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September Newsletter

Goodbye beautiful Bali 2017!

Another Couples Retreat has been and gone and what an amazing, life changing journey it was. Words can never seem to convey the beautiful energy that is created and experienced at these Retreats. I am in continuous joy observing the amazing people that attend and step up into life, into LIVING and most of all for having the courage and steadfastness to empower, improve and commit to their relationship on every level.

I would like to say a special thank you to all the couples who attended; together we created so many life changing memories and bonded in the spirit of love. Thank you to Dave for holding space for us all and for the crazy fun times shared in laughter, challenges and joy. Thank you to Steph for joining the group for a day and being so brave (you will know what I am talking about Steph). Thank you to Erin who joined the ladies in a day of celebrating Shakti Love and thank you to the team at Sanctuary Travel for all your hard work behind the scenes.

It truly was an amazing week of Celebrating Sacred Love.

So what's coming up next at the Sanctuary?

SHANTI RETREAT

Stillness – Peace – Mindfulness

  • DATE:             20th – 22nd October 2017
  • LOCATION:      HARVEY PERTH
  • COST:             $397 all inclusive (accommodation, all meals, handouts and journal)

Only 3 places left so don’t miss out on a weekend of discovering the joy of peace.

It’s just over a month now until my son and I teach our first retreat together. We have been planning and contemplating the many things we wish to teach for months now and couldn’t be more excited to communicate it with others. Development of everyone’s mental and emotional bodies is something that means so much to us, so basing our retreat on the qualities of stillness and peace is a perfect contrast to embody these qualities.

Find out more......

COMING UP IN 2018

TANTRA PRACTITIONER TRAINING IN NSW

Internationally Accredited Certificate in Tantra Practitioner Intensive Training (Module’s 1, 2 & 3)

  • DATE:        20th to the 27th April 2018
  • LOCATION: Krambach NSW (226 kms NE Sydney)
  • COST:        $2247 all inclusive (EARLY BIRD SPECIAL $2122 if deposit paid on or before the 1st March)

Find out more…….

Tantra PRACTITIONER TRAINING PERTH

Modules 1 and 2 Intensive – 24th to the 28th February 2018

Modules 1 and 2 held over two weekends – 3rd and 4th March and the 9th, 10th, and 11th March 2018

Module 3 Intensive (Accredited Certificate) – 18th – 23rd May 2018

MENSTRUATION 2018

  • DATE:        10th February 2018
  • LOCATION: Sanctuary Perth
  • TIME:         10am to 5pm
  • COST:        $197 (EARLY BIRD SPECIAL $165 if deposit paid on or before the 1st December)

The Sanctuary is absolutely delighted to be bringing to Perth for the first time Jane Bennett who will be presenting two very important and powerful workshops for women.

What you will learn at this Workshop: 

  • Keys to menstrual well-being
  • Self-awareness and empowerment through consciously cycling
  • Fertility: Optimum conception 
  • Fertility: Effective contraception
  • Spirituality and menstruation: Connection, meaning and service
  • Creating a positive introduction to menstruation for girls
  • Creating a positive menstrual culture: Socially, politically, economically
  • Ritual and celebration: Acknowledge and transform Preparing for a positive menopausal transition

The day will also include time in the beautiful and womanly art form of circle: sharing, telling stories, connecting, learning, laughing and may include a healing cry too. 

 Find out more……..

MENOPAUSE 2018 

  • DATE:        10th February 2018
  • TIME:         10am to 5pm
  • LOCATION: Sanctuary Perth
  • COST:        $197 (EARLY BIRD SPECIAL $165 if deposit paid on or before the 1st December)

What you will learn in this Workshop: 

  •  Preparing for a positive menopausal transition
  •  Contraception during peri-menopause
  •  Keys to menopausal wellbeing
  •  Identity: Who am I now?
  •  Creativity, drive and focus: What do I do now?
  •  Sexuality, intimacy and menopause: Hot or not?
  •  Creating a positive menopausal culture: socially, politically, and economically
  •  Spirituality and the menopausal transition: What is my purpose?
  •  Ritual and celebration: Acknowledging this important threshold 

The day will also include time in the beautiful and womanly art form of circle: sharing, telling stories, learning, connecting, laughing and may include a healing cry too. 

Find out more...... 

