09 October 2010

Conscious sexuality conference and trainings this December

Invitation to the Second Annual African Conference for Sexuality and Consciousness Educators Kalk Bay, Cape Town 3 - 5 December 2010

Following the highly successful first Annual African Conference for Sexuality and Consciousness Conference in Johannesburg last year, we are inviting you to present at the next conference, which will be in Cape Town this December.

Conference Focus

The focus of this conference is on sexuality as a vehicle for consciousness. This is an educators' conference. It is aimed at all who teach, work, heal and facilitate in the areas of sexuality and consciousness. The conference is also for those who aspire to become facilitators in these areas. Whereas some participants may be working directly with sexuality in their professions, others may be working more widely with consciousness, including consciousness in sexuality. Both the conference and the training will be valuable for serious students of consciousness even if they are not educators as such.

The theme for this year's conference is Embracing Arousal - Personal Growth and Planetary Union. For more details on the conference, see For more details on the conference, see the conference website http://sexualityconsciousness.com and http://sedonatemple.com/2010-africa-conference.php

Who will be there?

Here are some of the professions that we will be inviting:

• Tantrikas, dakas and dakinis from African, Western and Eastern traditions
• Massage therapists and other body workers
• Sangomas and shamanic teachers
• Sexologists working with consciousness
• Councilors
• Physiotherapists, psychologists, lecturers and other professionals who work with sexuality and consciousness
• Artists and filmmakers
• Meditation teachers
• Large group process facilitators
• Body consciousness practitioners, including kinesiologists, body talk practitioners, cranio-sacral therapists, NLP practitioners
• Sex workers wanting to work with consciousness
• Yoga teachers

Please feel free to pass on this invitation to anyone in your network who is interested to or already working in the fields of sexuality and consciousness. We are relying mostly on personal networking to fulfill the potential of this event.

Conference Aim

This conference is a forum to discuss and share the wisdom on Sexuality and Consciousness that arises from African soil, and to have African insights be met by the perspectives of practitioners from other continents. While we aim to have a strong and diverse range of professionals from Africa at the conference, we will also have professionals from all other continents participating and contributing to the discussion. This discussion facilitates new learning, as well as an invaluable opportunity for practitioners to stand back and reflect on our practices. Last year's conference was a rich networking event, as well as a welcoming space for those who wish to become educators in the fields of Sexuality an Consciousness.

The organizers

This conference is jointly organized by a team of people from the International School of Temple Arts (sedonatemple.com) and the Advait Tantraschool of South Africa (tantraschool.co.za). BabaDez Nichols (babadez.com) heads the international team. Dez is an internationally known teacher of sacred sexual shamanic healing work. He arranges conferences such as this one across the globe. He is a published author and film producer. Shakti Malan (shakti.co.za and totalitytherapy.com) heads the African team. She is professional dakini or conscious sexuality teacher and a member of the Advait Tantraschool of South Africa (tantraschool.co.za). . She is based in Cape Town and teaches internationally. Shakti holds a Ph.D.(UCT) in Social Anthropology.

What does it cost?

First Time Attendee - prior to Sept. 1st $150 = approximately 1,100 ZAR
First Time Attendee - prior to Oct. 1st $175 = approximately 1,286 ZAR
First Time Attendee - prior to Nov. 1st $200 = approximately 1,470 ZAR
First Time Attendee - prior to Nov. 15th $225 = approximately 1,654 ZAR
First Time Attendee - Nov. 15th or later $250 = approximately 1,830 ZAR
Repeat Attendee or Presenter -prior to Sept. 1st $125 = approx. 920 ZAR
or New Presenter $150 = approximately 1,100 ZAR


Information on presenters will appear on both links given above. If you would like to offer a presentation at the conference, please write to shakti@shakti.co.za. We reserve the right to select presentations.


To book and for the conference, contact Sharon Devantier at sharon@advaittantra.com. Payment can be done at http://sedonatemple.com/2010-africa-conference.php. South Africans who wish to pay by local EFT, can contact Sharon to get banking details.


There are two training programmes following the conference. You do not need to have come to the conference to register for the training. Both training programs are suitable for serious students of sexuality and consciousness, whether you are a practitioner or not. While the trainings will contribute to the depth and professional skills of practitioners, I want to emphasize that no five day training can ever qualify you to become a Dakini or a Daka. The main purpose of the training is to deepen your own capacity for presence and awareness. Come for yourself, and the rewards will ripple through your professionall life, whatever that is.

Spiritual Sexual Shamanic Practitioners training:
6 - 11 December 2010
Cape Town
With Baba Dez Nichols and Shakti Malan

Full details of this training on http://www.sedonatemple.com/2010-africa-training.php.

