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

The Sanctuary of Ananda August Newsletter

Hello and welcome to Ananda,

Another fabulous month has passed us by and was blessed with another amazing Women's Tantra Retreat.

I had the most phenomenal weekend hosting this event and I am absolutely blown away, lost for words at such an fantastic group of beautiful Shakti.

Women from all over Australia gathered together to share heart space within vulnerability, love and courage and explored the deepest ocean of the Divine Feminine. Loved flowed everywhere and the ego was left behind.

Thank you so much to all the lovely ladies who attended.  A very special thank you to Lisa for holding space in your exceptional integrity and dedication to the journey of Tantra. You are an inspiration to us all.

To Karen Then for teaching a fabulous and energizing class of Bikram Yoga and sharing your generous heart and bubbly smile.

To Lisa Freer for being an absolute angel in my life and for always being there unconditionally.

To Sue Bartoll for as always blowing everyone away with your delicious, divine cooking skills!

To Dominic Daly for your awesome 'Shiver, Male Man' presence!  And lastly to Kecci and Donna for all your help putting together this amazing program.

The world is a much better place for knowing you all so thank you so much and the journey of the Goddess Retreats will continue in early 2013.


Testimony from the Women's Retreat July 2012

Shakti Goddess Cathy,

I am filled with love and gratitude to have met you, to be blessed to spend this time with you.

Your teaching, your work is so perfect and I hold such high respect for you, your integrity, honesty and beauty radiate pure love.

Lisa and your team is an asset, you are blessed with beautiful people and all of you are so wise and powerful.  I feel I am at the gateway to a long and interesting journey of self, of connection and love. 

I feel Tantra is the key.

I'm not sure where this will lead but I am here in trust and love and I have no expectation of how or what will unfold I just know I'm in the right place.

I am warmly and deeply appreciative of the kindness you have shown to me.

In love I trust.  Until we meet again may 100,000 angels be by your side.                              JM2012

In other news, the Sanctuary is in preparation of creating and producing beautiful and amazing Tantra ORACLE CARDS to keep you reminded and inspired of the gift and presence of Sacred Love in your daily life. We are also excited to be offering Ananda's very own signature aromatherapy oil blend which will be available within the next couple of months.

The Sanctuary is also in negotiations to hopefully facilitate a Couple's Tantra Retreat and Women's Tantra Retreat in NSW and Bali early 2013 and last but not least the grand opening of Ananda in May/June 2013. All details will be posted on the web when finalised.

Have a great month everyone.

 Love and Blessings,

Cathy xox


Nourish and Support

The B-group vitamins are important for supporting and increasing libido. In particular B3 (niacin) is needed for the production and synthesis of sex hormones in the adrenal glands. Niacin dilated blood vessels, which improves blood flow to the genital area, which in turn increases sexual pleasure and arousal. Research has found that women with inadequate supplies of B3 in the uterus are incapable of achieving orgasm! B3 supplements are available from your chemist or naturopath or by regularly eating foods such as beetroot, sunflower seeds, kidneys, liver, pork, veal, chicken, turkey, fish and peanuts.


Sensational products for women created and designed by Jane Hardwicke Collings from of the Women's MysteriesThe School of Shamanic Midwifery

Thirteen Moons:  The how to chart your menstrual cycle handbook and journal RRP $30 AUS

About Thirteen Moons

Learn to chart your cycle, become aware of the daily changing influence of the moon phases (the lunation cycle) and the effects of the Earth's season and where you are in your life seasons. Charting your cycle can reveal so much to you about yourself. You will come to know the patterns in your energy levels, creativity, libido, and moods.

Spinning Wheels:  A woman's ready reckoner of the cycles RRP $30 AUS

About Spinning Wheels

The SPINNING WHEELS is a wealth of information in one handy card that tells you the characteristics of each phase of each cycle - Earth season, life season, moon phases and menstrual cycle. On any particular day you can be aware of all the energies that are effecting you and you are more likely to understand the way you feel. This information enables women to be familiar with the complex interplay of the cycles that influence their every moment.


April 2013

We are seeking expressions of interest from anyone who is interested in attending two amazing workshops facilitated by Jane Hardwicke Collings, Founder of The School of Shamanic Midwifery.

Pregnancy the Inner Journey Workshop - 3 Days $550

Moonsong Workshop - 2 Days $400

"Long lost to our culture is the trust in life, deep knowing and connection to all things inherent in the wisdom of the seasons and cycles of a Woman's life.

Every Woman has direct access to this and can find a sense of balance and harmony missing from a sanitised, disinfected and censored modern life. Our blood cycles connect us to each other, to the Earth, and to the Moon, yet we perpetuate a mythology that disregards this.

Hearing the stories and using ritual and ceremony, we can heal our past wounds, create new attitudes to our bodies and new ways forward for ourselves, our daughters and their daughters".

Copyright Jane Hardwicke Collings

About Jane

Jane is an independent midwife from Australia, who has been attending homebirths since 1984. She is herself a homebirth mother of four, a grandmother and a teacher of the Women's Mysteries. She gives workshops, writes books and has founded The School of Shamanic Midwifery. Jane has trained in Shamanic practices with James M Harvey, aka Blackbear and has had many wonderful teachers including Midwife Maggie Lecky Thompson, Birthkeeper Jeannine Parvati Baker and Teacher and Author Cedar Barstow. Jane lives in the country of NSW with her husband, some of her children and many animal friends.As Jane says, she's working for the Goddess.

Please email [email protected] to register your interest. 


