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

The Sanctuary of Ananda February Newsletter

Hi everyone,

Welcome to our first Newsletter for 2016.

It has been a busy start to the year with the commencement of the first Diploma in Tantric Training Intensive.

Congratulations to these wonderful participants who were such a blessing to teach and I am so proud of each and every one of them for their commitment and steadfastness to participate in such an intensive course. I witnessed so much change, growth, love but most of all a new awareness and understanding of Tantra, a gift of the heart.

I would like to thank and acknowledge David for assisting the group and to Donna and Alice for preparing delicious lunches and attending to the Administration side of things.

The Diploma course has been restructured to comprise of a Certificate in Practitioner Training (Module 1) and Diploma in Teacher Training/Esoteric Studies (Module 2). Unfortunately I won’t be able to teach Module 1 in Bali in September this year as previously planned, however I will definitely be offering this course in either Ubud or India in 2017 and are in the process of organizing this event with the awesome ladies from Sanctuary Travel. I can however, DEFINITELY CONFIRM Module 2 will be held in PERTH late this year, dates to be finalised and posted very shortly.

Some of our fabulous Graduates at the recent Tantra Training January 2016

In other news, I am so excited to be joining Jenni Mears in Melbourne in June to facilitate a fabulous weekend workshop for women (details below) and I have been busy creating a few new workshops; Mother's and Daughter's, Advanced Couple’s Workshop, The Art of Healing Touch and a Workshop just for Men as well as a 5 day 4 night Luxury Couple’s Retreat in Ubud Bali.

We have an action packed and exciting year planned for you all so please ensure you check out the vast range of Workshops and Events offered below.

Until next time, I wish you love in your hearts and joy in your soul. 

Love and Blessings,

Cathy Wood 

Founder of the Sanctuary of Ananda 2006-2016


VALENTINES DAY – 14th February

INTIMACY. What’s that again?

This Valentine’s Day spoil the one you love with the Gift of Tantra.

Gift vouchers, packages and products are available for Couple's to experience Private Counselling Sessions, Workshops and Bali Retreats to further enhance a deeper connection and celebrate sacred love.

Please email [email protected] to purchase a Gift Voucher or visit the Tantra Shop for some unique and thoughtful gift ideas


I am now offering half hour and one hour skype and phone sessions to clients who are unable to attend the Sanctuary in person, or those who wish to have follow up sessions.  Please contact me at [email protected] for prices and availability.


I have been able to secure a beautiful space on the beach front near Bunbury to facilitate Workshops, Counselling and Tantra Sessions on a part time basis.   If anyone is interested please contact our office for further details or email [email protected].  Please note:  A four week Meditation Program starts in BUNBURY on the 2nd March as well as "The Way of the Heart Wellness Workshop" for women on the 20th March.


Introducing "X", our new range of deliciously exotic soy candles. Just in time for Valentine’s Day or that intimate occasion to add that perfect touch to your sacred space.

In Tantric practice, the flame of the candle represents "sacredness".

Special Introductory Offer $12.99 (Normally $15.99) Please visit 


"Lifting your spirit and opening your heart to the joy of inner spiritual peace"

A few years ago I was in the planning stages of making a new Meditation CD with my son Kale who was playing the acoustics for the background music. Around that time Kale badly hurt his back and discovered he had a bulging degenerative spinal disk. Now after 2 years of treatment he is fit and healthy and we are ready to complete this wonderful project together with Mark Whitehouse from Procopy. The Way of the Heart Meditation Audio Program will be my 4th CD produced and the release will be in early March. 


Beautiful New Workshop "Celebrating the journey into womanhood"

  • DATE:    28th August 2016
  • TIME:    11am to 4pm
  • COST:   $97 per person or $150 for two people if paid before the 1st July
  • VENUE: The Sanctuary of Ananda PERTH

We share a bond as women and this bond is a 'deep internal power and knowing'. Cathy Wood Founder of the Sanctuary of Ananda and Jackie (Yeshe Dewa) invite you to join them on a journey of connecting to the sacred feminine and sharing this knowledge and bond with your daughter, or daughter figure in your life. Embracing power and change to create healthy choices that support and nourish her wholeness and sacredness.



The Way of the Wildly Feminine Heart Weekend Workshop

  • DATE:    18th and 19th June 2016
  • COST:    $397
  • VENUE:   The Samsara Centre Carnegie Melbourne

Facilitated by Cathy Wood – Founder of the Sanctuary of Ananda

and Jenni Mears - Women’s and Couples Spirituality, Sexuality, Relationships Guide & Mentor.

Are you always giving and nourishing outwardly to everything and everyone around you sometimes forgetting the most important person to be nourished first is yourself.

Yoga Tantra is one of the world's oldest holistic practices, a journey into "know thyself" SELF-REALIZATION and the Path of Purification known as "Santi" to achieve inner spiritual peace.

This heartfelt weekend workshop will focus on sacred practices and meditations to nourish your femininity, embody wisdom, shine unconditional love and live your life as a fully consciously empowered wildly feminine woman.



