A Tantric approach to Life Counselling and Relationship Harmony
Established in 2006
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The Sanctuary of Ananda (formerly the Sanctuary of Tantra), established in 2006 is Australia’s leading Tantra Training School and is recognised as an Approved Platinum Training Provider and Silver Ambassador with IICT (International Institute for Complementary Therapists).
The Sanctuary is offering Training Program for those who wish to pursue the path of Tantric Enlightenment and those who wish to share this path with others.
The training structure will consist of a Four Part Module System which will culminate in the student being eligible to eventually receive a Diploma in Tantric Studies.
Accredited Certificate in Tantra Philosophy and An Mo Tantric Massage
MODULE 1 and MODULE 2 Contents:
Module 1 and 2 Training Dates for Perth:
Intensive Training: 2nd March - 6th March 2019 (5 Full Days 9am to 5pm)
(All inclusive – 2 Extensive Training Manuals, Journal, Jade Egg, Women’s Meditation Audio Program, Sensual Tantric Massage Audio Program and Instructional Massage Chart)
Please note: Module 1 and 2 are designed for personal and spiritual growth. You do not need to undertake Module 3 and 4 to be eligible to study this training program
Accredited Certificate in Tantra Practitioner Training
MODULE 3 Contents:
INCLUDES: Written and Practical Exam PLUS 20 hours essential documented practice including one supervised private session which is a criteria to pass this level and to obtain the Accredited Tantra Practitioner Certificate with the Sanctuary of Ananda.
Module 3 Training Dates for Perth:
Intensive Training: 13th - 17th October 2018 (5 Full Days 9am to 5pm) 8th - 12th June 2019
(All inclusive – Practitioner Training Manual, Celebrating Sacred Love Couples Audio Program, Massage Oil and Soy Candle.
Diploma in Tantric Studies - Available in PERTH only
MODULE 4 Contents:
Module 4 Training Dates for Perth:
Intensive Training: 24th - 28th November (5 Full Days 9am to 5pm) 7th - 11th September 2019
My personal experience of the Practitioner Training with the Sanctuary of Ananda.
I first signed up for the practitioner training during a period when my life was in turmoil. I really wasn’t sure exactly what I was after but I had known Cathy for a couple of years before this, and everything she represented seemed to be a lot more sensible (and a lot calmer) than what I was dealing with at the time. I can’t really tell you why I signed up, except to say that I was drawn to it deeply from within.
If you had asked me then I would have told you I didn’t have any anger issues or unresolved frustrations. This of course is completely false, as I had just spent the last three months walking around with a storm cloud over my head. And for me, this was one of the greatest gifts in the course; getting in touch with myself. Getting in touch with my feelings and learning to recognise them, and learning to deal with them in a healthy way. Learning to become friends with myself and learning how to have a relationship with even myself. It seems crazy now, but I was so out of touch with my own soul that I was in denial about my own sadness. Of course I still have all these emotions as we all do but I can now work with and resolve them in a way that would have been incomprehensible back then.
This aspect of the course alone is worth all I paid and then ten times more. The next trick after learning how to communicate and co-operate with yourself is learning how to communicate and co-operate with others. I have always been aware that I have a blunt side to my communication skills. I deal in fact and I “call it how I see it”. In the masculine world this is considered a positive attribute. But it is a very fine line between being frank and honest and being rude or judgemental. Most people I had worked with in the past would describe me as extremely good at what I do, but a very hard person to work with. I lacked people skills. If you don’t love yourself then it is very hard to love anyone else. Once you start on the path of respecting loving and listening to yourself then naturally you start to gain the ability to respect and listen to others. And this allows insight as to how to communicate with people who have a very different perspective from yourself. I now work in a field where I deal with a wide range of people on a daily basis and have the ability to appreciate, communicate and empathise with them all. I use the skills taught in the course daily.
But the true test of communication is how you communicate with your partner. I have had relationships in the past when I thought I had loved that person, but they would tell you I was cold, standoffish, remote or distracted. I am now in a loving relationship that is like no other I have ever experienced. We both communicate lovingly, honestly, trustingly, completely, without reserve AND WITHOUT HURT. This is something completely new to me. I no longer have to scan my words before speaking to check for triggers. Now I just speak from the heart, and she knows it, and everything said only leads to more love and a stronger relationship. It’s also a much more enjoyable relationship as well!
