06 December 2011

Shakti's Tantra News December

Tantric Training:
Into the Depths

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

Tantra Intensive
13 - 16 December 211

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

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.


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.


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

Waking up to Bliss

A Wild Dolphin Retreat with Shakti Malan and Courtney Ward

Thursday 1st - Sunday 4th March 2012

The year 2012 is a time of celebration for those of us who have chosen to dedicate our lives to waking up spiritually. We have been working hard at clearing, and now it is time to surrender into Bliss. Come drop into the joyful support of the dolphins, and open to what they have to share through the wise practices of Tantra. Tantra is an ancient mystery tradition that focuses on awakening, this lifetime, through total immersion in presence in every aspect of our lives, including our sexuality.

On this retreat you will
• Experience the dropping of body armoring so that you can open to the
bliss of this moment
• Learn to use the breath as an instrument of deep pleasure and bliss
• Come home into your own blissful, sexually ecstatic body
• Open to the flow of awakened life force, or kundalini, in your life

Your facilitators:

Shakti is a Tantra teacher or dakini and member of the Advait Tantraschool (tantraschool.co.za). She does sessions, workshops, courses and retreats in South Africa and across the world. Her central approach is to enter the totality of experience as a gateway to awakening. Shakti believes that sexuality is the field which most powerfully directs us to this gateway. For more on her work, see www.shakti.co.za and www.totalitytherapy.com

Shakti is well loved as a group work facilitator because of her ability to sense and respond to the spirit of the group. This skill comes from her academic training (Ph.D. in Social Anthropology), her immersion in shamanic psychology (specifically process work psychology) and the somatic/kinaesthetic awareness she has developed as a dakini. Shakti developed a dance form called BlissDance which she uses in her teaching. The awakening of Spirit in the Body in her work happens as we release body armoring and become more and more aware of subtle sensory experience. In her personal journey, Shakti has been profoundly affected by the dolphins, and she works in deep resonance with them.

Courtney Ward

Courtney Ward 'Essentially a performer in the great arts of the divine', Courtney is a talented artist, actor and musician. She is especially gifted in her spontaneous ability to apply her artistic gifts and musical talents in a group dynamic in aid of personal transformation and creativity. Courtney has been exploring the powerful use of sound vibration healing for the past 15 years. It has taken her on a journey of shamanic sound discovery that lies within the seed core of us all. For the past 11 years, Courtney has worked intensively with a pod of 200+ dolphins in Southern Mozambique as Halo Gaia's owner and leading Dolphin Swim Facilitator. Through her intimate relations with the dolphins, her love of people and her exceptional musical skills, Courtney offers an extraordinary Dolphin Swim program. Her playful and spontaneous joy magnetically inspires and enthuse those around her. Please visit www.halogaia.com/dolphinangel.htm for more details..
R4 500.00 Per person sharing

  • Single supplements apply for tent alone
  • Extra nights optional at R200.00 p/p/s


  • 4x4 Transfers from the border to camp
  • Three nights accommodation in safari tents on wooden decking, with mattresses and linen
  • Communal kitchen and bathroom facilities

  • Snorkelling course , Code-of-conduct, Boat safety and sharing of delightful Dolphin stories
  • Three conscious and Respectful Dolphin swims facilitated by Courtney Ward
  • Shakti`s facilitated program
  • Sound Journey and Drumming with Courtney
  • Private gathering space for activities beautifully decorated with lanterns, mats and cushions
  • Emailed Photographs of your ocean experiences

  • Transport to the Mozambique border
  • Parking at the border at R40 per day
  • All meals; There is a restaurant to enjoy meals out & a self-catering facility available
  • All Drinks … please bring a 5L water per person
  • Snorkeling equipment @ R75 per day
  • Visa (ONLY for non-South African passport holders)

Halo Gaia Holistic Travel
Kate Ballenden Tel: +27 (0)11 447 8121 / Cell: +27 (0)82 307 0424 / info@halogaia.com

Halo Gaia Holistic Tourism legally operates all Dolphin Scenic Tours under the "Transporte Maritimo Commercial de Trafego local de Passageiros" license issued to Malongane for commercialdolphin launches in Southern Mozambique

Man and Woman Awake

Tantra Intensive Retreat
with Shakti Malan and Aaron Swanson

21 (public holiday) - 25 March 2012

Illovo, KZN

This Retreat

The meeting and merging of masculine and feminine is a primary objective of Tantric practice. In human evolution, the year 2012 signals the time when the inner marriage between masculine and feminine becomes more available to us - and the imperative is strong for us to use the opportunity. When masculine and feminine merge, we awake to the truth of who we really are - the Beloved as such. On the way there, it is important for Man to open to fully embodying the Masculine, and for Woman to embody the Feminine. Once this has happened, we can open to the other, and start dancing with the Soulmate Within.

