Shakti's Tantra Events

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

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Hello Beloveds,

I am off to the UK and the US from 2 June to around 20 July. Before I leave, you have one more - spectacular - opportunity to to a Tantra retreat: The Tantric Love Retreat at Ocean Echo Luxury Villa in Fish Hoek, 20 - 23 May. There are still some spaces left. This coming weekend, Stephen is giving a rare opportunity for men to deepen their understanding of masculine practice - don't miss it!

On my return, I will be hosting a Skydancing Retreat for women and a Conscious Sexuality Retreat for men and women. Please let us know now already if you are interested in either.

Part of the reason for my visit to the UK and the States is to build international ties, as I am coordinating the second African Sexuality and Consciousness Educators Conference which will take place in Cape Town 3 - 5 December 2010. For full details, see http://shakti.co.za/events/2010/04/sexuality-and-consciousness-educators.html

Stephen has his own newsletter and has regular introductory Tantric events that will be continuing for June and July. Please visit stephentredrea.com and go subscribe to his newsletter if you are interested!

The Masculine Identity - Workshop

by Stephen Tredrea this Saturday at Phakalane - Cape Town
2010-05-15 09.00 h - 13.00 h

A workshop for men exploring beliefs and perceptions about masculine identity, gender, sexuality and intimacy. It considers possibilities for full and authentic expression of the masculine.

Practical exercises, taking men from the head into the body, reclaim sensitivity to our inherent sensual nature, encouraging a natural and enlivening flow of sexual energy. Connecting to the raw energy of our sexuality, we harness its power in our bodies and transform it in our hearts.


Fee: R700

Booking/inquiries: contact Stephen or email info@stephentredrea.com


Tantric Love Retreat
20 - 23 May 2010
6pm Thursday - 3pm Sunday

Shakti Malan and Stephen Tredrea
Oceans Echo Villa, Fish Hoek

Sex is the seed
Love is the flower
Compassion is the fragrance
- Osho
Tantra
Tantra is a collective name used for the ancient mystery practices that access, channel and catalyze sexual energy as a force of awakening. These practices have now become available to us, and opening to their gifts can happen remarkably quickly with the guidance of experienced Tantrikas.

The practice of Tantra invites you to be fully alive, without judgment or suppression of anything that is in your life. It beckons you into a state of unconditional love, where existence itself becomes the beloved. It opens your heart and your being to the presence of your sexual beloved in blissful, transformative meditation.

Tantric Love Retreat

The Tantric Love Retreat is an opportunity for you to become acquainted with, and drink deeply from, the well of experience that is Tantra. The quote above from the great Tantric master Osho captures the essence of the Tantric Love Retreat. First we awaken the raw fire of our vital life force or sexual energy. Then we guide this energy up the body, where it touches the heart and becomes a force of love. From there, this energy, which we call Kundalini, rises up further through your being until its fragrance fills you with the knowing that you are one with all that is.

The retreat is structured to accommodate both newcomers and those of you who have already started your exploration of Tantra. If you have a deep commitment to awakening, and if you are willing for profound transformation of your reality and your sense of yourself, then this retreat is for you. You are welcome on your own or with a partner, and persons of all sexual orientations are invited.

The theme of this retreat points to two essential elements of Tantric practice:

* Awakening the fire of your sexual energy or vital life force and
* Refining the quality of your sexual energy into the nectar of divine love.

The objectives of the retreat are:

* To awaken and release the flow of your sexual energy into the flame of presence
* To free up your capacity for feeling, experience and sensation
* To deepen your capacity for love
* To assist you in integrating dualities that keep your energy and your sense of yourself in limited expression
* To introduce you to methods and techniques that connect sexual and heart energy
* To refine your sensitivity and awareness of energy and the presence of the other
* To increase your ability to direct sexual energy as a force of awakening
* To welcome the inner lovemaking that happens when we open up to the unique expressions of feminine and masculine energies in ourselves and in each other

The challenge of Tantra is: How much bliss can you stand? This retreat is an opportunity for you to explore further - how much are you willing to let yourself feel? Are you willing to feel your raw instinctual power? Are you willing to feel all your emotions and sensations without judgment and suppression? Are you willing to increase your capacity to stand the bliss of subtlety? Are you ready to start feeling the blue flames of tantric presence ripple over your skin? Are you ready to let every breath become an act of love?