OUR LAST WORKSHOPS FOR 2017

TRADITIONAL REIKI Shoden Level 1

  • DATE:         4th October 2017
  • TIME:         10am to 4pm
  • LOCATION:  Sanctuary Perth
  • COST:         $150 all inclusive (89 page manual, authentic lineage, accredited certificate and lunch)

Reiki is Spiritual Energy, a technique for activating, restoring and balancing of natural energy from within, a self-help technique for personal growth and transformation, a non-intrusive technique, simple, easy, safe and harmless, energises your body and mind.

Find out more……..

TRADITIONAL REIKI Okuden Level 2

  • DATE:         14th October 2017
  • TIME:          9am to 5pm
  • LOCATION:  Sanctuary Perth
  • COST:         $200 all inclusive

Okuden is the second level to the system of Reiki. The Traditional System of Reiki "Usui Reiki Ryoho" has three levels.

Okuden level increases ones spiritual and mental connection to Source as well as introducing four mantra and symbols which are taught along with their description and uses. Okuden also teaches traditional healing techniques and meditation.

Find out more……..

DIVINITY WITHIN

  • DATE:        29th October
  • TIME:         10am to 5pm
  • LOCATION: Sanctuary Perth
  • COST:        $197 all inclusive (massage manual, gift, lunch

Divinity Within is an Advanced Workshop and a follow-on from The Way of the Heart created for women to continue on their path of self-realisation and the empowerment of Divinity.

Find out more……

THE WHITE TIGRESS

  • DATE:        18th November 2017
  • TIME:         10am to 5pm
  • LOCATION: Sanctuary Perth
  • COST:        $247 all inclusive (manual, gift, jade egg and lunch) $179 if you already have a jade egg

Famous for their red lips and nails, the Secrets of the White Tigress for achieving eternal youth and immortality is an extraordinary philosophy in itself, let alone to the Western World. It is a practice that utilises sacred techniques for breast care, womb care and/or sexual cultivation for the purpose of achieving youthfulness and spiritual attainment.

The interesting concept of the Tigress is that they believe for example, that when a single woman is out in public and sees a man she desires, and would like to meet him, the female usually thinks in terms of “is he Mr Right”. Women have a very strong bonding hormone and so they usually think in terms of marriage, commitment, raising a family and the materialism of the relationship. Rarely does a woman think purely in sexual terms when meeting a man. Men think purely in terms of sexual activity when meeting a woman. Hence, the energy a female normally gives off in such situations is that of his responsibilities. Of course this is a generalised statement however what is fascinating about the Tigress is their ability to be able to reach the discipline required in the cultivation of their sexual energy, especially through oral techniques and their awareness of needy attachment in emotional relationships.

It is a practice that is controversial to say the least, however one that is very interesting to ponder on. If anyone is curious about the ancient practice of the White Tigress, please check out the details by clicking here.

 

S H A N T I - Spiritual Tranquility Retreat

Meditation-Stillness-Peace

Facilitators: Catherine Wood - Kale Wood - Jacquelyn Hooper 

Shanti means peace, which is a reflection of our true nature, the soul. Stillness is a quality of the mind. They are both brought about by an inner study of oneself and a deep understanding of all things in manifestation. It is this duality of mental-astral, mind-emotion, stillness-peace which will be the keynote to this retreat. This will create a better all-round development and balance of one’s personality, which will lead any individual further along their life’s journey. 

By practicing daily meditation, without any focus on the desires of man’s personality, we seek to help cultivate stillness in the mind and peace in our astral body (emotional body). The outcomes can be many; however will not be engrossed in one weekend. Yet foundations can be established, awareness can be changed and the opportunity for spiritual growth can proceed. 

Shanti is a unique 3 day, 2 night retreat at the stunning   located in the pristine forests of Mornington Mills just on the outskirts of Harvey Western Australia. Starting Friday afternoon on the 20th of October and finishing Sunday afternoon on the 22nd of October 2017. 

The cost of this retreat is just $397 per person making it viable for all to attend (18 and over) which includes accommodation and food and we cater for all vegetarian and gluten free upon request. All books for taking notes will be provided as well as hand outs regarding certain topics, or activities which may be covered. 

If you are ready to let go of what you think you know and if you are ready to experience something different, then we warmly welcome you to journey with us into Shanti. 

