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A Tantric approach to Life Counselling and Relationship Harmony
Established in 2006

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Hi and welcome to our latest Newsletter.

I trust that all is going well in your world and the last few months have been wonderful for you so far.  My world has been incredibly busy of late with lots of travelling for recent Workshops and trainings in Adelaide, Melbourne and Perth.  It was such a joy to be able to share my teachings outside of Perth. Thank you to the lovely Jesse Miller and Elise Carr for co-facilitating these events with me.

Soul Filled Women's Retreat Adelaide 2019

Love Wisdom Soul Prana House Melbourne 2019

So what’s coming up at the Sanctuary?


Perth - 4th - 8th May 

Sydney - 20th - 26th May 

Internationally Accredited Tantra Practitioner Training Foundered since 2006

Module 1 Accredited Certificate in Eastern Tantra

Module 2 Accredited An Mo Tantric and Chakra Balancing Massage

Relationships are one of the most sacred and important aspects in our life. This includes the relationship we have with ourselves as well as friends, family and partners. Most people desire to be in a relationship that is based in connection, loving understanding, passion and harmony yet so many struggle with communication and intimacy issues, conflicts, and incompatibility; never really finding the Sacred Union that their heart and soul ultimately desires.

Tantra is one of the oldest healing practices in the world. It means to “weave” weaving the form (the body) with higher consciousness (the soul). The practice of Tantra is duality to unity which lifts humanity one step up from the animal kingdom, the basic primal desire nature and into the heart of the Divine.

The essence of Tantra is that of Sacred Love.

This Accredited Tantra Training is a four part module system held over 12 months that will enable the student to gain deeper knowledge and insight into the teachings and philosophy of Eastern Tantra and to understand the principle teachings of consciousness and self-love. When self-love is awakened, we recognize this as unconditional love for others, our community, humanity and all souls.

If you are searching for authentic spiritual wisdom, to gain a deeper insight into self, to add and utilize skills for a new or existing holistic business and to really make a difference in the world, then this life changing training is for you.


Bali - 20th to 25th June

Perth - Pullman Bunker Bay Dunsoborough - 21st and 22nd September

Is your relationship in need of a tune up?

Celebrating Sacred Love Couples Retreats

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 mesmerized in each other's touch and presence?

Celebrating Sacred Love Retreats are all about Empowering your relationship.

πŸ’– Enhance Sacred Intimacy
πŸ’– Experience Deeper Communication and Connection
πŸ’– Embrace the Joy of Sacred Love


One of the best explanations I’ve heard on what the word spiritual means:

The word “spiritual” does not refer to religious matters, so called. All activity which drives the human being forward towards some form of development - physical, emotional, mental, intuitional, social - if it is in advance of his present state, is essentially spiritual in nature and is indicative of the livingness of the inner divine. The spirit of man is undying; it forever endures, progressing from point to point, and stage to stage upon the Path of Evolution, unfolding steadily and sequentially the divine attributes and aspects. (Master DK) 




January Newsletter


Welcome to a wonderful new year at the Sanctuary. 2019 marks our 19th year in business and I honestly don’t know where the time has gone.

If you are looking for further spiritual inspiration, direction and guidance to improve yourself and your relationship this year then please take a look at our Events coming up for 2019.  We also have a fabulous fundraiser to win a place at the Couples Retreat which will be held at the beautiful Pullman Bunker Bay in Dunsborough.  Full details are located at the end of this Newsletter.

Wishing you a fabulous year and looking forward to sharing my continual passion of Tantra and the Esoteric Arts.

With love, Cathy

Private Counselling Sessions

These sessions are available in person or via phone/skype for couples, women and men that are focused on a combination of therapies such as Counselling, Tantra, Sacred Sexuality, Spirituality and Esoteric teachings, depending upon what the client needs.

For the last 7 years I have been studying the ways of esoteric psychology which brings both the Eastern and Western traditions together as well as teaching and studying Tantra for the last 30 years.  I don’t believe that I “heal” people; my passion lies in wanting people to learn how to heal themselves.  True healing can only take place when a pattern or a blind spot is seen and understood and sometimes it takes time to navigate the links to the deepest cores of these patterns so ongoing counselling is always recommended. Through these skills, I am able to show and explain the blind spots, blockages, repressions, self-sabotage and wounds from a mental perspective and why they continue to play out in your life in a perpetual cycle of suffering and emotional confusion.  This process starts with awareness and through awareness the first steps of taking control of your own life begins.  This also includes self-love and self-realization, two key elements to really discovering and knowing who you are.  From here the development of mental training and heart awakening begins. The mind sees the heart feels and this is the true liberation and unconditional love that these teachings bring.  Imagine living a life every day filled with purpose and joy.

