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Welcome to the Bay Area Vipassana Center

The Bay Area Vipassana Center organizes adult and children’s Vipassana meditation courses and meditation sittings as taught by S. N. Goenka in the tradition of Sayagyi U Ba Khin throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. To learn more about this tradition and courses offered throughout California, please visit our About Vipassana page.


Currently in the San Francisco Bay Area, there is no residential Vipassana meditation retreat center in the tradition of S.N. Goenka. All meditation activities in the area are offered at rented facilities. The Bay Area Vipassana Center non-profit organization was formed in 2015 to consolidate the efforts and funds for all of the Vipassana activities in the area and to run the non-center 10-day course in Occidental during the winter holidays. The Board has formed a search committee to begin the process of finding and establishing a residential retreat center with the hope of offering regular 10-day courses in the coming years in the Bay Area.


Occidental Course
(10 Day)
Events and Sittings
Children’s Courses
The Bay Area Vipassana Center organizes an annual 10-day meditation course near Occidental, 1.5 hours north of San Francisco. This course is offered at the end of December.
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Please visit the Occidental course homepage to read more and Northern CA non-center Course Schedule to apply to sit or serve.
Group sittings, one day courses, special events and board (trust) meetings take place in the bay area regularly. They are open to all old students. Locations include:
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East Bay Vipassana Hall
South Bay Vipassana Hall
San Francisco Facility
Bay Area Events

Please visit our old student page to learn more.
Children and teens ages 8-17 are served through one-day and two-day courses held throughout California. Their parents do not have to be Vipassana meditators.
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To learn more about children's courses, please visit our children's course page.