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.

Coming by plane

If your are coming from Roissy (Charles-de-Gaulle Airport), please click here.

If your are coming from Orly Airport, please click here.

Coming by train

Map of the Paris Metro

Please click on the following links to download the corresponding itinerary:

  • Gare du Nord, (TGV, Eurostar, Thalys) coming from UK - Belgium - Holland
  • Gare de l'Est, (TGV est) coming from Germany - Switzerland
  • Gare d'Austerlitz, coming from Spain
  • Gare de Lyon, (TGV), coming from Switzerland - Italy : a train goes from this train station to Dhamma Mahi's nearby town called «Joigny».

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: it is now possible to reach Villiers-Saint-Benoit from Joigny (train station close to Laroche-Migennes, on the same line) by bus on Friday evenings. Click here for the schedule.

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.

Leaving by train

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.

The SNCF site is: http://en.voyages-sncf.com/en/

Coming by car

Itinerary from Paris by car
Recommended itinerary from Villiers St Benoit

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°).

Attention:
- 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

  • From the A6, take the exit n°18 Joigny-Toucy, then go towards Toucy on the D 3.
  • After 18 kms, take a right in the direction of (or towards) Villiers-St-Benoît D 99.
  • In Villiers-St-Benoît, go towards Mézilles.
  • Then, on leaving of Villiers-St-Benoît, before passing the old railroad tracks, take the road lined with young trees on the right.
  • Keep going straight on this road for about 1.5 km, then turn left following the "Centre Vipassana" sign.

Coming from the South

  • From the A6, take the exit n°20 Auxerre Sud.
  • Follow "Orléans".
  • In Toucy, turn right towards Charny on the D 950.
  • In Villiers-St-Benoît, follow "Mézilles".
  • Then, on leaving of Villiers-St-Benoît, before passing the old railroad tracks, take the road lined with young trees on the right.
  • Keep going straight on this road for about 1.5 km, then turn left following the "Centre Vipassana" sign.

Coming from South-West

  • On the N 7, at Bonny-Sur-Loire take the D 965 in the direction of St Fargeau and Toucy.
  • In Mézilles, at the exit of the village take a left direction Villiers-St-Benoit.
  • Then, upon arriving in Villiers-St-Benoît, just after passing the old railroad tracks, take the first road on the left, lined with young trees.
  • Keep going straight on this road for about 1.5 km, then turn left following the "Centre Vipassana" sign.

Coming by bus via Saint Fargeau

DEPARTURE from Paris ARRIVAL in Saint Fargeau
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 16h00 19h00
Saturday 10h15 12h30

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.

Bus company : Voyages 2000 - phone : 03.86.74.07.51

Leaving by bus from Saint Fargeau

DEPARTURE from Saint Fargeau ARRIVAL in Paris
Monday, Thursday and Friday 08h30 11h10
Wednesday 13h20 15h30
Saturday 07h05 09h30
Sunday 17h20 20h00

Departure from Saint Fargeau, place de la mairie, to Paris Place d'Italie, opposite n°12 Café de France (25 Euros).