Pāli Workshops
with Adriana Patiño

The aim of these workshops is to provide greater access to the words of the Buddha, which will enable a deeper understanding of the Buddha's teaching, the Dhamma. Goenkaji has emphasized that Pāli workshops such as these are very beneficial: they help meditators develop inspiration and understanding of the theoretical aspect of Dhamma. However, these workshops cannot take place at a Vipassana center, as centers are dedicated to the practice of Vipassana only. Therefore, a suitable off-center location is arranged for each course.

The workshop will be taught by Adriana Patiño, Assistant Professor, who has studied Pāli in Thailand, at the Vipassana Research Institute (VRI) in India and has attended other workshops under the guidance of her mentor S.N. Tandon, who encouraged her to deepen her studies of Pāli. Adriana has adopted the Tandonji method, which emphasizes the content of the texts instead of focusing on grammar. During the workshops, participants receive an introduction to grammar and correct pronunciation of Pāli, and then concentrate most of their time reading, reciting and understanding the context of the Suttas and material of the 10-day courses, such as formalities and the morning chants.

Workshop Format


Vipassana meditation is an integral part of this Pāli workshop, which includes three daily group sittings and morning chanting. Participants will observe noble speech outside of meditation hours. There will be complete segregation of men and women during the workshop. The daily schedule of activities will be similar to that of a 10-day Vipassana course, however, there will be both study and meditation periods throughout the day. 

Friday, September 6

9.00 am – 11.30 pmArrival & registration
12.00 pm – 1.00 pmLunch
1.15 pm – 2.00 pmOrientation Talk

Saturday, September 7

4.30 am – 6.30 amMeditation in the hall
6.30 am – 8.00 amBreakfast & break
8.00 am – 9.00 amGS
9.00 – 10.00 amMetta Bhavana & Final discourse
10.30 – 12.00 pmPALI WORKSHOP STARTS
12.00 – 2.30pmLunch / Self–study time / Break
2.30 – 3.30pmGroup Meditation
3.45 – 5.30Workshop Session II
5.30 – 6.30pmDinner
6.30 – 7.30pmGroup Meditation
7.45 – 9.00pmWorkshop Session III
9.00 – 9.30pmQuestions and Answers

Sunday, September 8 – 11

5.30am to 6.30amGroup meditation / morning chanting
8.00 – 9.00amGroup Meditation
9.00 – 12.00pmWorkshop Session I
12.00 – 2.30pmLunch / Self–study time / Break
2.30 – 3.30pmGroup Meditation
3.45 – 5.30Workshop Session II
5.30 – 6.30pmDinner
6.30 – 7.30pmGroup Meditation
7.45 – 9.00pmWorkshop Session III
9.00 – 9.30pmQuestions and Answers

Thursday, September 12

5.30am – 6.30amGroup meditation / morning chanting
8.00 – 9.00amGroup Meditation
9.15 – 11.00amWorkshop closing session
11.00 – 12.00pmMettā Bhāvana
12.00 pmLunch / rest / donations
2.30 – 3.30pmGroup Meditation
3.45 – 5.30Workshop Session II
5.30 – 6.30pmDinner
6.30 – 7.30pmGroup Meditation
7.45 – 9.00pmWorkshop Session III
9.00 – 9.30pmQuestions and Answers

Friday, September 13

5.30 – 6.30ammorning chanting & final metta
6.30 amBreakfast
7.00 am – 10.00amFinal clean up and departure



Location: Auberge L’Arc-en-ciel, à Sutton, Québec

Accommodations: Arc en Ciel retreat centre offers 185 acres of pure air in a magnificent natural setting that encourages calm, beauty and encounters with oneself and others. Seven kilometers of marked trails allow you to explore the grounds. They cross large mature trees, huge boulders, multiple streams, a pond and a mountain viewpoint. Here and there, rest stops encourage contemplation and contemplation. Other areas are set aside for campfires. In summer, a tent on the edge of the forest welcomes large groups.
The main building houses two meeting/meditation rooms, a small reading room and a dining room that opens onto a terrace in summer.
The main building has ten twin-bedded rooms, seven of which have private bathrooms. The nearby pavilion offers three bedrooms, a living room and a kitchenette.


Cost: There are no charges for the instruction, textbooks, food, or accommodations. These expenses are met by past donations. However, there is a $25.03 administrative fee required upon registration, which is refundable if:

  • you are not accepted into the workshop
  • you are on the waiting list and do not get accepted
  • you complete the workshop and request a refund at the end.

