Queensland

Dhamma Rasmi
Accommodation at Dhamma Rasmi

Accommodation at Dhamma Rasmi

In 1989 forty acres of land were purchased for a centre in Pomona, a small town in the Noosa Hinterland. It is part of a rapidly developing area one and a half hours drive north of Brisbane and 30 minutes west of Noosa”s famous surf beach.

The climate is subtropical with moderate winters and good rainfall, resulting in lush growth and pockets of rainforest. The outstanding natural feature near the centre is Mount Cooroora, a 45 metre high volcanic plug. It is visible from all parts of the centre and is an inspiring sight as students leave the hall, especially with the sun setting behind it.

The centre is home to families of kangaroos who graze peacefully on the huge lawns unperturbed by students who can easily get up close to them. Koalas are heard grunting in the forest although they are rarely seen.

The entire Dhamma Rasmi site is surrounded by a thick buffer of trees and forest, while being a short walk to the township of Pomona. The site slopes gently in a westerly direction from the top of the hill down to the lower dam. This has made the layout and design of the centre relatively easy in terms of building facilities in the right place. For example, the hall and possible pagoda site are at the highest and most secluded part of the centre.

20 acres of forest behind the Dhamma hall were purchased in 1995. This is a beautiful, secluded area of rainforest bordering a small lilly-covered lake. It would be ideal for a separate long course centre.The first course was held in October 1989 using the existing building as the meditation hall, a caravan kitchen, hired toilets and all students accommodated in their own tents. Extra temporary showers were built as well as a covered deck area for the dining room.

Pathway to the hall at Dhamma Rasmi

Pathway to the hall at Dhamma Rasmi

Goenkaji visited the centre in November 1990 and conducted a three-day old student course. For that visit, a small Teacher’s residence was built.

In 1992, an octagonal hall designed to seat 200 meditators was completed. Since that time facilities for 50 students have been built and include:

  • accommodation comprising triple and double rooms, and single cubicles
  • two bathroom blocks
  • a main building complex including:
    • commercial kitchen
    • male and female dining rooms with verandahs
    • office
    • storage rooms
    • laundry
  • a large shed for storing equipment and doing building and landscaping work

Two small self-contained cottages in a separate area of the centre provide accommodation for students who have volunteered to give service at the centre for a longer period of time.