Become a Sevadhari

Devoted to Altruistic Service of Nature, Humanity, and Community

The Sevadhari program is a residential curriculum in which serious seekers of Self-realization are invited to dive fully into our ashram energy field, classes, and community work projects for a period of six months or longer. 

A Precious Opportunity for Personal Transformation, and Self-realization

We are looking for psychologically mature, humble, and generous souls devoted to attaining the highest level of consciousness and willing to serve cheerfully in any capacity that is needed. Sevadharis become fully integrated into the Sat Yoga tribe, enjoying the esprit de corps, cultivating uplifting friendships, participating in meditation gatherings and theory classes, seminars and retreats, and all the many aspects of our unique community life. Most will be assigned to help in our kitchen, food processing department, organic food gardens, and housekeeping.

Preference will be given to those who are familiar with our teachings and have been to our online events, and who sincerely yearn for Liberation. This goal requires silence, solitude, serious study, deep meditation, inner work, one-to-one transformational sessions, and the moral strength necessary to uphold the Ashram Guidelines and the Yogic Vows. We are looking for individuated beings with the capacity and desire to learn, to grow, to follow instructions happily, yet to think independently and critically, always seeking to improve, and to work with care, attention to detail, and joyful participation.

What Will Qualify You to be a Sevadhari?

General requirements for prospective applicants:

Study: A strong appreciation for the teachings and philosophy of Sat Yoga and an ability to internalize the information and actualize it in your life. We hope you are already regularly engaging with the teachings, participating in online retreats, and have joined our Members Section. If your application is approved, we ask that you read Shunyamurti’s book, “The Transformational Imperative” before arriving. Please also listen to as many online teachings as possible.

Meditation: A sincere interest in meditation and a genuine yearning to transcend the ego.

Service: A readiness to work zealously in whatever department you are needed, for 3 – 4 hours a day, with care and dedication to excellence.

Inner Work: A deep yearning for self-understanding and transformation that is accelerated by participating in one-to-one Atmanology sessions. We include two sessions per month, but you may find that you want to meet more often, and we will always try to accomodate. Sessions may include free association, healing dialogue, symptom analysis, dreamwork, guided meditations, and other approaches to working through unresolved emotional issues. Additional sessions have an added cost, but we are open to offering a sliding scale to enable you to get maximum benefit from your experience here. Individual Darshan meetings with Shunyamurti may also be scheduled from time to time. There is no fee for those.

Dharma: A commitment to uphold our Ashram Guidelines.

Finances: Access to sufficient financial resources to cover the cost of the program and to purchase your personal needs (including insurance, coverage of medical emergencies, transportation, immigration and visa costs, etc.) for the duration of your stay.

Diet: An ability to adapt to our current vegetarian/vegan diet, and to changes in the diet that may occur as we prepare to be ready to go off-grid, either during temporary emergency periods or eventually permanently, if world conditions make that necessary.

An ability to adapt to living in our remote location: we are a 45-minute drive from clinics, shops, and other services. We generally only encourage visits to town for urgent matters and emergencies.

Sample Daily Schedule

A typical workday for a Sevadhari is between 3.5 – 4.5 hours, 6 days per week, from the second month onwards. There is a lighter schedule in the first month. Start and finish times are specific to each department.
4:00 – 4:45 am
Morning Meditation
5:00 – 8:00 am
Personal Time
8:00 – 8:35 am
Breakfast
8:45 – 11:45 am
Seva
12:15 – 12:50 pm
Midday Meditation
1:00 – 1:45 pm
Lunch
1:45 – 2:30 pm
Clean up and chores
2:30 – 5:30 pm
Personal Time
5:30 – 7:00 pm
Evening Class / Meditation
7:00 – 7:30 pm
Evening Meal

How Will the Application Process Flow?

After our admissions committee reviews your application, if it is determined that you qualify, that there is a strong resonance, and that you would likely be happy here in this environment, we will set up a phone interview as soon as possible to get to know you better, and to discuss the program and ashram life in depth. We will try to answer all your questions and make sure you know the kind of lifestyle you are committing to, and that you understand about our rainy climate, our diet, our Dharma, our schedule (especially the early morning meditation), and our remote location. If you still want to come, the admissions committee will consider your application and make a decision as rapidly as we can. Because of potential travel difficulties, including vaccine passports, we do consider that time is of the essence. We hope you are not in denial of the gravity of the world situation.

What Happens If I Am Accepted?

If you are accepted, we will work out a date of arrival and help you with travel arrangements from the airport to the ashram. The program will begin with a 10-day quarantine period that we will make as comfortable and useful to you as possible. Video classes, guided meditations, and outdoor seva will be included. Once out of quarantine, you will receive a full orientation to the ashram. We consider the first month here to be a trial period in which you will decide if you enjoy being here and we will decide if you are a good fit as well. During this month, you will get to know the community, and especially those who will supervise your seva, and we will learn about your skills, attitude, and energy. At the end of the first month, we will sit together and assess how things are going and make any necessary adjustments.

Contribution

$2100 for the first month: This is a four-week introductory program that includes a 10-day quarantine/personal retreat, Shunyamurti Seminar or Retreat, and module classes in the fundamental teachings of Sat Yoga. You will also participate in a light schedule of seva and two Atmanology sessions, plus meals and living accommodations in our charming cabins.

$1400 each additional month: Includes all Shunyamurti retreats and seminars, all community classes and meditations, all meals and living accommodations, a full seva schedule, and two Atmanology sessions.

Sevadhari Program Start Dates: September 14, 2021; October 5, 2021; November 16, 2021; December 13, 2021

Sevadhari Program Start Dates: 

September 14, 2021

November 16, 2021

October 5, 2021

December 13, 2021

Before proceeding to fill in the application form please make sure that you have read the Ashram Guidelines and the Yogic Vows and are fully in resonance with them.

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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.