A Tantric approach to Life Counselling and Relationship Harmony
Established in 2006
Welcome to our last Newsletter for 2017.
The silly season is here and for many people 2017 has been a challenging and revealing year which if we choose to look at it from a positive perspective, leads us that little bit further along the path of self-realization. As this year comes to a close, it is important to reflect on this as the month of December can be very hectic and astrally stimulating especially whilst making preparations for the Christmas break. It is the end of the year and people are tired, people are overwhelmed, so it is important to notice this and take time out and nurture you more than ever this month to avoid over doing it and then perhaps finding yourself in debt, over eating, over indulging and being triggered by family dynamics. Balance is the key and mindfulness, to relax, slow down, enjoy the festive celebrations and not get caught up in unnecessary stress.
As this year comes to an end, I would like to thank all of our clients, students, practitioners and associates for all of your love and support. It is and continues to be a joy dedicating my life to this philosophy, so much so that I am looking forward to another wonderful action packed 2018 (It will be 15 years since the Sanctuary was first founded) in the spirit of giving and sharing the gift of Tantra and Sacred Love.
Next year we have some fantastic Workshops, Trainings and New Retreats on offer. So please be sure to check out our yearly timetable below to take advantage of our EARLY BIRD SPECIALS.
In other news I am very close to launching two books that have taken me what feels like eons to complete. The wonderful Clare from the publishing company Creatavision has been working long and tirelessly on my Women's Book. Here is a sneak preview of the other one.
Last but not least I would like to wish everyone a joyful, safe, loving and relaxing Christmas and a Spiritually Prosperous New Year.
In Tantric Love, Catherine xox
We will be closed Christmas and Boxing Day and open throughout the Christmas and New Year holiday period.
Gifts for the Goddess
A beautiful gift idea that will be sure to make any Goddess smile.
AUD $71.99 Free Express Postage within Australia (VALUED AT OVER $100)
Gifts for Lovers
A beautiful gift pack for lovers to enjoy the sensuality of sacred touch.
AUD $40.99 Free Express Post within Australia (VALUED AT $60)
Couples Retreat - "Celebrating Sacred Love"
21st - 23rd September 2018 (3 Day Luxury Retreat)
Held at the magnificent Bunker Bay Resort in Dunsborough, an award winning world class hotel located in the superb South West of Western Australia and nestled alongside the crystal clear waters of beautiful Bunker Bay in the world renowned Margaret River Wine Region.
Your relationship is one of the most important gifts in your life, so when was the last time you and your partner really took quality time out to connect, communicate, share sacred moments and became mesmerised in each other's touch and presence?
AUD $997 per couple (please see booking conditions) Three places have gone already so book and pay your deposit of just $197 to secure your place today.
20th – 5 Day Intensive Diploma in Tantric Studies Advanced Training (Module 2) Please email [email protected] for further info.
17th – Couples Workshop PERTH Valentines Day Special
24th Five Days Full Time Training – Accredited Certificate in Tantra Philosophy and An Mo Massage (Modules 1 and 2) PERTH
3rd Part time Training – Accredited Certificate in Tantra Philosophy and An Mo Massage (Modules 1 and 2) PERTH
6th – 3 Day Shanti Meditation and Mindfulness Retreat PERTH
20th – 7 Day Intensive Accredited Certificate in Tantra Practitioner Training (Modules 1-3) NSW
19th – Five Days Full Time Training – Accredited Certificate in Tantra Practitioner Training (Module 3) PERTH
8th – 7 Day Intensive Accredited Certificate in Tantra Practitioner Training (Modules 1-3) BALI UBUD
18th - Five Days Full Time Training - Accredited Certificate in Tantra Philosophy and An Mo Massage (Modules 1 and 2) PERTH
This is a story about Stone Soup, there are many variations on the story of stone soup, but they all involve a traveller coming into a town beset by famine.
The inhabitants try to discourage the traveller from staying, fearing he wants them to give him food. They tell him in no uncertain terms that there is no food anywhere to be found. The traveller explains that he doesn't need any food and that, in fact, he was planning to make a soup to share with all of them.
