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Established in 2006

The Sanctuary of Tantra May Newsletter

Oh, tis such bliss to be a goddess!

The Tantra Goddess Retreat was recently held on the 16th, 17th, and 18th April at the magnificient Serpentine Retreat Centre.  Twenty women from all walks of life gathered in Temenos (sacred space) to learn, grow, share, laugh and empower the sisterhood, a place of reconnection to the essence of the divine feminine.

We were joined by four dynamic guest speakers in fields relevant to the practice of Tantra on Organic Skin Care, Healthy Nutrition, Yoga and Sensual  Belly Dancing. 

Many thanks to all the special women who attended and not only stepped up into their power but contributed to the beautiful and sacred space that was created.  It was an honour to not only teach the gift of Tantra but to be in the presence of beautiful Shakti.

A special thank you to Melissa from JOI Pure, a Guest Speaker specialising in Organic Skin Care and the benefits of using chemical free products and educating us on the dangerous chemicals that are abundant in most skin care products today.  Another special thank you goes to Helen Frost, Australia's Leading Nutritional Educator for her incredibly powerful and humourous lecture on Health and Nutrition and the extreme importance that the role of nutrition plays on our sexual health.  Personally, I walked away from Helen's Seminar with a new consciousness and awareness in the foods we consume and also what we are feeding our children.  We were educated on the difference between 'dead' food and 'alive' food and also the importance of having a really good 'poo'!  Yes folks, this is certainly a seminar that NO ONE can afford to miss and will guarantee to have you in stitches at Helen's witty humour in turning the 'taboo' into the 'norm'.  Helen will also be joining us as a special guest speaker at the Couples Tantra Retreat in May.  Another special thank you to my dear friend Leah from YogaHealth for guiding us through a fantastic yoga session on stretching and breathing and the importance of the breath and moving and flexing our body every day.  Breathing is prevalent in the teachings of Tantra to be able to move sexual energy through the body into the brain for brain illumination (or in other words brain orgasms).  The Karma Sutra Manual States; your orgasm will only be as good as the way you breathe.  Leah regularly holds classes in Yoga and if you are interested, more details are published at the end of this newsletter under 'Interesting Sites'.

Tantra Goddess Retreat

Another special friend that I would like to thank is Alice for her inspirational and sexy demonstration in teaching us the art of Sensual Belly Dancing.  Belly Dancing is certainly not only fabulous exercise, but a fantastic way to open the 'sex chakras' and to really connect and bring out the goddess within.  I would also like to thank and acknowledge Alice for taking the role of 'Official Goddess Photographer' and her fabulous photography is very much appreciated by all.  And I cannot let the retreat go by without mentioning our Chef, Sue Bartoll and to thank her for working tirelessly in preparing delicious and healthy foods to sustain the goddesses much needed energy for the weekend!  And thank you to Stefi for giving Sue a helping hand and for spreading her amazing and infectious smile.  Sue is a wonderful cook and a Naturopath and regularly holds vegetarian cooking classes.  You can visit her website at

And lastly a huge thank you to Elizabeth for helping me with the massage demonstration and also to her partner Selwyn for their loving demonstrating of the famous sexual position 'YabYum' and for Selwyn to have the courage to walk into a room full of attentive Shakti!   

Thank you to all the participants for making a difference and being role models for other women to embrace the realisation that they are powerful sexual and healthy women.  Women who practice Tantric Sex become Alive, Vibrant, Vital, Orgasmic and Powerful!  The retreat was so successful that I have decided to include one more for 2010 and the dates are the the 26th, 27th, and 28th November, so ladies this is your chance to secure your place for a fabulous weekend and start the affirmation of creating a fantastic life.


Om Shanti Dear Teacher,

The Goddess Retreat I was blessed to a part of was a very sacred experience for me.  Sharing time with beautiful women from all walks of life not only nourished my soul but clarified the importance of spending time with my sisterhood sharing potent, honourable and sacred feminine practices.  Cathy is of such a delightful Yin quality, nurturing, supporting and encouraging us all to touch the Shakti within.  Thank you for your gifts of Tantra practice, which you embody.

