Course Checklist

Overall 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 center. For directions see Getting here.
  • I have the center’s phone number: +1 559 876-8760.
  • I have packed everything I need.

What to bring

“If we can develop the ability to be aware of the present moment, we can use the past as a guide for ordering our actions in the future, so that we may attain our goal.”                                                               – SN Goenka

Bedding
  • We provide one pillow per bed, one comforter, and one extra blanket. A limited supply of extra blankets is available so you may wish to bring a blanket of your own.
  • Please bring top and bottom sheets, and a pillowcase for a twin-sized bed.
  • Heated accommodations (with showers and bathroom) are provided along with beds, mattresses and blankets.  From September to May North Fork can be very cold at night, occasionally below freezing.
 
For meditation
  • We provide a large base mat and meditation cushions for every student.
  • Please bring your own cushion or blanket if you prefer to use them.
 
Clothing
  • Modest dress is required for both men and women.
  • Please bring an adequate supply of modest, loose and comfortable clothing, without distracting images and words, which covers the body from over the shoulders to below the knees, even when sitting. These guidelines allow other students to focus on their meditation more easily. Facilities for hand washing clothes are provided.
  • Please don’t bring distracting clothing. Tight, transparent, revealing or otherwise striking clothing, such as shorts, short skirts, tights, leggings, tank, low-cut or skimpy tops, should not be worn at the center.
  • In Spring and Fall, each day’s temperature can range from warm (60- 75 degrees F) to cold (35- 50 degrees F).
  • Summers are hot during the day and cool and night. We recommend lightweight cotton clothing and a sun hat.
  • Winters are rainy and cold. Bring jackets, sweaters or shawls, hats, gloves, and rain gear (boots, umbrella, rain coat).
  • Only minimal hand-washing facilities are available.
  • Bring comfortable walking shoes for walking on uneven gravel paths.
  • Suggested items include indoor footwear/slippers (easy slip-on, e.g.: clogs, flip-flops, etc).
 
Toiletries
  • Please bring a towel, toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, unscented personal hygiene articles, shampoo, insect repellent, shaving kit, feminine sanitary supplies.
  • Please don’t bring perfumes, aftershaves, strongly scented toiletries, powders or any other products that have a strong smell.
Other items
  • Please bring an clock, flashlight (plus extra batteries) and a drinking water bottle. Your mobile or other personal electronic device cannot be used as an alarm clock.
  • We provide umbrellas.
  • Please bring any prescribed medication you are taking. Please make sure you bring enough for the entire course.
  • Please don’t bring:
    • books, diaries, journals and other reading/writing materials
    • electronic equipment such as personal computers, iPods or iPads
    • musical instruments
    • food; a wide variety is provided
    • tobacco, alcohol or illegal drugs
    • non-prescribed sleeping pills, tranquilizers or stimulants
    • furs or animal skins, crystals, rosaries or other spiritual objects
    • jewelry or other unnecessary valuables. Facilities are provided for the safekeeping of money, mobile phones, etc.
Please note

Property is kept at the center at your own risk. CVC is not liable for any loss or damage to property howsoever caused. 

“If we can develop the ability to be aware of the present moment, we can use the past as a guide for ordering our actions in the future, so that we may attain our goal.”

-SN Goenka

“If we can develop the ability to be aware of the present moment, we can use the past as a guide for ordering our actions in the future, so that we may attain our goal.”

-SN Goenka

Overall 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 center. For directions see Getting here.
  • I have the center’s phone number: +1 559 876 8760.
  • I have packed everything I need.

What to bring

 

Bedding

  • We provide one pillow per bed, one comforter, and one extra blanket. A limited supply of extra blankets is available so you may wish to bring a blanket of your own.
  • Please bring top and bottom sheets, and a pillowcase for a twin-sized bed.
  • Heated accommodations (with showers and bathroom) are provided along with beds, mattresses and blankets.  From September to May North Fork can be very cold at night, occasionally below freezing.
 
For meditation
  • We provide a large base mat and meditation cushions for every student.
  • Please bring your own cushion or blanket if you prefer to use them.
 
Clothing
  • Modest dress is required for both men and women.
  • Please bring an adequate supply of modest, loose and comfortable clothing, without distracting images and words, which covers the body from over the shoulders to below the knees, even when sitting. These guidelines allow other students to focus on their meditation more easily. Facilities for hand washing clothes are provided.
  • Please don’t bring distracting clothing. Tight, transparent, revealing or otherwise striking clothing, such as shorts, short skirts, tights, leggings, tank, low-cut or skimpy tops, should not be worn at the center.
  • In Spring and Fall, each day’s temperature can range from warm (60- 75 degrees F) to cold (35- 50 degrees F).
  • Summers are hot during the day and cool and night. We recommend lightweight cotton clothing and a sun hat.
  • Winters are rainy and cold. Bring jackets, sweaters or shawls, hats, gloves, and rain gear (boots, umbrella, rain coat).
  • Only minimal hand-washing facilities are available.
  • Bring comfortable walking shoes for walking on uneven gravel paths.
  • Suggested items include indoor footwear/slippers (easy slip-on, e.g.: clogs, flip-flops, etc).
 
Toiletries
  • Please bring a towel, toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, unscented personal hygiene articles, shampoo, insect repellent, shaving kit, feminine sanitary supplies.
  • Please don’t bring perfumes, aftershaves, strongly scented toiletries, powders or any other products that have a strong smell.
Other items
  • Please bring an clock, flashlight (plus extra batteries) and a drinking water bottle. Your mobile or other personal electronic device cannot be used as an alarm clock.
  • We provide umbrellas.
  • Please bring any prescribed medication you are taking. Please make sure you bring enough for the entire course.
  • Please don’t bring:
    • books, diaries, journals and other reading/writing materials
    • electronic equipment such as personal computers, iPods or iPads
    • musical instruments
    • food; a wide variety is provided
    • tobacco, alcohol or illegal drugs
    • non-prescribed sleeping pills, tranquilizers or stimulants
    • furs or animal skins, crystals, rosaries or other spiritual objects
    • jewelry or other unnecessary valuables. Facilities are provided for the safekeeping of money, mobile phones, etc.
Please note

Property is kept at the center at your own risk. CVC is not liable for any loss or damage to property howsoever caused.