The villagers watched suspiciously as he builds a fire and fills a cauldron with water. With great ceremony, he pulls a stone from a bag, dropping the stone into the pot of water. He sniffs the brew extravagantly and exclaims how delicious stone soup is. As the villagers begin to show interest, he mentions how good the soup would be with just a little cabbage in it. A villager brings out a cabbage to share. This episode repeats itself until the soup has cabbage, carrots, onions and beets, indeed a substantial soup that feeds everyone in the village.
This story addresses the human tendency to hoard in times of deprivation. When resources are scarce, we pull back and put all of our energy into self-preservation. We isolate ourselves and shut out others.
As the story of stone soup reveals, in doing so, we often deprive ourselves and everyone else of a feast. This metaphor plays out beyond the realm of food. We hoard ideas, love and energy thinking we will be richer if we keep them to ourselves, when in truth we make the world, ourselves, poorer whenever we greedily stockpile our reserves.
The traveller was able to see that the villagers were holding back and he had the genius to draw them out and inspire them to give, thus creating a spread that none of them could have created alone.
Are you like one of the villagers, holding back? If you come forward and share your gifts you will inspire others to do the same. The reward is a banquet that can nourish many.
It has been a big week with the final Tantra Training and I wanted to say congratulations to all the students who recently attended the Accredited Tantra Practitioner Training and received their well-earned and recognized Certification. Quite a few people came from all over Australia and many drove long distances to participate in this life changing journey. Thank you to everyone for having the courage to step into this training with steadfastness and a willingness to see yourself deeper than ever before. I sincerely hope the training has brought you much growth, insight, learning and as always questioning of the glamour’s on the spiritual path.
Thank you to Dave for holding space for everyone, my son Kale for teaching Mindfulness, to Ruth and Donna and to all of the wonderful people who volunteered their time.
The training's at the Sanctuary are held within small groups (maximum of 10) people. A few people have questioned this lately and my response is so that I can give individualized and personal attention to each student which I believe is an absolute necessity in the teachings and sacredness of Tantra.
In 2018 there will be a new Module Structure to the Tantra Training and the dates are as follows:
I am also offering private one to one Tantra Training which includes accommodation and meals if required.
Numbers are nearly full for the Perth training's so if you are interested please contact me at the Sanctuary[email protected] to take advantage of our early bird offer.
Below is a testimony from a student who recently attended the training.
Tantra for me is Cathy. You are the personification of Tantra: a beautiful human being - with all the imperfect, real, raw, painful, joyful astral emotions and experiences, striving to expand higher, and to be soul. Striving to bring light to the world.
You are one of the most genuine and caring people I have met.
As a woman, you taught me something invaluable: that it is possible to give love and beauty and care without throwing oneself away.
You are the proof for me that sex is not the way of seeking for that love. Love is within.
(Alessia November 2017)
This is the very last Workshop that I will be teaching on the White Tigress so don’t miss out! We have only 2 places left for this extraordinary journey.
Famous for their red lips and nails, the Secrets of the White Tigress for achieving eternal youth will be revealed in this exclusive workshop. Learn how the Tigress use energy to restore your mind and body to a state of youthful vitality and how to transcend to higher spiritual states through their unique practices.
The Art of An Mo Massage is a gift of healing through sensual and loving touch and the awakening of the Indriyas (senses). This is training is based on the principles of White Tigress An Mo Massage including Chakra Balancing Massage.
SPOIL YOUR LOVER THIS CHRISTMAS
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I am teaching an Accredited Intensive Tantra Training (Modules 1-3) in Perth commencing on Saturday the 4th November for five full consecutive days.
This training has been booked out for sometime now so it has not been advertised, however we have had a last minute cancellation so there is one place available for this Training.
This is the last Intensive Training (Modules 1-3) that I will be teaching in Perth.
I am also seeking volunteers to experience An Mo Tantric Massage on Wednesday the 8th November 10am to 12.30pm in Lesmurdie W.A.