With love, Susan Holtmeulen

In other news, production of the Couples Tantra DVD is about a month behind schedule although production is now underway and the project is incredibly exciting.  Many many heartfelt thanks go to our leading stars, 'Dantra and Diane', as well as Peter and Lynne from the Quiet Cone for their incredible generosity and kindness for allowing this DVD to be filmed in the magnificent energy of the Cone.  Thank you also to Mark and Steve at Procopy who are filming the DVD and who have helped and advised me so much on this project.  Before embarking on this project, I had absolutely no idea how much work, energy and effort goes into the production of movies.  My hat goes off to all film crews, assistants, actors and actresses from around the world that put so much effort into this massive industry.

The Tantra Forum will definitely be available in June as well as the Sanctuary's new Practitioners and their profiles will be published in the June Newsletter.  The Sanctuary will also be at the 'Every Woman Expo' which will be held on the 25th, 26th and 27th June.  Don't miss this fantastic event with over 12,000 people through the door last year and hundreds of stalls and booths to explore with lots of interesting products ranging from women's jewellery, through to erotic sex toys!

On a personal note I wish to thank everyone who has expressed well wishes regarding my son's depression.  I am pleased to say that he is improving steadily and we are concentrating on one day at a time and 'being in the moment'.

Until next month, keep smiling and to all the beautiful Goddesses out there I wish you a very Happy and Special Mothers Day.

In Goddess Love,


Cathy xox

For I tell you now that within the heart and the mind and the body wisdom of the feminine lie some of the greatest secrets and greatest powers—and they await to be revealed. And all of it is laid open by the touch of another! — Mary Magdalen (channeled by Thomas Kenyon & Judy Sion), The Magdalen Manuscript

What's New

Mother's Day Special

It's that time of the year again when every woman deserves to be pampered and to remember how special they are.  The Sanctuary is offering a Special Mother's Day pampering consisting of a Women's Private Tantra Session to learn the secrets of the Goddess, followed by a relaxing and sensual Tantric Massage for the special price of $99.00 (Valued at $210).  Duration: 2.5 hours.  Please confirm your booking via email.  Gift Vouchers available.  Offer available until 1st June 2010.

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 with this very special ceremony dedicated to the divine feminine and join us afterwards in the sensual delights of a Delicious Traditional High Tea (supplied).   Friday evening 7pm to 9.30pm.  Cost: $10.  At Alice's place.  Please email Cathy for the address [email protected].  Men's Sacred Circle coming June 2010.

Every Woman Expo

The Every Woman Expo is being held at the Perth Convention Centre on the 25th, 26th and 27th June 2010 and for the first time, The Sanctuary will be attending displaying all the delights of Tantra.  This is a massive three day event and last year there was over 12,000 people through the doors (men included).  There is something for every woman ranging from stunning jewellery, clothing to exotic sex toys!  A fabulous expo with lots of free giveaways, 100's of booths to explore and lots of entertainment. Come and visit us and receive a free gift.

Free Gift for Readers of the Sanctuary

Introducing the new 'Beginners Tantra E-Book' comprising of 23 easy to read pages on the history and philosophy of Tantra including easy to follow exercises and techniques that are fundamental in the foundation practices of Tantra.  If you want to become an extraordinary love, have energy and vitality and live the life you dream of, then Tantra is for you.  Take advantage of this special offer for the month of May.  Click on the link to download your free Tantra E-Book. Free Gift


Couples Retreat

Only two places left!!!! 

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 SPEAKERS AT THIS RETREAT - MASTER ALEX LIM will present a powerful and dynamic seminar on Sexual Qi Gong and Helen Frost, Australia's Leading Nutritional Educator.  Next Couples Retreat: 30th and 31st October 2010.

Cost: $795 per couple at The Serpentine Retreat Centre (All inclusive - Workshops, Special Tantra Pack, Special Guest Speakers, All Meals and Accommodation). Book online  

Introducing Helen Frost Australia's Leading Nutritional Educator


Famous for her straight talking, Australia's leading Nutrition Educator Helen Frost will provide an amazing insight into your incredible body and the fascination of food and how they work together to achieve your potential.