If this resonates with you, then please click on our booking links below or feel free to send me an email [email protected] and I would be more than happy to chat briefly regarding any aspects of these sessions and what would be most beneficial for you.

Couples Sessions

Women’s Sessions

Men’s Sessions

Upcoming Events

Men’s Workshop

Do you know what women really want?

"As seen on Channel 9 - Do you know what women want?


  • Date:     2nd February 2019
  • Time:     10am to 4pm
  • Venue:   The Sanctuary Perth
  • Cost:      $197 (all inclusive)

A workshop just for men to explore the foundation practices of Tantra, in particular the energy dynamics of Masculine and Feminine.

Click here to register

Reiki Master Training

Shinpiden Level

  • Date:     9th February 2019
  • Time:     9am to 5pm
  • Venue:   The Sanctuary of Ananda
  • Cost:     $695 (all inclusive)

Please email [email protected] to register your place

Soul Filled Women’s Empowerment Weekend Retreat ADELAIDE

A R T - T A N T R A - Y O G A

Ladies are you looking for Spiritual direction to nourish your body, mind and SOUL?

Then this Retreat is for you :-)

BONUS OFFER:  Bring a girlfriend for FREE!!!!!!

  • Dates:      16th – 17th February 2019
  • Venue:     St Francis Resort ADELAIDE
  • Cost:       $595 (all inclusive: excludes accommodation)

Click here to register


The Sacred Unveiling Two Day Urban Spiritual Retreat MELBOURNE

Are you seeking deeper spiritual knowledge?

Have you ever wanted to learn about the Ancient Mysteries including the truth about Tantra, the Wisdom of the Esoteric Path and the many ways of Yoga?

  • Date:       23rd and 24th February 2019
  • Venue:     Prana House Melbourne
  • Cost:       $595 (all inclusive)

Bookings are filling quickly!!!!! To secure your place, please

This Event is coming to PERTH in June (details published soon)

Accredited Diploma in Tantric Studies PERTH

Modules 1 and 2 Certificate in Tantra Philosophy and An Mo Massage

2nd March – 6th March ****NOW FULLY BOOKED OUT****

Second Intake:  4th – 8th May

Cost:  $895 (all inclusive)

Click here to register

Women's Workshop PERTH

The Way of the Heart

  • Date:     16th March 2019
  • Time:     10am to 4pm
  • Venue:   The Sanctuary of Ananda
  • Cost:      $197 (all inclusive)

Accredited Tantra Practitioner Training SYDNEY

Modules 1-3 Certificate in Tantra Practitioner Training

  • Date: 20th May – 25th May
  • Venue:  Govinda Retreat Sydney
  • Cost:  POA

Click here to register

Celebrating Sacred Love Couples Retreat BALI

  • Date:      20th – 25th June 2019
  • Venue:    UBUD BALI
  • Cost:       $2750 per couple (all inclusive: excludes airfares and travel insurance)

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 mesmerized in each other's touch and presence?

Celebrating Sacred Love Couples Retreats is a once in a life time romantic getaway to rekindle your love, escape the cold, relax and unwind in the warmth and tropical weather of Bali. Held at a traditional Balinese Resort with exceptional service, colourful gardens and spacious rooms that are nestled in the tranquil forest of Ubud. The Resort boasts 3 swimming pools overlooking gardens and rice fields, 3 Yoga Venues, 24 hour reception and a Day Spa.

Click here to register

Celebrating Sacred Love Couples Retreat PERTH

  • Date:      20th – 22nd September 2019
  • Venue:    Pullman Bunker Bay Resort
  • Cost:      $1297 per couple (Excludes Accommodation)

Click here to register

You can win a FREE place at this Retreat!!!!!

All proceeds raised go to the fundraiser "To Save a Pure Heart" which is for my dear soul sister Rachel.

All you need to do to go into the draw is be part of our online raffle and purchase one or more tickets.

