Shakti's Tantra Events

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

Friday, 30 July 2010

Tantra foundation and in-depth courses coming up

Erotic and Beyond
Tantra Foundation Course
Monday evenings 23 August - 27 September 2010
7 - 11pm
Fish Hoek Cape Town



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Course objective

This course is a first and powerful step towards the freedom that Tantra offers as a practice. It requires of you to embrace both your fears and your desires in the realm of the erotic, and to feel the feelings that emerge from here. You will be taught techniques to process the emotional and mental patters that arise from the practice. The course can offer powerful release and healing from old experiences and expectations around sexuality. Expert facilitation will ensure that the course meets each individual where they are at.

This course is a prerequisite for the level 3 Tantra course that will follow after Erotic and Beyond; see below.

Aims of the Tantra Foundation Course

Aim 1: Lifting taboos and suppression

In the days when Tantra was only practiced as a secret mystery tradition, one of the first steps that a new initiate had to take was to break their cultural taboos. If you were raised a Jain Hindu, you would be asked to eat meat and drink alcohol – both of which are highly taboo in that culture. Breaking your personal or cultural taboos asks of you to face your biggest fears. In this course, we will engage our personal and collective taboos in a fun but challenging way.

Suppressions are all experiences that have become unconscious in you. Most often, these were experiences that were unpleasant or frightening to you in the past – emotionally, physically or spiritually. What we are not able or willing to feel completely in the moment, becomes trapped in the body as unconscious patterns that influence everything – especially our sexuality. We will work gently at touching these places and allowing full consciousness to return.

Aim 2: Embracing fantasies and desires

By paying attention to what you desires and fantasies are, you can integrate unconscious or hidden aspects of your being. Whereas lifting taboos and suppressions is about facing your fears, this aim is about saying yes to your desires. One of our dictums in Tantra is: How much bliss can you stand? Since many of us have been raised in traditions of religious austerity, it takes some individuation to embrace pleasure as a gateway to higher understanding.

We will encourage this individuation by exploring your fantasies and desires and giving space for them to be expressed in appropriate ways.

Aim 3: Integrating polarities

One main reason why we stay stuck in limited beliefs about ourselves is that our ego structures are bound up in polarity. Polarities split experience into opposites – what is desired and what is feared, what attracts us and what we are repulsed by, what we see as good and what as evil. These polarities are mostly unconscious in us, and as with fears and desires, they govern and direct our lives.

To go deeper in awareness of who we really are, it is important to find ways of processing these polarities. On this course, you will be taught tools to identify and integrate the polarities that limit your sense of yourself. In the process, you will develop a witness – the ability to observe the story of your life without taking it so seriously.

Who is the course for?


This course for people who are on a committed quest for greater awareness and presence in their lives, and who want to include their sexuality in this journey. Some previous introductory work with me is recommended. You are also welcome to do the course a second time as most certainly new material will be revealed to you. Please note that place is limited to ten participants, so book soon.

Feedback from participants on previous Erotic and Beyond course


"The Erotic and Beyond Workshop was maximum growth over a short period of time...Shakti is an incredible facilitator...I felt extremely held and supported...her insight is invaluable and so accurate...I would highly recommend trusting the process."

"I don't think anything in adult life has shaken me up more than this course. It forced me to look at stuff that had lived under the carpet for much of my post -pubescent life (and even some stuff from before, if the truth be told).The ongoing effects are still bubbling up in the form of realisations (both minor and major), that are changing and stabilising the way I act, think and feel.That's the serious bit: on the other hand it was more fun than is normally legal...
Be brave: do it!"

"I had an opportunity to recover and experience previously incompletely felt feelings at the core of my life. In the space Shakti creates, of loving awareness and acceptance, I felt it possible to embrace these feelings, feel them fully without shirking from them, and love them back into my whole life, warming them with the fire of my presence, and letting them melt away, leaving me stronger and open and clear. Before the course, difficult feelings would often block me and make me withdraw. Now I sense a greater capacity for feeling, for being with difficult feelings, of experiencing them fully and moving beyond them into new possibilities."

Course fee: R2 500

Bookings and inquiries: Shakti@shakti.co.za


Tantra depth course
Embodied love


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A course in six sessions
11 October, 25 October 8 November - 29 November
7 - 11pm Fish Hoek, Cape Town


Course objective


When you have immersed yourself in the practices addressed in the Tantra Foundation course, you are ready to work with sexual energy as a force of presence. The objective of this course is to get you ready to experience the full potential of your sexuality. This involves developing increased awareness in the body, expanding your heart capacity and practicing presence in every moment, including your most intimate ones. Please note that this is an advanced course and only available for people who have done Erotic and Beyond or have sufficient similar experience.


