Retreats

Frequently Asked Questions

Any questions?

General Questions For Everyone

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Can I come for a day trip?

We are not currently accepting day visitors. To get to know Sat Yoga we encourage you to come to a Meditation Weekend which give an overview of Shunyamurit’s teachings and our community.

Once a year, we offer an open house, which is a one day visit and tour of our ashram. Contact our Visit Coordinator to be put on the mailing list to receive information about this event.

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Can I come if you are not offering an event?

No, we do not allow visits for new visitors during non-event times.
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What is the weather like?

The weather at the Ashram can be quite variable (cool and rainy to hot and humid). Mid-mornings are generally sunny and warm, with fog or rain clouds coming in around noon to mid-afternoon that can produce chilly nights and mornings.

Arunachala elevation: 1100 meters (average)

All year long (rainy and dry season):
Average temp: 20 C° (68 F°)
Low temp: 16 C° (61 F°)
High temp: 29 C° (85 F°)

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What is your property like?

We are located in the mountains of southern Costa Rica. Our land encompasses tropical cloud forests, pastures, springs, cascading rivers, organic gardens, and food forests. The terrain is hilly and during the rainy season, muddy, but we have well maintained roads, paths, and stairways that connect our major buildings.

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Whom do I contact if I need more information?

Please contact our Visit Coordinator.
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What languages are spoken at Sat Yoga Ashram?

All our classes are offered in English though some classes and retreats will be offered with simultaneous translation into Spanish.
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How do I get to the Ashram?

See our Arriving at the Ashram page for more information.

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What is the closest airport?

We recommend you fly into the San Jose Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO).
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Are there any scholarships available?

We do not generally offer discounts to first time visitors, though we may have partial work-trade opportunities for those who extend their visit beyond the first event or returning visitors if you meet the financial requirements and we have spaces available.

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How can I join the community?

Becoming a community member is a multistep process that can take several months to several years. We encourage any serious seekers, looking to lead a monastic life, to begin with coming to a retreat as the first step. From this point we can discuss, in person, the process of joining our community.

Can I Meet With Shunyamurti?

Receive a thunderbolt of wisdom, love, and shaktipat

Shunyamurti offers one-to-one healing sessions – rare opportunities to dwell in the healing presence of a realized master. With Shunyamurti’s loving and wise guidance, you may untie psychological knots, receive purifying shaktipat (spiritual energy) and trigger extraordinary transformative unfoldments to change your life.

To find out more about arranging a session please email our Visit Coordinator

For Overnight Guests

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What time does the retreat start on the first day, what time does it finish on the last day?

The arrival time is from 2:30 – 4:00pm on the first day.

Departure time is usually between 11am – 2pm on the last day depending on the program/retreat.

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What meals are included in the retreat on the first and last day?

We will be serving dinner as the first meal at the ashram the day you arrive. We will be serving a brunch on the last day before you depart.

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Is there wifi and cell-phone reception?

Yes, though we discourage cell phone/device use during retreats, there is guest Wifi in our main building and 3G signal (with ICE service, only) in most locations.
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Can I bring my children with me?

No, we do not allow children at events.
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See our Booking Policy page for more info.

See our Booking Policy page for more info.

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Can we bring or cook our own food?

We do not allow food in our cabins nor do we have a communal kitchen, so for the most part we discourage visitors bringing food.

We provide three vegetarian meals daily, a tea station and a small self-serve gift shop with snacks.

If there is a special food item you need to bring, please speak with our  Visit Coordinator.

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Can you accommodate special dietary needs?

We provide vegetarian meals with non-dairy and non-gluten alternatives available on request. We strive to meet other special dietary needs to the best of our ability.

Please discuss any dietary needs with our Visit Coordinator.

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Is the water safe to drink at the ashram?

Potable water is available from a water station in our main building. It is useful to have a personal reusable water bottle for bringing water to your cabin. Please avoid drinking from taps.

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What are the housing options like?

Each simple yet tastefully designed room provides comfortable sleeping space for one to three people. Private rooms with shared bathrooms and private rooms with private bathrooms are available upon request for a supplemental fee.

Please visit our Staying at the Ashram page for more info.

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Is there laundry service?

Laundry facilities are not available for short term retreats. For longer programs laundry is available for a additional fee.
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Will I require any additional money at the Retreat?

The programs/retreats are all inclusive once you arrive, however individual sessions are not included. We only accept cash for sessions, so please come prepared. For more information about session contributions and/or scheduling please speak with our Visit Coordinator.

We also have a small shop which includes books, handmade clothing, specialty food items, etc. that accepts cash or credit card.

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What are individual (Atmanological) sessions?

At the heart of our transformational approach are individual transformation sessions, based on the unique approach called Atmanology.

These sessions are led by either Shunyamurti or Radha Ma or another trained atmanologist. We strongly encourage all visitors who will be here for a week or more to participate in these sessions.

The fees for these sessions are calculated separately from the program fee.

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Can I have an individual session during a retreat?

Sessions are not offered during weekend events or retreats, so if you would like to request an individual atmanological session, please consider extending your stay for a few nights beyond the completion of the retreat.

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Can I extend my stay with Sat Yoga?

Yes. If you are interested in staying after a retreat, please check out the immersion programs or contact our Visit Coordinator.

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Does Sat Yoga require health insurance?

Sat Yoga requires that all participants be covered by life, accident, and medical insurance and that they be financially responsible and prepared for such expenses.

What to bring?

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Flashlight

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Alarm clock

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Water bottle

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Journal

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Your own yoga mat

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Umbrella (important for longer stays)

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At least one nice white outfit for special classes, events or ceremonies (when staying for one week or longer)

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Outdoor clothes and bathing suit for permaculture activities (when staying for one week or longer)

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Clothing appropriate for meditation, class, and indoor karma yoga.

What should I leave behind?

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Cigarettes, alcohol or illegal drugs

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Hair dryer

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Candles, incense, or any fire hazards/flames

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Fragrances and strongly scented products.

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Clothes that are too revealing or immodest. In the meditation hall, sloppy attire, thin-strapped tank tops, and above the knee skirts or shorts are discouraged.

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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.