COVID-19 INFORMATION

Updated: 3 November 2022

In Brief

  • Please do not come if unwell.

  • Anyone testing positive during the course must leave.

  • You must be able to leave the centre independently at any time.

  • Provide emergency contact details.

  • Bring your own masks, optional.

 

The Details

The Vipassana Centre closely follows government guidelines to safely run courses during the Covid19 pandemic. 

The following safety precautions are in place:

  • Physical distancing of one metre between people,
  • Most meditators will be accommodated in single rooms,
  • Communal areas, such as the meditation hall, dining rooms and bathrooms, will be cleaned regularly.

Meditators are asked to observe the following:

  • No physical contact between people at any time at the Vipassana Centre, apart from in an emergency.

  • It is very important that all people on site at the Vipassana Centre are well. Anyone who has been unwell with any possible signs of Covid19 must not come to Dhamma Medini unless they are symptom-free.

  • Any student who becomes unwell during the course must report their symptoms immediately to the management. They will need to take a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) and if the result is positive, they will be required to leave the centre. This is for the safety of the course as a whole and for the wellbeing of the other students. Students and servers are asked to bring RAT kits to use in case symptoms develop.

  • Self-isolation will NOT be possible at the Vipassana Centre. It is therefore essential that all participants (students and servers) have the means to leave the Centre independently and self-isolate at short notice without depending on public transport or air travel.

  • All students must provide current and complete emergency contact details at registration.

  • Good hand hygiene. Regular thorough handwashing with soap and water. Hand sanitiser will be available in/around all communal areas.

  • Good cough/sneezing etiquette: coughing or sneezing into a tissue or the crook of the elbow.

  • Masks are optional.

Transport

Shuttle-bus and ride-share options are available when courses are running. However this could change at any time, and all students and servers must still have the means to leave independently and without public transport if they become unwell or need to self-isolate.

For old students

Vipassana courses around the world are only possible through the efforts of old students, i.e. meditators who have completed at least one 10-day course in this tradition. The Covid19 situation presents unique challenges for Dhamma Medini, as traditionally many of the old students serving on courses have come from overseas. The recent border closures have had a significant impact on course server numbers, so any interest from old students to serve rather than sit courses in the coming months is welcomed. Old students who have applied to sit the course may be asked to serve the course at very short notice, including while the course is underway, if needed for the course to go ahead. Priority may be given to those old students willing and eligible to serve initially in order to be confident the course has sufficient servers to go ahead.

THE COVID19 SITUATION IN AOTEAROA/NEW ZEALAND IS CONSTANTLY EVOLVING. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT CHANGES TO COURSE CONDITIONS OR COURSE SCHEDULING (INCLUDING COURSE CANCELLATIONS) MAY BE MADE AT VERY SHORT NOTICE, INCLUDING ONCE A COURSE IS ALREADY UNDERWAY.