Retreats

Sevadhari

Altruistic Service of Nature, Community, Humanity, and God

A life-changing experience of personal transformation

The Sat Yoga Ashram Sevadhari program is for mature, humble, and generous souls seeking an intensive period of rigorous and authentic yogic training in a dedicated spiritual community

Deepen and accelerate your psycho-spiritual growth while helping to build a strong visionary community dedicated to inner transformation, cultural renaissance, and provide a model of a practical solution to the world’s current problems, from the climatic changes to the political turmoil and social malaise.

If you are serious about raising your kundalini while simultaneously growing food and serving the community

and our benevolent goals with innovative and creative thought, mindful attention to details of work assignments, and if you are willing to do intensive inner work along with the outer—and you desire to offer the world an alternative to the current collapsing model of civilization—then come and immerse yourself for an extended period at the Sat Yoga Ashram in our Sevadhari program.

This work/study curriculum is open to all visitors who have successfully completed Four Week Immersion Program.

What should I expect?

Seva (service) mixed with Study

A sevadhari is a giver, a server of God, a seeker of Truth, who is inspired to live for an extended period of open-hearted assistance and full participation in a transformational community, while engaging in ceaseless inner work, study of the science of consciousness, and practice of meditation.

A sevadhari attends all community classes and activities, including individual transformation sessions, while fulfilling a part-time work schedule that allows ample free time for reflection, meditation, creative expression, and enjoyment of Nature, while gaining the exquisite delight of egoless practice of karma yoga.

The Joy of Community

The Sat Yoga Ashram is now home to 25 permanent residents who are disciples and leaders of our spiritual order, and who form the core of our growing community. As a sevadhari, you will be integrated into this monastic confraternity, and feel a part of its intense energy field and super-organismic power. A deep sense of being a member of a genuine family of mature, wise, and benevolent souls makes the experience at Sat Yoga intimate and enriching, a rite of passage into the emergence of a new and truer sense of Self.

Daily Life

We understand that each being comes with a unique set of attitudes, skills, life experiences, and particular goals for his or her stay at the ashram. Thus, each sevadhari will be offered a program that is designed to best suit both the visitor and the ashram. Specifics of scheduling and work placement are explained upon arrival, but are subject to modification. In general, a sevadhari will work from three to five hours per day in areas of daily ashram operations, such as food preparation, cleaning, gardening, tree care, crop harvesting, and general maintenance. Those with special skills in other areas will be able to employ them here in creative ways as well.

Sevadharis are privileged to participate in our daily classes in the early morning and evenings as well as any other general gatherings (retreats, Quantumplation Weekends, or other special events) happening during their stay.

Learn more about staying at the ashram, including food, accommodations, and our community:

Variable Duration of Stay

After fulfilling the prerequisites (see below), an applicant can apply to become a sevadhari for one to three months. In some instances, we may consider a longer or shorter stay.

At the end of each month, we will have an evaluation meeting and determine if any modifications would enhance the program. If it becomes clear that one cannot manage the schedule or follow the dharma (the principles of ethical behavior) or does not resonate with our quietistic way of life, or if for any other reason, the program is not working for either the visitor or the sangha (spiritual community), then the agreement may be terminated, and the visitor asked to leave.

Sample Daily Schedule:

  • 4:00am – Community morning meditation
  • 5:00am – Personal time: exercise, read, meditate
  • 7:00am – Karma Yoga (communal service)
  • 8:00am – Breakfast
  • 8:35am – Karma Yoga (communal service)
  • 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

Before you apply...

Preconditions for applicants:

  • Completion of a one-month Ashram Immersion Program. Once you have completed this program, you may contact our Visit Coordinator about how to take the next steps to becoming a sevadhari.
  • A sincere interest to deepen your spiritual transformation through meditation, processing and inner work and study, and a deep resonance with the Sat Yoga Ashram and way of life.
  • Physical, mental, and emotional stability and fortitude and a genuine desire to practice a less egocentric mode of living.
  • A commitment to uphold our Ashram Guidelines.
  • A commitment to work approximately 20 – 30 hours a week six days a week, plus one hour on Sundays. The number of hours of work is correlated with the cost of the program.

Each sevadhari will:

  • Attend weekly check-in meetings with the program coordinator.
  • Stay in shared accommodations.
  • The ability to adapt to our diet which is strictly vegetarian, with some gluten free and vegan options available. Although we try to meet specific dietary needs and preferences, there are limits to our ability to provide special meals.
  • Need to have sufficient financial resources to cover your personal needs (including insurance, medical care costs, transportation to and from the ashram, and visa costs if coming from another country) plus session fees for the duration of your stay.
  • Agree to attend transformational healing (Atmanology) sessions. Please note that these have a separate fee. The frequency of sessions will be discussed with you in person upon arrival, and perhaps modified after the initial meeting.
  • Be at least 18 years old by your prospective date of arrival.

Every Sevadhari Program includes

  • All retreats during the duration of your stay.
  • Accommodations in our charming cabins (bhavans)
  • Wholesome vegetarian meals with ingredients from our organic gardens.
  • Morning yoga practice.
  • Time for walks in the beautiful natural setting of the ashram.
  • 4:00 am meditation sittings.
  • Ongoing Gyana (Science of Consciousness) classes.
  • 20 – 30 weekly hours of Karma Yoga.
  • Full participation in community life.

Contribution

When applying for the month long Immersion program, please tell Amrita our Visit Coordinator know that you are interested in this program and she will be happy to provide you with more information about this program and the cost. 

Your contribution will include shared accommodations in one of our delightful cabins, all meals, and activities during your stay. 

Shared rooms accommodate two to three persons. Bathrooms are shared with a maximum of four others. 

Private rooms are available for a supplement fee.

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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.