The Sanctuary of Ananda January Newsletter - The Sanctuary of Ananda
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A Tantric approach to Life Counselling and Relationship Harmony
Established in 2006

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


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


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.



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