Only a few places left - Please click here to book online. Deposit is essential to secure your place.

AUGUST EVENTS

MEN'S SEXUAL QI GONG WORKSHOP

Last time to be held in Perth DON'T MISS OUT as this empowering workshop is a MUST for all men!

Faciliated by Simon Boylan who currently resides in Japan

12th August 2017 - 10am to 5pm at the Sanctuary PERTH

$297 all inclusive, lunch and handouts

Learn Ancient Chinese Sexual Secrets for Men  

Kept secret from the public for centuries and exclusively reserved for the Emperor of China and his royal court -  learn these powerful sexual secrets now and transform your sex life! 

Taoist priests and Buddhist monks have studied and experimented with the potent sexual energy that we all have running through our bodies for over a thousand years. Through their wisdom and experimentation they have discovered ways to harness, cultivate and transform sexual energy to promote health, longevity and spiritual enlightenment - as well as increasing sexual pleasure and performance. 

The techniques covered in this workshop will include:

  • The acupressure technique you can use to prolong sex and prevent ejaculation
  • The Male Deer Exercise to increase pleasure, performance and sexual energy
  • The seven sex positions from the ancient Chinese sexual manual - The Plain Girl Classic
  • Thrusting techniques for greater stamina and pleasure
  • Sexual techniques and positions that promote healing
  • The way to safely circulate sexual energy
  • The potential dangers of cultivating sexual energy and how to deal with them
  • The exploration of the roles and functions of Yin (Feminine energy) and Yang (Masculine energy) 

ONLY TWO PLACES REMAIN!!!!!!!

TO BOOK ONLINE

About Simon Boylan

Simon Boylan has studied and practiced Qigong for over 15 years, including Sexual Qigong, Buddhist and Taoist Medical Qigong, and Health and Longevity Qigong. He is highly skilled in Qigong practices with lineages going back centuries to the Buddhist monks of the Shaolin Temple and Taoist priests of the Wu Dang mountains. He has graduated from Monash University with Honours in Philosophy and is well versed in Taoist and Buddhist Philosophy. He has also studied Traditional Chinese Medicine at RMIT University and holds a comprehensive understanding of the theory behind the experience of Qigong.

WOMEN'S Qi GONG WORKSHOP

Facilitated by Simon Boylan who currently resides in Japan

13th August 2017 - 10am to 5pm at the Sanctuary PERTH

$247 all inclusive, lunch and handouts

Discover how you can bring energy, balance and peace into your life through the science of Qigong. 

Qigong is an ancient set of practices based on the theories of traditional Chinese Medicine. These exercises have been used for centuries in China by millions of people to help promote health and longevity.   

Restoring and maintaining the natural energy flows of the body can be particularly helpful to women in dealing with symptoms arising from menstruation and menopause. Western medicine often struggles to deal with the complex symptoms that women can have in the different stages of their lives. 

Qigong is a form of active self care, where you perform gentle exercises that nourish your Qi(energy), your blood, your organs and your body, so you can help to support your own health. 

By gently moving and cultivating Qi and blood in your body, you can create your own optimal state of health, whatever stage of life you may be in. 

This Workshop will teach you: 

  • Dynamic moving Qigong to cultivate health and energy
  • How to balance the major organs of your body to find wellness and peace.
  • Exercises to help process and release any turbulent inner emotions.
  • The relationship between Yin and Yang in your body and in your life.
  • How to restore your essence through the deep practice of Sleeping Qigong.

People of all ages and fitness levels can benefit from the simple Qigong exercises you will learn at the seminar.

BOOK ONLINE

MENTORSHIP STUDY PROGRAM

26th August 2017 - 10am to 4pm at The Sanctuary PERTH

$297 all inclusive (4 Study Days)

The need to constantly learn and grow is essential on our path towards self-realisation and the journey to achieve and experience Santi, that which is inner spiritual peace. Quite often when we learn a new skill or certain techniques at development courses or workshops our intent to continue practicing can become somewhat diminished or stagnate through the resistance of the lower personality and life’s challenges. 

So much so that I have been contemplating and meditating on this aspect for quite some time now and have come to the realisation that it is extremely important to be able to utilise a nurturing space where ongoing learning is available and applied with the intent to unlock and discover deeper layers of self and the barriers that prevent us from continuing a disciplined path of learning and growing. 

