Overcoming Death

A 5-day Transformational Meditation Retreat with Shunyamurti

September 19 - 23, 2020

Meditation Retreat Details:

A Shunyamurti Retreat includes:

  • Length of Program: 5 days / 4 nights
  • Accommodations: Our charming cabins (bhavans) surrounded by nature
  • Meals: Three delicious vegan and gluten-free meals a day with ingredients from our organic garden
  • Meditations: Three daily meditation sittings
  • Classes: Daily satsangs, guided meditations and Questions & Answers sessions with Shunyamurti offering the opportunity to ask questions and receive guidance throughout this retreat. Healing arts and creative expression classes
  • Asanas: Sunrise yoga and pranayama practice
  • Time to reflect: Enjoy walks and contemplation in the beautiful natural setting of the ashram
  • Ashram Tour: Visit our developing food forests and organic green houses
  • Contribution: From $845. Local rates for Costa Rican residents also available. Learn more below

A sacred ashram retreat

Whether you are an experienced yogi, or simply discovering the gift of meditation, this retreat will inspire and empower you to move forward with greater clarity and purpose.

A five-day retreat with Shunyamurti is an authentic rite of passage. The retreat will include essential teachings on the subjects of yoga, meditation, and spiritual development. Enjoy the pristine natural setting of the Sat Yoga Ashram, as well as delicious and healthful vegetarian meals.

Shunyamurti offers a transfusion of empowering knowledge that will enable you to overcome self-defeating tendencies, bring clarity, renew your life energy, and inspire your freedom and creative power.

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About Shunyamurti

Shunyamurti is an adept healer, he is the founder and spiritual director of the Sat Yoga Institute and Ashram.

Many years of meditation practice and training in numerous forms of yoga, including apprenticeship with Baba Hari Dass, ten years of vowed association with a Brahmachari ashram in India, and a special resonance with Sri Ramana Maharshi have been supplemented by the intensive study of Western metaphysics, various forms of psychoanalysis and Jungian dreamwork, as well as Taoism, Kabbalah, and mystical Christianity.


Retreat Theme

At some point, we must all encounter the death of our body. We will certainly have to face the death of loved ones. We may even become witness to the death of our planet, or at least of its current biological life forms. How can we be liberated from the fear of death, the anxiety of annihilation? What issues make up this anxiety? Is there a way to live free of all angst, all dread, and still enjoy life to the fullest? Can we feel in our nerves the blissful power of the infinite beauty of Being and of Becoming? 

This retreat is about overcoming not only the fear of death, but the illusion that there is such a thing as death. We only fear death because we have not yet become fully alive. Ultimately Death is the secret source of our security and peace, our link with Eternal Life. Socrates defined philosophy as learning to die while alive. The ancient sat yogis defined the culminating state of meditation, samadhi, as realizing Mahakal, the Great Death, the Death of Death.

Let us come to take refuge with the Supreme Power that alone can free us of the fear of  both life and death, pain and suffering. Let us experience the reality of the unity of Emptiness and Fullness. Let us fuse the perception of temporality and eternity, of samsara and nirvana. This is the Buddha Nature. This is Christ Consciousness. This is your Self.



Related Teaching

Yoga is the Overcoming of Death


“Really exciting for me is the fact that he (Shunyamurti) combines the Western psychoanalysis with the Eastern teachings. Although I wanted an ashram experience, and I am Indian, I didn’t feel that the ashram experience in India would be sufficient for me.”

Dipika Wishhart, India/Ibiza

“What you get here and what you learn is the thing that can change everything in your life in a permanent way, and that’s the key.  In this place, you can definitely find the answers that you are looking for.”

Mike Mcginnis, Costa Rica

“It’s the love, and that love has helped me to learn more about how to love myself, or the Self, unconditionally and fully. I have a greater sense of inner peace that I don’t believe it will go away.”

Lise Karna, USA


Your contribution includes 4 nights accommodations in one of our delightful cabins, all meals, and activities during your stay. 



Shared Room /
Shared Bathroom



Private Room /
Shared Bathroom



Private Room /
Shared Bathroom

~ Costa Rican residents please inquire for the local rate

New Costa Rican Sales Tax

Our visit coordinator will inform you of the final price + tax.


The Sat Yoga Scholarship Fund was created to offer retreat and program scholarships to a wider community of serious seekers looking for a sacred space to heal and grow spiritually, who may be in need of financial assistance. We ask your support to enable us to welcome more people who yearn for Self-realization. Please consider donating to the scholarship fund so we can provide the needed assistance in our environment of wisdom and love.  If you wish to join us, but have limited financial resources, please visit our Scholarship Fund page.

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Extend your stay

A 2 or 4-Night Retreat Extension Program


A transformational retreat led by Shunyamurti can ignite an intense and profound spiritual awakening. To maximize the effectiveness of this process for those who want to become stabilized in liberated Awareness, we offer a flexible Extension Program, specifically designed to enable you to integrate the insights received during the retreat and continue cultivating your meditation practice. During this additional stay, you will be nourished and safely contained in the serene and powerful energy field of the ashram community.

The daily schedule will include offerings of the following kind: small group classes, meditation sittings with the sangha, karma yoga, asana classes, additional teachings and satsangs with Shunyamurti, and optional individual sessions


$270 2-night Program ($135/night)

$490 4-night Program ($122/night)

The contribution includes your stay in a private room with a shared bathroom plus all meals and activities. For a private room with a private bathroom, the contribution rate is $405 for 2-nights and $735 for 4-nights.

If you would like to sign up for this Retreat Extension Program, please let Amrita know when you fill out the form. If you would like to stay at the ashram longer than 4-nights, please visit our Personal Retreat page.

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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.


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.


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.