Shakti's Tantra Events

Tantra workshops and events, including BlissDance, introductory, day and weekend workshops.

Monday, 29 June 2009

Dragon's Nectar Tantra Intensive 20 - 25 November



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Dragon

The dragon represents our raw instinctual power, our primal connection to the elements, our uninhibited expression. It is the dragon in us that can roar in ecstasy when we make love. It is the dragon that can dance with abandon, in tenderness and in magnificence. In oriental mysticism our vital life force, our sexuality, is seen as dragon power or chi. Without access to the dragon power, to the raw potency of our eroticism, we lack the vitality to live our lives fully, and to endure the challenges that come on a path of awareness.

Nectar

Nectar is the pure juice of presence that flows when our dragon power gets filled with awareness. The raw energy of the dragon needs to be cultivated; the dragon needs to be tamed so that its power becomes useful rather than destructive to those with whom it shares company.

Dragon's Nectar Tantra Intensive


This intensive will be an opportunity to open up the flow of your dragon power, your raw sexual energy - and then to refine this dragon juice into the nectar that feeds the sweetest quality of presence and awakeness in your life. For this we will use a combination of Tantric methods:
active meditations
dance and movement
breath work
sound work
tantric meditations

Shakti, the presenter


Shakti is a member of the Advait Tantraschool (tantraschool.co.za). She has a full and lively practice based in Cape Town and has been running retreats across South Africa. She has extensive experience in retreat facilitation and a deeply lived understanding of Tantric work. She holds Ph.D. in Sosial Anthropology. For more on Shakti's work and approach, see shakti.co.za and totalitytherapy.com.

The venue: Drakensberg Mountain Retreat

The Drakensberg is the ideal setting for this retreat. This exquisite mountain range has been named "Dragon Mountain" because it evokes exactly the quality of a dragon for the onlooker. The Drakensberg Mountain Retreat has been home to some of the finest retreats in the country since its opening. Do yourself a favor and go have a look: www.drakensbergretreat.co.za. The center is situated a mere 3 hours from Johannesburg on the road to Durban.

Cost and bookings

The cost for the five days, all inclusive, is R3 500. A deposit of R2 000 is required to secure your place. Please contact Shakti at shakti@shakti.co.za or 0833010399 to book.

Early bird booking discount

A discount of R300 applies if full payment for the retreat (R3 200 for early birds) is received before the end of July.

“Some day, after we have mastered the winds, the waves, the tides, and gravity, we will harness for God the energies of love; and then for the second time in the history of the world, men will have discovered fire!” – Theilard de Chardin

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Conscious Sexuality Retreat Knysna September


Conscious Sexuality
A retreat for singles and couples
By Shakti Malan
at the Osho Neo Zen Monastery, Knysna Forest
Level 1: 25 -27 September 2009
Level 2: 27 - 28 September 2009



On Conscious Sexuality


If we know how to use our sexual energy, it can take us into a beautiful flowering of the heart, into deep states of bliss and serenity. Sexual energy can also open up our authentic wildness! However, for many of us today, this potential of our sexuality is not being fully realized. Some of the common reasons are:
  • We have been conditioned to suppress our natural sexuality in some way.
  • Out of habit, sex has become a rushed explosion of pent-up energy, rather than an experience of loving, deepening, merging.
  • Experiences that we have had in the past (these can be sexual, emotional, physical, spiritual) got stuck in the body and are blocking our energy flow.
  • We are simply not in our bodies enough, loving being in our bodies enough!

The good news is that it is infinitely possible to open the flow of your natural sexuality into a conscious expression again, no matter what your age is, and whether you have a partner or not. What it takes is a willingness to shed some illusions, and to get conscious with your life!

The retreat

This retreat is an introduction into the art of sacred sexuality. My specific intent is to design it around the participants; where you are at and what you need. I hope to make some of the basic concepts of conscious sexuality clear to you, and to give you a deep (and blissful) experience of what is possible, in your body. Since this is an introductory workshop, you will not be required to expose yourself in any way that is not comfortable for you. The retreat will also introduce you to practices that you can take into your daily life and/or into your relationship.

For those of you who have already done some work with me and would like to deepen your understanding and for those who wish to go deeper after the weekend's retreat I offer an additional day (Sunday 4 pm to Monday 4 pm) in which we can explore some more. You are welcome to bring your questions and requests.

What you can expect

dialogue, discussions, roleplay
dancing and movement
meditations
breathwork
touch exercises
more delightful discussions around fires and food

The presenter

Shakti is a full time teacher of conscious sexuality. She has a passion for embodied awakening - using the body as an alive, responsive vehicle to help us discover the truth of who we really are. Shakti is based in Cape Town and runs workshops and retreats in Cape Town and elsewhere in South Africa. She also does private consultations. Shakti has a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology. For more information on Shakti see shakti.co.za. For more on her approach, see totalitytherapy.com. She is a member of the Advait Tantra School (see tantraschool.co.za)

The venue

The Osho Neo Monastery is a unique forest venue constructed and managed by people who glow with the light of awareness. Accommodation is provided in A-frame wooden huts lovingly made by the owner. The gathering hall rises up out of the forest and opens up to it on all sides. This is a back-to-nature weekend, the best way to get back into our natural sexuality - with manually heated showers, candles and fires. Food is vegetarian and always exquisite.

