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

The Sanctuary of Tantra April Newsletter

Hi and welcome to another month at the Sanctuary.

Twenty years ago I embarked on the beginning of my journey with Tantra with a Guru named Shopan Chowdhury and continued to practice and study Tantra on a personal level until many years ago when I decided to teach professional Tantra part time, something I enjoyed immensely and it filled in my afternoons whilst during the day I was an Administration Manager for a large Steel Corporation.  Over time, my client base grew to the point that I had to cease my day job and started a career full time in teaching Tantra.  As the years went by, The Sanctuary of Tantra was formed through my passion, devotion and dedication to help people to the best of my ability, move forward and embrace their sexuality, create beautiful loving relationships and to celebrate the essence of all 'life'.  I truly believe that success is achieved through passion, discipline and a positive attitude.

Recently over the past few months, my 15 year old son has been battling severe depression.  It has been both a painful and challenging journey for me whilst at the same time learning the hard task of stepping back out of the chaos and insanity of the drama.  Depression is becoming so prevalent in our society and on the planet as a whole creating a crippling disease, one that ripples fear and devastation not only through families but the community as a whole.  I have spent so many years seeking and integrating knowledge through the teachings of Gurus', Swamis' and Masters and have during that time learnt many tools for the "tool box" so to speak but nothing has prepared me for the journey of depression with a hormonal teenager who not only thinks his mum is weird (because mum teaches Tantra) but does not want to learn or be taught any breathing techniques, meditation or other self help techniques as "it's just not cool".  I, for the first time in my life have beenfaced with something completely different and out of my league and as I learn to step out of the fear, I embrace the lessons and the decisions I have had to make to create clarity and peace, not only in my life but also in my work and in supporting and helping my son.

So I had to take time out to stop work and reflect, support and nurture not only my son, but myself and my family.  It was a decision that I had to push through my ego and pride allowing me time to reflect, ponder and be.  That decision eventuated into an understanding to the point where I said to my son the other day "I love you, I am here for you to support you anyway I can, but I can't do this for you" "you have to find some strength and look deep within your very core to start helping YOU".  Mikao Usui, the founder of the practice of Reiki as we know it today, healed so many beggars, sick people etc on the streets of Tokyo back in the late 1800's.  It wasn't until he started seeing the same people back on the streets after he healed them that he realized there and then "you can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink".  Through my life and especially teaching Tantra, I have come to a deep understanding that everyone of us has a journey, lessons, karma whatever you may like to call it and as a teacher, mother, sister and lover I have come to the place of no judgment as all of us are on that journey, searching and working through our stuff and everybody has a story to tell like the story I am telling now.  I have chosen to step away from the fear of possibly losing my son to such a debilitating disease, instead I have moved into a space of strength and determination to honour him for where he is right now and to be there in every loving and supportive way a parent knows how.

The art of Tantra is "the science of self transformation" and I live by what I preach.  Breathing, meditation and grounding for core strength and vitality is essential to the practice of Tantra and has helped me immensely through this very difficult time.  As a Tantra Practitioner, I see so many people who come to learn Tantra for so many diverse reasons from "desiring to have a great sex life" to achieve amazing orgasms" or to simply connect with their partner and themselves on deeper levels.  For some, they are single and want to learn the skills to attract an amazing partner into their lives, for others they are in loving relationships but there is no or little intimacy.  Other people have fantastic "sex" but no commitment, heart connection, trust, respect and monogamy.  For most people they want the "icing on the cake" but few are prepared to find time to "MAKE THE CAKE"!    Breathing, meditating and grounding everyday even if it is only for five minutes creates self discipline and self discipline is the key to SELF LOVE.  If you desire to have a great sex life or relationship or a successful business for example, THEN be prepared to DO THE WORK and make the cake!  The Karma Sutra Manual states; "your orgasm will be as good as the way you breathe".  You may at times feel as though you have fallen into a black hole through life's ups and downs but with core strength behind you, you will find "you will become like the dolls with the round bottoms" you go down but you get up, dust yourself off and keep moving ahead.

One of my favourite inspirational people of all time is Thomas Edison.  Life magazine named him the number one man of the millennium.  He invented 1,093 new inventions during his life time, totally outstanding work in anyone's terminology.  People credited his ability with genius but he was once quoted as saying"Genius is ninety nine percent perspiration and one percent inspiration".  Edison was the inventor of the incandescent light bulb, never one to give up; it took him ten thousand tries to find the right materials to create the light bulb.  He never saw these as failures; rather he saw them as ten thousand steps closer to the solution.  Edison once said "many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up".

