During the application process, parents / guardians are required to complete a form giving their consent for their child to participate in a course.
Adults who wish to serve on a course must, as a minimum requirement, have successfully completed at least one 10-day Vipassana course as taught by S. N. Goenka.
In accordance with the trust’s Child Safeguarding Policy, all those applying to serve on a course are required to undertake an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. It can take a number of weeks to process this, so we encourage applicants to apply well in advance of the course to avoid disappointment.
See the link labelled “Apply to Serve” in the left hand column here.
1-day courses can be organised at a suitable rented site such as a school, a village hall or a community centre.
A course venue should be quiet and removed from any other activities taking place in a given location, so there is minimum distraction to the students. There should be space inside for meditation, somewhere for the students to eat, and a space for indoor creative activities. It is also good to have space, either indoors or outdoors, for games and physical activities.
Ideally an organisation or group with a desire to organise a course will have an adult amongst them who has successfully completed a 10-day Vipassana course as taught by S. N. Goenka, but this is not essential. The Children’s Course Committee will be able to provide the necessary volunteers to run a course. In accordance with the trust’s Child Safeguarding Policy, all those applying to serve on a course are required to undertake an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
Following a course it is beneficial for the group or organisation to give the students the opportunity to sit for 10 minutes as part of their daily schedule. Participation in this by the children should be voluntary.
In special cases it may be possible to organise a 2-day residential course.
Should you want to explore the idea of organising a course, contact Arvin Barkhordarian: 01989 730234 (choose option 1, or extension 23) or at: firstname.lastname@example.org.