International Teachers - Shakti Malan
Sexual energetics - Dragon's Nectar Tantra - 27th - 29th May 2011
Sexual energy is the most powerful and transformative form of energy we have got. And yet it is so misunderstood and so under-utilized in our world. This retreat will give you an experiential introduction to the following aspects of sexual energetics:
1. Sex and the unconscious
Our sexual responses is a direct guide to encountering and reclaiming energy that is trapped in the unconscious. Of particular importance here is exploring what comes up in erotic fantasy and noticing what happens at the point when erotic experience becomes unconscious. Our methods here will be:
- working with fantasy and eroticism
- racking body response to touch
2. Sex and body amoring
Our ability to feel and respond to intimate encounters is strongly affected by what Wilhelm Reich calls our body armoring. Body armoring is the unconscious emotional defenses we carry with us and that affect our openness to kinaesthetic and emotional intimacy.
- We explore and release unnecessary body armoring through
- tantric partner meditations and
- blissdance, a free dance form that I developed for this purpose.
3. Sex and kundalini
Conventional orgasm involves intense involuntary contraction into the genitals. Kundalini orgasm happens when our sexual energy - or kundalini - is allowed and enabled to freely move up through the energy centers or chakras running up along our spines. Kundalini is often depicted as a snake that lies coiled up at the base of the spine. When this energy wakes up, it starts to run up the body, and becomes an immense force for spiritual awakening. The aspects of kundalini that we will be introducing in this retreat are:
- ways of awakening kundalini
- guiding sexual energy up the chakras
- from contractive genital orgasm to kundalini orgasm
4. Sex and the opposite sex
In our essence, we are both masculine and feminine. Our journey as human beings is towards the reintegration of both sexes in ourselves. This dynamic is a core aspect of sexual energetics. In this theme, we will be looking at
- projections and mirroring from the opposite sex and
- deepening your inner masculine-feminine relationship
To release suppressions and open the flow of your vital life force
To integrate unconscious aspects of self through guided exploration of erotic desire
To expand your capacity for living in bliss
To cultivate and refine your sexual energy as a vehicle for awakening
To demonstrate how energy channels can be opened up through loving, awake touch
Who is the retreat for?
Tantra is a path for the bravest warriors of the heart, the most passionate seekers of truth. It is not a mediocre, well-trodden path. It is powerfully transformative. It catalyzes you into realizing and experiencing who you truly are. This retreat is suitable for all seekers who feel this calling strongly in their beings. The retreat is also recommended for teachers who work in the field of awareness. There will be opportunities during the weekend to witness Shakti holding sessions and catalyzing the opening of energy channels in participants.
The presenter, Shakti Malan (Ph.D)
Shakti is a professional Dakini (female Tantric teacher) based in Cape Town, South Africa. Her work is infused with and inspired by the raw, catalytic potency of Africa. She holds a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology. As anthropologist, she spent many years as social envrionmental specialist mediating between the realities of African communities and those of developers. This immersion has given her invaluable expertise in listening to and interpreting the unique experiences of each participant and group.
Shakti's training as energy catalyst started early on with a growing immersion in meditation, body oriented practices like yoga and tai chi, as well as shamanic work in Native American and African traditions. Through an extroadinary series of events in 2001, she received the calling to become a Dakini. The initiation into this work started with some intensive years in isolation in the desert during which she went through a death process and developed a deep understanding of the body's subtle energetics.
In subsequent years, Shakti worked intensively in her own life with techniques that are focused on processing and integrating what is in the unconscious. These techniques draw strongly from the Advaita tradition and also from the work of Osho. Shakti immersed herself in personal practice of the Taoist Tantric techniques as well as the meditations of Osho. Shakti realized that her primary interest was in the power of sexuality as a gateway for conciousness. Her final initiation into this work came through her teacher Rahasya; see advaittantra.com.