Anyone may contribute to our General Pāli workshop fund to help finance future Pāli Workshops. All donations to Pariyatti are tax-deductible in accordance with U.S. tax law. 


  • Open to all old students of Vipassana as taught by S.N. Goenka who have completed at least three 10-day courses, served at least one 10-day course, and are trying to maintain their daily practice (if you are close to meeting the criteria and feel the workshop would benefit you, please contact us at pali-workshop@pariyatti.org about the possibility of enrolling). 
  • Please read the Code of Conduct (see tab below) for Pāli workshops carefully before you apply for this workshop.
  • Old students who do not meet the enrollment criteria may also sign up to serve the course.

Please note that priority will be given to ATs, trustees, old students giving frequent service at Dhamma Suttama. Given that there are currently no other facilities in the world offering this workshop in French, this workshop will be bilingual (English and French) and several places will be reserved in priority for admissible French-speaking students who have a limited knowledge of English. All other old students meeting the Pali workshop criteria will still be considered and are encouraged to apply. Thank you for your understanding.

Code of Conduct

for students and servers

May your Pāli Workshop prove most beneficial to you. With best wishes for success, we offer you the following information. Please read it carefully before coming to the workshop.

The Five Precepts

The Five Precepts are the foundation of the Code of Discipline:
  1. To abstain from killing any being;
  2. To abstain from stealing;
  3. To abstain from sexual misconduct (meaning, at the Pāli Workshop, to abstain from all sexual activity whatsoever);
  4. To abstain from wrong speech;
  5. To abstain from all intoxicants.

These Five Precepts are mandatory for everyone at a Pāli Workshop and must be observed scrupulously at all times. It is expected that those attending or serving a workshop are also trying to seriously maintain the Five Precepts in their daily lives.

Separation of Men and Women

While absolute separation of the sexes is not practical for the students and servers of a Pāli Workshop due to the close living and working conditions, this situation should not be misunderstood as an opportunity for men and women to socialize unnecessarily. This rule is all the more important for couples.

Physical Contact

In order to maintain the pure meditative atmosphere and the introspective nature of the practice, all Pāli students and servers must avoid all physical contact with other students and servers.

Noble Speech

When speaking, servers must practice Right Speech, refraining from:

  1. Speaking lies or anything less than the truth.
  2. Harsh language or rude words. Someone practicing Dhamma should always be polite and soft-spoken.
  3. Slander or backbiting. There should be no criticism of others arising from one’s own negative feelings. A problem should be brought to the attention of the person concerned or to the Pāli workshop teacher or course managers.
  4. Idle gossip, whistling or humming.

Noble Speech is, without a doubt, much more difficult than silence. It is therefore a very important training for anyone following the path of Dhamma.

Personal Appearance

Nothing should be worn which is tight, transparent, gaudy or revealing, or that might attract undue attention (such as shorts, short skirts, tights and leggings, sleeveless or skimpy tops). This attitude of modesty prevails at all times.

Smoking & Intoxicants

It is assumed that one who has accepted Dhamma is no longer involved in the use of intoxicants such as alcohol, hashish, marijuana, and so forth. The use of tobacco in any form is also totally forbidden, indoors or outdoors, either within or outside of the workshop site.


The workshop provides simple, wholesome, vegetarian meals, without subscribing to any particular food philosophy.

Because meals prepared and served at these workshops are completely vegetarian, food containing alcohol or liqueur, eggs or food containing eggs (some baked goods, mayonnaise, etc.), or cheese with animal rennet, may not be brought to the workshop site. In general, any food from outside should be kept to an absolute minimum.

Pāli students and servers observe Five Precepts and may therefore have a meal in the evening if they wish. Fasting is not permitted.


Study books and course materials will be provided to at the workshop.

Outside Contacts

Plan for being offline and unavailable during the workshop. A contact number is provided for emergencies.

Keeping the Pāli Workshop Site Clean

It is the duty of the Pāli students and servers to help keep the workshop site neat and clean. Besides the kitchen and dining hall, the residences, meditation hall, bathrooms, offices and other areas may need attention. Servers and students should also be prepared, if necessary, to do occasional chores unrelated to food preparation and cleaning.


There are no charges at Pāli workshops, either for the teaching, or for board, lodging, or other facilities provided to students.

The teaching of pure Dhamma is always given freely. Food, accommodation and other facilities are offered as gifts made possible by the donations of students of the past. Pāli students and servers can develop their own dāna pāramī by giving donations according to their means, for the benefit of others. These Pāli Workshops are able to operate only by the donations of grateful students.

Upcoming Pāli Workshops

September 6 - 13, 2024
Introductory (English & French)