedule of introductory 10 day Vipassana courses please see the UK Vipassana website.

For old students who have already attended at least one 10 day course in Vipassana meditation as taught by S.N. Goenka a list of group and 1 day sittings for the North of England can be found at Group and 1 day sittings.

For any student who would like to attend a Northern England Committee meeting or might be interested in helping with the set up and running of courses in the area please see Northern England Committee Meetings

Castlehead accommodation   Castlehead hall

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, i.e., an Art of Living. The technique is taught at ten-day residential courses during which participants learn the basics of the method, and practice sufficiently to experience its beneficial results. There are courses all over the world. Additionally you may be interested in our answers to commonly asked questions.

To learn Vipassana Meditation, one needs to develop one's own experience during a residential ten day course. To apply for a course and to understand the requirements, find a convenient Ten Day Course venue and date, click on course dates, carefully read the Introduction to the Technique and Code of Discipline and complete the application fully and completely.

Make an online donation to the North of England Fund
If you wish to donate by a different method (eg bank transfer or standing order) please visit the old student pages of the Vipassana Trust website for further information: .