The feminine, as represented in Tantra by Shakti, is not afraid of the dark underworld. She creates the world of illusions. She is comfortable exploring and integrating what is in the unconscious. She explores dark eros and finds the gifts in those corners of existence that have been shunned. She smells, drinks, feels, hears, tastes. She receives the mystery and opens to that which is beyond the known.

The masculine, as represented in Tantra by Shiva, holds one pointed focus and stillness. Shiva sits in deep meditation on Mount Khailash, and is undisturbed by the movement of the elements around him. His quality is presence, and when he acts, he does so with skillful means. His attitude to the feminine is total love and devotion. He is the arrow that enters where the feminine guides and takes the energy upward towards transcendent oneness with all that is.

The Facilitators

You have an opportunity on this retreat to explore the dance of Man and Woman Awakening with two facilitators who have been exploring and living these qualities deeply in their personal Tantric practice.

Shakti is a dakini or teacher of the mysteries of Tantra and member of the Advait Tantraschool (tantraschool.co.za). Shakti is based in Cape Town, South Africa but teaches and practices across the world. Her central approach is to enter the totality of experience as a gateway to awakening. Shakti believes that sexuality is the field which most powerfully directs us to this gateway. For more on her work, see www.shakti.co.za and www.totalitytherapy.com

About Shakti Malan (Ph.D)

Shakti's purpose as Tantric dakini is to facilitate your awakening to the essence of who you really are, while remaining fully functional in your body. Many traditions of enlightenment view the body as that which is to be transcended. Tantra sees the body as a vehicle for awakening. The process of dropping through veils of illusion can be very impactful on our nervous system, and every aspect of our physical and energetic bodies. Because Shakti values the body as the vehicle through which you can share your awakening with the world, she aims to ensure that your energetic and physical bodies are fully prepared for the process of waking up. This requires totality of the seeker - the willingness to have every aspect of your energetic and physical reality be purified by the power of truth. As this happens, conversely, the body becomes capable of sensing and experiencing on increasingly subtle and refined levels. Thus, the physical vessel of the body becomes a suitable instrument to transmit the essence of the awakened state.

Shakti has a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology, a discipline that teaches the practitioner to listen to the reality of groups and individuals from an insider perspective, through immersion in the texture of their lives. She spent many years translating the realities of vulnerable communities to decision makers in government, development organizations and corporates in the fields of poverty management, economic development and environmental management. Shakti's training as dakini comes through the Advaita tradition and many years of immersion in meditation and conscious body practices.

About Aaron Swanson

From his early twenties, Aaron's life has been immersed in the study of Tantra and meditation. He has worked with the Tantric teachings of Bernie Prior, Barry Long, Saniel Bonder and David Deida, as well as Ipsalu Tantra, the intimacy practices of the Realization Process created by Judith Blackstone and the Womb Wisdom work of Padma Aon, exploring specifically these aspects of Tantric practice: Resting in Non Dual stillness, being present as Awareness fully in the body, conducting energy or Shakti throughout the body, and opening the heart and body fully to the mystery of Woman.

Aaron's exploration of consciousness and meditation practices has been through the work of masters such as Anadi, Adyashanti, John DeRuiter and Leslie Temple Thurston, through whose work he has discovered the ever deepening awakening of Pure Awareness beyond Form and its continuing clarification and evolution in the marriage of Spirit and Form within the Non Dual Ground of Being.

Aaron believes that Tantra is a path to embodied wholeness where we have the opportunity to bring the light of Pure Awareness and Divine Love deep into the body where all shadows and incongruencies in ones being must be faced with both the impeccable dedication of Spiritual Warriorship and the Heart of a sensitive Lover. Through the meeting of the Masculine and Feminine we have the opportunity to realize God in the Forms of the World, and support the evolution of our precious World into higher forms of development. It is a path of utter care and devotion that lovingly requires everything


On this retreat, we will explore the following themes:

  • The qualities of the awakened feminine and masculine
  • Awakened female and male sexuality
  • Practices for fully embodying the masculine and the feminine
  • Practices for the meeting of male and female
  • Connecting sex and soul in Tantric lovemaking
  • Exploring both unconscious and conscious aspects of our sexuality


The methods we will use are:

body awareness and sensitizing techniques
immersion in deep Tantric meditation
active meditations
blissdance, a tantric free movement form developed by Shakti
enactments and roleplay
guided conversations

Who is the retreat for?

This retreat is suitable for all sincere seekers of truth of any gender or orientation, single or partnered. You do not need a partner to attend.

The venue: Chubby's Bush Camp, Illovo KZN

Chubby's Bush Camp offers guests the ultimate intimate, relaxing bush experience. it is located in a Malaria free environment and easily accessible from both Durban and Pietermaritzburg on good tar roads.

Dates and times: The retreat will begin Friday early evening and conclude Monday after a relaxed lunch.

Cost and bookings

Cost: R4 400 includes facilitation and meals
Bookings: Book with Ahrian Gaia: ahriangaia@gmail.com. Book soon as places are limited.
Full payment to be made into the following account:

Dr. S. Malan

Standard Bank current account

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

Account number: 073152811


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