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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!!!!!!!

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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.

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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 

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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:

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

To book online please click here

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

Men's Sexual Gi Gong Workshop - 12th August 2017 Click here for full details

Women's Gi Gong Workshop - 13th August 2017 Click here for full details

Internationally Accredited Tantra Practitioner Training MODULE 2 (Open for anyone who has completed the MODULE 1 Level of this training) 19th August 2017 - Click here for full details

Couples Tantra Retreat UBUD BALI - 3rd September (Six nights of bliss!!!) please click here to take advantage of our incredible MAY SPECIAL

COUPLES TANTRA RETREAT BALI

********MAY SPECIAL********

"Celebrating Sacred Love" ♥ 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 the month of May 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 Accommodation
    Airport Transfers
    Breakfasts, Morning Tea and Lunches each day 
    Welcome Dinner and Farewell Celebration Dinner
    Luxury Tantra Gift Pack valued at $150
    6 nights and 5 days of Intensive Couples Tantra group sessions personally facilitated by Catherine Wood

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

BOOK NOW Places are filling quickly!

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)

NEW!!!! BOOK LAUNCH

I am delighted to announce that the book I am featured in, Extra Ordinary Businesswomen 2017 was launched yesterday at the International Women’s Day in Perth.

It was a day of recognizing, celebrating and remembering the many talents of and courageous stories of women from all over Australia along with myself and a wonderful friend and organizer of the Sanctuary's International Retreats, Crystal Howrie from Sanctuary Travel celebrated in style at Rambla on the Swan in South Perth along with Business Women Australia.

With Crystal Howrie and the amazing authors of Extra Ordinary Businesswomen 2017 Carmen Jenner and Clare McAlaney

Words cannot express how happy and honoured I feel to be able to share my journey of Tantra in this book and hopefully inspire every woman and every man to be the best authentic version of self-love that they can be.

Extra.Ordinary.Businesswomen shines the spotlight on Australian businesswomen. Extra.Ordinary Businesswomen follows the stories of 34 businesswomen around the country and beyond. At 240 pages, this meaty book is based around the themes of Vision, Leadership and Passion, as each chapter invites the reader to join each of these fabulous women on their journeys. 

Designed to be dipped into for nuggets of brilliance or collectively savoured as a celebration of some of Australia’s most poignant success stories, Extra.Ordinary Businesswomen will be fittingly launched on International Women’s Day on 8th March 2017 in Perth. 

Co-authored by writer Carmen Jenner and writer/publisher Clare McAlaney, and published by Creatavision Publishing, be inspired and learn what drives these businesswomen along their paths to success. Discover the difference between ordinary and extraordinary, is just that little bit extra.

If anyone is interested in purchasing a copy of this book please email me at [email protected].  Limited copies are available at $35.00 incl postage and handling.

 

January Newsletter

Hi everyone and welcome to the start of another wonderful and fabulous New Year.

I trust you all had a lovely Christmas and for some a much needed break away and you are now ready to embrace this year with enthusiasm and joy.

As the start of 2017 commences keep a look out for the “spiritual opportunities” that will be presented to you this year.

The light provides spiritual opportunities for us all the time, it is like catching a train, when the train stops to pick up or drop off its passengers it will only stop for a few minutes. If we don’t see this or recognise this or scramble to take it, or if we let the opportunity go by we miss it completely so it is so important to listen to our soul and when the opportunity rises, step onto that train.

Unfortunately money, “lack of” and “self-sabotage” is all too common and is one of the main avenues for fear and limitations to grow. Many people hold onto their money for what they think are emergencies, or in case of a 'rainy day'. Money is crystallized prana so the more we use money for spiritual purposes, the more it manifests and flows.

So if your soul recognizes a spiritual opportunity being presented be that a self-empowerment workshop, new love, new job, new destination, if you get a really really strong urge or pull like a “knowing” PLEASE don’t put it off, ignore it, make excuses or procrastinate, instead trust that somehow, somewhere all will be provided for you for this opportunity to change your life, to expand your growth and wisdom because this is the absolute reality and expression of the path of self-realization. Manifestation is actually simple; all we have to do is learn to discern what is our soul force and what are the chains that bind us to that of our lower personality.

In other news, the Sanctuary is moving into its 11th year of business and with each passing year I am refining more and more of my passions, especially for Couples work and Practitioner Training. This will be an exciting year with lots of travel on the horizon including Practitioner trainings in NSW and BALI as well as a fabulous couples retreat in Ubud Bali on the 3rd September. I have also created a Mentorship Training Program this year which is open to anyone who has a desire to seek spiritual knowledge and walk a spiritual path. Full details are below.

Lastly, I wish you much love and joy in the year ahead, may you embrace all your spiritual opportunities with love and steadfastness.

OM Shanti

Catherine Wood - Founder of the Sanctuary of Ananda 

What’s New

I am really humbled and excited to share with you that I have been interviewed along with 30 other women from across Australia about my life journey with Tantra which will be published in a fantastic book called Extra Ordinary Businesswomen 2017 hosted by Business Women Australia. This event will be launched on International Day of Women in March just before my own book release "The little book of Tantra".