So I am pleased to introduce a very unique and specific Esoteric and Advanced Tantra Mentorship Training Program which is designed for those who have previously completed either the Module 1 or Module 2 Practitioner Tantra Training and who are serious and committed to walking a deeper path towards self-knowledge, self-realisation and self-love. 

This Mentorship Study Program Offers: 

  • Four full training days held over four months in a sacred group study atmosphere 
  • Learning assistance and advice in Esoteric and Tantric Practices
  • Personalised tuition and support in your own personal journey
  • How to create a routine structure for regular study and practice 

BOOK ONLINE

A word on Kundalini

This article was written by my teacher and I wanted to share it with those that it will resonates with in the learning of unconditional love.

This article will not likely be met with a friendly response, but given the grotesque level of ignorance in the Western World regarding the subject of Kundalini, it has been deemed wise to break the present silence to offer a word of caution. Among the many emotional and unbalanced individuals who are blithely applying a trendy Eastern word to their overstimulated experiences and pretending these to be “spiritual”, are a small number of genuine seekers who are being harmfully misled by “teachers” who are Not qualified to teach. It is for the discerning and intuitive few that this post is offered. 

To be clear, Kundalini is not being taught in easily-accessed mainstream circles, nor will it ever be. It is only taught one-to-one in personal instruction by a Teacher of the Mysteries, and only after the student has studied, trained, and disciplined themselves for a certain span of years, and proved themselves ready. It must be understood that Kundalini is not a fashionable “awakening” or trendy “experience”, as it is often portrayed to be. Kundalini is a Force of Nature, harnessed and controlled only by initiates of a certain standing, and those who read these words who consider themselves to be among this number are overestimating themselves drastically. This divine Power is used by the world servers for divine ends only, and never for personal pleasure, blissful experiences, or bragging rights. 

The effects that people are claiming as Kundalini are in fact highly dangerous. Uncontrolled convulsions, trance seizures, random orgasmic spasms, “waves of energy”, and similar epileptic symptoms are Not Kundalini, nor are they even spiritual. And the wailing and howling that often accompany these degenerate practices paint a picture that would not be out of place in an insane asylum, which, tragically enough, is where many of these practices eventually lead, if carried forward over a number of years. True spiritual development does not include violent trembling, uncontrolled outbursts of emotion, screaming and thrashing, or the passive or collective trance states that rob their followers of their divine will and their sovereign strength and intellect. These techniques merely amplify the lower animal nature, and lead the hapless aspirants further from the Path, rather than closer to it. When one pictures an enlightened being, such as a Buddha or a Christ, does one picture a screaming or convulsing wreck, held in thrall either to passion or to trauma? I rather think not. Interesting, then, that so many aspirants follow “teachers” who lead them thus. 

What, you might ask, is actually occurring in these apoplectic fits, and these hypnotic convulsions? The aspirant, in a suggestable state, is permitting the energy of a group, or of the personal aura of the teacher (including their own impurities), or even of certain astral entities to flow and surge through them, without boundaries or defences or any awareness of the nature of these energies. In a trance or semi-hypnotic state, they abandon their senses to either the sexual forces of the body (or group of bodies), or to the uncontrolled astral (emotional) energy of their present, their past, the group around them, or certain sub-planes of the astral world that stimulate sensations through the lower three chakras. It is often a combination of all these things, leading to a frenzied and animalistic fit, sometimes pleasurable because it also flows through the nerves such as the sex organs, and sometimes traumatic because it triggers unresolved issues or attunes the individual to the pain of the wider human condition. It can sometimes feel like bliss, and appear wonderful or even divine instead, but this is due to a surge of higher astral energy through the solar plexus and maybe the heart chakra, which brings wonderful feelings, but is itself a beautiful lie on account of it being only astral, not divine, and because it happens in an uncontrolled state which means it can neither be understood properly nor used at will. This process, in All cases listed here, makes a person dangerously prone to trance and weakness, prone to surges of disorienting astral energy at any time of day, it continually destabilises or unbalances their emotional states and their hormones, and gradually destroys the protective etheric webbing over the chakras that constitute a defence against planar energy which most of humanity is unable to handle. Prolonged practice therefore leads either to serious illness or various forms of insanity. 

