Opening the Third Eye, Spiritual Meditation Retreats, Costa Rica

Shunyamurti, Sat Yoga Spiritual Director, Sat Yoga Costa RicaOpening the Third Eye:
Attaining Freedom from Maya

September 22 – 28, 2012
Led by Sat Yoga Spiritual Director, Shunyamurti

Every nation celebrates its independence, but the true independence is freedom from the shadow, from the unconscious forces of the ego matrix that sabotage our lives and bring endless suffering.

Gain your independence from Maya in all its permutations—illusion, ignorance, fear, addiction, anxiety, depression, dis-ease, guilt, shame, weakness of will, confusion, attention deficit, or the death drive in any form—and win your freedom forever from those internal enemies in one final battle that will bring victory to the invincible forces of divine love, courage, joy, and goodness.

This week we shall help you gain that eternal mastery that you have been seeking all your life!

Meditation and Transformation Retreat in Costa RicaLet’s celebrate the ultimate victory of Spirit over the resistance of the ego and claim our power! The real alchemy is the transformation of consciousness, from egoic suffering, weakness, fragmentation, negativity and lack to full divine empowerment, joy, strength, wholeheartedness, whole-mindedness, overflowing positive energy and love.

Come and be prepared to open your Third Eye! The power of Shiva will shine through you like a laser beam and destroy all traces of Maya!

This unique retreat will offer the following:

Permaculture Costa Rica, Sat Yoga Ashram• 6 nights shared accommodations in our charming bhavans (cabinas)

• 3 healthful, vegetarian meals a day, morning chai (tea) and snacks

• One pointed focus on enabling participants to realize direct Self-illumination

• Profound teachings, guided meditations, silent Self-enquiry, and other exercises designed to open the third eye and trigger the timeless intuition of Supreme Knowledge and Being

• Daily blessings that wisely and lovingly guide the intention of the day

• The opportunity to go inward in deep silence and reflect, unwind, rejuvenate in the tranquil and natural setting of the ashram

Durga Practices Self-Discovery Through Creative Writing• Optional morning asana (physical yoga) practice

• Rejuvenating nature and river hikes

Seva (service) in ashram gardens, kitchen and communal areas

• Creative writing classes to explore the effects of the spiritual practices and teachings

Shabda yoga (sacred chanting and singing)

• Joyful immersion in an ashram community

A Sample Day at a Sat Yoga Retreat

Relax in the Morning Meditations at Arunachala Costa Rica4:00 am Early morning meditation and inspirational blessing and teaching

5:00 am Chai Time! Enjoy Arunachala spicy chai tea in the calm silence of the morning that is perfect for reflection and continued meditation.

5:30 am Optional sunrise yoga (asana) class overlooking the breathtaking, lush valley.

6:15 am Meditative work in the garden

8:00 am Breakfast of fresh fruits, cereals, toast and
delicious hot dishes

Permaculture Foraging, Sat Yoga Ashram, Costa Rica10:00 am Morning Class or Activity

12:00 pm Light snack

2:00 pm Gourmet vegetarian lunch

2:45 pm Community chores (karma yoga) or personal time

4:45 pm Evening meditation

5:30 pm Evening Class

6:30 pm Dinner


The Mystery Embodied at Arunachala, Costa RicaSat Yoga is a wisdom school, an ashram and a spiritual community that all operate on an economy of love and generosity. Your donations coupled with the voluntary service of students enable us to continue our work. All contributions are used to support our offering of free classes, inspirational and educational activities, a wisdom-filled website, and a refuge of peace at our ashram and retreat center. We also use donation funds to further research projects in permaculture and spiritual transformation that are shared with the wider community of people interested in solving the problems of the world. Sat Yoga sponsors a growing group of volunteers who selflessly serve the community and work diligently on purification of their souls. We sincerely hope that our efforts will benefit your spiritual development, bring you joy and insight, and inspire you to achieve your own highest potential. Your support of Sat Yoga is greatly appreciated.

Keeping with the tradition and giving spirit of an authentic ashram, our visitors are all expected to share in the daily seva (volunteer service). Those paying at the Sat Yoga Community tier may be assigned to extra duties and occasionally will be asked to sacrifice participation in a planned activity if needed.

Cost: $1150*
* Note, this price is for international visitors. Local residents and Sat Yoga community members please inquire about modified prices.

Contributions include: All retreat meals and snacks, accommodations in shared rooms/bathrooms, meditation gatherings, teachings, asana classes, various transformational activities, seva and nature walks. Transportation is not included in this price.

Please note: All retreat contributions must be paid in full, 8 days prior to the retreat, or Friday, September 14. Any contributions received after this point will incur a $50 late fee, unless you have made a special arrangement with our retreat staff.



Rainforest View From Balcony, Costa RicaInside Beautiful Bhavan, Arunachala Costa Rica

Nestled among flourishing gardens and panoramic mountain views, our six comfortable bhavans (spiritual abodes) offer the ideal space to embark on a transformative inner journey. Each simple yet tastefully designed room provides comfortable sleeping space for two*, a private balcony and large windows that overlook the natural beauty of the surrounding environment. The soothing sounds of nearby streams and sweet songs of native birds create the perfect conditions for deep meditation and relaxation.

*All prices are based on same-gender shared accommodations.


Our vegetarian meals are prepared daily by the mindful and loving hands of Radha’s Kitchen. Tender, radiant greens are picked every morning to preserve freshness and the nourishment from the sun and earth. Weekly visits to the food forest provide us with staples such as malanga (taro root) and banana bunches. As much as possible, we try to acquire fresh food items that we don’t yet cultivate from neighboring farmers and on our Thursday trips to the local feria (farmer’s market).

Radha Cooking in Bliss, Sat Yoga Costa RicaRadha's Kitchen Pasta Ashram Costa Rica


Sat Yoga retreat has the power to make us whole. This power comes from the combination of meditation, spiritual teachings, and service to the spiritual community, seva, done in a state of karma yoga, egoless and joyful spontaneity and love. Seva or service done while your attention is immersed in meditative silence that is detached from any particular outcome or result leads to effortless and enjoyable work. Only when the love and joyful energy field of karma yoga is spread by example through seva, can an ashram be sustainable.

We invite all visitors on Sat Yoga retreats to feel the blissful experience of being part of a true ashram community through daily participation in seva. Throughout your stay, you will have many opportunities to gather with fellow yogis to contribute time and energy to the success of our retreat, learn new skills, get to know others on the path and enjoy the satisfaction of selfless service. If you have any special talents that you can share with our community, please specify that on your booking form.

Karma Yoga Joy in Mahatma Lodge, Arunachala Costa RicaKalyan and Durga Plan for the Future of Hridaya, Costa Rica

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Watch the video below to see a teaching from Shunyamurti on "The Third 'I'":

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