Teaching and Courses:

In the quiet and beautiful environment of the ancient Wegiraya village, near Kandy, one can learn and practice Vipassana meditation under the guidance of resident teachers Venerable Sudharma Silmatawa and Venerable Dhammachari Silmatawa. . Regular ten day courses include 3 group sittings per day, a dhamma talk or discussion and individual guidance.

Every month from 1st - 7th

there will be a group course - everyone is asked to stay for the complete course. There will be no possibility to come and go during this period and no refunds.

Registration closes on 1st by 3pm.
Course finishes after lunch on 7th

Every month from 10th - 31th

there will be possibilities for Individual Retreats with private interviews and guidance.

If possible one should enroll in advance by post, telephone, email or a personal visit. As meals are taken only twice a day, at 7:00am and 11:30am, students are requested to arrive after lunch or to bring some food (fruits, etc) along.

Office hours 9-10 am and 3-5 pm. Telephone: +94 815-688558 or email

Upon arrival there will be a personal interview with the student by the teacher, Bhante.
You must have your visa extensions in order before coming to Rockhill.


Simple, basic, shared accommodation is provided. Cold water showers are available inside; on hot, sunny days warm water may be available for bathing outside. Please remember Rockhill is a Hermitage (monastery and nunnery). Students are asked to wear bathing clothes when washing outside.


5:45am Wake up bell

6:00am - 7:00am Meditate in own place or in the Hall

7:00am - 8:00am Breakfast in the nunnery

8:00am - 9:00am Group meditation in the Hall

9:00am - 11:00am Meditate in the Hall or in own place, sitting or walking. Attend to personal needs

11:00am - 11:30am Bell for Buddha Puja, get ready for lunch (Dana)

11:30am - 12:00pm Dana (mid-day meal) in the nunnery. Please be on time

12:00pm - 1:00pm Rest, study, attend to personal needs

1:00pm - 2:00pm Walking meditation

2:00pm - 3:00pm Group meditation in the Hall

3:00pm - 3:30pm Tea break in the nunnery

3:30pm - 5:00pm Private interviews in office. Meditate individually, sitting or walking. Attend to personal needs

5:00pm - 6:00pm Group meditation in the Hall

6:00pm - 7:00pm Free time

7:00pm - 7:30pm Tea break in the nunnery

7:30pm - 9:30pm Teacher's discourse, group discussion, group meditation

9:30pm Retire to own room

Please be on time and try to be mindfully aware of every movement you do.

Any variation in the timetable will be announced by the management during the course.


- White clothes -long pants/trousers/skirts, blouses/shirts/T-shirts with sleeves

- A torch/flash light (taschenlampe)

- Towel and toiletry items

- A padlock (vorhangschloss)

- Washing powder

- Any special dietary requirements

Optional - an umbrella (April-Dec)


Mediators are requested to contribute a reasonable amount for food and lodging. A minimum amount of US $20 a day is payable. Book early 2 weeks we have limited cottages. Any special donations for improvement of the Hermitage are entirely on a voluntary basis. All donations gratefully accepted. Payment on arrival, in cash, at the office please.

© 2001-2024
Rockhill Meditation Centre.
Powered by Lanka Designers