The question may arise – does Kundalini ever actually manifest in certain cases, rather than the above explanation of negative symptoms? The answer is Rarely, but Yes, and for those few who are spiritually gifted enough to begin to raise the Kundalini Fire without knowing precisely what they are doing, the situation is much more dire than that written above, and a thousand times more dangerous. Ordinary humans, without significant training, are no more capable of enduring Kundalini than they are capable of standing next to a nuclear reactor without harmful effect. I met one of my own students under these circumstances, and she was not only experiencing excruciating pain in the lower spine, but was psychologically unravelling also, as astral and manasic impressions flooded her consciousness and made her question herself and all of reality. It took us four months to stabilise and subsequently reverse the condition, and had she ended up in either a hospital or the mental health system instead, she would have been lost for this lifetime. She is doing well now, but she is Not using Kundalini force. 

Watch carefully your reaction to these words. Do you feel recognition and truth? Hostility and defensiveness? Do you believe you know this subject already, or are you open to learn? As to what you should do in relation to any teachings you have access to at present, there is only one primary necessity – Use Your Discernment. Question yourself. Do you know what you are doing? Does just sensing an energy surging through you mean you also know what it is, from which plane it emanated, and to what purpose it should serve? Question the “teachers” too, because if they cannot explain their position, it is not to be trusted. And if their techniques do not lead to clarity, insight, healing or growth, they are not worthy of loyalty. Certain of these “schools” are doing great harm to people in need, and they should know that they are now being watched. 

– A

 

Sanctuary June News

Congratulations to all the amazing souls who attended the recent Bali Training and although the training has finished the real journey has just begun and I wish all these incredible people so much love and joy in sharing, giving and growing in the heart of Tantra.

I would like to say thank you to all who attended, to my beautiful kind and giving soul sister Beck who was a pillar of absolute strength and service to all.  A special thank you to Sanctuary Travel, Crystal, Kecci and Jodie for everything you do to support myself, Ananda and the trainees who attended. You are gold! Lastly thank you to my family, loved ones and my teacher who are always there to support and guide me.

                                                                The 2017 Bali Practitioner Training

Its been a big few months of gratitude for me being able to share knowledge and light to so many and observing the reflection of myself deeper in the process including my glamours and blind spots. Forever shedding the layers to discover more of the "I am that I am, the eternal life force of the soul".  This is the amazing life changing journey of Tantra.

There will be one more Accredited Intensive Module 1 Training in Perth held on the 4th November for five consecutive days so if anyone is interested in securing the final two places please email me at [email protected].

In 2018 the structure of the Training Programs will be changing, please see full details below.

In other news, I am so happy to announce the launch of "Shanti" my first Retreat facilitated with my son Kale and our Senior Practitioner Jackie.  Kale has been studying Esoteric knowledge for two and a half years now and has a special story to share about his incredible journey on this path. For those that are interested, please see details below.  We only have two places left, however due to its popularity we are looking at organising a second Retreat soon.

Lastly, we have now scheduled further Workshop dates for the last half of the year including the wonderful Couple's Retreat coming up in Bali in September so please take a look at the schedule at the end of this Newsletter and I hope to see you at one of these events.

OM Shanti

Catherine Wood - Founder of the Sanctuary of Ananda

What's New!

N E W   P R A C T I T I O N E R   T R A I N I N G

In 2018 the Sanctuary of Ananda is offering a new and exciting Training Program for those who wish to pursue the path of Tantric Enlightenment and those who wish to share this path with others. The Sanctuary is proud to be an Approved Platinum Training Provider and a Silver Ambassador with IICT International Institute for Complementary Therapists.

This is a Four Part Module System which will culminate in the student being eligible to eventually receive a Diploma in Eastern Tantra.  

  1. Module 1 Accredited Certificate in Tantra Philosophy Training – 5 Day Training held each Saturday for 5 weeks.
  2. Module 2 Accredited Certificate in An Mo Tantric Massage and Body Training – 5 Day Training  held over two weekends plus 2 weeknights
  3. Module 3 Accredited Certificate in Tantra Practitioner Training – Held over 5 Consecutive Days + 25 Hours Prac
  4. Module 4 Diploma in Eastern Tantra - Held over 5 Consecutive Days

The Overseas Training will combine all three Modules as part of an intensive program which will be held over 10 days.