Tantric Training:
Into the Depths

Tantric Training:
Into the Depths

13 - 18 December 2010
Gecko Creek, Cederberg
Facilitated by Rahasya and Shakti

Into the Depths is a five day intensive course brought to you by two highly experienced Tantrikas. Tantra is a mystery tradition that includes all aspects of our being, also our sexuality, in the quest for awakening. Tantra has traditionally been seen as the fast path, the most direct route to breaking through illusions and waking up to the truth of who we really are. It is a path for spiritual warriors, fools for the divine, tightroap-walkers into the depths of existence.

Want to come play?

The Facilitators: Rahasya and Shakti

Sw Advait Rahasya is the Director of the Advait Tantraschool of South Africa; see tantraschool.co.za. He is one of the rare few living Tantra masters on the planet today. Rahasya's teachings are a unique contemporary interpretation of the ancient Tantric mystery traditions. His touch is extroadinary and his style of teaching incisive, quirky and compassionate. Shakti Malan is a Dakini and member of the Advait Tantraschool. She has a strong practice in Cape Town and has been teaching internationally in the UK and US. For more on her teaching, see shakti.co.za and totalitytherapy.com

A Training Programme

Tantra is a practical path; it is a set of practices rather than a philosophy or a religion. The teaching reveals itself through personal practice. Whether you come to this event as a facilitator of others or purely for your own journey, our focus remains the same: It is through doing your own inner work that you develop the capacity to support others. The deeper you dive into your own psyche, the more of you becomes present to radiate awareness into the world.

Our focus on this training will be on your personal experience. In addition, we will bring in the meta-perspective of the facilitator, helping you to understand and access the techniques and processes we are using to facilitate your journey.

Who is this training for?

This training is for any committed seekers of truth who are asking the big questions:
Who am I (really?)
What is the truth?
How can I live in unconditional love?

The training is structured in a way that it will deeply serve both those who are coming only for their own personal work and those who wish to insert more of the wisdom of Tantra into their professional practice. We welcome practitioners from all walks of life: conscious sexuality, yoga and meditation teachers, healers, medical practitioners, psychologists and sexologists, body workers, sex workers, leaders, teachers. We are expecting participants from all over South Africa and the world. While partners are welcome to join the training together, you are most welcome to join the programme on your own.

Into the Depths

A central approach of Tantra is to open you to the full depths of your experience. We habitually and continually repress and deny much of the feeling, sensation and emotion that is available to us. Our work and play together will help you to access the depths of your experience that has been denied, and thus to open to the heights of sensation you are capable of.


Our themes for the training are:

A. Embracing desire and fear

  1. Learning to use your erotic impulse as a way to mine what is in the unconscious
  2. Acquiring practices that assist you to stay present in the fire of your deepest fears and desires
  3. Finding ways to distinguish between association and the real of experience
  4. Getting to know how the nervous system responds when what has been repressed gets accessed
  5. Witnessing, experiencing and learning how to facilitate the nervous system and the emotional body through the re-integration of what has been repressed

B. The Soulmate Within
  1. Making conscious your inner masculine and feminine and the relationship between them
  2. Understanding and practicing right relationship between your inner masculine and feminine
  3. Reclaiming aspects of your inner masculine and feminine that have been projected outward on to significant others
  4. Exploring the real of love, fidelity, trust, commitment and other concepts associated with intimate relationship


Tantric meditations
facilitated discussions
conscious touch technique teaching
witnessed individual sessions with participants
opportunities to explore and practice with each other
blissdance and waterbliss, two Tantric movement systems created by Shakti

The place: Gecko Creek, Cederberg

Gecko Creek is an exquisite venue in the Cederberg, remarkably easy to access and only 2 - 3 hours' drive from Cape Town. See geckocreek.com. The Cederberg is an exquisitely beautiful wild area north of Cape Town in the Western Cape. Gecko Creek forms part of the only leopard sanctuary in South Africa. The rocky outcrops are full of San paintings, testifying to the fact that this place has been a sacred site for thousands of years. Cabins and tents all have extraordinary views over the wilderness. One of the reasons why we choose Gecko Creek is because it is a real immersion in nature, and brings us back to the basics of life.


Facilitation fee: R5 500 *
* discount on merit

Food: Each person will be allocated meals to prepare.


Prices per person sharing for all five nights; single accommodation double the price

Cabin R1080
Tent (beds and bedding provided) R720
Camping R440 (Own tent and bedding)


Book with Annwen at annwen@shakti.co.za. Book early to avoid disappointment. The training will be limited to 18 participants.

Namaste beloveds


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