Sat Yoga Ashram

Perez Zeledon, San Jose, Costa Rica

  • Last updated: August 10, 2018 (2 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: October 5, 2011

Mission Statement

We function as an advanced wisdom school to train serious yogis and shamans in transformational skills. The school functions in an ashram, a residential community of dedicated healers and teachers. Around the ashram core an eco-village is being built, to serve those individuals and families with children who would like to receive the benefits of living near an ashram/wisdom school that is anchoring a cultural renaissance, without making as complete a commitment as do the core members of the spiritual order of Sat Yoga. The eco-village will one day host schools for children, an innovative university, clinics and spa, a hotel, and a retirement community with an elder care center/hospice as well. To all we offer a refuge of peace and higher vision in this time of global cataclysmic change, to accelerate the transformation of human consciousness and contribute to the creation of a new divine culture.

Community Description

We welcome women and men from every culture and religious background, of every shade of skin color, of all ages. The Sat Yoga Ashram is a community of paradox. We are preparing for off-grid living and radical change but we uphold the classical principles of beauty and high culture. We are a community based on ancient universal Dharma, including the principles of non-violence, truthfulness, friendship and synergy, yet always pouring the ancient wine of spiritual truth into new bottles for the delight of the postmodern consciousness. We value the arts and are developing new forms of music, drama, and philosophy. We process our wounds and conflicts in confidential transformational sessions. We grow our own organic vegetarian food and we are becoming self-sustaining.

We often hold formal retreats and invite people from all over the world to participate. Some are accepted for longer term individual immersion retreats. We invite scholars and artists to come and spend time in residence and teach what they know as well as have time to create and heal their own wounds. We are creating a refuge for those who seek transcendence of the ego.

If you feel called to join us, please attend a retreat and get to know us and this sacred land. There is an admission process and a period of orientation and trial to ensure you would feel at home here and that you share the vision and the way of life we offer.


  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability)
  • Programs & Activities: School, Educational Institute or Experience
  • Location: Rural


  • Area: 247.1 acres
  • Current Number of Residences: 17
  • Land owned by: The Community
  • Additional Comments:

    Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members. Some visit, some reside here permanently, some are temporary retreatants or volunteers.
    The location is Rural—in remote mountains.


  • Adult Members: 30
  • Child Members: 0
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Currently, we offer 3-day Meditation Weekends, 7-day Spiritual Retreats led by Shunyamurti, Immersion Programs and Seminars at the Ashram.

    We cannot yet receive unplanned day visitors or accommodate one-night stays outside of our reserved schedule of events, but we hope to do so in the near future.

    Please contact [email protected] to find out our schedule of upcoming events or visit to check our Calendar.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    To all interested seekers of a life-long path and loving spiritual family, we invite you to begin your journey with a seven-day Spiritual Retreat or an Immersion program. These will allow you to test the waters and discover if this is the life you want. Our retreats provide the ideal conditions to discuss in depth your interest in taking renunciate vows or building a home in this community. If you find that you resonate with the energy field and want to commit to transplanting your life here, we look forward to opening that conversation.

  • Additional Comments:

    30 adult members and growing.


  • Decision Making: By a board, council, group of elders, or leadership group
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    Decision Making: Multileveled: We have a spiritual leader, a board of directors, a council of elders, several project committees, various department heads, leadership groups, and work teams.


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Additional Comments:

    Shared Income: Most members have independent finances, some are working in community or individual projects that make income.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy sources: Solar
  • Planned food produced: From 50-75%


  • Shared meals: Approximately all meals
  • Dietary Practice: Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), Vegetarian Only (no animal meat; dairy and eggs okay) – Please check this only if you are 100% Vegetarian, Mostly Vegetarian, Mostly Vegan
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    Shared meals: Most residents share most meals. Some cook in separate abodes that are more distant from dining hall.
    We live according to yogic dharma: no abuse of any substances.

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Global Ecovillage Network (GEN)

Fair Housing Laws

This community acknowledges that their listing does not include any potential violations of the Fair Housing Law, or that they do not provide housing. For any questions about this topic please see our Content Policies and contact FIC with any questions or concerns: [email protected].


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