A Tantric Exploration of Love as Emptiness
An Intimate Soiree' with Valentina Leo
Essential embodiment of Tantric Shaivism, the Mystic Yogini Poetess,Lal Ded of Kashmir(1320/1392 AD) is considered a Mystical Genius.
Revered as a Realized Soul, a great Saint-Poet and even as an Avatar, she is the creator of a style of mystic poetry called 'Vakhs', literally "speech" (voice).
Lal Ded was more affectionately known as LALLA ("Darling" in Kashmiri language) and her true life is lost in a haze of legends...but the story that is most told speaks of an abusive marriage that she entered as a child bride and that lead her to enlightenment at the very young age of 13!
From this moment on Lalla literally dropped her clothing, attachments and family bonds and spent the rest of her life wandering naked singing Love-Songs to her Beloved Shiva.
Her Poems are her teachings.
Never collected in linear format, but passed on as an oral tradition, they are the true expression of feminine wisdom in Tantric culture.
To this day she is deeply loved and revered in Kashmir, and her poems are still an essential part of the popular culture. Kashmiri peoples still say that they only have 2 words that matter : Allah and Lalla.
LISTEN TO LALLA ON YOUTUBE >> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Bppd_iUgxQ
After the reading there will be an opportunity to meet a dear friend and colleague that is traveling internationally to join me in the teaching of Traditional Tantra @
THE YOGA OF LOVE RETREAT (24/29 MAY )
IF YOU HAVE BEEN FEELING AN ATTRACTION TO THIS WORK BUT ARE STILL UNSURE ABOUT JOINING, THIS WILL BE A WONDERFUL CHANCE TO HAVE YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED AND TO GET A TASTE OF THE TEACHINGS THAT WILL BE SHARED AT THE RETREAT.
...if you already know that you will join us on Retreat, this evening can be the beginning of your journey with us, preparing your inner Lover to the Divine meeting with your Sacred Emptiness.
A R50/100 DONATION TO THE VENUE WILL BE HIGHLY APPRECIATED.
PLEASE DONATE GENEROUSLY IN SUPPORT OF AVALON ASHRAM, CURRENTLY THE ONLY VENUE IN CAPE TOWN DEDICATED TO THE EXPLORATION AND EXPRESSION OF TANTRIC STUDIES IN ITS MULTITUDE OF FORMS.
STARTS: 7:30PM SHARP
ENDS: 9:30PM organically...
VENUE : AVALON ASHRAM
11 Highwick Avenue, Claremont- Cape Town
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VALENTINA LEO – (a.k.a. Mrslove)
an Artist, a Lover, a Mother and a Fool. A tantric practitioner, teacher of Sacred Sexuality and an Explorer of the Tantric Realms for over 15 years. Valentina is an embodied teacher (Dakini) and a devoted student of the Traditional Tantric lineage of Kashmir Shivaism that recognises the body as Vibration and Space.
And Freedom as the Essence of Love.
Italian by birth she has been living in Cape Town for two decades, offering classes, retreats and private sessions.
MAY WE ALL LIVE IN BLISS