Shakti's Tantra Events

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

Monday, 28 November 2011

Man and Woman Awake
Tantra Intensive Retreat
with Shakti Malan and Aaron Swanson

21 (public holiday) - 25 March 2012

Illovo, KZN



This Retreat

The meeting and merging of masculine and feminine is a primary objective of Tantric practice. In human evolution, the year 2012 signals the time when the inner marriage between masculine and feminine becomes more available to us - and the imperative is strong for us to use the opportunity. When masculine and feminine merge, we awake to the truth of who we really are - the Beloved as such. On the way there, it is important for Man to open to fully embodying the Masculine, and for Woman to embody the Feminine. Once this has happened, we can open to the other, and start dancing with the Soulmate Within.

The feminine, as represented in Tantra by Shakti, is not afraid of the dark underworld. She creates the world of illusions. She is comfortable exploring and integrating what is in the unconscious. She explores dark eros and finds the gifts in those corners of existence that have been shunned. She smells, drinks, feels, hears, tastes. She receives the mystery and opens to that which is beyond the known.

The masculine, as represented in Tantra by Shiva, holds one pointed focus and stillness. Shiva sits in deep meditation on Mount Khailash, and is undisturbed by the movement of the elements around him. His quality is presence, and when he acts, he does so with skillful means. His attitude to the feminine is total love and devotion. He is the arrow that enters where the feminine guides and takes the energy upward towards transcendent oneness with all that is.

The Facilitators



You have an opportunity on this retreat to explore the dance of Man and Woman Awakening with two facilitators who have been exploring and living these qualities deeply in their personal Tantric practice.



Shakti is a dakini or teacher of the mysteries of Tantra and member of the Advait Tantraschool (tantraschool.co.za). Shakti is based in Cape Town, South Africa but teaches and practices across the world. Her central approach is to enter the totality of experience as a gateway to awakening. Shakti believes that sexuality is the field which most powerfully directs us to this gateway. For more on her work, see www.shakti.co.za and www.totalitytherapy.com

About Shakti Malan (Ph.D)

Shakti's purpose as Tantric dakini is to facilitate your awakening to the essence of who you really are, while remaining fully functional in your body. Many traditions of enlightenment view the body as that which is to be transcended. Tantra sees the body as a vehicle for awakening. The process of dropping through veils of illusion can be very impactful on our nervous system, and every aspect of our physical and energetic bodies. Because Shakti values the body as the vehicle through which you can share your awakening with the world, she aims to ensure that your energetic and physical bodies are fully prepared for the process of waking up. This requires totality of the seeker - the willingness to have every aspect of your energetic and physical reality be purified by the power of truth. As this happens, conversely, the body becomes capable of sensing and experiencing on increasingly subtle and refined levels. Thus, the physical vessel of the body becomes a suitable instrument to transmit the essence of the awakened state.

Shakti has a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology, a discipline that teaches the practitioner to listen to the reality of groups and individuals from an insider perspective, through immersion in the texture of their lives. She spent many years translating the realities of vulnerable communities to decision makers in government, development organizations and corporates in the fields of poverty management, economic development and environmental management. Shakti’s training as dakini comes through the Advaita tradition and many years of immersion in meditation and conscious body practices.


About Aaron Swanson

From his early twenties, Aaron's life has been immersed in the study of Tantra and meditation. He has worked with the Tantric teachings of Bernie Prior, Barry Long, Saniel Bonder and David Deida, as well as Ipsalu Tantra, the intimacy practices of the Realization Process created by Judith Blackstone and the Womb Wisdom work of Padma Aon, exploring specifically these aspects of Tantric practice: Resting in Non Dual stillness, being present as Awareness fully in the body, conducting energy or Shakti throughout the body, and opening the heart and body fully to the mystery of Woman.


Aaron's exploration of consciousness and meditation practices has been through the work of masters such as Anadi, Adyashanti, John DeRuiter and Leslie Temple Thurston, through whose work he has discovered the ever deepening awakening of Pure Awareness beyond Form and its continuing clarification and evolution in the marriage of Spirit and Form within the Non Dual Ground of Being.


Aaron believes that Tantra is a path to embodied wholeness where we have the opportunity to bring the light of Pure Awareness and Divine Love deep into the body where all shadows and incongruencies in ones being must be faced with both the impeccable dedication of Spiritual Warriorship and the Heart of a sensitive Lover. Through the meeting of the Masculine and Feminine we have the opportunity to realize God in the Forms of the World, and support the evolution of our precious World into higher forms of development. It is a path of utter care and devotion that lovingly requires everything

Themes

On this retreat, we will explore the following themes:

  • The qualities of the awakened feminine and masculine
  • Awakened female and male sexuality
  • Practices for fully embodying the masculine and the feminine
  • Practices for the meeting of male and female
  • Connecting sex and soul in Tantric lovemaking
  • Exploring both unconscious and conscious aspects of our sexuality

Methods

The methods we will use are:

body awareness and sensitizing techniques
immersion in deep Tantric meditation
active meditations
blissdance, a tantric free movement form developed by Shakti
enactments and roleplay
guided conversations

Who is the retreat for?