This type of Training is designed to enable students to complete either of the first two Modules as separate trainings, however to be eligible to participate in module 3 and 4 and to receive the Accredited Tantra Practitioner Certificate, the student must have first successfully completed Modules 1 and 2.

Dates for 2018 and costs for each Module will be posted soon. 

S H A N T I 

Spiritual Tranquility Retreat

20th - 22nd October 2017

Meditation-Stillness-Awareness

Facilitators: Catherine Wood - Kale Wood - Jacquelyn Hooper

Shanti means peace, which is brought about by the inner study of oneself and is a reflection of our true nature, the soul. Through the process of becoming more aware of not only who we are as a duality, both on the physical and spiritual plains but also connecting into all things universal exactly as they are is the aim of this Retreat. By practicing daily meditation, we seek to help cultivate a stillness in oneself that will not only rejuvenate you from the stresses and worries in your daily life but will enable you to withstand the tides of the lower nature (the lower personality) and therefore live a life in awareness with more understanding, wisdom and peace.

Shanti is a unique 3 day, 2 night retreat at the stunning K O K O R O located in the pristine forests of Mornington Mills just on the outskirts of Harvey Western Australia. Starting Friday afternoon on the 20th of October and finishing Sunday afternoon on the 22nd of October 2017.

The cost of this retreat is just $397 per person making it viable for all to attend (18 and over) which includes accommodation and food and we cater for all vegetarian and gluten free upon request. All books for taking notes will be provided as well as hand outs on practices of concentration and meditation.

If you are ready to let go of what you think you know and if you are ready to experience something different, then we warmly welcome you to journey with us into Shanti.

To Book Online click here 

C O U P L ES  R E T R E AT  B A L I

 
 
"Celebrating Sacred Love"

ONLY THREE PLACES REMAIN!!

3rd - 9th September 2017

Your relationship is one of the most important gifts in your life, so when was the last time you and your partner really took quality time out to connect, communicate, share sacred moments and became mesmerised in each other's touch and presence? Normally $3997 but for a second month of we are offering an amazing special at $3695 per couple. That is a $300 bonus off  This is incredible value and a MUST for that once in a life time romantic getaway to rekindle your love, escape the cold, relax and unwind in the warmth and beautiful tropical weather of Bali and embrace the gift of Sacred Love.

This Retreat is being held at a Beautiful and Spectacular Resort which boasts absolutely stunning, spacious and secluded rooms that are nestled in the tranquil forest of central Ubud. People are describing this Retreat as “just amazing and not to be missed”.

Your Couples Retreat Package Includes:

• Six Night’s Premium and Luxurious Accommodation

• Airport Transfers • Breakfasts, Morning Tea and Lunches each day 

• Welcome Dinner and Farewell Celebration Dinner

• Luxury Tantra Gift Pack valued at $197

• 6 nights and 5 days of Couples Tantra group sessions personally facilitated by Catherine Wood

A Deposit of just $995 will secure your place. Only limited places are available 

T e s t i m o n y

"For anyone sitting on the fence wondering about taking this journey, I would say do it - do it for your self do it for your family, do it for humanity cause really this world needs all the love it can get. The safest most nurturing time for all involved. Thank you, see you again for the next tune up" J & G 2016

To Book Online click here 

U P C O M I N G   E V E N T S

Couples Tantra Massage Workshop - 2nd December

The Secrets of the White Tigress and Jade Egg - 30th September

Reiki 2 Workshop - 14th October

The Way of the Heart Workshop for Women - 23rd September

Accredited Certificate in Tantric An Mo Massage - 18th November

COMING SOON!!!!

S H A N T I

Spiritual Tranquility Retreat 

Meditation - Stillness - Awareness

20th, 21st and 22nd October 2017

Facilitators: Catherine Wood - Kale Wood - Jacquelyn Hooper

Men and Women 18 years and over @ Kokoro Retreat Harvey PERTH

Full details and prices launched soon!

 

Accredited Practitioner Training May 2017

Crying tears of joy and gratitude today for the honour and privilige of teaching this amazing group of people the life changing journey of Tantra.

As a group we embodied "harmlessness" an important and essential practice to any spiritual path of transcendence. In harmlessness we own what is ours, we have the will and courage to look into the mirror and we don't harm or blame another when we see our own personality failings if someone triggers our wounds. What this creates in... a group atmosphere is unity and "loving understanding" a feeling of being seen warts and all and still be held and loved for who we are. In just five short days (and there is no such thing as time on the spiritual path) we remembered we have always been family, we are bonded together as souls of light and our earthly journey will be forever cherished in our hearts.

