The Dhamma Mahi Vipassana Centre (Le Bois Planté, 89350 Louesme) is located in the territory of Champignelles in the department of Yonne (89). The nearest village is Villiers-Saint-Benoît (3 kms). The centre is 12 kms away from Toucy, 36 kms away from Auxerre, and about 170 kms away from Paris.
Students are responsible for organizing their own transportation to the centre, allowing sufficient time for bus, train and air travel so as to arrive at the centre on time.
If you have any problems on the way, don't hesitate to contact us – for contact details click here.
There is also a list of people offering ride-sharing going to Dhamma Mahi.
If your are coming from Roissy (Charles-de-Gaulle Airport), please click here.
If your are coming from Orly Airport, please click here.
Please click on the following links to download the corresponding itinerary:
There are trains from Paris Gare de Lyon station and from Bercy station (Paris Bercy) to Laroches-Migennes. There are also connections from Dijon to Laroches-Migennes.
Inquiries should be directed to the SNCF. Please check the arrival and departure times as they change regularly. The SNCF site is: http://en.voyages-sncf.com/en/
Please note: if you are coming by train, there is only one shuttle bus connection organized on the start-day of the course at 15:15 (3:15pm) from the Laroche-Migennes train station to the centre. The shuttle departs in front of the Hotel Terminus (exit the Cheny side from the station). A participation fee of 7 euros will be asked to cover transportation costs. You can reserve your place on the shuttle with your reply to the request-for-confirmation email, which you will receive one month before the beginning of the course (2 weeks for children/teenager courses).
New - and not for regular 10 day courses as the bus arrives too late: a bus leaves every evening from the Auxerre train station at 5:30pm (except on Sundays), just after the Paris train arrives, and reaches Toucy. It is also possible to reach Villiers-Saint-Benoit from Joigny (train station close to Laroche-Migennes, on the same line) by bus on Friday evenings. In any case, please tell us when you arrive so that we can fetch you.
Click here for the schedule (cf. lines "LR03" and "LR03BIS").
From Laroche-Migennes it is also possible to catch a taxi for about 60 to 120 euros depending on the companies and timetables. The ride is a little less expensive from Joigny.
On the last day of the course, a shuttle bus leaves for the Laroche-Migennes train station at around 9am. A participation fee of 7 euros will be asked to cover transportation costs.
If you are taking a train from this station, it will only be possible to catch a train after 10 AM. It is therefore advisable to make your SNCF reservations accordingly.
For 3 day courses (old students only), a shuttle bus can be organized at the end of the course (day 3) at 4h45 pm from the centre to the Laroche-Migennes train station.
For children/teenager courses, a shuttle will leave the centre on the last day at 10h45 am to go to the Laroche-Migennes train station.
New: it is now possible to reach Joigny (train station close to Laroche-Migennes, on the same line) from Villiers-Saint-Benoit, by bus on Sunday evenings.
Click here for the schedule (choose "LR03BIS").
The GPS coordinates of Dhamma Mahi are: 47° 46 minutes 45 seconds N and 3° 10 minutes 3 seconds E (N 47.77719°, E 3.16980°).
- There are two "Louesme" towns in Bourgogne, the Vipassana centre is located in the Yonne department (not in Côte d'Or).
- We recommend that you select on your GPS, Villiers-Saint-Benoit as your initial destination, and then only use the indications given above. Otherwise you may risk, with some GPS models, to be taken along routes that are not really fit for cars.
Coming from Paris
Coming from the South
Coming from South-West
|DEPARTURE from Paris||ARRIVAL in Saint Fargeau|
|Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday||16h00||19h00|
Please note: The arrival time of the Wednesday bus is too late for the beginning of the course.
The bus leaves from Paris at Place d'Italie, opposite n°12, near "Café de France" to Saint-Fargeau, place de la mairie (25 Euros).
Check the schedule as it may change without notice and tell us when you arrive so that you can fetch you.
Bus company : Voyages 2000 - phone : 03.86.74.07.51
|DEPARTURE from Saint Fargeau||ARRIVAL in Paris|
|Monday, Thursday and Friday||08h30||11h10|
Departure from Saint Fargeau, place de la mairie, to Paris Place d'Italie, opposite n°12 Café de France (25 Euros).