This retreat is suitable for all sincere seekers of truth of any gender or orientation, single or partnered. You do not need a partner to attend.

The venue: Chubby's Bush Camp, Illovo KZN



Chubby's Bush Camp offers guests the ultimate intimate, relaxing bush experience. it is located in a Malaria free environment and easily accessible from both Durban and Pietermaritzburg on good tar roads.

Cost and bookings

Cost: R4 400 includes facilitation and meals
Bookings: Book with Pieta Erasmus: peeb@iafrica.com. Book soon as places are limited.
Full payment to be made into the following account:

Dr. S. Malan

Standard Bank current account

Thibault Square branch (02-11-09-00)

Account number: 073152811





Thursday, 24 November 2011



Awakening Female Sexual Energy
A workshop for women

5 December 11 am - 5pm
Fish Hoek, Cape Town


Dakinis Wendy and Shakti

with a guest appearance by Rahasya

tantraschool.co.za



Women's sexual energy is a potent force for spiritual awakening. Patriarchy has left women feeling disconnected from our sexual essence and the beauty of our desire. It is time for us to embrace the power of our sexuality, and to reconnect our sexuality with our spiritual essence. This day offers women an opportunity to undertake this journey under the guidance of two Dakinis - women whose sexuality has been awakened and who teach the mysteries of Tantra. Some themes we will address are:
  • understanding and experiencing the unique nature of female sexual energy
  • noticing and clearing blocks in the energy system to enable awakened sexual flow
  • sexual self loving as passionate meditation
  • skydancing - waking up women's sexual energy, or kundalini, and guiding that energy
  • women's sexuality as guide into the mystery

Methods:
breathwork
dialogue
inquiry
subtle movement
dance

No nakedness is required. All sincere seekers of truth are welcome.

Cost: R500
Bookings with Shakti: shakti@shakti.co.za. Book soon as places are limited.

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Tantric Dolphin Retreat March 2012

www.halogaia.com

Year Schedule




Waking up to Bliss

A Wild Dolphin Retreat with Shakti Malan and Courtney Ward

Thursday 1st - Sunday 4th March 2012

The year 2012 is a time of celebration for those of us who have chosen to dedicate our lives to waking up spiritually. We have been working hard at clearing, and now it is time to surrender into Bliss. Come drop into the joyful support of the dolphins, and open to what they have to share through the wise practices of Tantra. Tantra is an ancient mystery tradition that focuses on awakening, this lifetime, through total immersion in presence in every aspect of our lives, including our sexuality.

On this retreat you will
• Experience the dropping of body armoring so that you can open to the bliss of this moment
• Learn to use the breath as an instrument of deep pleasure and bliss
• Come home into your own blissful, sexually ecstatic body
• Open to the flow of awakened life force, or kundalini, in your life



Your facilitators:

Shakti



Shakti is a Tantra teacher or dakini and member of the Advait Tantraschool (tantraschool.co.za). She does sessions, workshops, courses and retreats in South Africa and across the world. Her central approach is to enter the totality of experience as a gateway to awakening. Shakti believes that sexuality is the field which most powerfully directs us to this gateway. For more on her work, see www.shakti.co.za and www.totalitytherapy.com

Shakti is well loved as a group work facilitator because of her ability to sense and respond to the spirit of the group. This skill comes from her academic training (Ph.D. in Social Anthropology), her immersion in shamanic psychology (specifically process work psychology) and the somatic/kinaesthetic awareness she has developed as a dakini. Shakti developed a dance form called BlissDance which she uses in her teaching. The awakening of Spirit in the Body in her work happens as we release body armoring and become more and more aware of subtle sensory experience. In her personal journey, Shakti has been profoundly affected by the dolphins, and she works in deep resonance with them.


Courtney Ward




Courtney Ward ‘Essentially a performer in the great arts of the divine’, Courtney is a talented artist, actor and musician. She is especially gifted in her spontaneous ability to apply her artistic gifts and musical talents in a group dynamic in aid of personal transformation and creativity. Courtney has been exploring the powerful use of sound vibration healing for the past 15 years. It has taken her on a journey of shamanic sound discovery that lies within the seed core of us all. For the past 11 years, Courtney has worked intensively with a pod of 200+ dolphins in Southern Mozambique as Halo Gaia’s owner and leading Dolphin Swim Facilitator. Through her intimate relations with the dolphins, her love of people and her exceptional musical skills, Courtney offers an extraordinary Dolphin Swim program. Her playful and spontaneous joy magnetically inspires and enthuse those around her. Please visit www.halogaia.com/dolphinangel.htm for more details..