Thank you to all the amazing students of life who stepped up in anticipation, enthusiasm, some in fear and nervousness, only to find your courage and your strength. For tantra is a journey that lifts the veil of glamour and illusion of fear and sabotage into liberation and freedom of unconditional love.

Tantra is liberation, liberation from the human kingdom of bondage and suffering and offers a passageway into the Divine.

What I offer in my teachings is an opportunity to learn a path that I trust and know as life changing. There are many paths to the "light" some quick ones some slow ones but ultimately they all lead us "back home" to Divinity.

A special thank you to Dave for holding the space for all and supporting me in my capacity to be the best teacher I can be. Thank you to my son Kale for sharing your wisdom and meditation skills in the training, at just 20 years old, you embody more wisdom, love and harmlessness than any one I know. I love you dearly Kale, you are my son in the human world and mentor in the spiritual world. Thank you to Nicky and all the beautiful people who volunteered their time and "bodies" to give the Practitioners an opportunity to practice "in the real world" their new found skills and last but not least my trusted dear friend and Administration Manager Donna, you are the wind beneath my wings. Your help and assistance is the back bone of the Sanctuary Don and I appreciate you more than you will ever know.

So for anyone considering learning Eastern Tantra, I will be teaching another training on the 4th November in Perth, we only have 2 places remaining. I consciously choose to teach small groups to ensure maximum learning exposure and to create a deeper bond and connection with each person who trains with me.

Always In loving gratitude,


Catherine xox

4th November 2017 Accredited Practitioner Training  Please click on the link here for further info

The Dangers of incorrect practice of the Jade Egg

This year I am sponsoring Xi Lai (Hsi Lai’s) latest book called “Entering the Rosy Clouds” Rosy Clouds in Dao refers to “spiritual sexual practices”. Xi Lai is the founder of Dao Vital Energies, Tao Traditions and The White Tigress Society. He is currently teaching Daoism and Daoist practice in the USA and is the author of numerous books on Daoism and White Tigress Practice. As some of you know, I have been following this practice for over 15 years now, not for sexual cultivation but for the spiritual discipline of the Dao.

Very recently I had a discussion with Xi Lai on his thoughts and beliefs regarding the Jade Egg and would he consider writing a book on this practice. The conversation was very similar to that of my own teacher’s theory and knowledge on this practice and some of it I wanted to share with you today because I believe it is of vital importance not only to embody proper knowledge of this practice but to also understand the dangers because with all things there comes forth a duality, ignorance and naivety. What I am about to share also comes from observing and practicing 15 years of using the Jade Egg as a woman who has also had two natural child births.

Firstly, contrary to popular belief it is UNWISE to leave a Jade Egg inside your yoni (vagina) for longer than 20 MINUTES three times a week. There are a few reasons for this and one is that it will create focus and focus creates stimulation and stimulation activates energy, particularly in the Chakra System, Endocrine Glands and the Nervous System so the three lower Chakras, Muladhara, (centre for elimination), Swadisthana (centre for procreation) and Manipura Chakras (centre for assimilation) become over amplified. When these centres become too stimulated the principle of primal consciousness (the lower centres) can activate the desire nature. Desire for ALL THINGS which are PERSONALITY based and definitely not from the SOUL.

Secondly, if say for example, a woman has had past sexual trauma and she is advised to use the egg for healing and she is using the egg every day for hours on end, or leaving it inside her yoni all night, the outcome will eventually be an overstimulation of her sexual trauma and most of the time this transpires into a different “guise” through the ASTRAL BODY which could be seen as depression, anxiety, sexual addiction, PTS and the woman is none the wiser that the incorrect and over use of the Jade Egg has contributed to a trauma that has not been resolved so she continues her practice and her suffering hoping it will heal her.

Thirdly, IF the Jade Egg has any imperfections on its surface, these can irritate the vaginal walls without the woman being even aware. Not all Jade Eggs are made from authentic grades of Jade and to compensate, paraffin wax is used to smooth them out. Some say paraffin wax is toxic, some say it isn’t but regardless, I believe why would any woman want to have anything inside her body that she is not 100% sure about.