100% I put this down to the lessons and experiences taught during the Practitioner Training. I no longer believe that people do or don’t make a marriage work through luck or some sort of spiritual/karma magic, nor through just some sort of old fashioned tough it out / stick with it attitude. It’s not about meeting the right person (although you do need to meet the right person for you); it’s about treating that person with love, respect and dignity. It’s about communicating from the heart and soul. It’s about forgiveness (for yourself and others) and trust. It’s about being the better person so that they can be the better person too. It’s about creating an upward spiral of love, rather than getting caught in a downward spiral of jealousy, spite and revenge. This is the true gift of the course; the ability to now create an environment where love can blossom unrestrained into something beyond words.
Make no mistake; this course is all about love. Love for yourself, love for your partner, and love for the world we live in.
David Todd 2014 Remedial Massage - Musculoskeletal, Clinical and Relaxational Body Work
I attended training with Cathy Wood at The Sanctuary of Ananda in January of 2016. I had actually contacted Cathy late 2014 - hoping to train with her in June of the following year. Although this didn't eventuate due to my personal circumstances, Cathy's contact was ongoing with both patience and kindness. She was extremely understanding of how much I wanted to attend and her support was instrumental in making it happen at a later date.
Having experienced her training, I now feel empowered. Cathy facilitates her courses with authenticity, heart and honesty. she is concise and thorough - ensuring her students are able to digest the content she delivers. Further to this, she goes above and beyond by making herself available to her students as they leave the proverbial nest, so you move forward feeling supported.
I highly recommend Cathy as both a facilitator and a practitioner. I personally feel both blessed and changed for the better having experienced learning at The Sanctuary of Ananda.
I just wanted to say again a big thank you, I really enjoyed the whole course. It gave me a few insights or revelations, as well as some great tools to use for myself and others. The complexity of the group was amazing, very diverse in many ways, but we all came together in the journey. Tantra is an amazing journey (even so far) and the way you teach it, with your experience behind you is beautiful. And it is far from the often accepted view of Tantra that it is all about sex. That is why I came to you rather than the East coast schools, and I was not disapointed.
Thank you again for the emails and information, I found the Practitioners course so rewarding and valuable in terms of lifestyle and peaceful existence in what is a crazy world as evidenced over the last few days as the London terror events have unfolded.
I very much wanted to again thank you and Dave for being so welcoming and supportive throughout the training; it was a very intensive and emotional 5 days but well worth the undertaking in terms of new learnings and understandings. Please pass on my kind regards and thanks to Dave when you next see him.
The positive energy, unity and connectivity of the group overall was truly amazing and an experience that will be long remembered.
To be honest, it did take me a few days to settle back into the normal day to day activities which was compounded, in my cased, due to some intense working environments, hundreds of emails and back to back meetings the week after the course including an unexpected trip to the Pilbara with a number of international project investors/proponent.
The leanings from the training certainly helped me maintain my sanity over this period and gave me the inner peace to balance my days’ workplace pressures using the various exercises as well as connecting my inner-self they are fantastic stress reduction tools by centring and grounding on what are the important things in life.
I am so thankful that I enrolled in the Tantric Practitioners training and I'm looking forward to Module 2 in January next year, so please put my name down!
For your information, I hope to put into practice very soon the huge amount of learnings from the course (I've been reading to training books over and over) and have my first booking this afternoon. More importantly, thanks to you I hope to be able to help others find their own spiritual pathway through Tantra to a journey full of enlightenment, peace and tranquillity to make their earthly existence a way to a better life in the next rebirth.
I may take a while to write this, so apologies in advance if it is scattered. Firstly, I want to say a HUGE big thank you for sharing yourself, your journey and your knowledge.
As you know for over 20 years this has been my journey (although I had been stalled at the intersection). Not now! I cannot begin to explain what I have obtained from my recent course in Bali.
The confidence, the knowing and the drive to want to learn, help and share is sitting in my stomach at the moment, just waiting for the “right time” to be released. It’s like the huge ball of energy in my stomach that I get leading into a full moon. It is a beautiful energy that is so excited and wanting to be released but I know I need to hold back until I have myself in the right place personally and emotionally, along with work balance.
My mind races with the knowledge I have started to pick up on this path and I know this is only very early in its stage. When I try to explain to people what Tantra is, my heart gets so excited and full of love but the mouth can’t quite keep up with a sensible explanation.
