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About the Center

The Southern California Vipassana Center is one of over 120 international centers and numerous non-center sites where the technique of Vipassana meditation is taught and practiced.

The Center is located just North of Joshua Tree National Park in Twentynine Palms, CA. It is a 2-1/2 hr. drive from the Los Angeles and San Diego metropolitan areas. It is possible to reach the Center using public transportation with careful planning in advance, but requires multiple buses that run on a limited schedule and a full day of travel. The rideshare board is the recommended option. 

The 154 acre property is desert landscape with ten new custom-designed buildings with modern amenities such as air conditioning. The center has been built with the experience of previous meditation centers to best accomodate students and servers. Beautiful vistas of desertscape and the winter snowcapped Mt. San Gorgonio can be enjoyed from the property.

The first-phase development plan to construct a center for 60 students has been completed, and the Center opened for courses in May 2011. As soon as funds become available, construction of a center for 140 students is planned. Click here to see a selection of photos of the campus

Making plans to come to SCVC

Please use the Schedule Page to register to either sit or serve a course.
Once you are accepted, you will receive a letter with information about how to prepare for the course, directions, and transportation options. The center can not accommodate drop in visitors.