Aims

Aim 1: Expanding heart capacity

With Tantric practice, sexual energy moves right up into the heart. Not only does our sexuality get infused with love, but our ability to love unconditionally increases significantly. On this course, your heart capacity will expand through
• Being guided into the depths of your feeling capacity;
• Tantric meditation practice that connects the sex and heart and
• Experiencing unconditional love in touch and presence

Aim 2: Developing presence in the body

The body is a finely tuned receptacle for awareness. Mostly in our lives, we treat the body as a functional tool rather than as the mystery that it is. In this course, you will deepen your presence in the body through
• Tantric breath work that utilizes the flow of sexual energy
• Sensual awareness exercises and
• Nervous system repatterning through touch to enable you to stay present and relaxed while experiencing heightened sensation.

Aim 3: Presence in every moment

When you get immersed in the moment, time comes to a standstill. Everything becomes luminous. Your heart opens. You feel everything intensely. Your identity becomes infinitely pliable and responsive. You can live without limits. In Tantra, we practice presence through Tantric meditations directing sexual energy with breath, movement and sound. This prepares you for full sexual presence in your intimate relationships. As a result, sexual intercourse becomes a profound experience of oneness with existence.


The facilitator:

Shakti Malan is a full time practicing Dakini who has significant national and international experience as a group facilitator. For more on her work and life, see totalitytherapy.com and shakti.co.za. She will be assisted in both courses by daka Stephen Tredrea; see stephentredrea.com.

Course fee: R2 500

Bookings and inquiries: Shakti@shakti.co.za or 0833010399

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

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.

The cost, including accommodation and all meals, is R2 700

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Two events on Women's Day 9 August


BlissDance Celebration
Women's Day Monday 9 August



9.30 am - 1.30 pm
The Forge, 12 Windsor Rd Kalk Bay
Theme: Deep Receptivity - Pure Power

BlissDance is an expression of Tantra in movement. It is an exploration of your authentic being and your relationship to intimacy through free movement that is guided by the facilitator, the music and the group field. This Women's Day is a Monday holiday and an opportunity for us all - men and women - to dance in celebration of the feminine in us all.

Cost: R400

Understanding the energetics of Female Sexuality
An Event for Men and Women
Women's Day 9 August
6 - 9 pm

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Tantric practitioners have understood from ancient times that female sexuality is a gateway into the mystery. It is the receptive quality of the yoni (vagina) that takes lovemaking for men and women into the vast realms that lie beyond the ego's grasp. Our bodies and our sexual impulse is exquisitely designed to lead us along this trajectory. However, 5 000 years of patriarchy has resulted in both men and women mistrusting female sexuality and forgetting the knowledge of how female sexual energy flows.

The time has come to remember.

When the feminine moves into the unique way that bliss flows through her body, this enables the masculine to go to the heights of where he can go as well. While there are similarities in the bio-energetics of male and female bodies, there are also significant differences that are not well understood in the Western world. I will give you a taste of these pathways in our evening together.

Cost: R350
Bookings: Please book your place with Shakti shakti@shakti.co.za
Venue: 54 Peak Rd Fish Hoek

Sunday, 4 July 2010

Evening event in Ashland, Wednesday 7 July

Understanding the energetics of Female Sexuality
An Event for Men and Women
Ashland, Wednesday 7 July
7pm - 9.30pm




Tantric practitioners have understood from ancient times that female sexuality is a gateway into the mystery. It is the receptive quality of the yoni (vagina) that takes lovemaking for men and women into the vast realms that lie beyond the ego's grasp. Our bodies and our sexual impulse is exquisitely designed to lead us along this trajectory. However, 5 000 years of patriarchy has resulted in both men and women mistrusting female sexuality and forgetting the knowledge of how female sexual energy flows.

The time has come to remember.

When the feminine moves into the unique way that bliss flows through her body, this enables the masculine to go to the heights of where he can go as well. While there are similarities in the bio-energetics of male and female bodies, there are also significant differences that are not well understood in the Western world. I will give you a taste of these pathways in our evening together.