Other influences in Shakti's technique and approach are Arnold Mindel's ProcessWork Psychology, Gestalt Therapy, Wilhelm Reich's work in releasing body armoring, Biodanza (an authentic movement system in which she is trained), somatic experiencing trauma releasw work, the goddess traditions and various forms of energetic bodywork.
For more on Shakti's work and approach, see shakti.co.za and totalitytherapy.com.
Cost:for the Weekend including accommodation and meals £395 per person Concession with proof £345 per person Bookings only through Transcendence 08453458593 or 07875435104
“Some day, after we have mastered the winds, the waves, the tides, and gravity, we will harness for God the energies of love; and then for the second time in the history of the world, men will have discovered fire!” – Theilard de Chardin
Article from last workshop in Salisbury: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16, 2010
Travel notes Salisbury and San Fransisco
14 June 2010
I am met in Salisbury by the delightful Divya Lynette of the long silver hair. She arrives slightly flustered as her car engine had blown up the previous day after some drunken adolescent had poured cool drink in the petrol tank and a wig up the exhaust. The English, it seems, are not all politeness.
Over lunch in a patisserie she tells me about all the exciting activities she has recently participated in. Between dress-up parties at Osho Leela, sound healing sessions by visiting musicians, Five Rhythms, Biodanza, consciousness festivals, catharting meditations, tantric massage workshops and trance dance, it seems there is hardly chance to integrate one experience in England before the next arrives. I see the gift that this has brought her though. She talks about intensely transformational experiences with both awe and detachment. I like that.
Salisbury of course is a very special place. Although I don't have time to visit the stone circles, cathedral and other world famous sites, I can feel their presence. Lynette tells me that sunrises at Stonehenge can be quite overwhelming, as all the ritualist groups - light and dark to very dark - vie for the best spaces on this much hallowed ground.
Half an hour's drive out into the tree lined countryside, we reach Hanna and Martin's Tantra temple. They have invited me to present a retreat here this weekend. Saraja temple is both their home and the space from which they teach. I had met Hanna and Martin during the week in a private hotel lounge where I had had a chance to hear about their teaching. Hanna had spent three years in a Tibetan monastery and Martin had trained as a psychotherapist before they met and started a Tantric partnership that became a marriage. Their tradition is that of Kriya Tantra, in which specific yogic practices and rituals are observed. All practices are infused with mantra. Hanna and Martin have infused their practice with what they have learnt from other traditions as well.
The participants start arriving. Meeting people I will be working with for the first time feels for me a bit like meeting a lover for the first time. There is just such delight in meeting any of those rare souls who have the courage to do Tantric practice. And they are gathered here today from all over the world. Though all the participants now live in England, they come from all over - Italy, Greece, Holland, France, Poland - there are even two Afrikaners in the mix. There are councilors, osteopaths, a nurse, business owners, students, teachers and a priestess of Avalon in the mix. Many of the participants are students of Hanna and Martin, and they have a deep fondness and loyalty towards their teachers.
How does one describe what happens on a retreat like this? The experience is so internal and wordless, that one can hardly do justice. I will see that I can say that is of use. The theme for this weekend is welcoming dragon energy - our fiery passionate life force - and refining this energy up through the chakras. We start with the awakening of the passions, of which the first step is lifting the lid on suppressed emotions. the Europeans, it seems, do not like Dynamic meditation. They know it and they will do it because they know it's good for them, but it is like drinking bitter medicine. What gets their juices going though, is moving into animal expression. I gradually lure them into feeling their mammalian, territorial, sexual bodilly selves, until we have a mass of bodies rolling over each other on the floor, big cats play wrestling and delighting in the warmth of bodies pressed close by. Suddenly, we are alive, alert, and ready for pleasure.
Now that the willingness to feel passion and desire has arisen, it is time to face our stuff about love. I lead the participants into a very personal exploration of how our outer loves reflect our inner male-female relationships. Really coming to meet the beloved inside is a rocky journey that is often met with much resistance. We are so insistent in believing that the soulmate must be outside, and that doing the inner work is really only valuable if it leads us to the soulmate out there. But the shifts are happening. The inner conversations are deepening. And a few participants have exquisite encounters with the inner beloved.