Edisons' amazing positive attitude can be seen in a tragedy he faced in his late sixties.  He built a famous lab in West Orange, New Jersey that was over three times the size of a normal football field.  Edison loved the place and was even reported to have slept there on the lab tables at times.    But on a December day in 1914, the lab caught fire and as he watched it burned he is reported to have said "kids, go get your mother, she'll never see another fire like this one".  Most people would have been crushed, but not Edison.  He rebuilt the lab and kept working for another seventeen years.  He was truly an inspiration to human kind of the power of maintaining a positive attitude.

Another amazing and inspirational person I know who is a wonderful and dear personal family friend is a man named Dave Barr.  Dave lives in Bodfish California and is in his late 40's.  Around the age of 25, tragedy struck when a landmine went off in Angola and he sustained life threatening injuries and as such had both his legs amputated.  After undergoing countless operations, skin grafts etc he was told he would never walk again.  But with sheer grit and determination "Dave found false legs" and started his healing journey.  Dave had a dream, and that dream was to travel the world and show people the power of a positive mind.  Nearly everyone told him he was "crazy and stupid" but nothing would deter him.  He wanted to prove not only to himself but to the world that "anything is possible and NEVER give up on your dream" so he embarked on a dangerous journey of riding around the entire world on his beloved Harley Davidson.   He then rode from the tip of France, right across Russia on the Ice and his third ride was from Shark Bay to Byron Bay Australia including Wilsons Promontory to Cape York and he called this trip "The Southern Cross".  All these trips were done alone with no backup, a five dollar tent and a jacket from the op shop.   He told me once about his trip across the ice in Russia and how every morning his engine oil was frozen and he had to use a kerosene heater to heat up the engine before it would start!  I said to him it must be of been freezing and he agreed but was thankful that his "feet never got cold"!  He did the trips to inspire others and raise money for his favourite charity the Cheshire Foundation (limbless victims of war).  Dave told me he has to been to places in the world that very few people have ever seen, some places are the most breathtaking beautiful sights beyond imagination and he believes he would not have survived some of the most rugged outback in the world if it wasn't for faith and sheer strength and determination and a positive mind.  He is truly one of the greatest inspirational people I have ever had the pleasure to know  and as such now holds two Guinness Book of World Records for his trip across Australia and Russia and his Harley Davidson proudly sits in the Harley Davidson Museum World of Fame in America.  Currently he travels the world conducting inspirational seminars and you can read more about my amazing friend at

So where ever you are in your life right now, whatever you are searching for, whether you are struggling with fear, shame or guilt with your sexuality, whether your relationship has lost the passion, trust and respect, whether you are suffering from depression or lack passion in all areas of your life, whether you want to create a new business or having problems with your existing business, whether you recognize a weakness in yourself and or your life that you don't want to face or simply you are afraid to open your heart to love, pick yourself up, dust yourself off, ground, breathe, meditate, practice Tantra, find your passion, surround yourself with 'positive' people, create self discipline and maintain a positive attitude and above all else enjoy and be grateful for the treasures and love that surround you always for that is the key to a 10,000 year old practice called Tantra - "The science of Self Transformation".

My sincere gratitude and love to so many people for your support and patience through this difficult time and I would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Easter.

Besos Cathy xox

Success seems to be connected with action. 

 Successful people keep moving. 

They make mistakes, but they don't quit.

 - Contrad Hilton, Hotel Executive.

Whats New!

The Sanctuary of Tantra is proud and honoured to announce Saida Desilets and her partner Sol will be joining us in Perth from the 17th-24th November 2010 for a powerful and exciting workshop.  Full details will be posted in the May Newsletter.


Introducing Saida Desilets


Saida Désilets, Ph.D. is the Founder of The Désilets Method and the author of The Emergence of the Sensual Woman. She is sought out world-wide for her expertise in the field of conscious sexual energy cultivation. She brings an innovative approach to the ancient wisdom of Taoist energy cultivation practices in a fun, simple, and practical method.

Saida, through facilitating thousands of people globally, discovered that sexual energy is one of the most misunderstood and misused, yet abundant and creative resources available to everyone. Her Jade Goddess (for women), along with her partner Sol's Alchemy of Man (for men), and their Alchemy of Passion (for couples & conscious singles) programs provides Saida with the opportunity to offer full-spectrum, high quality education in field of conscious sexuality. All of the programs provide an up-to-date model designed to empower and awaken a person's true essence while supporting them to easily integrate this wisdom into their daily life.