I have a strong desire to want to help women (and couples) in their journey relating to Breast Cancer. Whenever I think about this path I get “Goosebumps” from the top of my head down. I know this is part of my path, and it will give me so much joy in the giving and support I can provide in allowing women and partners to connect with themselves and each other, especially in such demanding circumstances. I know it is all about “timing” and everything happens when it is supposed to. My foundations are getting stronger every day on an overall level (emotionally, personally, financially and time).
I think often of different conversations and times at Bali and the retreat and I cannot begin to express how grateful I am at how you presented the course, asked us to challenge you and listened to us at every stage. I think you did an AMAZING job! People are so quick to criticise and not so to give credit. I felt the way you conducted the class, explained, challenged yourself, held space, and worked with many varied personalities is to be congratulated. At every point, I felt like a “kid in a candy shop” and in awe of what we were learning and the stories you shared. So many conversations resonated in one way or another and your explanations were relatable, and gave me many “ahhh haaaa’ moments. It made so many things fall into place that didn’t quite fit previously.
This is what my soul has been searching for, for so many years. I have never been angry or disappointed, but sad at what I have not enjoyed for the last 20 plus years. I can’t change that, but can definitely learn going forward and not allow myself to be “conformed” to other people’s expectations of me. They may not like it, but I know in being true to myself, I will like it.
I have followed you for a few years now and am so glad I finally took the leap out of the box and got on that plane to Bali. Thank you for your encouragement and support. It has given me the confidence and the knowing that I am strong enough to do this and anything I put my mind to. You will be seeing me again and some. 😊
Again, I am forever grateful to you and this journey I have started to embrace, rather than hide from. Look out world!
Much love and admiration to you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, to my highest self and beyond.
I want to provide you with an alternative answer to the question: What is tantra for me?
Tantra for me is Cathy. You are the personification of Tantra: a beautiful human being - with all the imperfect, real, raw, painful, joyful astral emotions and experiences, striving to expand higher, and to be soul. Striving to bring light to the world.
You are one of the most genuine and caring people I have met.
As a woman, you taught me something invaluable: that it is possible to give love and beauty and care without throwing oneself away.
You are the proof for me that sex is not the way of seeking for that love. Love is within.
I recently completed the Tantric Practitioner training in Perth with Cathy. Her wisdom, commitment and open heartedness is a rare find. On the first day Cathy told us that the reason that we think we are here is usually not the real reason and that we’d find out as the course progressed. I remember thinking that I’d done enough soul work, releasing and letting go to know the reason, but I was wrong.
My soul had brought me there for something completely unexpected. Cathy was right, it was nothing that I could have ever envisioned, and it has completely transformed my life. My spiritual path has been lifted to a new level thus far unknown to me and my heart is filled with joy in the present moment and my new vision for the future.
Thank you Cathy, your humble, wise, loving soul is a joy to behold.
Signing up for the Training courses at The Sanctuary of Ananda was something that I did for myself rather than for an accreditation. Cathy has an incredible unique and confident teaching approach that allowed me to learn more about myself as well as providing me with the tools to continue self- reflection and self-discipline confidently. The Sanctuary of Ananda is itself an inviting and safe place where ideas that I had previously only ever read about were discussed and demonstrated at length from an incredible variety of perspectives. Well worth the commitment.
Michael Taylor, 2017
Almost a month ago my partner and I completed the Sanctuary of Ananda's tantric practitioner training course in NSW with Cathy Wood. Having completed some very personally beneficial one-on-one sessions and a couple's retreat with Cathy previously I was delighted to find that she was planning to run the training in NSW. And, after speaking with Cathy on the phone regarding the course content, my partner was also keen to attend.
From the very first evening of the training, we felt at ease in Cathy's presence and assured of her intention to create an authentic, safe, and heart-felt training. What we really appreciated was the delivery of the teachings, which were explained beautifully with several examples used and experiences shared by Cathy. We also liked her guidance to ponder the aspects taught without necessarily taking them as truth. We were encouraged to listen in, ask questions, explore our reactions to concepts, practice them if they felt intuitive right, engage in further study, and keep asking questions or seeking support even beyond the training (for example we were all invited to join a private Facebook tantric practitioner support group or to make contact with Cathy as required). Cathy also checked in with us after the training was completed and we had been back in our homes for a few days.