Gradually, the atmosphere softens. By the evening, we are ready to enter a space of deep sensuality. In preparation, and to make sure everyone smells good after the day's sweaty practice, I get everyone into the hot tub outside after dinner. It is 8.30pm, and I am floating in the middle of a tightly packed mass of bodies, gazing up at the predators flying overhead. There is something magical about these late night bright skies in England. I feel contented and my belly is grateful for the delicious, wholesome food that we keep being supplied from Hanna's warm hospitality.
About the evening, I will not say much, except that it was very beautiful and moving. When human beings meet like this, in naked vulnerability, to give love in presence and touch, there can only be beauty. The temple holds us so comfortably with all the velvet pillows, quirky sheep skin and sparkling hearts that Hanna has adorned the floors with. Outside, the night is laughing at us as we pay no attention to the hour.
I get told in the early hours of the morning that I am expected to rev it up some more tomorrow - the participants have no desire to drop down from the level of ecstasy that they are already feeling in their bodies. "Are you sure?" I ask. We had already established by then that opening up to ecstasy also means opening up to everything else that is there to be felt. But they are ready, they want the ride, and so I say: "fasten your seat belts."
Not that what I offer them the next day is very dramatic or necessarily different from what they have done before. It is just that, when we make the intention to surrender deeply into presence, we go, softly, gently, without even having noticed, way beyond the comfort zones of our familiar ego structures. My style is light touch: I create opportunity, and each individual feels how deeply they want to enter there. Later on that night I hear Martin saying that insisting on being open can also be an escape from the real. I agree. Sometimes really allowing the closing and the contracting is the most profound opportunity. I hope that during this weekend, participants have had ample opportunity for both.
Hanna has invited me back to teach either at their delightful temple, or, she suggests, a bigger venue that can hold up to 50 participants. I feel honored, and will wait to hear what existence decides.
Sleep has not been a strong feature of my time in England. Between teaching, doing sessions, attending a talk by tantrika Luba from Boston, going to a Tango milonga in London (delicious) and catching up with fellow dakini Uta, the hours left for sleep have not been many. This morning I got up at 5am, and now I am in the coach to Heathrow, ready to take off to San Fransisco where I will be met by BabaDez, Zeerak Kahn, Simon Tzu, Natasha, and later Uta. A gathering of Tantrikas on the next continent, what fun. Tomorrow night is our fist talk, in San Fransisco. We we will be there until Saturday, available for sessions. In between, I shall be frolicking in the ocean. Dez tells me the sea at SF is cold (16 - 17 degrees); he clearly does not live in Cape Town. And then, I wish to sleep - lots, and deep, like a baby cradled in the lap of this beautiful planet we live on.
The dragon represents our raw instinctual power, our primal connection to the elements, our uninhibited expression. It is the dragon in us that can roar in ecstasy when we make love. It is the dragon that can dance with abandon, in tenderness and in magnificence. Dragon energy also represents the power of our erotic desire. When we can learn to harness our eroticism, it leads us powerfully to the integration of what is in our unconscious.In oriental mysticism our vital life force, our sexuality, is seen as dragon power or chi. Without access to the dragon power, to the raw potency of our eroticism, we lack the vitality to live our lives fully, and to endure the challenges that come on a path of awareness.
Nectar is the pure juice of presence that flows when our dragon power gets filled with awareness. The raw energy of the dragon needs to be cultivated; the dragon needs to be tamed so that its power becomes useful rather than destructive to those with whom it shares company.
Dragon's Nectar Tantra Retreat
This retreat will be an opportunity to open up the flow of your dragon power, your raw sexual energy - and then to refine this dragon juice into the nectar that feeds the sweetest quality of presence and awakeness in your life. For this we will use a combination of Tantric methods, including:
dance and movement
energy release techniques