Between 1994 and 2003 Vipassana courses were held in different parts of Brazil – Minas Gerais, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Santa Catarina – at rented sites: Catholic retreat facilities, borrowed farm, rented guesthouse etc.
Until at last a group of old students, with the support of assistant teachers, bought land with a few buildings that would be adapted, the Dhamma Hall was built and Dhamma Santi meditation center, close to Miguel Pereira in the state of Rio de Janeiro, opened in May 2003.
The first course held at Dhamma Santi had a total of 23 students. Old students were busy with outreach, organizing film screenings (mainly Doing Time, Doing Vipassana) and, when possible, organizing public talks with Vipassana teachers passing through Brazil. Interest slowly grew and the Center expanded, so today Dhamma Santi holds over 100 students and servers.
Os primeiros cursos de Satipatthana tiveram 21 alunos, muitos vindos de países vizinhos. Atualmente o centro pode receber até 100 alunos no total, sendo que 21 homens e 21 mulheres possuem celas para meditação individual desde 2012. Cursos longos começaram a ser oferecidos em 2005.
The first Satipatthana courses had 21 students, many coming from neighboring countries. Today the center receives over 100 students and since 2012 offers 21 cells for individual meditation to both male and female students. Long courses began being held in 2005.
To allow students to go deeper in their practice, suítes were built, first on the female side, and a year later on the male, to allow students to go deeper in their pratice. And now the center holds a 20 or 30 day course every year.
The original tight-squeeze dining areas were expanded but, until 2017, still had no walls. That year major work was done to build a new kitchen, dining hall and office complex which substituted the original small house that for the first 14 years was still is use as kitchen/dining area/office.