Saida currently lives in Maui, Hawaii, with her partner Sol, where she is continuously exploring and deepening her own embodiment of what she teaches. Along with her book, she has also released a CD Jade Goddess/Jade Egg Practices and a DVD Tao of Ener'chi. Saida also loves to read, write poetry, dance, attend interesting seminars, and is a dedicated practitioner of Qi Gong and meditation practices.

Online Course for Women

Women are the Flowers in the Garden of Life! Each of us a unique blossom expressing our fragrance as our gift to the World.  Beauty is essential in these times and the Feminine is a limitless source of beauty, the kind that nourishes our Soul and inspires our hearts to sing with joy!

What are women raving about?  Have you desired to tap into your deep Feminine nature in ways that bring more beauty, vitality and sexual health into your life?  Join us in this powerful, fun, informative and transformative online course.  Experience your vitality and aliveness on new and profound levels on your own time.  Normally $197, only $87 for a limited time only for readers of the Sanctuary of Tantra.To register, click on the link and follow the prompts:


Swami Suddhananda Self-Knowledge Retreat 2nd - 11th April 2010


at Sivananda Ashram Beacon Yoga Centre

151 South Street, Beaconsfield, Western Australia 6162

This 10 day retreat has previously only been available in South India.  Due to the generosity of Swamiji and unprecedented support from Sivananda Ashram the people of Perth WA and Australia are being treated to this event in their back yard. 

The subject: Self-Knowledge, Understanding Our Being.

Swamiji has developed a reputation over many years for his ability to convey the deep insights within the Vedanta scriptures.  His approach is compassionate, yet uncompromising.  The messages are clearly presented in a down to earth manner typically emphasized with numerous anecdotes gathered from around the world.  Swamiji just wants you to get it.  With Swamiji as the teacher, the ancient art of imparting wisdom is an exquisitely beautiful experience for both the teacher and student.

He is seen by many to be a Guru who will, if you are ready,

"dispel the darkness of ignorance" and allow your true limitless nature to reveal itself.

Places are limited so bookings are essential.  Enquiries and reservation please phone Brad and Denise Cooper 0419 905816



Other News

I have had the pleasure of working with and knowing so many wonderful people in my career, people with talent, people with dedication, people with integrity and people with that 'wow' factor but seldom do I see all these qualities in one person.  I am currently training new practitioners who will be joining the Sanctuary in May and can personally vouch that these amazing teachers have all these qualities and more.  As a wonderful friend recently said to me "Cathy, you have built a 'McDonalds' and have been running it by yourself" (no wonder I have been so exhausted!).  So I have great pleasure in announcing that "the cashiers and cooks" (Bev, Leah, Lynne and Susan) will be joining me in May to hopefully cook you up a feast and you can read their profiles in the edition of the May Newsletter.

In other news, The White Lion Expedition to Africa has been postponed until later in the year and the new dates will be advised in the May Newsletter.  The Tantra Forum should also be up and running in May and the new DVD Beginners Tantra for Couples has been delayed a few months due to my son's illness.  Also after Easter, I will be commencing teaching sessions and workshops again.


Tantra Goddess Retreat - 'The Art of Sensual Living'  (To empower women of all ages, single or partnered.  No experience in Tantra required to attend)

Only 3 weeks to go!!

16th, 17th and 18th APRIL 2010.   The Goddess Retreat is a two night and three day getaway from the hustle and bustle of everyday life to a place of paradise, surrounded by nature, peace and quiet and the nurturing aspects of the feminine spirit. 

Women everywhere are starting to awaken to the incredible transforming power of their sexual energy.  As women, sexual energy is what permeates our very being.  It is what wmpowers us, and gives us our life force, healing our body, mind and spirit and helping us form more intimate relationships. 

At the Goddess Retreat you will learn how to connect with your sexual energy as a woman and fully integrate it into your being.  The Retreat will empower you to live the life of your dreams, fully embrace your sacred femininty, form closer bonds with other women and become the extraordinary lover that you've always dreamed of.

" Over the many years on my journey with Tantra, I can honestly say Tantra empowers a woman on all levels; mentally, physically, spiritually and sexually.  Women who practice Tantra become alive, vibrant, vital, orgasmic and powerful!" Cathy Wood

Awaken your Goddess:

  • Learn Sensual lovemaking skills to become an extraordinary lover
  • The nine levels of female orgasmic pleasure
  • Sexual energy for healing, vitality and beauty
  • Secrets of the Goddess - How to create conscious loving relationships

Cost: $495 (all inclusive)  Held at the Serpentine Retreat Centre.

