How to Create a Spiritual Community, and Flourish

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How to Flourish as Community: Living in Joy in a Time of Planetary Phase Transition

A Seven-day Shunyamurti Retreat, September 22 – 28, 2018 Sat Yoga Ashram, Costa Rica
For those who are awakened to the nature of our historic moment and the requirements for survival through this time of global tribulation and who realize the necessity of forming and fostering a new kind of tribal living.
The Sat Yoga Ashram community has gained priceless experience from our own steep learning curve in our shift from vision into manifestation. We have come to understand what is needed to sustain an enduring community with a lifestyle that balances constraint with creativity, duty with freedom, growth with consistency, law with love, and spiritual realization with re-education.

We remain humbly engaged in endless learning and sharing. That spirit has motivated us to open our doors to create a forum that can both inspire and support, and also receive new information and perspectives—and opportunities for mutual benefit—by inviting all those who are either members of communities, leaders, or those who are thinking of joining a community and want a deeper sense of what is involved, what mistakes to avoid, and how to augment our thriving lifestyle​.​

Themes and Topics

The themes we intend to discuss at this inter-communal gathering include the following:


  • Unifying Vision and Full Commitment

  • Structure, Dharma, and Leadership

  • Psychological and Spiritual Power, Understanding, and Training

  • Food Security and Adaptation to an Off-Grid Future

  • Harvesting the Wisdom of past Monastic, Ashram, and Tribal Cultures

  • Transformational Processes for Maturation, Conflict Resolution, and Ego Transcendence

  • The Nitty Gritty: Dealing With Such Matters as Aging, Death, Money, Workers, Children, Entheogens, Sex and Drugs

Interested in learning more about these themes?

About Shunyamurti (28)

Shunyamurti is an adept healer who functions also as a researcher, author, community leader, guide, retreat facilitator, and teacher. 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, a special resonance with Sri Ramana Maharshi and a deep study of Advaita and esoteric Shaivism and Buddhism, have been supplemented by the intensive study of western metaphysics, modern sciences, profound exploration of the dimensions opened by entheogens, trans-personal psychology, various forms of psychoanalysis and Jungian dreamwork, and the entire development of the perennial philosophy, including Taoism, Kabbalah, and mystical Christianity.


International: $1700 
Costa Rica Resident: $ 1200                              

(Includes accommodations, all meals, and activities. Private rooms available for an additional fee.)

Special Offer
25% discount for all applicants who are a part of an intentional community. 

Retreat Extension Program

A Seven-day program, September  28 – October 5, 2018 (32)

A retreat led by Shunyamurti is an intense and profound transformational process.


If you would like to maximize the benefits of your stay at the Sat Yoga Ashram, perhaps to be able to meet for a one-to-one healing session, or just to take your time to reflect and assimilate before facing the culture shock of a world you had left behind, consider signing up to this program.



This includes a 7-night stay in shared accommodation (2-3 in a room) plus all meals and activities. For a private room there is a supplement of $150 for the duration of the retreat.


Costa Rican Residents please inquire for local prices. 

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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.