Santi Dhamma is a non-profit organization that was started in 2015 with the sole purpose of offering a space in the Netherlands for teaching and practicing Vipassana meditation in the tradition of the Most Venerable Phra Prom Mongkol Vi (Ven. Phra Ajarn Tong Sirimangalo).


We have been running basic courses and retreats since 2015. Ultimately, our aim is to establish a permanent meditation center in the Netherlands and offer Vipassana courses and days of meditation throughout the entire year.


Vipassana is an age-old meditation technique, deeply rooted in the Buddhist tradition of Southeast Asia. In Vipassana meditation, one strives to gain insight into the true nature of things and see things for what they really are. In order to achieve this, the meditation technique is based on sharpening our mindfulness and awareness in all aspects of life.


Here, at Santi Dhamma, we offer a space to learn and practice this technique during intensive two-week courses under the guidance of experienced teachers. Our courses are open to everyone, beginners as well as experienced meditators. We organize bi-annual meditation courses. Unfortunately given the current circumstances, the November course has been canceled. The next retreat will be taking place:


March 13th until 27th, 2021 in Nieuwveen (close to Amsterdam).


These courses in the Thai Buddhist tradition will be led by Carmen Karsters. It will be held in English and/or Dutch.


Santi Dhamma is run by volunteers and exclusively financed through “Dana.

Are you interested in supporting us, please send an e-mail: info@santi-dhamma.nl.

Dana – Generosity

Santi Dhamma is a very young and small organisation. In accordance with Buddhist tradition, the organisation itself, operates on donations only. However, since we do not own any property to run our courses in, we do require people participating in one of the courses to pay for their accommodation and food.

Should you want to support the Santi Dhamma organisation and our activities, any amount of donation is highly appreciated and allows us to continue our work. Your donations will be used to cover the organisation’s expenses in terms of running the foundation, the website, administrative expenses as well as enabling people to participate in our courses who cannot afford to pay the full price. Also, any surplus funds will be directed towards building up a permanent meditation centre, aiming at ultimately providing the full experience on a donation bases only.

Thank you for your kindness, compassion and goodwill!

“Not to do evil,

to cultivate good, 

and to purify one’s mind. 

This is the Teaching of the Buddha.” 

– Dhammapada – the sayings of the Buddha, verse 183 –