The Quepasana Meditation Course
The Quepasana Foundation offers meditation courses free of charge. Courses range from 1 day to 30 days in length, and are offered at our facilities in Ashland, Oregon, as well as in Kipahulu and in Makena, both on Maui, Hawai’i.
Participants will learn the ancient technique of Vipassana Meditation and practice this 5 hours each day while maintaining Noble Silence. Several hours of gentle yoga classes are also incorporated, focusing on improving breath awareness and relaxation of the entire body.
With this style of meditation, participants learn a calm mental focus, experienced by bringing attention to the interconnection of physical sensations and the movements of the mind. Mindfulness is similar to concentration, but takes it a step further by creating a deep awareness and acceptance of each and every experience.
This style of meditation has nothing to do with organized religion or sectarianism. It can be practiced by everyone, no matter his or her background, and is without conflict to community or religion. It is free of dogma and ritual. It simply uses the power of observation and the practice of mindfulness to bring about inner balance no matter what life brings our way.
There is no registration fee for anyone to participate in courses. The ongoing expenses of the centers are paid for by donations from participants who have completed a course, and have experienced the benefits of Vipassana. The courses are staffed by volunteers dedicated to service. All donations are used for future course participants. The entire experience is in the spirit of giving.
The center is staffed by volunteers who ensure that guest participants will be well attended to during their stay.
SAMPLE Course Schedule
4:30 AM – Rise and Shine Bell
5:00 AM – 5:30 AM – Shake Rattle & Roll
5:30 AM – 6:30 AM – Meditation – Morning Instructions
6:30 AM – 7:00 AM – Morning Fuel
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM – Morning Break
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM – Meditation
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM – Yoga
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM – Meditation
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM – Mid Day Fuel
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Rest & Stretch
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Yin Yoga
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Happy Hour | Karma Shots
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Sunset Meditation
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM – Evening Fuel
7:00 PM – 7:30 PM – Rest/Stretch
7:30 PM – 8:00 PM – Meditation
8:00 PM – 9:00 PM – Surprise!
9:00 PM – 9:30 PM – Meditation
9:30 PM – Lights Out