13 September 2011

Shakti's Tantra news September

Hello Beloveds,

I am delighted to be back home with you and feeling intensely the changes happening in me, as in the world. Traveling the world for 3 1/2 months while teaching, I got to see how collective patterns in consciousness, particularly those that hold patriarchal belief structures, are ready to fall away. They are dense, but there is much support for those of us who are willing to do the work. Three areas that need our attention now are:
  • old belief structures and habits that we have carried over from our ancestors
  • unresolved feelings towards our parents and
  • places where we unconsciously subscribe to the beliefs of our culture.

I feel such gratitude for the guidance that I have received in my life to do this work, as it has made the recent passing of my beloved father a beautiful experience for me. Much is dying, and much is ready to be reborn.

And so I offer to you below, the delights for the rest of the year.

How do decide what to do?

  • For students who are new to this work, I recommend a private session
  • For couples who want to bring Tantra into their lovemaking, consider the Tantric Meditation Retreat and/or the Tantra and Breathwork Retreat. Please note that ALL my events are also suitable for single people.
  • For those of you who have been introduced to the work and want to go deeper, the Tantric Meditation Retreat and the Tantra and Breathwork retreat would be excellent.
  • If you are ready for emotional and/or sexual healing and release of old patterns, the Body De-Armorning course will be excellent.
  • For those of you who are ready to dive deep into and commit to the workings of Tantra in your being, I strongly recommend the December Tantra training that I will be presenting with my teacher Rahasya. Several students from abroad are already booked on this event.
  • Woman Awake! Is a special retreat in October for those women who have done significant work with me.
  • And then thematically, the following should be obvious: If you wish to explore the wonders of breathwork and Tantra combined, come to Breathwork and Tantra retreat. If you have a passion for meditation and lovemaking, or if you wish to integrate your spirituality and sexuality more deeply, come to the Tantric Meditation Retreat.

Sessions

From October, my rates are now R600 per hour and sessions are usually two hours. For the month of October, I am only seeing existing clients and students; new clients are welcome to book for November. New clients who wish to book sooner, I recommend Natasha (see details below).


Other practitioners

Please remember that I am a member of a school with practitioners based in Johannesburg; go to http://tantraschool.co.za/ or advaittantra.com to find out more.

Natasha, who has been apprenticing with me, is open for consultation - see her beautiful website http://www.wingsandroots.co.za/


Video footage of my work

I am delighted to present to you the following two videos that have been made about my work. Have a look and pass the links on.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmuuCfODinA - a video on my work called Beloved -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXP4bHwPsqE&feature=youtu.be - a video on my Totality Therapy Training. I am working on a 14 month internet based training course based on this material, that will start early next year.

Blogs

Read my latest blogs on http://www.blog.shakti.co.za/index.html. I have detailed journals on my travels across the world, as well as an article on monogamy-polyamory and on the death of my father. Please feel free to leave comments on the blogs.

Facebook

To get facebook updates on my events, writings and doings, subscribe to http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Shakti-Malan-Dakini/106914642678279
BlissDance Retreat
"The bliss-filled body"

16 - 18 September
Bodhi Khaya Retreat Center, Stanford


When we drop deep into the center of presence, every cell of our bodies gets infused with the eros of life. We smell the ambroisia of being. When we open to the full aliveness of our bodies, stillness arises of itself.


About BlissDance
Bliss
is the balance that happens
When we fully embrace
Both our shadow and our light
And come to rest
In love

Blissdance is an expression of Tantra, the art of integrating the sacred and sexual, and using this as a force for awakening. In a Blissdance session, you explore your inner and outer worlds through movement and stillness, music and silence. The dance is free and not stylized, though guided by me through the progression of a theme. I introduce the dance, show you how I interpret it, and then you find our own response.

Blissdance draws on the wisdom of Biodanza and various other dance,movement and meditation traditions.

One of the first principles of Tantra is presence – being present in the here and now, in your body, in your senses. Another is the connection between our passion, our sexuality and our hearts. Blissdance is a space where you can come rest into the simple beauty of moving in a body, with other bodies, in the dance of life.

As this happens, you get to experience and confront some of the patterns that keep us from being intimate with life:

Body armoring: We hold our bodies rigid in an attempt to protect ourselves from feeling too much - or feeling what we have been suppressing. Sometimes that is laughter or ecstasy, sometimes that is sadness. fear or anger. All these states are welcome in the dance.

Associations: Over a lifetime of suppessions, we have started to build up meaning through associations. When someone touches you, what does it mean to you? When you enjoy the touch, what fears come up? Do they relate to past experiences or future projections? In BlissDance, these subconscious processes will become conscious for you. In awareness lies the liberation.