1 ticket= $10 
3 tickets= $20
10 tickets= $50

Simply make your donation at the link below and write your full name and ‘COUPLES RETREAT’ in the comments section on the fundraiser site


The Sanctuary of Ananda

[email protected]

08 63112804

Happy Christmas

The Sanctuary of Ananda would like to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year filled with love, growth and purpose.

May this time of year be a joyful reminder that love surrounds you always, that love is the synthesis that connects us to all living things through the loving wisdom of the soul.

We are now CLOSED and will re-open on the 14th January 2019.  Our Christmas Specials will still be available until the 1st January

Much love to all β€οΈπŸ₯°πŸŒΉπŸŒŸπŸŒ²πŸ’«

Do you know what women really want?

 Ladies are you looking for that perfect gift for your beloved this Christmas?


Do you know what women really want?

An Introductory Tantra Workshop just for MEN

2nd February 2019 10am - 4pm PERTH

Every woman has a longing, a deep desire to be truly loved, heard, understood and emotionally seen by her lover. This fun and informative workshop has been created for you to learn and explore what women really want.

The content of this workshop has been taken from over 30 years of personal and professional experience teaching both men and women in the field of Sacred Love and my interview with Channel 9's program "What women want".

If you have a desire to empower yourself with skills and techniques to become a better lover, deepen the connection and intimacy with yourself and your partner and to learn what women really want then this workshop is for you.

Some of the topics covered in this INTRODUCTORY Workshop include:

  • What is Tantra and how can it change your life
    • Skills to Master Erection Strength, Control and PE
    • Breathing and Grounding techniques for relaxation and control of thought
    • The Art of Extended Lovemaking 
    • The roles of Feminine and Masculine Energy
    • Exploring a Woman's body - How a woman wants to be touched and loved
    • The Emotional, Spiritual and Sensual needs of a woman

Facilitated by Catherine Wood and Rebekah Peck. Held in a professional setting. Numbers Limited.

Normally $197

To take advantage of this amazing offer book before the 31st December 

Gift Vouchers available for the Christmas Stocking :-)

Christmas Celebration Specials

Looking for something unique and different this Christmas?

Then visit the Tantra Shop and check out our range of Christmas Celebration Specials.

10% to 20% off products and sessions including:

  • Couples Weekend Retreats - Were $1197 NOW $957
  • Couples Tantric Counselling Sessions - Were $225 NOW $180
  • An Mo Tantric Massage - Were $260 NOW $200
  • The Way of the Heart Workshop for Women - Were $197 NOW $157.60
  • Men's Workshops - Were $197 NOW $147

(Specials valid ONLY until the 31st December and can be redeemed anytime in 2019) 

Christmas Specials

For the month of December only we are offering loads of Christmas Specials at our Tantra Shop including 20% off our next Couples Retreat at the magnificent Pullman Bunker Bay, Tantric An Mo Massage Sessions and Women's Workshops.  Please note:  Retreats, Workshops and Sessions can be redeemed anytime in 2019.

Please visit

Soulful Awards 2018

Incredibly blown away Sunday evening at the Soulful Awards 2018 Winter Wonderland held at the Perth Convention Centre with Special Guest Speakers Troy Coward Actor and Michelle Nazaroff World Champion Body Builder.

So humbled to be awarded the title of Soulful Communicator for 2018 :-)

Helping people communicate with their soul and become the best version of themselves that they can possibly be is my greatest passion in life πŸ’•

It has been a huge few days of joy and excitement as I am in the middle of teaching the Diploma Module 4 Training, so life sure has been full on!  Thank you so much to everyone who voted for me and for your love and support and thank you to the amazing Kelly Sayers (Amazon Best Selling Author) and Michele Vos - Castle (Complete Feng Shui) for making this event possible by recognising women who are empowering and changing the world, one person at a time. 

Much love to all x


Soulful Awards Winner 2018

Hi everyone, 

I am so excited to share that I have been nominated for Soulful Awards Soulful Entrepreneur 2018!  This has come as quite a surprise and a beautiful one at that. 

If this resonates with you and if you feel that I have enhanced more soul into your life then I would be so honoured if you could please vote for me here 

Thank you with all my heart and soul. 

Catherine xox



The Soulful Awards honours Women in Business for their excellence, integrity, value and contribution to the world, and recognises the achievements of people fulfilling their life’s purpose & making a difference.

