A profound approach to

Awakening and Liberation

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Arrival Day

The Sat Yoga Ashram is a refuge of pristine natural beauty. It is not easy to find on maps. Concealed by its encompassing cloud forest, in the misty mountains of southern Costa Rica. You will feel a different kind of energy as you enter the ashram land.

As you park in front of Mahatma Lodge, smiling yogis will welcome you, and after offering you a fresh homemade juice, you will be guided through the short registration process and then escorted to your Bhavan, your rustic picturesque cabina, that will serve as your comfortable abode.

The schedule is designed so you can take time to relax and unpack before returning to the lodge for an orientation with our spiritual recreation director, Saraswati. Then check out the meditation hall and choose your preferred chair or zafu before the main event, which will be signaled by the sound of soothing music. This means that formal meditation is beginning, and soon Shunyamurti will arrive to lead the opening class.

Accommodations

Nature is your Neighbor

Nestled within our flourishing gardens, a winding path leads to your home as you enter into the transformational journey to your own innermost nature.

Your bhavan, or spiritual abode, offers you two bathrooms, a small kitchen, a living room, two balconies, and a bedroom with a queen size bed.

Your private balconies and large windows overlook the natural beauty of the surrounding forests and gardens, providing the perfect conditions for meditation and relaxation.

A Vegetarian Paradise

Homegrown and made with love

Radiant, tender greens and ripe, nutritious vegetables are picked every morning from our ashram gardens and greenhouses. The roots and tubers are harvested from our food forests. Berries are plentiful on bushes everywhere. We bring you the most energized and irresistible ingredients possible. What we do not yet grow, we acquire fresh from neighboring farmers and on our Thursday trips to the local farmer’s market.

Our vegetarian and vegan meals are prepared in our ashram kitchen, which is named Ruchira (meaning bright, beautiful and tasteful in Sanskrit), by mindful yogi chefs who are careful to include prana and prema (divine love) as core ingredients of every meal.

Connect with the Community

An Extraordinary Gathering of Independent Minds

The people who have chosen to live at the Sat Yoga Ashram—as well as those who come to visit—are a unique selection of original thinkers, artists, activists, and spiritual seekers who have gathered from every part of the world. The magic of Shunyamurti’s presence and teachings, delivered in an energy field of radiant love, sustained by our dedicated community, who live in harmonious simplicity, will move your heart and bring your soul to blossom, as you are filled with feelings too exquisite to describe.

Our community is here to serve you and we know what support you will need as emotions arise and are released—and we are here for you, to stabilize you in your deep process of healing. We accompany you at every step of your journey of divine rebirth, your discovery of who you really are, as the ego falls away.

Sample Day

Every day is a Holy Day

Whether you are here for a weekend retreat, a month-long Immersion Program, or a more extended stay, you will discover that each day is filled with new insights and feelings, augmented by the meditation sittings, individual transformation sessions, the wisdom classes, and the time spent with other yogis in communal service.

  • 4:00 – 5:30am – Dawn Meditation & Class
  • 5:30 – 8:00am – Personal Time/Asana
  • 8:00 – 8:45am – Breakfast
  • 8:45 – 9:30am – Clean Up and Chores
  • 9:30 – 1:00pm – Meditation and Class
  • 1:00 – 1:45pm – Lunch
  • 1:45 – 2:30pm – Clean Up and Chores
  • 2:30 – 5:30pm – Personal Time
  • 5:30 – 7:00pm – Meditation and Class
  • 7:00 – 7:30pm – Evening Meal
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Meditation

Raja Yoga

Gathering together to sit in inner silence, abiding in pure presence, will bring changes to your body and your personality—deeper serenity, youthfulness, health, and happiness, will emerge spontaneously the longer you stay. The energy field transmits vitality. You will come to enjoy the stillness of profound peace—and learn how to reproduce that sacred space when you return to your other life. You will not be the same person as before.

Wisdom Classes

Gyana Yoga

Prepare for a paradigm shift! You will encounter a body of knowledge that will reconfigure your understanding of reality. You will see life through new eyes—including an open Third Eye. Don’t be surprised if you are inspired to change your life in many subtle and some major ways. You will start thinking outside whatever box you had been in—and the freedom you will feel may sometimes seem overwhelming.
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Service

Karma Yoga​

Working with others at simple tasks, sometimes in the gardens, harvesting fruits and vegetables, sometimes in the ashram kitchen, sometimes sweeping or wiping tables, sometimes pruning fruit trees—every moment will be a meditation, a pristine appreciation of being present, in the miracle of life. Such magical moments of quiet connectivity will arouse the recognition that you are a cell in a living super-organism. You will know the secret joy of merging in the lovestream that flows from the Source through our spiritual tribe.

A Place of Supernatural Intensity

Surrounded by a Tropical Cloud Forest

Be prepared for strolling on slopes, at an elevation of around 1100 meters, with alternating bright sunshine and rolling fogbanks, open vistas becoming a white island floating in the Void. The uncanny shifts of temperature and energy, from small rain to distant lightning, from awesome sunsets to starry nights, from the pink and golden morning clouds and the roars of howler monkeys in the trees, to the endless choruses of birdsong, cicadas, bellowing frogs, and the bursts of fireflies signaling in the darkness—the ancient speech of the natural world will astonish your heart.​

Bring clothing appropriate for our weather (shifting quickly from cool and rainy to hot and humid). Mornings arrive slowly over the hills, and become generally sunny and warm, but from around midday to the afternoon the clouds may move in, to bring us cool and sometimes chilly nights and early mornings. Bring a sweater and a meditation blanket, to keep the body warm and cozy. The Fire of Yoga will do the rest.

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Mahatma:

A great being, one who has transcended the ego and lives in nobility of spirit. Such a rare soul serves the world with wisdom, compassion, and courage.

Prana:

This is the subtle bio-electromagnetic energy that functions to keep the organism alive and well. It is known as Chi, or Qi, in China; ki in Japan; vril or od in the ancient Germanic shamanic traditions; mana in Polynesia; and renamed in the West variously as orgone, élan vital, and animal magnetism. It should be differentiated from Shaktipat, which is a much higher vibrational force that descends from supraphysical dimensions, and is related to Brahman, or the scalar force that operates via the cosmic Aether, and is responsible for the opening of the Thousand Petalled Lotus at the crown of the head. Prana is also different from Kundalini Shakti, which is the rising energy that emerges from the root chakra (Muladhara) to activate the higher chakras and stabilize the opening of the Third Eye.

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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.