Her dynamic style inspires change and action around food choices & lifestyle. PLUS they provide new strategies to accelerate the pathways to Mental & Physical Health, Weight Loss & Feeling Good. 

A former teacher, Helen is well known from her radio broadcasts and has presented her unique pitch on nutrition and lifestyle to more than 55 public health forums and to more than 80 schools and a long list of organisations, businesses and conferences. 

"If you are feeling tired, ill, moody, irritable, anxious or forgetful, are not sleeping well and are prone to cravings and bingeing,", says Helen, "it just means you could do with a bit of a "tune up".  People with heart conditions, digestive problems, cancer, diabetes or arthritis, as well as people with high cholesterol, weight challenges and depression all can benefit from her Seminar.

It's all about improving the quality of your life

Helen has a Diploma of Teaching and has over 30 years experience in education, nutrition, health, fitness & weight management and entertainment through public speaking.

Don't miss her amazing Seminar at the Couples Tantra Retreat:


For Couples only:

Great performance from the boardroom to the bedroom 

The "inside" story to Sexual Issues 

Millions of $$$ are spent every day on sexual dysfunction treatments. Hormonal havoc, lack of desire and the "2 minute wonder" are not the exception any more they the norm. Dissatisfaction looms in the bedroom.  Laugh your head off and learn lots about how to enhance your sexy bits.  You can look forward to a very graphic and hilarious romp into the Power of Nutrition.

Singles Retreat

19th and 20th June 2009.  A fabulous weekend retreat designed to embrace tantric teachings with like minded singles.  During this unique retreat Cathy will guide you through an empowering spiritual journey of mastering and directing your own sexual energy through the practice of Tantra.  There will also be two special guest speakers in fields related to the practice of Tantra.  Lara Farrow will present a Chakra Wand Workshop and Claire Belton, Hatha Yoga.

Cost: $565 (All inclusive - includes Workshops, Special Tantra Pack, Guest Speakers, All Meals and Accommodation).  SERPENTINE RETREAT CENTRE.  Book online


Women's Beginners Tantra Workshops

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.   Please note:  There is no nudity in this Workshop.  Next Workshop: 17th July.

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

Couple's Beginners Tantra Workshop

3rd July 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

Usui Reiki Ryoho - Reiki Classes

31st May 2010.  Shoden Reiki Class (Reiki 1) 6pm to 9pm held over 2 weeks.

Cost: $100 (Includes 80 Page Reiki Manual, Certificate and Authentic Lineage) Authentic Lineages are compulsory if you wish to work in hospitals or cancer hospices. Book online

10th July 2010.  Okuden Reiki Class (Reiki 2) 10.00am to 5pm

Cost:$300 (Includes Reiki Manual, Certificate, Authentic Lineage and Lunch)

Private Tantra Sessions  

A tantra experience with a Darkini/Daka 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.  Private Session Duration: 2.5 hours.

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 12th May.  Please note:  There will be no meditation on the 26th May as it is my son's birthday.  Meditation will resume 9th June.

7.00pm to 9pm each fortnight at the Waylen Bay Scout Hall, The Strand, Applecross.  Cost $10 - Next Meditations 10th May and 31st May.

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

Master Alex Lim - QiGong

Master Alex Lim is my teacher and mentor and is one of the most geniune and disciplined people I have ever had the privilage to meet.  His teachings and wisdom of QiGong, Self Knowledge, Tao and Meditation have been a guiding light for me on my Tantric path and I am extremely grateful to be in the presence of such wisdom.  Master Lim has a wide interest in health, healing and spirituality which resulted in him formally studying Acupunture and Chinese Medicine.  Other studies include 'Spiritual Protection' under the guidance of 'Grandpa 'Abdullah', 'Self Knowledge' with Swami Suddhananda and 'I Liq Chuan' (a variation of Tai Chi) and Grand Master Sam Chin.  Master Lim will be a Special Guest Speaker on the topic of 'Sexual GiGong' at the Couples Retreat in May.

Leah Ferrarini - YogaHealth

Leah began practicing yoga regularly after the birth of her two children which exacerbated her neck and back problems and consequently resulted in using pain relief just to function. She longer suffers from neck related migraines, can wear high heels, easily pick up both her children, now 3 and 5 years, and is planning on having another child.