One of the keys of BlissDance is that the dance moves you out of your habits and stuck ways. We act out some of the drama's of everyday life - like having a couple's fight - but do that in a conscious way, as a celebration of the body, and as an act of freedom. In doing that, something gives way, more space gets created, and we can celebrate our freedom more. Sometimes I use ancient shamanic techniques to help shake up the nervous system so that you can slip into this moment with no mind. Sometimes we dance wild and crazy with little structure and limitation, to let that energy be expressed and accessed in the body. Eventually, as Rumi says:

something opens up
I taste only sacredness




The moment softens. We get to feel everything intimately. We welcome what is, no longer resist, and in that we can meet the beloved, in the dance, in this moment. In the first place, that beloved is my very own being. Then I can meet him/her in the other, the group, my life, existence.

BlissDance is for those who are yearning for presence, freedom and truth. It is for the brave spiritual warriors who are not scared to dance their ridiculousness and to let their vulnerability be felt in the dance as well.

All it takes is a little willingness. The music, the facilitation and the group will carry you along into what you really want: A deep opening into this present precious moment.

Cost

R1 500 - R1 700 pps depending on choice of accommodation

Bookings

Book with Bianca Cotton: bianca.bodysoul@gmail.com. To confirm your attendance a non-refundable deposit of R800 is required. Account details:

Dr. S. Malan

Standard Bank current account

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

Account number: 073152811




 
Breathwork & Tantra Retreat
Diving Deep - Flying High
Dan Brulé & Shakti Malan
7 - 11 October 2011
Bodhi Khaya, Stanford




Both Breathwork and Tantra poses this question: How much bliss can you stand? And as we explore this question experientially, we discover something fascinating: Our capacity to feel is our capacity to feel. The more we open to whatever feelings and sensations present themselves in this moment - the more we become willing to dive deep into what is here right now - the higher we can fly into the bliss of undivided presence. We will be using these two threads (tantra and breathwork) to more freely express our essential nature and to more fully embody our higher self.



There are two energies running through your body that can profoundly transform your access to life and love:

• Breath, prana or Chi; and
• Kundalini, or sexual energy


We have prepared four delicious days at Bhodi Khaya - a sanctuary in the spectacular Overberg region of the Western Cape, only a 2 hour drive out of Cape Town, for you to come and immerse yourself in the beauty and perfection of your own being.

The breath is the most intimate touch of existence. This first beloved caresses us from the inside, all the time, and yet we hardly notice its presence. Most of us have hardly begun to explore the power of the breath as a tool to deepen our intimacy with ourselves, with another and with existence as such. There is so much more capacity for aliveness in us, right here in our bodies - if we open up more deeply to the breath.

In this workshop, we will bring together the best of two mystery traditions - Tantra and Breathwork - to assist you in opening to the wonder that is right inside you.

On this workshop, you will discover how to:

breathe more deeply into the different dimensions of your body
open to the sensual, rhythmic flow of the breath
drop beyond the mind, into the mind blowing transformational power of the breath
share breathwork with a partner through tantric meditations
bring the power of the breath more strongly into your moving, dancing active life
follow the thread of the breath to its source

Powerful physical, emotional and psychological healing happens spontaneously as a result of spiritual breathing. When we awaken to the energy within us, we merge with the energy around us - and vice versa. When we melt into the energy that surrounds us, we fall into the energy that is at our core...

The surface area of our lungs: if we were to stretch it out and measure it - it would fill one side of a tennis court! That means more of the world comes into intimate contact with us
with each breath - more than we could possibly touch with our hands or wrap our arms around.

And when we breathe... the essence of who we are flows out into the world to mix and merge with everyone and everything. It is lovely to hold a philosophy about oneness, connection, etc.
it is quite another to have a direct biological, an unmistakable cellular experience of divine energy!

"The breath is like a thread... and you can follow that thread to your source."


About Breathwork

Breathwork is the use of breath awareness and conscious breathing exercises, techniques and meditations meant to clear your head, settle your stomach, calm your nerves, and open your heart. We use the breath as a bridge, a force and a tool for health, growth and change in spirit, mind and body. Our style of breathwork is called Spiritual Breathing. It engages every level of your being in the simple natural moment to moment process of breathing. As you become more conscious of your breathing, you become more conscious in general. As you become more aware of your breath, you become more aware, period. Awareness is the key to liberation!

About Tantra

Tantra is an ancient mystery tradition that regards all aspects of our experience, including our sexuality, as a gateway to our awakening. Only when a meditator or a monk was deemed ready by his master would he be introduced to the secret practices of Tantra. When the celibate monk got introduced to the Dakini, a woman who embodies the sacred power of female sexuality, this confrontation with taboo would instantly shatter his spiritual ego and give him an opportunity right there to wake up. She would then initiate him into the sacred sexual mystery practices.

