Starting March 13, 2019

Meditation & Community

Ashram Experience

Join us for 12-days or 4-weeks and awaken to the power of sacred living

Registration is closed.

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Program details:

  • Length of Program:
    12-Day Program: March 13 – 24, 2019
    4-Week Program: March 13 – April 10, 2019
  • Accommodations: Our charming cabins (bhavans) provide comfortable sleeping space for one to three. Private single rooms are available upon request, for a supplemental fee. See below for details
  • Meals: Three delicious vegetarian meals a day with ingredients from our organic garden
  • Classes: 3 weekly theory classes in small group setting. Special satsangs with Shunyamurti. Meditative artistic expression class
  • Meditation: 4am Meditation and 2 extended mid-morning meditation sittings with a senior yogi
  • Community life: Morning meditation and evening classes with the community and 18 – 20 weekly hours of karma yoga (community service in the areas of kitchen, greenhouse, gardens, etc.)
  • Asanas: Sunrise yoga practice overlooking the mountains 3 times a week
  • Time to reflect: Enjoy walks and contemplation in the beautiful natural setting of the ashram

Experience life at the Sat Yoga Ashram

Join us for twelve days or four weeks, in a powerful energy field. The Ashram Experience retreat gives you the rare opportunity to live, serve, learn and meditate together with our resident community members. You will gain priceless insights, friendships, and heart-melting moments of divine love that can change your life forever.

As well as extended time for meditation and contemplation, our Ashram Experience Program offers you the opportunity to spend time alongside our ashram residents and take part in some of the artisan skills that form an integral part of our everyday life, such as cheese making, fermentation, bread baking, honey production, herbal medicine, and tincture making.

Contribution

$950* – 12-day Program
$1950* – 4-week Program​

Your contribution includes shared accommodations in one of our delightful cabins, all meals, and activities during your stay. Private rooms are available for an additional fee.

*Costa Rica residents, please inquire for local rate

Sample Daily Schedule:

  • 4:00am – Community morning meditation
  • 5:00am – Personal time: yoga, exercise, read
  • 7:00am – Karma Yoga (communal service)
  • 8:00am – Breakfast
  • 9:00am – Immersion Gyana Class
  • 11:00am – Personal reflection time
  • 1:00pm – 1:45pm – Lunch
  • 1:45pm – Clean up and chores
  • 2:30pm – Personal time
  • 5:30pm – Evening meditation or class
  • 7:00pm – 7:30pm – Dinner
  • 9:00pm – Lights Out

General Requirements for Prospective Applicants

  • A sincere interest and, ideally, some experience in meditation
  • A genuine desire to practice a less egocentric mode of living
  • Commitment to the goal of ego transformation and transcendence is always at the core of everything we do. For this reason, we ask participants to commit to the keeping of the Yamas and Niyamas (ethical yogic vows) and upholding our Ashram Guidelines for the duration of their stay here.
  • Familiarity and resonance with Shunyamurti’s teachings before applying.
  • Completion of Shunyamurti’s book, “The Transformational Imperative” before arriving (buy The Transformational Imperative now)
  • A willingness to take part in transformational healing (Atmanology) sessions.
  • The ability to cheerfully cope with the challenges of living in an active and hard-working monastic community
  • The ability to adapt to our diet which is strictly vegetarian, with some gluten free and vegan options available. Although we aim to cater to everyone’s dietary needs and preferences, we cannot accommodate acute food sensitivities or allergies
  • A willingness to live in a remote location: we are 45 minutes drive from clinics, shops, and other services, and there is no regular shuttle service or public transportation directly to the ashram
  • Financial resources to cover your personal needs (including all insurances, medical care/emergencies, transportation, and visa costs if coming from another country) for the duration of your stay
  • You must be at least 18 years old by your prospective date of arrival
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Brahmachari:

One whose consciousness has merged with Brahman, the Absolute, and thus has been liberated from all desire, fear, attachment, and material frames of reference. Thus, a Brahmachari naturally lives a life of celibacy, simplicity, and inner solitude.

Satsang:

Meditative meetings in which the highest teachings are shared. Shunyamurti also offers guidance during questions and answers to resolve the most difficult and delicate matters of the heart.

Teleological:

Information, energy, or nonlinear change that occurs as the effect of events that take place in the future and alter the past, which is perceived in the present as non-ordinary phenomena, synchronicities, unpredictable emergent properties or other notable explicate arisings. The source of such forces may also lie beyond chronological time, in higher dimensions of the Real.

The process of non-process:

Since awakening is instantaneous, along with the recognition that one was never really in the dream, but enjoying the creation of the dream, it must be understood that making awakening into a process can only be part of the dream, and has nothing to do with Awakening itself.

The Real:

When we speak of the Real, unless otherwise qualified, we mean the Supreme Real. The Supreme Real does not appear. Appearance is not Real. All that appears is empty of true existence. There are no real things. All that is phenomenal is temporary, dependent, and reducible to a wave function of consciousness. The world does not exist independent of consciousness. There is no matter or material world. All is made of consciousness. Pure consciousness is Presence. It is no-thing, non-objective, not in space or time. All that appears in Presence, or to Presence, is an emanation of Presence, but is not different from That. This is one meaning of nonduality.

The Real is also a term used in Lacanian psychoanalysis. What Lacan means by the Real is that aspect of phenomenal appearance which is overwhelming, traumatic, or impossible. We would call that Real One. It is a relative Real, not Absolute. We add that there is a Real Two, which consists of divine love. Love is not an appearance, but it changes appearance, through recognition of its Source, into a divine manifestation, a projection of God’s sublimely beautiful Mind as infinite fractal holographic cosmos. Real Three is the unchanging Absolute, beyond all conception or image.

Dharma and dharma:

When we use the term Dharma (capitalized), we refer to our dedication to living in accord with the timeless principles of impeccable integrity that keep us in harmony with Nature and our Supernatural Source.

When we use the term without capitalization, we refer to our acceptance of the community’s processes, protocols, and chain of command with the “Haji! Spirit” of going the “extra mile” and working overtime when necessary to make the impossible inevitable, as our unconditional act of surrender to Love.