Eligibility for Children Course & Timetable
Students from the age of eight to sixteen eighteen years are eligible to attend the courses.
Separate courses should be organized for the two different age groups, one for younger children: ages eight
to twelve; and one for the elder ones: ages thirteen to eighteen.These are ideal groupings but slightly
different groupings are also sometime considered. Student less than eight years of age and more than eighteen
years may not be admitted to a Children’s Anapana course.
The recommended number of children per course should not be exceed fifty. For courses larger
than fifty children, additional children's course Teachers may be required to conduct the course.
Various schedules have been developed and successfully implemented in schools over the years.
One-day or two-day non residential courses can easily be conducted during the school hours. In residential schools,
three-day residential courses may be held. The timetable is determined by the length of the course and whether it is
residential or not. The timetable should be modified to avoid the times when other students who are not participating
in the course could interact with the children taking the course. Enough time should be scheduled for meditation
periods, counselling (when the CCT meets with small groups/ for children to reinforce the practice), discourses and
stories, lunch, rest, play, etc. the total duration of a one-day course is about six hours.
The timetable will be decided by the teacher conducting the course in consultation with the
organisers and school administrator.
To begin the process of having a children's Anapana course held in a school, administrator or
the head of the school should send a formal request to either the Regional Co-ordinator of children's courses, a
Courses in Institutions
Teacher or a local Viapassana meditation centre. At least one person from the teaching staff
or administration should have completed a ten days Vipassana course in this tradition. Apart from this, there should
be a firm commitment by the school or institution to provide an opportunity for the children to continue their
practice of meditation for a few minutes every day. The school management may decide the time to implement this
programme within their daily routine, with the minimum of about ten minutes a day for practice.
The limit on the number of students participating in a course should be carefully determined. A very
large group may be difficult to manage and a very small group may have difficulty in creating cohesive and inspirational
atmosphere. Generally, courses with between twenty-five to fifty participants work well. However, depending on the
infrastructure, facility and circumstances, the number may vary. Ideally, a course should be organised for all of the
students from the participating classes. All the teachers of the participating classes should also participate in the course.
The teachers of the participating classes may sit as observers.
Besides organising courses during the regular school week, courses may also be organised to take place at the school
on a weekend or during vacation periods.
1. For a residential Anapana course, separate and adequate sleeping accommodation, showers, and toilets should be
available for boys and girls. A dining facility where boys and girls can sit separately is also required.
2. The course should be organised in a way that no other students or staff are present in the area where the course is
being conducted or where the attending children will be residing.
Organising on weekends or during holidays can be helpful in ensuring this separation.
3. A large enough room or hall should be available for seating all the meditators on the floor on cushions or comfortable mats.
4. A suitable sound system and projection facilities should be available for playing instructions tapes
5. The place for meditation and the accommodation should be at a sufficient distance from main roads and traffic in order to
have a quiet, peaceful atmosphere required for meditation.
6. A few course servers, who are experienced Vipassana meditators, may be required to help in running and managing the
7. If there are children who are old students and have been doing courses regularly, they may serve on the course,
having minor responsibilities. (They should never be put in a counsellor role.)
( From school administrators and heads of institutions, for conducting Anapana courses in their institutions )
1. Name and address of the sponsoring authority
2. Name and address of the school / institution participating
3. Name/s of the person/s in the institution who has / have done a ten-day course previously and their position in the
school (i.e. head/principle/trustee/teacher)
4. Dates of his/her first and last course