This December, we are offering a 4 day training which will be of interest to anyone studying Tantra or interested in beginning.
It goes back to the fundamentals; a solid foundation course laying down the three pillars of a balanced Tantric practice.
These are, techniques in mind confronting and working with your inner ego constructs, techniques for accessing vital life force through sexuality, body and emotional body, and cleansing the blocks that prevent that flow, and, the building up of a strong, balanced practice.
Singles and couples, beginners and those with much experience all welcome.
The teachers have over thirty years of combined experience, and invite you to come and relax and explore and feel for four deep days of spiritual immersion.
The training will take place in Hout Bay at a beautiful eco home from 16-19 December. There is an exquisite natural swimming pool, lovely gardens, and space in the garden for Qigong and Yoga. Accommodation is either bnb’s nearby, your own home, or camping in the gardens. Come and join us.
1. Mind Training
- Defining Mind
- Growing your awareness of mind
- Growing your capacity to catch the mind
- Developing the specific skillset to shift the mind
- Moving beyond mind into no-mind
- Rewiring the fundamental habit of building a mind
The biggest obstacle to resting in your essence and life force energy, is handing responsibility for our being over to our minds. Mind is a construct, intellect, memory, decision making apparatus, good-bad and like-dislike attitudes, forms of consciousness and sense of identity. Anybody interested in spiritual awakening, personal mastery or simply improving their lives can benefit from understanding the nature of this construct we live inside.
Understanding how our mind and our body work together, within our severe limitations and patterns, and being free of them, is absolutely key for forward motion in Tantra.
2. Vital Life Force
- Discovering through direct experience your own energetic nature and subtle energy body
- Connect to, free and love your emotional body, learning to listen and express it.
- Access the wisdom of your heart essence and relaxing the thinking mind
- Tapping into the healing power of pleasure, relaxing and expanding your sexuality and orgasmic potential.
Spiritual practice requires tremendous energy. The habit of our inner contractions has massive inertia and in order to move beyond it it requires a certain potency. Learning how to access and work with the fundamental energy of life without violence allows it to nourish and support the move into being.
Embodiment, vitality, joy and creativity arrive when we awaken and keep our life force flowing strongly. This includes our fundamental sexual energy. Yet sex is not a mere movement of the genitals, it's a Cosmic Affair : galaxies colliding and compenetrating, nebulas kissing their brilliancy, black holes stroking their centers, energy explosions birthing new worlds .
"Human sexuality is the experience of Infinity in the finite body.
When the body relaxes in its divine emptiness, naked as the darkest night and aware of its intrinsic brilliancy, it becomes a portal for Cosmic Endless Orgasm."
As you relax into your True Self, your Orgasmic Essence will naturally express ....Endlessly!
3. A Beautiful Practice
- Crafting, cultivating, balancing your own practice & learning how to evolve this practice
- Building and relying on really good, established forms within your journey - a healthy body of habits that helps you through intense process
- Life Artistry; evoking your true self as an artistic, creative act
- Tuning in to your aesthetic in relationship, work and worship
- Deep understanding of ritual and meeting the moment
Indian Guru, Osho, spoke of the first two energies cultivated above as ‘Buddha' (presence, awareness, compassion, strategy) and ‘Zorba' (wild abandon and life-force energy) . Too much of the one overstimulates you, like a bull in a china shop, full of energy but lacking awareness, delicacy, strategy and compassion. Too much of the other and we can be dry, desiccated, without sufficient energy to get clear of the swamp of our wounds and patterns.
Expanding, accessing, understanding and weaving them is Tantra. We learn how to do this by practical methods of application - authentic spiritual practice. Our practice needs shape, but without flow it becomes just another contraction. Balancing flow and shape is the third part of the Tantra Foundations.
Please bring clothes suitable for yoga practice and a yoga mat if you have one.
Since his initiation into Osho Sannyas at age 12, Sy has been on a 30+ year journey, a journey which has ventured through Osho Sannyas, Shamanism, Ritual Magick, Advaita and Tantra. It has spanned 4 continents and included many valuable guides along the way. Nowadays his primary practice consists of tantra and shamanic medicine work.
Sy is the co-founder of Medicine Buddhas, project manager at the Dharma Lab, co-founder of the Entheogenic Alliance & co-founder of Sexual Integration for Men.
Alongside his spiritual journey Sy also worked in the Open Source movement and in a number of web start-ups. He is very grateful for the 15 years spent in the tech world as certain methodologies like open source and lean and agile approaches have the potential to revolutionize spiritual practice as we move out of the age of the guru and towards that of the collective messiah. Sy tests out these approaches at the Dharma Lab, a leaderless sangha focused on rapid iteration and integration of varied awakening technologies.
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 a Dakini (embodied teacher )and a devoted student of the Traditional Tantric lineage of Kashmir Shivaism that recognise the body as Vibration and Space.
As Creative Director, she conceptualised in-famous productions such as Madame Zingara's Theatre of Dreams & the Pussy Room.
Valentina is known for her unique talent in creating safe and sacred spaces where seekers of all ages may claim their own Spiritual Eroticism. With grace, charm and humour, she has guided and supported many men and women on their sacred journey towards themselves. From this place,ultimate Freedom can be experienced as the True Essence of Love – which is the heart of all Tantric teachings .
Her deepest desire is to birth a generation of TRUE LOVERS to populate our Beautiful Planet.
Italian by birth she has been living in Cape Town for almost two decades , offering classes, retreats and private sessions.
Akira has been studying tantra for 15 years, and before that was raised in a family of meditators focusing on tenets of Tibetan buddhism and Catholicism. Having faced numerous health challenges through her dark night of the soul, she has learned how to be deeply strategic when it comes to energy expenditure and works constantly with the energy body. Death and illness have been her deepest teachers, from needing the attention and awareness to manage a complex chronic condition, to dealing with the emotions around abandonment at a moment of lowest ebb, and having to surrender to something greater than herself in order to survive. She has an intimate knowledge of death space, and the tantra of the charnal ground.
Akira’s main interest is expanded consciousness. She has been deeply informed by the zen tradition of meditation and awareness and is also a graduate of the notorious Advait Tantra School where she studied with such luminaries as Shima, Wendy Dakini, Advait Rahasya and Sy Tzu. Akira’s background is in social anthropology and philosophy.
“Akira is in love with the real beyond sentiment, morality and projection, and demands it in her work, however gentle her manner.” Francois, student
Prior to this retreat, she was focussed on committed, long term one-on-one work, but she feels the need to make these mind training techniques more available as South African Tantra comes of age.
At the end of the training you will have a foundation of Tantric technique in body, mind, emotion and physical body, and a personlised Tantric practice to take home.
The cost is R3900 for the four day training (or R3300 early bird price until 6 November)
There are a maximum of 15 places.
Accommodation and food
Camping on site is available or you can arrive daily (another option are the many guest houses nearby). Most of us will be camping (R150/night), please bring your own tent and bedding. You can bring your own food (cooking facilities are somewhat limited so please be creative) & we will also organize vegetarian, vegan or gluten free catering from La Cuccina (approximately R200/day). Please let us know in advance of any dietary restrictions if you’d like us to cater.
Bring your swimming costume and towels, the natural swimming pool is exquisite.
There are also compost toilets. A shower. And a small sink/cooker area for preparing food. No oven. We can make a campfire at the tented area.