Internationally Recognized Certificate on Completion of Course 


Places are limited and booking out quickly.  To ensure you don't miss out, book online NOW!

  • DATES:  Commencing Saturday the 14th May
  • TIME:     9am to 4pm
  • COST:    $695 - Early Bird Special if booked before 1st March $595
  • VENUE:  The Sanctuary of Ananda PERTH

The Art of Healing Touch is a 4 week introduction program based on the principles of White Tigress An Mo Massage, Usui Reiki Ryoho, Chakra Balancing Massage, Kajaraho and Nyasa Touch Meditation Techniques.

No other form of communication is as universally understood as touch. Touch with the intent of unconditional love is the greatest gift we can give to ourselves and to others. When we touch with the intention to give love, to make someone feel nourished, energized, nurtured and cared for, every cell in our being, 50 trillion in the human body, understands the divine consciousness of love and fear or positive, negative and neutral, often referred to as the 3 Nadi’s. When the cells receive unconditional healing, they vibrate, pulsate, rejuvenate and renew with energy and vitality to reach the life force of the soul that which is the journey of self-realization. This is the incredible Gift of Healing Touch.



Couple’s Workshop – Celebrating Sacred Love 27th February Click here for more info

Four Week Meditation Course BUNBURY – 2nd March Click here for more info

The Way of the Heart Wellness Workshop for Women BUNBURY – 20th March Click here for more info

Couple’s Massage Workshop – The Art of Intimate Touch – 26th March Click here for more info

The Jade Egg Workshop – 17th April Click here for more info

Reiki Masters (Shinpiden Level) – 11th June Click here for more info

Men’s Workshop – 16th July (Details coming soon)

Advanced Couple’s Workshop – 24th July Click here for more info



Many years ago I remember sitting with my teacher at the Sanctuary and sharing with him through glassy tear stained eyes that I was absolutely fed up with my life and everything in it. I was fed up with people in general, people hurting me, betraying me, mistaking my kindness for weakness, feeling like I had to constantly lift the whole world up when there was no one to ever lift me up. I told him I was “closing the Sanctuary down” that the world of Tantra was corrupt and polluted, that spirituality is simply a joke and the “light” well really what the heck was the light about anyway and perhaps humanity had been fooled into believing there was such a thing as “Divinity” because if there was then surely my life wouldn’t be such a shambling mess.

I felt like in 5 minutes I had just projected a lifetime of hurt and pain at my teacher who just sat there patiently with so much love and compassion in his eyes, softness and tenderness in his heart, he replied “I know I understand, however this is your personality speaking it is not your soul”.

That moment in time changed my life forever.

The “personality” nature in each and every one of us believes itself to be an identity, that which is separate from the soul and it identifies itself through human emotion of desire, validation, fear, guilt, shame, anger, sadness and selfish love. The motive for the personality is all about ME! It has constructed an identity from lifetimes of samsara’s or wounding’s, experiences, imprints and being doctrinated, the personality will ALWAYS believe it is right because it is all it knows itself to be.

There are going to be times in our life where everything seems to mount up, through experiences or events or even karma and when it does, it weighs us down and everything becomes insurmountable. It’s like trying to look at life from a village covered in mud or looking through an abyss of deep fog. The personality becomes tired, tired of striving, of trying, of getting hurt, of not being understood, of not having enough money etc, when this happens the energy will dramatically devitalize the etheric and physical body, temporarily pulling us away from our soul force because the personality focuses on INVOLUTION, the existence of the earth plane only.

The soul on the other hand, is the aspect of Divine Divinity; it is the spark of concentrated light in each and every one of us. Unlike our personality, it is connected to the life force of all that is and embodies the wisdom of unconditional love, humility, compassion and knowledge. The soul’s only intent is to bring forth to humanity love within UNITY.

So the next time you are feeling overwhelmed with your life, try if you can to practice meditation for 10 minutes a day, just stop and smell the roses so to speak. Recognize that you are duality, a personality and a soul as you reach deeper into this awareness you will overtime be able to observe the tendencies of what your personality wants versus what your soul is guiding you to. Most people never get to accomplish what they really want to do in this life time, they are always questioning themselves and procrastinating over and over and opting for the path of least resistance because everything is just too hard. The personality does not want salvation. So never let your personality get away with what it thinks it wants or it will keep you bound to the separated self. Just say NO with strength and conviction and move forth with steadfastness and grace and allow your heart to open to the part of you that is starving to be seen and loved.

Tantra teaches us to become the “observer” the “witness” of the play. We can then make “conscious choices” conscious decisions from a place of a deeper awareness through the light of our own wisdom, as the saying goes “our higher self always knows best”.

I look back over my life to that day with my teacher and how much knowledge, wisdom and revelation he shared with me. If I had closed down the Sanctuary due to what my personality wanted or was convinced it wanted, I would not only regret it but I would not be sharing this journey with you all today.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend of reflection and love.

OM Shanti
Cathy Wood

THE SANCTUARY OF ANANDA  PH: 6311 2804 email [email protected]