Beyond Ayahuasca

What is the Next Step?

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 vegetarian 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 seven-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.

Retreat Theme:

Beyond Ayahuasca (and Other Entheogens)…
What is the Next Step?


The ayahuasca ceremony has become the new Holy Communion. Thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of Westerners have by now partaken of the sacred drink. Some have participated in many such ceremonies.


For some, it is an ordeal, a rite of passage. Some say it opened their hearts, others that they went through ego death. Some have had visions and heard words from the Grandmother or Gaia/Pachamama or the Goddess. Some went through hell and purgatory before touching the bliss of paradisal consciousness.


Yet somehow, despite the spectacular nature of the spiritual journey this non-ordinary plant medicine provided, many have discovered it is not quite so easy to keep the ego dead, or the heart open, or stay in touch with the Mind of the Earth Goddess. And for some, the process of drinking the medicine has become a crutch, an addiction, a temporary release from the ego, but has proven not to be a path to final Liberation. And there are diminishing returns with habitual or obsessive use of the substance.


Of course, there is an even darker shadow side of ayahuasca ceremonies. Many have bad trips and malignant depersonalization that can threaten to destroy one’s life. Some women have reported being sexually molested by pseudo-shamans. Others report that they came out more confused than ever, not sure how to interpret their experience, or prone to falling into either manic ego inflation, or a depressive anguish or even dread.


The ceremony can produce strong bonding among the participants, including the initiation of love relationships—since the chemical strips one naked psychologically and creates a feeling of massive vulnerability. But the erotic relationships tend to become traumatic, since the person one fell in love with (and the person one was during the ceremony) is no longer there a few days or weeks later, once the ego re-asserts its hegemony over the consciousness, and heartbreak of a major sort can ensue.


Some or all of these effects can also result from the use of other psychedelics, whether it is LSD, psilocybin, MDMA, peyote, ketamine, or 5-meo-DMT.

It is not easy to find therapeutic help from someone who understands from first-hand experience and from long clinical practice within a frame of reference that includes and integrates all levels of consciousness, not simply the ego or the soul. One can only properly understand the significance of these shamanic journeys in a paradigm that is infinite and unitive, centered in the Real of the Absolute.


It is not easy to know how to continue the spiritual journey beyond the event horizon of ayahuasca. Those who yearn to attain Liberation into full and authentic non-duality—a mode of perception that includes and coherently metabolizes the information gained from the spirit vine and from other chemical catalysts of transformation—and who are willing to use that knowledge to complete the inner merging into Supreme Selfhood (sahaja Samadhi) in a way that is permanent, and filled with power, love, wisdom, and bliss—will accelerate the fulfillment of their desire in this retreat.


Shunyamurti has had experience with all the named substances plus others, and appreciates their value, and knows their limits and dangers as well. He has also trod the path of gyana and meditation to reach the goal in a sustainable way that is pure, (super)natural, and independent of chemistry. The ultimate medicine is Truth. Real Truth is always backed by the power of divine Love.


In this seven-day retreat, you will have the opportunity to share your journey and your insights and metamorphoses with others who have gone through similar experiences, but also you will be able to view your journey in a larger context that transcends the event horizon of the altered states induced by those catalysts.


We shall come to have a much more inclusive understanding of the potentialities of consciousness, a more nuanced grasp of the ego’s resistances that remain, and an approach that will enable you to connect with even higher levels of consciousness without chemical assistance in order to attain liberation from suffering, from the willful ignorance and illusion that leads to suffering, and from the ego itself that is the cause of suffering.


Sat Chit Ananda—the Power of Being, Infinite Intelligence, and Endless Bliss—is our real nature. We do not require plant medicines or synthetic compounds (although they can be allies for a time) to abide in that state. Let us take the next step together: to transcend the level of the mind opened by ayahuasca and attain total union with the Supreme Self that is the source and immovable and eternal center and heart of consciousness, the true I that is not affected by chemicals or sensory stimuli, nor by any apparent gain, loss, or bodily death.

The testimonials, statements, and opinions presented on our website apply to the individuals depicted. Results will vary. The testimonials were voluntarily provided and are not paid, nor were they provided with free products, services, or any benefit in exchange for said statements. The testimonials are representative of the retreatant's experience, but the exact results and experience will be unique to each being.


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.

The testimonials, statements, and opinions presented on our website apply to the individuals depicted. Results will vary. The testimonials were voluntarily provided and are not paid, nor were they provided with free products, services, or any benefit in exchange for said statements. The testimonials are representative of the retreatant's experience, but the exact results and experience will be unique to each being.


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 / 
Private Bathroom


~ Costa Rican residents please inquire for the local rate ~

Early Bird Rate

(Full payment by Saturday July 25, 2020)

$845 Shared Room / /$1065 Private Room / $1275 Private Room & Private Bathroom

Costa Rican Sales Tax

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

Scholarship Fund

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.


Extend your stay

7-Day Retreat Extension program September 23 - 29, 2020

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 7-day Extension Program, specifically designed to enable you to integrate the insights and abide in the inner silence reached during the retreat. During this additional week, 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, full sangha meditation sittings, karma yoga, asana classes, further teachings and satsangs with Shunyamurti, and optional individual sessions. The program is designed to give you cognitive clarity regarding Self-Realization, and sufficient practice and guidance in bringing the mind to the stillness of the Zero Point, to enable you to remain permanently established in the Heart, as the One Self.

Contribution: $995* Shared Room 

$1,300 Private Room/Shared Bathroom // $1,550 Private Room/Private Bathroom

This includes a 6-night stay plus all meals and activities. 

*Costa Rican Residents please inquire for local prices. 

If you would like to extend your stay please let Amrita know when you fill in the form below.


"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

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