Special Guest Speakers a this Retreat:

  • Amy Makim - Milk and Honey Tantra Brisbane
  • Helen Frost - Australia's Leading Nutritionist
  • Leah Ferrarini - YogaHealth
  • Alice Chai - Sensual Belly Dancing
  • Melissa Craggs - JOI PURE Natural Skin Care


Please click on the link for full information


Clothes for the Goddess!

Sandy's Signature StylesSandy is a large lady who has been making her own clothes most of her life, because she found it impossible to find clothing that was colourful, youthful, fitted well and did not cost a fortune. Later she began making costuming for her belly dance students, again because there was just nothing available locally (you had to go to Egypt).People would approach Sandy in the shops and ask where she got her clothes from, so she decided to put herself out to the public.Everything Sandy makes is made to measure.  You make an appointment to see Sandy, and she takes your measurements, discuss styles and fabrics, and then when Sandy is finished or you need a fitting, she will give you a call.Sandy particularly likes working in stretch fabrics, because of comfort and ease of care (lets face it, who wants more ironing?)Sandy has developed several signature pieces, but is open to whatever you are looking for.Sandy is also keen to help people develop a mix'n'match wardrobe, because she understands in our busy world we need our wardrobe to be versatile, to go from day to night and season to season, without looking inappropriate or out of date.If you think you would be interested in Sandy making you some clothing, or her unique Belly Dancing classes, then give her a call on 0413565635.

Couples Retreat


15th and 16th May 2010.  The Couples retreat is an experience not to be missed!  Whether you want to re-ignite the passion back into your relationship, learn simple techniques to enhance lovemaking or simply build closer intimacy with your partner then this Retreat is for you.  Treat yourself and your partner and relax in an atmosphere of total indulgence.  SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER AT THIS RETREAT - MASTER ALEX LIM will present a powerful and dynamic seminar on Sexual Qi Gong.

Cost: $765 per couple at The Serpentine Retreat Centre (All inclusive - includes Workshops, Special Tantra Pack, Special Guest Speaker, All Meals and Accommodation). Book online  



Women's Beginners Tantra Workshops

24th April and 1st May 2010.  Sexual energy is the consciousness that permeates our very being, our vital life force, energizing, empowering and healing body, mind and spirit.  This Workshop is a must for any woman who is on a path of self discovery to empower and awaken her Shakti (Goddess) energy and to start living life with power, integrity and Sensual Living.  Open to women of all ages, single or in a relationship. Saturday 11.45pm to 5.15pm.  Next Workshop: 1st May 2010.  Please note:  There is no nudity in this Workshop.

Cost: $100 (Includes Tantra Manual, Certificate and Afternoon Tea) Book online

Couple's Beginners Tantra Workshop

3rd April 2010.  Whether you want to re-ignite the passion back into your relationship, learn techniques to enhance lovemaking or simply build closer intimacy with your partner then this workshop is for you. Tantric Workshops are a fun filled, dynamic and profound way to experience more love, joy and pleasure within your relationships whilst at the same time meeting like minded couples and enjoying the atmosphere. These workshops are a holistic approach to relationship harmony and there is no nudity or intrusiveness of any form during the workshop.  Saturday 11.45pm to 5.15pm.  Please note:  There is no nudity in this Workshop.

Cost: $200 per couple (Includes Tantra anual and Afternoon Tea).  Book online

Couple's Tantric Massage Playshop

Back by popular demand!

22nd May 2010.  This workshop has been designed by Cathy to give couples the opportunity to explore the ancient tantric practice of TOUCH to connect pleasure, through play letting go of sexual inhibitions and surrendering into FREEDOM.  Tantric Massage is an erotic, sensual experience creating pleasure for pleasure's sake and learning to be totally immersed in deep states of relaxation whilst building sexual energy (peaks or waves) through the body. Tantric massage is a wonderful tool to bring more pleasure, depth and intimacy into love-making, to be used as part of foreplay or simply as a time-out experience with no expectations other than to be indulged, nurtured and loved. When we learn to surrender to pleasure, we also heal and energise and reach new heights of sensitivity to orgasmic energy. Sensual touch is one of the most beautiful experiences we can give to our beloved.  This workshop also includes energetic sacred spot massage.  Please note: There is nudity in this Workshop.  Discreet screens are placed around each couple for privacy during the massage section.  Saturday 10am to 5pm.

Cost: $250 per couple.   (Includes lunch and Tantra Massage Manual) Book online

Private Sessions


A tantra experience with a Tantra Goddess is unforgettable; it is euphoria in its purest form. It is a 10,000 year old practice and people from all walks of life, religions and nationalities practice tantra. In my own experience as a tantra teacher the benefits and results I have witnessed have been amazing. I am continually in awe of the amazing capabilities and resources of the human body and the way it was designed for pleasure and healing through the power of sexual energy.