To be able to share my journey and what I believe Tantra to be is a great honor and my only hope is that my story dispels the fear and glamour held so long in the collective consciousness surrounding Tantra and instead raises awareness and understanding that tantra is not just about sex, but rather an incredible journey towards self-realization.  The goal of Tantra should be to always keep moving and growing upwards towards the soul and not to stay stagnant in just the lower pleasure centres.

Stay tuned for further details!

Special Events

Accredited Certificate in Tantra Practitioner Intensive Training (Module 1)

BALI UBUD 11th - 17th JUNE 2017

POA

The word “Tantra” has been used with much misunderstanding in society today that many have been misled by the glamour and perception that Tantra is just about physical pleasure based in the lower centres (chakras) when in actual fact the true path of Tantra is Sadhana, a journey of discarding the layers of the lower personality nature through a deep inner soul searching journey that goes way and beyond the confines of just the form (the body). 

This Internationally recognized and accredited training program is held in a highly professional, supportive and respectful space. So if you are ready to be challenged in a safe way, if you are ready to be awakened from the glamour's of the spiritual path and if you are willing to see your true self deeper than ever before then please join us on this phenomenal journey, a journey that is guaranteed to enhance and enrich your life on every level.

Find out more here

Celebrating Sacred Love Couples Retreat

BALI UBUD 3rd - 9th SEPTEMBER 2017

$3997 per couple

Our life changing Retreats are back for 2017!!!

Your relationship is one of the most important gifts in your life, so when was the last time you and your beloved really took quality time out to connect, communicate, share sacred moments and became mesmerized in each other's touch and presence?

Join us for six magical nights in the heart of beautiful Bali to awaken your hearts and minds to the fulfilling life changing journey of Sacred Love.

This Retreat will teach you how to:

  • *Enhance: Deeper and Closer Intimacy
  • *Embody: Trust, Communication and Connection
  • *Embrace: Sexuality with Spirituality
  • *Experience: The Joy of Sacred Love

Intimate Setting - Places are limited. Luxury Resort Bali

BONUS OFFER: Book and pay your deposit by the 15th February 2017 and receive a beautiful complimentary Spa Package for two (1.5 Hours) and the Sacred Love Guided Couples Meditation Audio CD.

Find out more here

   

 

New Training

Mentorship Training Program – Perth

Open to anyone who has a desire for learning and growing

Commencing Saturday the 4th MARCH 2017

10am to 4pm $399 for six months training (Easy no fuss Payment Plans with Pay Smart are available upon request)

The need to constantly learn and grow is essential on our path towards self-realization and the journey to achieve 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 realization that it is extremely important to be able to utilize 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 Practitioner Tantra Training or clients past and present who are serious and committed to walking a deeper path towards self-knowledge, self-realization and self-love.

This Mentorship Training offers:

  • Six full training days held over six months in a sacred study group atmosphere (one day per month)
  • Learning assistance and advice in Esoteric and Tantric Practices
  • Personalized tuition and weekly support in aspects of your own personal journey
  • How to create a routine structure for regular study and practice 

Find out more here 

Module 2 Practitioner Training

Saturday 19th AUGUST 2017 (Five Consecutive Days) 9am to 5pm Perth

$1495 

Module 2 is a second training that can be undertaken six to twelve months after Module 1. 

Module 2 consists of: 

  • Traditional White Tigress An Mo Massage
  • Facilitation and Structure of group work and Workshops
  • Colour Therapy
  • Advanced Tantra
  • Sacred Sexuality Ritual – Maithuna Vidhi
  • Esoteric Study
  • Inner Bliss – Subtle Energy Yoga

Find out more here  

Introducing Smart Pay

If you have always wanted to do a Sanctuary Workshop or attend our Training Programs or perhaps a Retreat but could not afford the upfront cost, we are now pleased to introduce to our clients SMART PAY. Smart Pay is an easy way to make affordable repayments that suits your budget and this makes your goals and dreams that much easier to achieve. No stress, hassle free. Find out how Smart Pay can work for you today

To enquire please email [email protected]

Benefits when using direct debit billing services:

  • Convenience: once customers complete the paperwork for their regular payments, they can set it and forget it, taking away the stress of remembering to pay their bills.
  • Flexibility: we know customers want convenience and flexibility—direct debit billing allows them to chip away at a fee rather than paying it in a lump sum up front.
  • Support: customers receive free support from our Australian-based Customer Service Centre experts should they ever need it.
  • Security: customers can rest assured their data is safe with PaySmart—we’re a leader in ensuring the highest standards of data security with a Level 1 (Version 2) PCI-DSS Compliance rating, plus all of our data is stored in Australia.

 

Workshops 

Couples Tantra Massage Workshop - 28th January

The Secrets of the White Tigress and Jade Egg - 5th February

Reiki 1 and Reiki 2 Workshop - 26th February

The Way of the Heart Workshop for Women - 18th March

Accredited Certificate in Tantric An Mo Massage - 28th April