Vipassana Meditation Centre - Dhamma Surabhi
Vipassana Meditation as taught by S.N. Goenka in the tradition of Sayagyi U Ba Khin
Old Students

The Trust

Vipassana Foundation and Dhamma Surabhi

In June 1982, BC was the site for the first Vipassana meditation course outside of India to be led by Assistant Teachers of S.N. Goenka. After the first course in 1982, courses were held regularly at rented sites, mainly church camps at White Rock and Shawnigan Lake. In August 1997 a 56-acre property was purchased just above the Coldwater River, near Merritt.

Vipassana Foundation was the name chosen when applying as an organization for charitable status back in 1982.

Dhamma Surabhi is the name given by Goenkaji for the Vipassana Meditation Centre of BC, which is a facility owned and operated by Vipassana Foundation.

The VF Trust is the Board of Directors of the Vipassana Foundation.

Trustees are appointed solely by the Centre/area teachers and usually serve for one or two years. Sometimes a member is reappointed at the end of the term. trustees are responsible for all aspects of the running and managing the center other than teaching courses.

Attending Trust Meetings

All old students are welcome to attend trust meetings. Attending a trust meeting is an excellent way to find out how Dhamma Surabhi really runs. You may find out who’s who for various projects, hear committee reports, give suggestions, or volunteer for a task. If you have new ideas or want to help, you can also contact the relevant committee.

Additional information is available in Trust Meeting Schedule and Minutes. For more information contact

Trust Organizational Structure

Trust Member and Centre Contacts


Josh Bowie
Alitia Farrell
Paula Farrell
Mansoor Mohseni
Naga Shunmugan
Tao Farrell
Manijeh Ghaffari
James Ross
Peter Campbell
Masoud Ekherai

Centre Contacts

Centremanager Team [email protected]
Caretaker [email protected]

Centre Teachers

Bob & Jenny Jeffs