Private Tantra Sessions and massage available for men, women and couples with a Daka or Dakini (Female/Male Tantra Teacher).  Please refer to website for details and costs. 


Women's Sacred Circle

"If you cannot face directly into your sexuality, you will never discover your true spirituality.  Your Earthly Spirit leads to discovering your Heavenly Spirit.  Look at what created you to discover what will immortalize (heal) you". White Tigress Manual

7th May 2010.  Remember Mother's Day May the 9th.  The Sacred Goddess Circle is a Temenos (sacred space of knowledge and learning without judgement) for the feminine spirit to connect, love, laugh and cry.  A beautiful safe space to practice Tantra, Mantra's, Jade Egg Kegel exercises, Energetic Sacred Spot Massage or to simply chat and anything else that goes within the safe boundaries of the circle.  Open to  all women of all ages.  Bring a friend or two, no experience in Tantra is required.  Celebrate Mother's Day in Style and join us in the sensual delights of a Beautiful High Tea (supplied).   Friday evening 7pm to 9.30pm.  Cost: $10.  At Alice's place.  Please email Cathy for the address [email protected]

Tantra Meditation

For Vitality, Health and Energy!

7.15pm to 9.15pm each fortnight at the Forrestfield Hall, Corner of Hale Road and Anderson Road, Forrestfield.  Cost $10 - Next Meditation 31st March.

7.00pm to 9pm each fortnight at the Waylen Bay Scout Hall, The Strand, Applecross.  Cost $10 - Next Meditation 5th April.

All welcome.  No previous experience in meditation or Tantra necessary.  Come and learn to relax, unwind and at the same time empower the body and mind through sexual energy.  Making time for you and intergrating 'discipline' is the first steps to 'self love'.  Meet "Maggie May" (Perth's number one Tantra Meditation Dog sharing her unconditional love!) and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere.   Please bring a yoga mat or blanket, cushion and water.


Interesting Sites

E3 The Champion Formula was created by local endurance swimmer, Selwyn Jellie (53 years of age), because he is often seasick whilst swimming hours on end.  Selwyn regularly does the Rotto Swim 20km, and also swam an English Channel Solo 32km, as well as the New York Manhattan Island Marathon Swim 42km.Read more about Selwyn's extraordinary swimming adventures on the E3 website.E3 is local start-up company based here in Perth and they have developed a cutting edge electrolyte/proteinsports drink mix, called E3 The Champion Formula.  E3 has been very well received by triathletes, endurance swimmers,marathoners, rowers, cyclists, etc., from around the world.  E3:  Electrolytes, Energy, EnduranceSign up on the website and receive a free sample!

A fantastic site for those seeking more indepth information on the changes that the vibrational earth's frequency and how it is affecting people on an energy level in this present time.  The site was created by Karen Bishop and Karen regularly makes posts on topics of "energy alerts" and "energy symptoms" that so many people are experiencing as we accelerate through the shift of consciousness that our planet and each and everyone of us is experiencing at this present time.

Saida Desilets will be joining the Sanctuary of Tantra in November as a Special Guest Speaker to present powerful and dynamic Seminars and Workshops with her partner Sol on Sacred Sexuality.  Saida is a passionate and innovative author, seminar leader and Universal Tao instructor.  The Desilets Method, is an internationally acclaimed program, dedicated to empower the self-evolution of individuals through tried and true methods that not only yield results, but also inspire creativity and a higher quality of living.

Special Events

2010 MASSOUND Healing Concert 10th-11th April  GONGS - DRUMS, DIDGERIDOOS and MORE

Be awed by the Masters of the Didgeridoo, drums, gongs, bowls and chant.  Experience the incredible energy and allow yourself to become relaxed and rejuvenated.

  • Craigie Leisure Centre, Whitfords Ave
  • Saturday 7pm - 11pm
  • Sunday 2pm - 6pm
  • Admission - Adult $50 Child $20 Bookings are essential Phone: 94963455 or visit

The Mass Sound Healing Concert is sponsored by the QUIET CONE at Parkerville.  All Profits go to Charity. 

Special offer to Concert Group Bookings!!!!!

With any group booking to the concert for 5 or more received and paid for, you will receive a ‘Gift Voucher to the Quiet Cone for another unforgettable experience.

"There is one energy, one power, one source, there is but one life"

All is life - there is nothing in the Universe that is not life.  To him who understand,

It is not necessary to explain, to him who does not understand, it is impossible to explain. (unknown)

Website: Email: [email protected]