Arriving at the
Ashram

Transportation and Directions

Location

Our Ashram is located in the southern part of Costa Rica in the region of Pérez Zeledón, a 4-hour drive from San Jose, Costa Rica’s capital.

Once you have arrived into San Isidro de El General, the largest town in the area, you continue north-west into the surrounding mountains for a 40 minute drive on rural roads until you arrive at Sat Yoga Ashram.

Once you have booked your program you will receive a detailed map and other travel information.

Preparing Your departure

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Do I need a visa to visit Costa Rica?

Please inquire with your local embassy before traveling to Costa Rica for specific guidelines.
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Which airport should I fly into?

We recommend you fly into the San Jose Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO).
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When should I arrive into Costa Rica?

We recommend you arrive at least one full day before the program start date. The average time to travel from San Jose to our ashram is 4 to 5 hours (in a bus or car).
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Where should I stay when I arrive in San Jose?

Here are a few guesthouses in Escazú, a suburb of San Jose that is close to the airport:​

Here are a couple of recommended airport hotels:  

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How should I get to my hotel/guesthouse from the airport?

If your hotel does not provide shuttle service, we suggest using the airport taxis. They have set prices and are reliable.

How to Get to the Ashram

There are a few different ways that you can arrive at the Ashram depending on your location and travel preferences. We do our best to pre-arrange carpools from the San Jose area but you can also rent your own vehicle or use public transportation.
Once you have booked your reservation our Visit Coordinator will be in touch with you with arrival information, driving directions, and carpools if applicable.

​Transportation costs are not included in the retreat price.

Transportation Options

Option 1: Shared Van

Join 3 – 6 other retreatants for a comfortable ride in a private van accompanied by one of our resident yogis who will assist you along the journey. There will be two pick-up points in San Jose on the morning of your program. The pick-up location will be specified once we are closer to the event. Once the van arrives in San Isidro, the nearest town to the ashram, the group will stop at a charming café for lunch and then complete the trip along a rural road in 4×4 taxis.

Price: $75 per person, not including lunch

Option 2: Private Taxi

A taxi can pick you up at your hotel or an arranged meeting point and take you directly to the ashram, stopping for lunch along the way (we can give the taxi driver suggestions of where to stop).

Price: $200 – $225 per taxi, usually up to 4 can fit, not including lunch

Option 3: Bus & Taxi Combo

Take a Musoc bus from the central Musoc Bus Station in San Jose to the city of San Isidro del General. From there, hire a taxi for the remainder of the 45-minute journey along rural roads. You may purchase your bus ticket online here: http://musoccr.com/. The cost of the bus ticket is about $7. 

Arrive at the Musoc bus station in San Jose about 20 minutes before the departure time. Most taxi drivers that you hire from your hotel will know how to get there. From San Jose, the journey is about a 3 ½ hour ride to San Isidro del General, the nearest town to the ashram. We recommend taking the 9:30 am bus to have time for lunch in San Isidro before catching a taxi for the final leg of the journey. From San Isidro, we recommend you stop for lunch and then join one of our group taxis to head up the mountain. 

Price: This option will cost around $30, depending on the taxi fees. The shared taxi from San Isidro to the ashram is $20 per person.

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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.