Igatpuri Resort or Vipassana Kendra:
Vipassana, one of India's most ancient meditation techniques, is traced to Gautama the Buddha. It is the process of self-purification by self-observation. One begins by observing the natural breath to develop concentration and then moves on to observe the changing nature of body and mind and experiences the universal truths of impermanence, suffering and egolessness.
Vipassana, which means, "to see things as they really are", is a logical and pure natural science. Its practitioners claim that as a by-product of mental purification, many psychosomatic diseases also get eradicated. With continued practice, the meditation relieves the tensions of everyday life and develops positive, creative energy for the betterment of the individual and society.
Vipassana International Academy offers you an opportunity to learn the path to Dhamma - Goutama Buddha's technique of meditation. To learn Vipassana, it is necessary to take a ten-day residential course under the guidance of a qualified teacher. These courses are open to anyone who sincerely wishes to learn the technique. People from all backgrounds find that they become better human beings. Thus, without conflict, it cuts across barriers of race, caste or religion, in any place, at any time and will prove equally beneficial to one and all.
If you enrol for the retreat you will remain within the course site having no contact with the outside world for the duration of the retreat. You will follow a demanding daily schedule that includes about 10 hours of sitting meditation. You will also observe silence, not communicating with fellow students. There are three steps to the training.
Igatpuri is a town and a Hill Station in Nashik District in the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is located in the Western Ghats.
At most times the course is completely booked. It's better to make bookings at least two months in advance. This can be done online for the dhamma Giri centre as of now.
Boarding and Lodging-
The centre has comfortable accommodation for about 600 students, in addition to living quarters for the Dhamma workers (volunteers), kitchen staff and a separate accommodation quarters for monks (bhikkhus) who come for the course. There is no charge for accommodation. You may give a donation if you so wish.
Meals at the ashram are provided free of cost at fixed times.
Mumbai airport is 140 Km.RAIL
Local trains to Kasara from C.S.T. are frequent. Onward S.T. buses and taxi services are available. Another alternate is to board a direct train for Igatpuri from Dadar Terminus. The journey is around 2.5 hrs.ROAD
One can reach the resort through the Mumbai-Nashik National Highway. There is a good frequency of state run and private bus services from Dadar to Nashik. The distance between Dadar and Igatpuri is around 130 km.