Methods

For this we will use a combination of Tantric methods:
  • active meditations
  • dance and movement
  • breath work
  • sound work
  • tantric meditations
  • sensory exploration
  • touch sensitivity training

Shakti and Stephen, the presenters

Shakti Malan is presenting this retreat and will be assisted by Stephen Tredrea. We are both members of the Advait Tantraschool (tantraschool.co.za). Shakti is a dakini (female tantra teacher) with 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. Stephen is a daka (male tantra teacher) who beautifully embodies in his life and work the right approach of the masculine towards the feminine. For more on Stephen, see stephentredrea.com

The venue

Balcony view of the entire bay

Ocean Echo Luxury Villa is a place of breathtaking beauty. This villa with has glass windows on all sides looking out onto nothing but endless ocean. While giving us this nourishment of unbridled nature, Ocean Echo also provides us with total privacy and stylish luxury. And all of this without hardly having to travel to get there (for Capetonians, and for visitors from elsewhere, only a flight away)! www.oceansecho.co.za

Cost and bookings

Cost: R2 850 includes facilitation fees and three nights' luxury accommodation (Facilitation fee R2 100, accommodation R250 per night). Food is prepared amongst us. Please note that this is a residential retreat with room for a maximum of 12 participants, so book early to avoid disappointment.

All bookings with Ahrian ahrian@shakti.co.za

Please contact Shakti at shakti@shakti.co.za if you have any questions.


To confirm your booking, please deposit payment* into the following account:

Dr. S. Malan
Standard Bank current account
Merriman Square branch (02-11-09-00)
Account number: 073152811

*Please talk to me about a payment plan if you are not able to pay in one go.


Skydancing
Tantra workshop for Women
3 - 5 September 2010 Ocean Echo Villa


Tantra is a deep celebration of the power of the feminine. In Tibet, female practitioner of Tantra is called a Dakini - a skydancer. Skydancing is what happens when a woman's sexual energy starts to move up her body, though her heart and comes showering out the crown of her head. The whole body goes into an exquisite dance that happens in receptivity and relaxation.

Shakti, a practiced Dakini, invites you to come taste the nectar of the feminine that flows from skydancing. In this weekend workshop, I assist you to

* direct the flow of energy in your body through meditation, movement and breath work
* share the ecstasy and depth of the feminine with other women in dancing, chanting and story circles and
* find your own skydance as it is in the naked truth of your being, this moment.


Skydancing is a deeply authentic expression of the wild woman in all of us. This teaching from woman to woman takes some doing in our current western mind set. Women have been brought up to believe that most or all of their sexual expression is wrong and must only be presented in an acceptable way according to the culture. Skydancing invites a great unlearning. In this unlearning our true being begins to emerge and we dance again. It happens when we let go, and allow what wants to dance through us.

Whenever women gather for skydancing, we are all astounded at the beauty of the feminine - the exquisite, tender and courageous presence that comes to the fore in us. All that is needed is some guidance from hands who know the journey, and your own willingness to open and relax into the truth of your life. It is a deeply transformative meditation, recommended for those women who are ready to move through illusions, and to live with totality.

Venue: Ocean Echo Villa

Cost: R2 300, which includes accommodation and meals. Bookings with ahrian@shakti.co.za


Dr S.Malan
Standard Bank current account
Merriman Square branch (02-11-09-00)
Account number: 073152811



Conscious Sexuality
A retreat for singles and couples
By Shakti Malan
at the Osho Neo Zen Monastery, Knysna Forest
1 - 4 October 2010



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. Bookings with ahrian@shakti.co.za.

Costs, including accommodation and all meals, are:
R2 700


Love and blessings to you all

Shakti

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