15 March 2010

Fwd: Tantric Practice for Women: Upcoming workshops

Tantric Practice for Women: Upcoming workshops

Tantra is a practice that cultivates awareness of our oneness with existence through sexual awakening. This happens through the opening of the chakras. Chakras are energy centers in the body where consciousness collects around particular patterns. Typically in sexual encounter, we send our sexual energy outwards. We may experience deep bliss for a while, but generally this does not last. With Tantric awareness, our sexual vitality starts to move up our bodies like a snake that uncoils, from the root or base of the body all the way up through the crown. Sexual energy moves from the first chakra up. This process is often known at the Uncoiling of the Snake (sexual energy or kundalini). For more on the unique qualities of each chakra, see http://shakti.co.za/blog/2008/04/tantra-and-chakras_14.html

The ongoing course on Tantra for women consists of regular mini workshops in which we will systematically work through the chakras. There will be four or five workshops per chakra. Each workshop will be an exploration of a specific element of women's sexuality related to that chakra. You will benefit most from the mini workshops if you attend them from the beginning. However, the workshops will be structured in such a way that you can attend any workshop at any stage (that is, you can enter and exit the process as it suits you.) I will advertise each workshop in a separate mail as well. Here are dates for workshops until end of May. Most of the workshops will take place at Persephone Institute in Hout Bay.

The Dance of Life and Death: Saturday 27 March 10am – 1pm

The base chakra is what connects us to our aliveness as human beings - to our desire, and our will to live. But in order to live fully, we have to come to accept the fundamental truth that we are also busy dying. Every day, we experience smaller and larger deaths. Every time we let go of something that we valued, this is a little death. Orgasm is called a little death. Every time we enter a moment fully, we die to what came before - and what comes after. Embracing our dying can bring us to the fullness of our aliveness in exquisite ways. It will be powerful to share this with a group of women.

Virgin, Whore and Women's Union: Saturday 17 April 10am – 1pm

The myths of patriarchy have brought a big divide in women's sexuality. Within most women today, there is a split between the virgin and the whore - the desire to be the one, the fear to be the other. Since the story was told that Eve bit the apple, we have struggled to believe as women that the sacred and the sexual can co-exist in us, that we can live and express the full power of our sexuality without losing our innocence, our purity. By bringing awareness to this dynamic in us, an a playful way, we can undo the split that has kept us back for so long, and change our relationship with each other from being critical to being supportive.

Sexuality and Belonging: Saturday 8 May 10am – 1pm

The sacral chakra is the energy center where we hold our relationships, our sense of belonging in the world. Our sexuality can be deeply affected by our relationships with those close to us - the family that we grew up, previous and current partners, and tribes or social collectives that we have identified with. In this workshop, we will use art and projection work to make conscious the webs of connections that have shaped our relationship with our sexuality. Then we will use breath work and meditation to drop what we no longer need and to find a deep belonging belonging in our own skins.

Listening to Yoni: Saturday 29 May 10am – 1pm

*Yoni is the Tantric word for the vulva. The yoni holds qualities of awareness that are so vital that Buddha called the yoni the gateway to nirvana (see picture above). And yet, many of us have grown up to be suspicious of the yoni. The word "cunt" is used as a derogatory term, and yet its original meaning, "kund", is that of the sacred container into which all the rivers of life flow. In this workshop, we will use movement, visualization, inner dialogue and breath work to access the wisdom and beauty that comes so us through our yonis.

Venue: Most workshops will be held at Persephone Institute, Hout Bay. We will confirm the venue for each workshop.

Cost: R350 pp per workshop

Bookings: Book for workshops with Ahrian at ahrian@shakti.co.za.

 Please note that cancellations within 24 hours of the workshop will not be accepted, outstanding monies will be due.

I look forward to sitting with you in the divine circle of the feminine as we discover and share our delight.



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