Since 1979, Vipassana meditation courses have been offered in eastern Canada in rented sites. Later on, devoted students began searching for a permanent location to hold courses.
In September 1999, their efforts led to the purchase of a property in Sutton, Qc. During the next ten years, courses were offered to thousands of students, but the centre rapidly became too small to meet the ever-increasing number of course applicants. This was followed by two years of renewed consideration of the options to enlarge the center as well as intense searching for a new site.
Fortunately, a new, larger, nearly turnkey centre was at last found near Montebello, Québec, and purchased in February 2011. This 600-acre property, located on an exceptional site in its own valley five km. north of Montebello, is halfway between Montréal and Gatineau/Ottawa. Some 130 students can be accepted in each course (80 more than at the Sutton centre). Two 10-day courses per month are offered, nearly every month.