What Cathy does spectacularly well is hold space for a large group but also individuals within the group. She was always available to discuss different aspects privately in breaks or in the evenings with those on the course. And she took care to engage the assistance of two helpers on the course, Beth and Keiren, who were also there to hold space for the whole group as required.
I personally felt safe to confront some of my personal self-esteem and body image issues with guidance and support from Cathy. And as a result I feel I have cleared some significant issues I have had since I was young. My partner was highly complementary of Cathy's approach to supporting me in this aspect. Only a very skilful and trustworthy teacher can do this in the appropriate fashion.
As a couple, we found the teachings very beneficial in terms of strengthening our relationship and providing us with a practical framework to refer to when experiencing difficulties in communication or emotional states. We have also been given some simple practices that we can do separately or together as a couple. We now have manuals, a series of recommended books, and practices to continue to refer to and explore, which is wonderful. We also know that we can contact Cathy if need be to discuss the teachings, seek advice, and to progress in our tantric studies.
We would highly recommend this training and cannot speak highly enough of Cathy's professionalism combined with the beautiful heart quality of unconditional love that she embodies - a perfect combination for this type of training. The training was also fun and joy-filled and there were many laughs had along the way within the group.
Thank you Cathy.
With love, Melanie and Martin, 2018
When the student is ready, the teacher appears. I had been studying Tantra through books, internet, and research for quite some time. I had come across many other teachers, education programs, certificates, but they didn’t feel right. They felt like it was all focused on the physical component of Tantra. I finally went to a workshop run by one of Cathy’s past students. She put me on to Cathy, and as soon as I did my research I fell in love. I could tell, not only from the workshop, but also just by emailing and talking to Cathy that she was who I needed to be seeing. Cathy and her teachings came at a time when I needed to connect to my heart even more. I thought I was already doing this, but after her Bali retreat, it made me realise how much more room I had to grow. This beautiful gift of teaching that she provides us to go on and share this amazing practice and knowledge has assisted with the work I do. The result of being under Cathy’s wing, has allowed me to also share my passion of opening the community to living from their heart. One thing I liked about my more recent trainings with Cathy is she acknowledges she is still always learning and has introduced us to her teacher. Often, people in this line of work don’t wish to share who their teacher is so they can stay on the pedestal as the ‘guru’. Since having both Cathy and her teacher as my guides, I have grown in ways that I could never imagine personally, spiritually and through business. I can’t recommend her enough! Thank you Cathy, you beautiful, heart opening, soul.
Kathlene (Kat) Stewart, Tantra & Yoga Practitioner & Consultant 2018
I begin by thanking you Cathy for making the Tantra Practitioners Course available for me. Before my journey with you I was feeling a little misguided and confused, I had struggled to understand what my purpose truly was and where my heart lay. I always wondered what I was here to learn and how I can make that a lifestyle. I knew deep down that connection and love were so very important to me so I chose to follow my instinctive feeling and look into the art of Tantra. I came across many teachers and schools and a lot of glamourous, sex orientated teachings. I knew Tantra had a lot more to teach than just the art of sex. It was then I came across your Sanctuary of Ananda and saw a beautiful picture of you and your smiling face. I instantly felt a strong connection and knew this was what I was searching for.
What a blessing it was to hear your voice and have our first phone call. You had found me. So off I went to Ubud, Bali for 8 intensive days of training with so many other amazing souls which I now call family. It was challenging, emotional, eye-opening, raw and healing. The venue was so serene, we were blessed by a Balinese priest, I was able to dive deeper into meditation and had mastered true mindfulness. My life has never been the same since. You have taught me to open my heart and mind to the beautiful world of Tantra.
I admit, it hasn’t been an easy road, I have had to let go of a lot of past trauma and patterns. Release pain, guilt, shame and judgement and acknowledge all my triggers that take me to my village in the mud. But with your guidance I no longer see these lessons scary or confusing, I now have strength and knowledge to overcome these and use them to grow. I am no longer this small girl in the world. I am a woman, a divine goddess and I am in my divine masculine and my divine feminine. I own who I am and I look forward to continuing my tantric studies with you and following my path of love, devotion, joy and harmlessness.
You have changed my life and for that I am thankful.
Kimberlee, Townsville QLD AUS 2018