The key goal of the Soulful Awards is to discover, recognise and reward the individuals that have the potential to, or are already having a positive impact on the community – at home, in the office and on a global scale.

The Soulful Awards are VOTED BY THE PEOPLE, for their contribution and provide achievements with public recognition that they deserve.


An Mo Tantric Massage

An Mo Tantric Massage is back!!!!

For many years now I have not offered my exquisite An Mo Tantric Massage (except to teach this in the Accredited Tantra Training's) however for the month of NOVEMBER only I am coming out of retirement and personally offering this divine massage again to both men and women.

The intent is to donate half of the cost of each massage to the fund raiser "Rally for Rachel" my beautiful and cherished Soul Sister. Rachel is a Perth woman in need of help from the local community to raise funds for a lifesaving treatment in Austria. Without it, the prognosis is devastating πŸ˜”

Rachel has exhausted all avenues in Australia and this is her final hope (you can find out more about her story at the link below).


For thousands of years, An Mo traditional Chinese massage and has been practiced to relax muscles and strengthen joints. An Mo is an ancient pressing and rubbing technique, An meaning “press” and Mo meaning “rub”. The massage produces heat which is known as "Chi" (life force) and thus increases blood flow to the body and energy system.

An Mo Tantric touch goes beyond just the physical enjoyment to the deepest healing power of love. When we touch with the intention to give love, to make someone feel good, we 'feed' that person love, a similar metaphor of watering a thirsty plant. Scientist state we have approximately 62 trillion cells in the human body and the teachings of Tantra believe that every cell has a divine consciousness, a superior intelligence, just like that of a computer system, this wisdom understands love and fear, positive and negative for the true journey of Tantra is "Duality to Unity". When the cells receive unconditional love, they vibrate, pulsate, and rejuvenate with nourishment, energy and vitality.

This exquisite ancient Chinese massage comes from one of the Taoist Lineages of the White Tigress and fuses together the triangles of energy: Chi (Life Force), Ching (Rejuvenation for restoration and cultivation) and Shen (Spirit/Soul).

During An Mo Tantric Massage the body comes alive, it's a feeling of being fully present, fully alive, yet deeply relaxed, it is a state of Samadhi (a oneness with all things).

An Mo is a beautiful gift for your body mind and spirit.

For all bookings please click on the link below. Places will fill quickly.


Newsletter for October 2018

Hello everyone,

I hope you are going well and have had a productive and inspiring month.

I love the months of September and October in Perth, when spring is in the air, the weather is a little warmer and the flowers and wild life start to bloom once again in the cycles of the seasons.

To celebrate an early birthday present I decided to take myself to Uluru, the heart of Australia to spend time with the land and time by myself.  “Know thyself” the essential key words to the philosophy of Tantra and is often hard to practice when we are always so busy with the demands of life and the constant white noise that surrounds us.

Uluru is such a sacred place and I was fortunate enough to spend time with an Anangu aboriginal, the traditional owners of the land who showed and taught me their knowledge and history of Ayres Rock.  A major awareness that stood out for me was the silence.  It was so silent that my eardrums hurt at times.  There was just silence, stillness, peace, blue skies, sunshine and sacred land.

In other news, the Sanctuary recently celebrated our 24th Couple’s Retreat at the magnificent Pullman Bunker Bay Resort.

40 beautiful people shared in the joy of learning and growing in sacred love, discovering a deeper sense of self and connection with their beloved.

It was the most perfect weekend with lots of laughs, amazing food and divine weather.

Thank you to all the couples who attended, it was humbling to witness your love and commitment to each other.

Thank you to my awesome team Diana, Amy and Jim for all your love and support ensuring the event ran as smooth as clockwork. Also thank you to Emma and Jordy from Pullman Bunker Bay.

If anyone is interested in our fabulous couple’s retreats we are pleased to announce there will be two Retreats held next year.

UBUD BALI - 20th - 25th June
BUNKER BAY DUNSBOROUGH W.A. - 20th - 22nd September

Until next month stay safe and enjoy the warmer weather.

Much love,

Catherine Jane xox 

What’s coming up!