The world is ready to wake up, and is waiting for seekers like you who are willing to face your deepest desires and fears. As a leader of the Advait Tantra school, Shakti has adapted the mystery practices to be accessible for the modern world. It is possible to encounter the touch of the Dakini without any nakedness or even physical touch being required. As we learn to open to the flow of breath, sensuality and kundalini in our own bodies, this energy starts to emanate from us, to bless, uplift, and awaken whoever we meet.


Breath and Tantra coming together

Imagine taking this beautiful awareness of the breath into relationships. Imagine consciously breathing with your beloved. Imagine making your sexual intimate life a space for awakening to happen, through the breath. This is what we will be extending the breath work into this time.

Expect naked hearts rather than naked bodies.

Expect people breathing together in loving support, rather than any overt sexual activity.

Expect a deep embracing of yourself, and a dropping of the false protections that keep us from being able to meet another in truth.

Expect to discover more about your essential impulse rather than pressure to participate in experiences you are not comfortable with.

We have found that many seekers of truth have done deep work in all areas of their lives except their sexuality. And yet our sexuality is such a potent gateway to consciousness!

What if we could use this tremendous power of the breath to break through into deep, unconditional loving?


For more information about Dan Brulé visit www.breathmastery.com.

For more information about Shakti Malan visit www.totalitytherapy.com​

Tantric Meditation Retreat

Lotus Garden Retreat Centre, Knysna
28 - 31 October


There are two levels of Tantric work in my practice; the aspects that focus on clearing and integrating the unconscious (such as erotic work) and the aspects that have to do with pure immersion in presence. Our sexual energy can take us to a deeply meditative presence if we are ready and open. This retreat focuses on the latter - the blissful meditation of Tantra.

Those of you who have known me for a while know that I have a deep love for the Vigyan Bhairav Tantra. This is a short delicious text inspired by Devi, who asks her beloved Shiva the deep questions of life. He answers by giving 112 meditations, which he presents as the summary of all meditations. Practicing any one of these meditations can be enough to take the meditator to full awakening. I have long had a dream of running a retreat just on these meditations - and the time has come.

So come join me for a long weekend of deep immersion on active meditations. These meditations capture the essence of Tantric meditation practice. Here are some examples:

10. " While being caressed, sweet princess, enter the caress as everlasting life".

16. "Blessed One, as senses are absorbed in the Heart, reach the center of the lotus".

57. " In moods of extreme desire be undisturbed".


Who is this retreat for?

This retreat is suitable for all sincere seekers of truth. You can come on your own or as a couple.

The venue

The Osho Neo Monastery is a unique forest venue constructed and managed by people who glow with the light of awareness. Accommodation is provided in A-frame wooden huts lovingly made by the owner. The gathering hall rises up out of the forest and opens up to it on all sides. This is a back-to-nature weekend, the best way to get back into our natural sexuality - with manually heated showers, candles and fires. Food is vegetarian and always exquisite.

Cost and bookings

Cost, including meals and accommodation, is R3 100 pp.
Book with Shakti: shakti@shakti.co.za
Book if you are interested; the venue is cozy and small.












 





Emotional and Sexual Body De-armouring
and Body Intelligence Development

17 - 20 November
Cape Town

Shakti Malan and
Andrew Barnes

Andrew Barnes is an Australian based sex coach and body worker who does beautiful work with sexual trauma release and emotional body de-armoring.
Releasing holding patterns in the body. Together, I think we can cook up a storm. These are the themes we have identified for this workshop:

  • Releasing suppressed emotions relating to holding patterns
  • Completing the sympathetic and para-sympathetic nervous system response to trauma
  • De-constructing belief systems of the mind
  • Kinaesthetic experience of ones own body armouring that is associated to memory (dance, energy movement & bodywork)
  • Experiencing presence without armouring
  • Felt sense or body intelligence development (breath work)
  • Pineal gland activation
  • Physical cleansing with food
Bookings and Inquiries: Annwen annwenmazetti@gmail.com
Cost R4 400 facilitation fee; accommodation available at additional cost.




Tantric Training:
Into the Depths


8 - 13 December 2011
Gecko Creek, Cederberg
Facilitated by Rahasya and Shakti

Tantra Intensive
13 - 16 December 2011


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.

Themes

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

Methods

enactment
breathwork
Tantric meditations
roleplay
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

Tantra Intensive
13 - 16 December 2011

This year's Tantra Training is followed by a Tantra Intensive. This is an advanced retreat for people who have done the Tantra Training last year or this year. The focus of the Intensive will be a deepening of the work done in the Training. The event will also be a celebration, an opportunity to immerse in the bliss of awakening with Rahasya and 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.


Cost

Facilitation fee for Tantra Training: R5 500 if paid fully before 15 November
Facilitation fee for Tantra Intensive: R2 500

Food: Each person will be allocated meals to prepare.

Accommodation:

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)


Booking

Book with Shakti: shakti@shakti.co.za. Book early to avoid disappointment. The training will be limited to 18 participants.


Sending you love on the wings of this full moon

Shakti


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