About Samasati Sanctuary
Samasati Sanctuary is a retreat center just outside of Asheville that is owned and stewarded by us as a couple.
We have long had a vision of creating a sacred space where people can come to return Home to themselves and remember the sacred within. When we found the land here, we knew that Life wanted this too. It is our great honor to share this beautiful “peace” of paradise.
Rajyo and Vinit Allen
To provide a beautiful venue for retreats and events that inspire a deep sense of connection with one’s soul, with community, and with nature.
Who We Are
She is a certified life coach, trauma healer, somatic therapist, yoga and meditation teacher. She has been leading retreats, workshops and leadership development trainings internationally for over 25 years. Rajyo created and was co-director of a ground-breaking body of work in the US (CorExperience.com) and the UK (CelebrationofBeing.com).
Rajyo’s current work is focused on the Alchemy of Awakening, which helps people awaken to a deeper level of Soulfulness and spiritual maturity in this pivotal time in history. Her deep passion is to help people live a more embodied, heart-centered and authentic life and bring back a sense of the Sacred to our world.
She also facilitates meditation retreats and personally tailored retreats for individuals who wish to have a reset in their life. Some of the modalities she offers in her retreats are:
- Spiritual Life coaching
- Trauma healing
- Grief work
- Somatic movement
- Rites of Passage
Vinit is co-leader of the Social Justice Team and Earth Team at Jubilee! community in Asheville. Jubilee! is an inclusive spiritual community that engages with social justice and environmental issues, both local and global.
He is also a core team member of the Pachamama Alliance in Asheville. Pachamama Alliance produces public educational programs and focuses on how we can help create a thriving human society and a flourishing planet
He was Executive Director for 15 years of Sustainable World Coalition, a sustainability nonprofit organization in California. Their flagship summary publication is the Sustainable World Sourcebook. They produced four years of the Spring of Sustainability interview series with the Shift Network, producing hundreds of podcasts with luminaries that included Van Jones, Joanna Macy, Dennis Kucinich, John Robbins, Bill McKibben, Vandana Shiva, Michael Brune, Andrew Harvey and many others.
Vinit is co-founder of Planet Earth Arts, with the mission of using the arts to inspire the transformative change needed for social equity and environmental restoration.
He is passionate about both nature and the arts. He is a musician and singer, and can often be found hiking on a trail in the mountains.
Laura Maher, Operations Director
Laura is an artist, mystic, and alchemist. She has explored many of the world’s spiritual traditions: Christianity, Buddhism, Shamanism, Yoga, Qi-Gong, Metaphysics, New Thought, SRF, Vipassana, Feng Shui, Egyptology, and more.
She holds a Master’s degree in Integral Psychology, based on Ken Wilber’s work, and a BA in Humanities.
She is certified in:
- Mindfulness Training
- Expressive Arts Therapy
- Feng Shui
- Sound Healing
- Early Childhood Education
- Four Fold Way as taught by Angeles Arrien
- Reiki, Massage & Aromatherapy
She has spent over 25 years as an Accounting, HR, and Organizational Developer for both for profit and not for profit companies/organizations. She has also spent many years studying holistic healthcare. She is the author of Auntie Mom, and her recent children’s book, I Love To Be Me.
She’s a foodie, world traveler, loves children, nature, and lives with her two cats Spirit & Grace.
Please contact Laura for all inquiries at: Laura@SamasatiSanctuary.org
1700 New Stock Rd - Weaverville, NC 28787