Tax deductibility (ANBI)

The Vipassana Foundation is recognized by the Tax Authorities as an ANBI (public benefit organisation). See our entry in the ANBI register here (in Dutch).

Under Dutch law, donations to an ANBI are income tax deductible under certain conditions (in Dutch). These rules also apply for German taxpayers, and may well be applicable in your own country. Transparency is part of ANBI status. The most important information can be found below.


Vipassana Stichting

RSIN / fiscal Code


Contact details:

Postal address: Hazepaterslaan 126, 1212 HV Haarlem

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +31 (0)848-312839


The Vipassana Foundation is a non-profit organisation working for the good of one and all by organising Vipassana meditation courses as taught by the late S.N. Goenka in the tradition of Sayagyi U Ba Khin, and by disseminating information about this meditation tradition.

Vipassana meditation is the technique of developing concentration, insight and high moral values, as it was rediscovered and taught by the Buddha. The technique provides an effective method to promote peace and harmony between people, nations and religions.

Organizational structure

Mees van der Starre (chairman)
Pascal Eekhof (secretary)
Ton de Heij (treasurer)
Mirjam Cousin
Brigitte Lammers
Joost Walda
Margreet Zickhardt

Supervisory Board (all Assistant Teachers):
Arthur Rosenfeld (chairman)
Eva Dieterman
Danny Holvast
Joyce van Hoorn
Anneke Kruijer
David Lander
Marieke Landuijt
Veerle Offerhaus
Teun Zuiderent-Jerak

Policy plan

The Vipassana Foundation aims to promote the welfare of all through the dissemination of information and education in Vipassana meditation in the tradition of Sayagyi U Ba Khin, as taught by the late S.N. Goenka.

The Vipassana Foundation organizes several 10-day courses per year in which participants can learn the technique used in Vipassana meditation. In addition, 1-day courses are organized every month for old students, those who have completed at least one course.

The financing of the foundation and of these courses takes place exclusively through donations given by old students. The gifts are used exclusively to pursue the objective as described above.

Remuneration policy

The activities organized by the Vipassana Foundation are carried out exclusively by volunteers. There are no reimbursements.

Current report of activities

In 2019, three 10-day courses have been organized in which about three hundred students took part. Besides, twenty-five 1-day courses have been organized (including two for children). More than 850 students took part in the 1-day courses.

Financial reporting

See here the annual financial reports (in Dutch) for the past five years.