What others say

To see how previous participants experienced this retreat, go to http://shakti.co.za/blog/2009/01/reflections-on-conscious-sexuality

Costs and bookings

Please note that the retreat can accommodate a maximum of 12 people, so book early to avoid disappointment.

Costs, including accommodation and all meals, are:
Level 1: R1 900 pp
Level 2: R600 pp

Contact Shakti on shakti@shakti.co.za or 0833010399 for enquiries and booking details.

With love

Shakti

Monday, 8 June 2009

Tantra events coming up June... to November

Hello beloveds,

What a delicious full moon this is... she is beckoning me to rest into being rather than doing, and yet she is ripening the fruits of being. So here, I share with you news of Tantra fruits growing on my tree...for us all to enjoy.

Weekly BlissDance

BlissDance is an exporation of Tantra in movement; see shakti.co.za/blissdance. Those who have tasted this fruit, usually come back for more. I occasionally go away, but else Blissdance happens 7.15 - 9pm on a Wednesday at the Forge, Kalk Bay. For June and July, only one change: There will not be a class on Wednesday 8July with there will be one on 9 July in stead. Let me know if you want to be on the BlissDance mailing list.

Tantric Love Club

This evening event is an opportunity to experience and practice Tantric meditations. You can come with or without a partner. The next date for TLC is Thursday 25 June 7 - 11pm. Cost R300. Places are limited and I take bookings based on who books first, experience in Tantra and gender balance.

Tantra Course: The Inner Soulmate
Six evenings starting 20 June

In our collective psyches the dream of finding the Soulmate moves strongly - that 'other' who will meet and fulfill me completely. And, as my teacher Rahasya says: “There is a real soulmate for each one of us. But that person is inside.” Inside ourselves we are both masculine and feminine. The lovers and loved ones that cross our paths are our mirrors for where we are in the inner relationship between male and female. They can also be a rich fulfillment - and embodiment - of our inner Soulmate. Cost R1 800

Women's Tantra courses: Sacral chakra

Tantra women's workshops for June and July are focused on the second or sacral chakra, the root of our sexuality and our sense of belonging. Times: 1 - 4pm Saturdays. Venue: Greenpoint. Cost: R350 per workshop. Upcoming themes:

13 June: Virgin, whore and women's union - debunking the old archetypes
27 June: Sexuality and belonging
11 July: Yoni - gateway to nirvana
25 July: Taoist sexual practices for women

Introductory event

My colleague Stephen Tredrea and I will be presenting a talk on the practice of Tantra at the 8 o'clock club on Wednesday 8 July. Cost R40; we will forward the invitation.

Conscious Sexuality Retreat
25 - 28 September, Osho Oasis Knysna

If we know how to use our sexual energy, it can take us into a beautiful flowering of the heart, into deep states of bliss and serenity. Sexual energy can also open up our authentic wildness! The aim of this retreat is to encourage you into the full flowering of your sexuality - to the place of realizing your oneness with existence. This retreat is an intense, but blissful immersion in Tantric meditation using dance and movement, breathwork and sound. Cost: R2 500

Dragon's Nectar Tantra Intensive in the Drakensberg
Level 1: 20 - 23 November. Level 2: 23 - 25 November

In oriental mysticism our vital life force, our sexuality, is seen as dragon power or chi. Without access to the dragon power, to the raw potency of our eroticism, we lack the vitality to live our lives fully, and to endure the challenges that come on a path of awareness. And then the raw energy needs to be cultivated; the dragon needs to be tamed so that its power becomes useful rather than destructive to those with whom it shares company. This intensive will be a chance to open up the flow of our dragon power, your raw sexual energy - and then to refine this dragon juice into the nectar that feeds the sweetest quality of presence and awakeness in your life.
It was such a delight to spend a luxurious 5 days with fellow Tantra students on our recent Wild Coast Tantra retreat. Cost: Level 1 R2 300 Level 2 R1 200

Dreams in the pipeline

I am dreaming into the following events, of which I will send you details as things become clearer:


  • A Tantra Women's Retreat in the Little Karoo; a long weekend in October
  • A Tantric Dance Festival over Beltaine; end of October
  • Weekly Tantra meditations at my home; this will be by donations and will probably happen on a weekday morning. Let me know if you are interested.
  • A Touch of Woman workshop: The previous Touch of Woman workshop was exquisite; I am dreaming into the next one.
  • A 5 day non-residential winter Tantra retreat based in Cape Town
  • Tantra and Sound workshop: Stephen and I plan to do a bumper day workshop on Tantra and Sound towards the end of July/early August.

Finally, Rumi says:

The way is full of genuine sacrifice.
The thickets blocking the path are anything
that keeps you from that, any fear
that you may be broken to bits by a glass bottle.
This road demands courage and stamina,
Yet is is full of footprints!
Who are these companions?
They are rungs in your ladder. Use them!
With company you quicken your ascent.

So, beloveds, I hope that these offerings from my tree provide you some opportunities to keep each other company on this wild, exciting journey of awareness.


PS A special thanks to Marcelle di Pasquale and Ghalib Galant for their beautiful photo's