R4 500.00 Per person sharing

  • Single supplements apply for tent alone
  • Extra nights optional at R200.00 p/p/s

Includes:

  • 4x4 Transfers from the border to camp
  • Three nights accommodation in safari tents on wooden decking, with mattresses and linen
  • Communal kitchen and bathroom facilities

  • Snorkelling course , Code-of-conduct, Boat safety and sharing of delightful Dolphin stories
  • Three conscious and Respectful Dolphin swims facilitated by Courtney Ward
  • Shakti`s facilitated program
  • Sound Journey and Drumming with Courtney
  • Private gathering space for activities beautifully decorated with lanterns, mats and cushions
  • Emailed Photographs of your ocean experiences

Excludes:

  • Transport to the Mozambique border
  • Parking at the border at R40 per day
  • All meals; There is a restaurant to enjoy meals out & a self-catering facility available
  • All Drinks … please bring a 5L water per person
  • Snorkeling equipment @ R75 per day
  • Visa (ONLY for non-South African passport holders)

FOR BOOKINGS & FURTHER ENQUIRIES CONTACT:
Halo Gaia Holistic Travel
Kate Ballenden Tel: +27 (0)11 447 8121 / Cell: +27 (0)82 307 0424 / info@halogaia.com


Halo Gaia Holistic Tourism legally operates all Dolphin Scenic Tours under the "Transporte Maritimo Commercial de Trafego local de Passageiros" license issued to Malongane for commercialdolphin launches in Southern Mozambique










Tel: +27 (0)11 447 8121 Email: info@halogaia.com



www.halogaia.com

Year Schedule










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Monday, 21 November 2011



Eros and Enlightenment
A Talk and Mini-Workshop
with Rahasya, Shakti and Wendy
Advait Tantraschool
Monday 5 December 7 - 11pm
Fish Hoek, Cape Town



Plato said: Eros leads to Gnosis (higher truth). Very few traditions in the world understand the mystery behind this statement. The Advait Tantraschool of South Africa has a unique way of working with Eroticism and fantasy as a gateway to Awakening of higher knowing. Eroticism and fantasy is directly linked to the unconscious - to that in us which is suppressed. That which is suppressed creates filters in our ability to be deeply present, in life and in love. By consciously exploring eros, we can integrate deeply unconscious aspects of our psyches, move through dualities that pull us out of alignment and come to rest in the truth of who we really are.

In this mini-workshop, we will explore
  • The nature of eroticism and fantasy
  • How to work with eroticism and fantasy
  • How to use eros as a gateway to awakening

The presenters

Rahasya

Rahasya Advait is the Director of the Advait Tantraschool (tantraschool.co.za and advaittantra.com).

He started his exploration of tantra and related teachings in 1983. Most of his practical training was from Osho’s community of tantra teachers. From 2002, since his own completion of the path, he has been teaching tantra. His primary work is to guide a few exceptional women to their flowering as Dakinis truly worthy of the title. He teaches groups and workshops, intensive retreats and in private individuals and couples sessions.


Wendy

"I am one of Rahasya's first students and have been initiated by him into the lineage of the Dakini. In Tibet, a female practitioner of Tantra is called a Dakini, a sky dancer. Skydancing is what happens when a woman's sexual energy starts to move up her body, through her heart and comes showering out the crown of her head .A Dakini is a woman who embodies the sacred power of female sexuality. This power has a peaceful side, a sense of stillness and silence in which nothing stirs and also a wrathful side which is fierce and annihilating in the service of truth".


Shakti

Shakti is a dakini or teacher of the mysteries of Tantra and member of the Advait Tantraschool (tantraschool.co.za). Shakti is based in Cape Town, South Africa but teaches and practices across the world. Her central approach is to enter the totality of experience as a gateway to awakening. Shakti believes that sexuality is the field which most powerfully directs us to this gateway. For more on her... work, see www.shakti.co.za and www.totalitytherapy.com

Shakti's purpose as Tantric dakini is to facilitate your awakening to the essence of who you really are, while remaining fully functional in your body. Shakti has a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology, a discipline that teaches the practitioner to listen to the reality of groups and individuals from an insider perspective, through immersion in the texture of their lives. She spent many years translating the realities of vulnerable communities to decision makers in government, development organizations and corporates in the fields of poverty management, economic development and environmental management. Shakti’s training as dakini comes through the Advaita tradition and many years of immersion in meditation and conscious body practices.

Bookings

Book with Shakti: shakti@shakti.co.za. Cost R400 pp. Further details upon registration. Limited space available.