Men’s Tantra Workshop – 3rd November BUSSELTON PERTH at the Men’s Shed Click here for full details

Reiki 2 Workshop (Okuden) – 10th November PERTH click here for full details

Trauma Informed Workshop – 17th November PERTH Facilitated by Karen Hulls

  • Date: 17th November 2018
  • Time: 9am to 12pm
  • Venue: The Sanctuary Perth
  • Cost: $125 (Please note: the cost will be reduced if we get more than 10 people)

'Elephant in the Room! What is Trauma-Informed Care?'

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the impact of trauma on: the domains of development (e.g. physical, psychological, emotional, sexual, social, spiritual etc.), memory and brain development.
  2. Discuss the relationship between a person's trauma history and his or her behaviors and responses.
  3. Use the Adult Attachment Interview (AAI), for supporting adult clients to heal from trauma.

Places are Limited. If you would like to book and secure your place please email [email protected]

Diploma in Tantric Studies (Module 4) – 24th to 28th November PERTH 

Open to anyone who has previously completed Modules 1-3.  Please email [email protected] for full details and registration.


Events in 2019

Reiki Master Training  SHINPIDEN LEVEL 3 - 9th February PERTH (Please email [email protected] for enquiries)

Soul Filled Women’s Retreat – 16th and 17th February ADELAIDE click here for further details

The Sacred Unveiling Urban Retreat 23rd and 24th February MELBOURNE Click here for full details

Diploma in Tantric Studies – Module 1 and 2, 2nd -6th March; Module 3 – 8th – 12th June; Module 4 – 7th – 11th September PERTH click here for full details 

Internationally Accredited Tantra Training – 20th – 26th May SYDNEY click here for full details

TANTRIC EXPEDITION TO THE WHITE LION HEARTLAND – 11th to 17th October AFRICA (Details coming soon)

A unique opportunity to join the first white lion pride reintroduced to their natural and spiritual homelands of the Greater Timbavati region.

“Healing Self and Healing the Great Mother (Earth)”


My lower personality was broken.

Yes broken into a million pieces. It has experienced and known suffering, abandonment, betrayal, grief, both physical and emotional abuse, gossip, judgement and loneliness and wears the battle scars of the journey of being a human.

A very familiar story for so many………..

And yet all through this I have managed to build over 17 years a very successful small business that continues to thrive from strength to strength. My work is often behind the scenes; I’m not really a ‘public person”, I don’t seek fame and fortune, I have never done a live feed, a podcast and I don’t have an Instagram account (not that I have a problem with any of them I just can’t find the time). My business is always super busy with daily back to back clients and every day I am in service to those that need a shining light to show them the way. It is only just recently that I have learnt to say “Sunday’s are my day”.

When I reflect back at my life, I often wonder how do I keep doing what I do and why would I even want to keep going when the world at times can be so cold and dark.

The answer is simple and two little words sums it up perfectly.


The soul is the driver of your car it is the babysitter (through the mind and heart) of your unstable and at times unruly lower emotions that are always on the war path for self-sabotage, procrastination and constant doubt.

The soul is like a Divine mother and father that holds your inner child (the lower personality) with endless patience and unconditional love.

The soul is magnetic. It emanates light out into the world drawing to it all that can see.

The soul serves humanity and its consciousness is LOVE and UNITY.

The soul helps you learn discernment and through discernment you will know your true soul sisters and brothers, those that lift you up on the path towards light and salvation, those that offer you a hand when you need one, those that can see your darkness and yet still love you without question, those that want nothing from you other than to love you.

The soul shows you your duality, your higher self and your lower self (the personality) that binds you to the actions and karma of human suffering.

People can huff and puff and blow your house down, but the soul will just re-build another one time and time again. The soul is unstoppable when its purpose is known by the personality.

The soul is steadfastness, it will keep driving you even when the personality is at its most fragile, when the personality is in the darkest night of the soul, rebelling every single act of unkindness, unfairness and judgement that other personalities and the world have done to you.

The soul is the navigator to your true self, “The I Am that I Am”.

The soul will show you your life purpose and your divine presence and inspirational light. It will show you the answers that you seek.

Your personality especially your lower personality cannot heal itself, nor can it heal itself through others, it is only through the wisdom of your own soul and the Divine love that binds you to all of consciousness that will heal you and then you will see the world from a different set of eyes. 

And through those eyes you will know love in all its purest form.


(Catherine Wood The Sanctuary of Ananda 2018)


The Sanctuary of Ananda 

PH:       6311 2804 

EMAIL:  [email protected]