Donation: $20 - $50

Venue:
301 Wimer Street
Ashland, OR 97520

Bookings and inquiries:
Robert Wagner: robert@sacreddesire.com
541-301-8591

Saturday, 3 July 2010

Workshops this Monday and Tuesday in Portland, Oregon

Releasing Sexual Trauma through Presence

Monday 5 July 2010 Portland
10 am - 5pm
Cost: $100

by Dr Shakti Malan



Sexual trauma

Sexual trauma can occur through the subtlest of means. Its impact on our individual lives and on society is vastly underestimated. It is an area of work in which I have extensive experience, both in individual and group contexts. This workshop brings you my my approach to working with sexual trauma and on how I listen to the songs being sung by these old wounds.

Is sexual trauma caused only be sexual touch? What about the impact of sexual innuendo and emotional incest? What is the impact of sexual trauma at various stages of our lives?

Sexual trauma memories are often held in the unconscious. Here we take a good look at how these unconscious memories make themselves known - through body/celllular memory, through associations in sexual life and through erotic fantasy. When we recognize these ways in which the body reveals its stories, we can encourage the old songs to be sung so that what was denied, can now be accepted and integrated into the body. An excellent tool for working with the body's response to trauma memory is following the rhythm of contraction and expansion that happens in the nervous system when old trauma gets touched. I discuss how I do this in practice, and teach you practices to do so yourself.

The Tantric response

The practice of Tantra asks of us to be total - to be willing to feel every emotion that arises, to sit in the fire of sometimes unbearable sensation. When we can be with the body's wise response in patience and totality, a deep integration happens in us. We find our "NO". We find our "YES." We honour our past stories and let them go. We come closer to the realization of who we really are.
We open up to a new song. Our desire flows in free, but healthy, ways.

What we you will learn on the workshop

* Tantric understanding of sexual trauma and healing
* Experiential introduction to methods you can use to assist yourself and beloveds in releasing sexual trauma
* An appreciation for the release that can be done with the assistance of a Tantrika


Who is the workshop for

Seekers of truth who desire to live in the fullness of who you are. This includes

* Persons searching for sexual healing
* Partners, friends and beloveds of those who are ready for sexual trauma release
* Healers and practitioners wanting to work with sexual healing and
* Any sincere seekers interested in the field of sexual healing.

Bookings and directions: Contact Erin

Uncoiling the Snake
A Tantra Workshop for Women
Tuesday 6 July 10 am - 2pm Portland
Cost $40

This workshop is an opportunity for women to receive direct, hands-on support in

* clearing blocks in our chakras and
* opening the flow of kundalini through our bodies.


Kundalini is our vital life force or sexual energy, which resides at the base of our energetic body around the genitals. For most of us, this energy force stays asleep all our lives. It is possible for our sexual energy to wake up and start to move up our chakras. When this happens, it comes a force supporting our awakening into unity consciousness. When this energy wakes up in women, it follows particular pathways that are different from the way it moves through a man's body. The purpose of this workshop is to introduce you, through gentle breathwork and relaxing movement, to feel into the natural flow of our femal sexual power as it uncoils and starts to move up the chakras.

When our sexual power as women starts to wake up, it becomes a tremendous force in us. It pushes up against the places where we still hold suppressions, and it opens us to the unknown. It is wise and helpful to have an experienced guide to help initiate you into this awakening.

Bookings and directions: Contact Shakti shakti@shakti.co.za

Shakti Malan (Ph.D)

Shakti is a professional Dakini (female Tantric teacher) based in Cape Town, South Africa. Her work is infused with and inspired by the raw, catalytic potency of Africa. She holds a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology and worked with indigenous African communities for many years. Through a shamanic process in 2001, her intensive initiation as Tantrika started. This initiation was completed when she met Rahasya, her teacher. Shakti is a member of the Advait Tantraschool (tantraschool.co.za). She has a full and lively practice that includes session work, workshops and retreats.She has extensive experience in retreat facilitation and a deeply lived understanding of Tantric work. The main aim and passion of Shakti's work is to catalyze awakening into full realization through the opening of (sexual) vital life force. Shakti also has a deep commitment to enabling the flow of unconditional love on the planet. Strong focus areas of Shakti's work are: the releasing of suppressions and repressions, the use of eroticism to integrate what is in the unconscious, the integration of dualities in the psyche, the flowering of female sexuality and merging with the inner soulmate. For more on Shakti's life and work, see shakti.co.za and totalitytherapy.com.