Also some eggs in the world are being dyed to look like authentic Jade Eggs so it is important to know what you are buying and putting inside your precious temple. Trust your intuition. I have been thinking about this a lot lately and have since had the Jade Eggs that I sell on my Tantra Shop thoroughly tested over many weeks by laboratories and I will be posting their report on my website so women can see first-hand the quality that they are purchasing.

Lastly, from purely a White Tigress perspective an “egg” psychologically (in the subconscious) represents the idea of pregnancy and the stimulation of ovaries and most (not all) Tigresses are into the practices of sexual cultivation and don’t want to become pregnant so the Jade Egg use is only practiced a couple of times a week if not at all because as one Tigress shared with me once, using the egg every day can also cause bloating in the stomach which looks like a pregnancy because of the "focus" being poured into the sex chakra and the solar plexus.

After all, energy doesn't have a brain, what we give thought and energy too, grows and sometimes not in the way we want!

If used very wisely however and with absolute discernment, the egg can have many beneficial healing benefits that are personally relevant to the journey of each and every beautiful woman using the egg.

There is much more to share but this post will be too long, however I wanted to share the above information to bring awareness and education to this ancient practice and of course food for thought. Is it right or is it wrong information? The answer will be found in your own research, your own practice with the egg, your wisdom and in the knowing of your soul.

As always, something to ponder on.

OM Shanti

Catherine Wood

Advanced Workshop for Women

Divinity Within

13th May 2017 @ The Sanctuary of Ananda Perth - 10am to 5pm

$197 all inclusive

Ladies if you are interested we have only a few places left for this Advanced Workshop for Women.

In traditional Tantric practice women penetrate the world with their breasts, their heart centre and receive the world with their womb. Women are always giving and nourishing outwardly to everything and everyone around them, sometimes forgetting the most important person to be nourished first is themselves.

Divinity Within is a follow-on Workshop from The Way of the Heart and is created by the Sanctuary for women to continue on their path of self-realisation and empowering you into the very heart of your true Divinity.

Divinity Within Workshop Includes:

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  • Sacred Sexuality Time Lines
  • Laya Yoga Meditations
  • Advanced Jade Egg Practice
  • Kama Sutra Demonstrations
  • Advanced Traditional An Mo Tantric Massage

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Other News

The Internationally Accredited Tantra Practitioner Training on the 20th May in Perth and on the 11th June in Bali are both now SOLD OUT.  Congratulations to all the participants who secured a place at these trainings.  We are so looking forward to meeting you all and sharing in this incredible life changing journey.

There will be only one more Accredited Practitioner Training in Perth scheduled for the 4th November.  We already have bookings for this training and now only have 6 places left.  So if anyone is interested please email me asap [email protected] to secure your place.

The Way of the Heart Workshop for women on the 28th May is now SOLD OUT

Upcoming Workshops in Perth

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TESTIMONY

Dearest Cathy, 

Trying to express our time in Bali in words is a little tricky. 

I 'felt' it was an experience that has moved us both to a whole new level of compassion and love. 

We both feel we have transitioned our relationship yet again to a whole new level, this time with such ease and grace.

As humans we service our cars, homes and bodies regularly and relationships also need that time and attention. 

Spending quality time together with other couples who also want to brush up in the love department is really a booster for all involved. 

Servicing our relationship has become a must for us, vitally important individually, as a couple and companions raising a family- we all benefit, the kids included. What a great gift to give our children, happy loving parents!

For Greg the quality time spent with the men was a real highlight, sharing experiences and goals in a supportive atmosphere was really powerful. 

Setting some new relationship and personal goals is proving already to be a wonderful tool to staying on our own path. 

Having a refresher around self-care and daily practices reinforced the learning and embeds it deeper into my being. Realisations around self-care are always warmly welcomed. 

I cherish you, as a teacher, a friend and mentor, your kind open heart is a gift to all who cross your path. The wisdom you share is valuable beyond measure. The way you hold space for the group is ever-present. 

Play is the way of the heart, to find joy in the moments.

For anyone sitting on the fence wondering about taking this journey, I would say do it - do it for yourself do it for your family, do it for humanity cause really this world needs all the love it can get.

The safest most nurturing time for all involved. 

Thank you; see you again for the next tune up.

J & G (Couples Bali Retreat 2016)