Dec 30, 2018 - Jan 5, 2019 | Tantra & the Five Elements: Working with Reality to Re-Novate Yourself New Year's Retreat with Dr Robert Svoboda and Dr Liz Lindh

Tantra is a system that can assist you to get to know yourself on deep and subtle levels, that you may strive to become the best expression of yourself. Part of that process involves recognizing the ideas, thoughts, fears, entities, diseases and other factors that possess you, and then replacing negative possessions with positive ones. This course will focus on ways, including divination, to identify your possessions, and various methods and practices, involving particularly the Five Elements, for working with Reality to re-novate yourself.

Students will have the opportunity for one-on-one time with Dr. Svoboda to examine particular areas of life where they are looking for solutions. Morning hatha yoga will be led by Liz Lindh, and the event will conclude with a homa (fire ceremony).


The course tuition is $1850 and held at The Sanctuary at Two Rivers in Costa Rica. 

Please submit a paragraph on why you think you would be a good fit for this course to, and we'll be in touch with more info on how to sign up. 




Dr. Robert Svoboda is the first Westerner ever to graduate from a college of Ayurveda and be licensed to practice Ayurveda in India. During and after his formal Ayurvedic training he was tutored in Ayurveda, Yoga, Jyotish, Tantra and other forms of classical Indian lore by his mentor, the Aghori Vimalananda. He is the author of twelve books including Prakriti: Your Ayurvedic Constitution and the Aghora series, which discusses his experiences with his mentor during the years 1975 – 1983. (Information on all of his books can be found here)

Dr. Svoboda was born in Texas in 1953, and in 1972 earned a B.S. from the University of Oklahoma in Chemistry with a minor in French. After being ritually initiated into the Pokot tribe of northern Kenya as its first white member in June 1973 he moved to India, where he lived from 1973-80 and 1982-86, receiving his Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (Ayurvedacharya) from the University of Poona in 1980. In his final year of study at the Tilak Ayurved Mahavidyalaya he won all but one of the University of Poona’s awards for academic excellence in Ayurveda, including the Ram Narayan Sharma Gold Medal.

The Aghori Vimalananda also owned thoroughbred race horses, and Dr. Svoboda served as his Authorized Racing Agent at the Royal Western India Turf Club in Bombay and Poona between 1975 and 1985. He later served as Adjunct Faculty at the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, NM, and at Bastyr University in Kenmore, WA.

In the years since 1986 Dr. Svoboda has traveled extensively, spending three months per year on average in India. He often speaks on Ayurveda, Jyotish, Tantra and allied subjects in locales across the world. You can see where he is speaking next on the Schedule page.