Course Checklist

  • I’ve double checked course dates
    A ten day course actually spans 12 days in total. Please double check your course finish date and make plans accordingly.
  • I know how to get to the centre
    For directions see Getting Here
  • I have the center’s phone number for bus pickup/emergencies
    Phone: +1 705-434-9850
    If you don’t have a cell phone, please use our toll-free number at pay phones: +1-877-434-9850
  • I have packed everything I need

    What to bring

    Required Items (Not Provided)

    • Alarm Clock, flashlight, and batteries for both.
      (You may not use your cell phone or other personal electronic device as an alarm clock)
    • Top and bottom bedsheets for a twin-size bed and pillowcase
    • Enough comfortable, loose fitting, modest, “somewhat baggy” clothing for the duration of your stay: pants or skirts that cover your knees when you are meditating (when sitting either on a chair or on the floor), T-shirts without distracting images and words. If you have tattoos, please bring clothing to cover them so they do not distract others. These guidelines allow other students to focus on their meditation more easily.
    • Towel and all needed toiletries, non-scented personal hygiene articles and feminine sanitary protection
    • Water Bottle
    • Any prescribed medication you are taking. Please make sure you bring enough for the entire course

    Suggested Items:

    • Indoor footwear/slippers: easy slip-ons e.g. clogs, flip flops, etc.
    • A shawl or light blanket other than your sleeping blanket for use in the meditation hall

    Seasonal Items

    • Seasonal outdoor wear: raincoat, umbrella, boots, hat, warm clothing, and Yak Trax (or similar shoe traction devices for the ice/snow).
    • During the summer months, it is advisable to carry mosquito repellent.
    • Blanket or sleeping bag, in the event you are accommodated in a tent during the summer months.

    We provide:

    • Meditation cushions: We supply a square mat and a cushion for every student. We have a limited supply of smaller sitting cushions, so please bring any additional cushions that you may need.
    • Bedding: sleeping pillow and one light fleece blanket. A limited supply of extra blankets is available so you may wish to bring one of your own.

    Do not bring

    Distracting Clothing

    • Tight, transparent, revealing or otherwise striking clothing (such as low risers, shorts, short skirts, tights, leggings, sleeveless, tank, low-cut or skimpy tops) should not be worn at the center. Modest dress is required for both men and women.


    • books, diaries, journals and other reading/writing materials
    • smart phones or tablets (These cannot be used as a watch or an alarm clock during the course)
    • electronic equipment such as personal computers
    • musical instruments
    • personal food items
    • tobacco in any form
    • non-prescribed drugs (you may bring supplements and vitamins with permission)
    • perfumes or strongly scented toiletries
    • religious or spiritual objects
    • jewelry or other unnecessary valuables

    If you arrive with any of these items you will be asked to leave them with management or lock them in your car until the course ends.

    OVC Course Checklist downloadable pdf file


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Teen & Children Courses

Teen & Children Courses

Ontario Vipassana Centre, 6486 Simcoe County Rd. 56, Egbert, Ontario, L0L 1N0
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The Ontario Vipassana Centre is owned and operated by the Ontario Vipassana Foundation which is a registered non-profit charitable organization
(Charity Number BN 87365 6219 RR0001)