Couple's Tantra Retreat

Back by popular demand!

The ultimate weekend getaway for Couple's to re-ignite the passion, enhance deeper intimacy and understand the deeper meaning of true intimacy, heal relationship wounds, spice up the heat in the bedroom and connect sex with spirituality, pleasure with ecstasy!

  • When:       1st and 2nd SEPTEMBER 2012
  • Times:       Saturday 9am to Sunday 4.30pm
  • Where:      Serpentine Retreat Centre, Lewis Road, Serpentine WA 6205
  • Cost:          $495.00 per couple
  • Includes:   Workshops, vegetarian meals, accomodation, and Tantra pack

To register your interest and Book Online

Couple's Sacred Love Module 1

Commencing Friday evening the 7th September and runs for FOUR Consecutive Friday's thereafter.

  • Cost:       $150 per couple (4 Week Program)
  • Time:      7pm to 9pm
  • Where:   The Sanctuary

Ideal for Couple's who have attended either a private session, workshop or retreat at the Sanctuary. To book or register your interest, please email [email protected].

One Day Single's Retreat - Bring a friend for free!

This informative and unique Retreat was designed for single men and women to explore Tantra from a personal perspective whilst at the same time taking time out from the day to day fast pace of our busy lives. Held at the magnificent Willow Pond Reception Centre surrounded by beautiful and tranquil Zen Gardens, this is a sacred and fun space to meet, mingle and intergrate with like minded people.

  • When:        23rd September 2012
  • Where:       Willow Pond Reception Centre, 459 Nicholson Road Canningvale 
  • Time:          Sunday 9.00am to 5.30pm
  • Cost:           $250.00 Bring a friend for free!
  • Includes:    Morning tea, lunch in the beautiful gardens, tantra gift and extensive tantra  manual)

To register your interest and Book Online


Women's Level 1 Workshop (Beginners)

Sexual energy is the consciousness that permeates our very being, our vital life force, energising, empowering and healing body, mind and spirit. This workshop is a MUST for any woman who is on the path to spiritual awakening, encouraging every woman to live their life as Sensual, Succulent and Powerful Women! This workshop covers all of the foundation practices of Women's Sacred Sexuality.

  • Date:    11th August (Next date:  15th September)
  • Time:   11.30am to 5.30pm
  • Cost:    $100 (Includes Lunch and Tantra Manual )
  • Where: The Sanctuary of Tantra

To register your interest and Book Online

Do you know what women really want? (Workshop for Men)

Every woman has a longing, a deep desire to be truly loved, understood and sexually satisfied by her lover. Women desire to be cherished, men yearn to be appreciated. These are the two major ingredients in Tantra and within "Coupleships". When these two ingredients are honoured, the relationship moves into a space of beautiful intimacy, love and trust.

This Workshop is a wonderful opportunity for you to learn, enjoy, have fun and explore what women really want.

  • Date:      12th August
  • Time:     12pm to 5.30pm
  • Where:   The Sanctuary
  • Cost:       $120 (Includes Lunch and Tantra Manual)

To register your interest and Book Online


 Three Week Intensive Sensual Massage Course 

The art of Tantric touch is a gift of healing through sensual pleasure.  This three week course will introduce you to the foundation practices of Tantric Sensual and Erotic massage.  Workshop contains nudity within safe and controlled boundaries. at all times.

  • Saturday 18th August 9am to 3pm
  • Saturday 25th August 9am to 3pm
  • Saturday 1st September 9am to 3pm
  • Where: The Sanctuary
  • Cost:  $550 (Men and women, single or partnered.  Includes Tantric Massage Manual, Massage Oil and lunch

*****Internationally recognised Certificate issued upon completition of course*****

To register your interest and Book Online Women's Sacred Module 1 Practice 

After many requests I have finally put together a unique and powerful 6 week program for women to Heal, Grow, Energise and discover the beautiful Goddess within. A journey that will take you into the very heart of the Shakti, empowering you on all levels to trust, love, accept and become one with your divine feminine. The feminine wisdom is the greatest power in the Universe and the majority of women don't trust this sacred energy enough to step into her wisdom, instead they put their trust into the wounded personality, a shadow aspect of ourselves. Stepping into the sacredness of Tantra for women allows a transition of flow into the abundance, succulence and creativity of the womb of the Universal Goddess.

This program is suitable for all women who have attended a Private Session, Women's Workshop or either a Couple's or Women's Retreat and is designed as an ongoing concentrated learning program.

To register your interest and Book Online

Held every Tuesday over 6 consecutive weeks and starting on the 1st May.

  • Dates:      4th, 11th, 18th & 25th SEPTEMBER
  • Time:       7pm to 10pm
  • Where:    The Sanctuary, 120 Victoria Road, Wattle Grove
  • Cost:        $170 (6 Week Program)


Women's Sessions


Women's private sessions are now available with Practitioners Cathy and Dom combining both the feminine and masculine duality for all women to explore the deep aspects of tantra within a sacred and safe space of the nurturing and wise feminine and the strength and honouring of the masculine.

Your first session is with both Cathy and Dom and the second session is exclusive with Dom.

Cost: $350 (Inclusive 2 sessions - normal price $500)

Click here for further information and Book Online

Men's Sessions



Only for the serious seekers who are desiring to deepen their knowledge of self and the true practice of Sexual Cultivation.


Click here for further information and Book Online

 Thank you for visiting the Sanctuary of Ananda

We wish you love in your hearts and joy in your soul[email protected]