"Helping people become more relaxed and free within themselves is a wonderfully rewarding experience which also gives me energy.  Learning and practicing living in the NOW, healing old injuries, chilling out, and sharing this with others is a dream realised and a passion pursued.  All thanks to YogaHealth"!

Leah holds a Double Major in Sociology and Aboriginal Studies.  Has studied Reiki Level 1 and was a Youth Worker for 5 years developing and coordinating the 'Young Mother's Program'.  Leah is also a Juice Plus Independent Franchise and a wonderful friend and I can personally recommend her fabulous yoga classes for great health and well being.  For further information on yoga classes or Juice Plus+ please contact Leah on 0400677206.

About Juice Plus +

Juice Plus+ provides the nutrition from 17 different fruits, vegetables and grains, plus an array of natural antioxidants, phytonutrients and fibres, from fruit and vergetable juice powders in a convenient and inexpensive capsule form.   Unlike tradional vitamin supplements, Juice Plus+ provides a much wider variety of naturally occuring vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, antioxidants, enzymes adn other nutrients - found in fresh, raw fruit and vegetables.   Published third-party clincal research shows that Juice Plus+ raises levels of antioxidiants in the blood Juice Plus+ lowers levels of lipid peroxides and homocysteine in the blood. Juice Plus+ helps support a healthy DNA damage and improves circulation.  

Convenient, easy to take whole food based nutrition Rich in vitamins, fibre, enzymes, antioxidants and phytonutrients. Reduces oxidative stress Supports your immune system, reduces DND damage, improves circulation.   We should eat at least 7 to 9 servings of fresh raw fruit & vegetables every day. Due to our busy lifestyle most of us simply cannot do this.  THE NEXT BEST THING IS  JUICE PLUS+  For more info contact Leah on 0400677206.

Special Events  

"Now is the time of awakening" 

Isira who lives and radiates Awakened Presence.  Isira returns to Perth for one week only for one of her core foundational programs - The Presence.

Isira has been teaching meditation and self realisation for over 20 years and has recently been given a rare honour, the title Maha Dewi, by the people of Bali - in recognition of Isira as being an embodiment of Quan Yin consciousness.

The Presence

Sat 12 & Sun 13 June Weekend, non residential 9:30am - 5pm, Mount Hawthorn Community Centre, Scarborough Beach Rd, Mount Hawthorn  Bookings essential via website or phone $490, re-attend for $290. See website for discounts.


Satsang - Sitting in Presence

Thurs 10 June  7- 9.30 pm

Earthwise, Outback Room, "The Pink Church"  315 Bagot Rd, Subiaco

No bookings  - Suggested donation $20 

Details on website or phone


Consultations with Isira



Call 0420 638 922 between 9am -12 noon, Mon - Fri to book an 1 hour appointment @ $130 Phone: 02 9091 6833


A Celebration of Breath - 7-9 May in Perth

With Rebirthing Breathwork Mastery practitioner & trainer Alakh Analda (from Byron Bay)Alakh will be offering two evening seminars & two sets of two half-day breathwork workshops, assisted by Miriam-Rose Brooker.

The venue is Ameling Gardens in Banjup - a very lovely meditation hall - conveniently close to both Kwinana Freeway and Roe Highway.

The workshops:Morning series: Loving Relationships: Breathe full vitality and abundance into your intimate relationships (with self & others)!  Sat & Sun mornings 9am-1pm, $180*Afternoon series: Intentional Living: Breathe into the power of your passion and discover who you really are!  Sat & Sun afternoons 2-6pm, $180*

The seminars:

Fri 7-9pm    General Introduction to Rebirthing Breathwork Mastery. What is the relationship between breath and wellbeing?  Why is breathwork so effective for personal and interpersonal healing and development?

Sat 7-9pm   Spiritual awakening and the signs of spiritual development.  Alakh teaches from her 26 years experience as a breathwork practitioner about the application of breath in spiritual awakening.For full details & online registration visit More information about Alakh's work visit enquiries to Miriam-Rose 0405 084 945