So if anyone is interested in the training or to be a volunteer please give me a call on 08 6311 2804 or email me [email protected]
Training Dates for 2018:
Twenty five awesome souls who attended the recent Shanti Retreat enjoyed a fabulous weekend getaway and what a truly Divine experience we all shared on the Sacred land at Kokoro.
Many wonderful memories will be remembered and treasured........so many laughs, lots of fun, tranquil peace and quiet to absorb, reflections on life, new mindful skills learnt, meditation therapy making colourful sand mandala's and eating delicious nourishing food. Yes life doesn’t get any better than this!
Thank you to all who attended and helped create such a beautiful space. Thank you to Jackie for taking us through a cozy sound healing journey in the Tipi around the fire. Thank you to Jim for the awesome yoga class. Also a special thanks to Gail Woodward and Laura, the owners of Kokoro for making all our delicious wholesome meals.
And last but not least, to my son Kale Wood for imparting your incredible wisdom with us all. “Mother” is so proud and loves you so much :-)
Looking forward to creating Shanti again next year on the 6th, 7th and 8th April 2018.
20th - 22nd October 2017 Harvey Perth
$397 (all inclusive: accomodation, all meals and handouts
Due to circumstances, we have had a participate had to cancel their place for the upcoming Shanti Retreat, so if you are interested in this event now is the time to jump on board this amazing opportunity and secure your place.
I am not going to use the sales pitch “this Retreat will change your life” but I am going to share that it is a one of a kind and based on practices and theory of Esoteric Mindfulness, Meditation, Stillness and Peace.
Do you know how to find and more importantly maintain peace in your heart and your life even when you are going through an emotional storm?
Let’s face it, whether we are going through change, transition, loss, grief, or whether someone close to us is our personality nature will be affected and we will probably slide down from our temple on the mountain to the village in the mud. The village in the mud represents all of our lower nature such as our suffering, our wounds and our pain. The personality is therefore known as “the separated self”. It is separate to that of the beautiful peaceful stillness of our soul and peace is a reflection of the soul.
So if you are serious and somewhat curious to learn how to meditate correctly, how to embody the qualities of your soul, and how to bring Shanti (that which is inner spiritual peace) into your heart and your daily life, then we warmly welcome you to join us for this phenomenal weekend at Kokoro Retreat ( Kokoro is a Japanese word for Heart).
Shanti will bring you relaxation, stillness, meditation and a connection to nature and all things exactly as they are. The bonus is that there is no wifi or mobile coverage at Kokoro, just nature at her finest.
What is included in this weekend:
Goodbye beautiful Bali 2017!
Another Couples Retreat has been and gone and what an amazing, life changing journey it was. Words can never seem to convey the beautiful energy that is created and experienced at these Retreats. I am in continuous joy observing the amazing people that attend and step up into life, into LIVING and most of all for having the courage and steadfastness to empower, improve and commit to their relationship on every level.
I would like to say a special thank you to all the couples who attended; together we created so many life changing memories and bonded in the spirit of love. Thank you to Dave for holding space for us all and for the crazy fun times shared in laughter, challenges and joy. Thank you to Steph for joining the group for a day and being so brave (you will know what I am talking about Steph). Thank you to Erin who joined the ladies in a day of celebrating Shakti Love and thank you to the team at Sanctuary Travel for all your hard work behind the scenes.
It truly was an amazing week of Celebrating Sacred Love.
So what's coming up next at the Sanctuary?
Stillness – Peace – Mindfulness
Only 3 places left so don’t miss out on a weekend of discovering the joy of peace.
It’s just over a month now until my son and I teach our first retreat together. We have been planning and contemplating the many things we wish to teach for months now and couldn’t be more excited to communicate it with others. Development of everyone’s mental and emotional bodies is something that means so much to us, so basing our retreat on the qualities of stillness and peace is a perfect contrast to embody these qualities.
TANTRA PRACTITIONER TRAINING IN NSW
Internationally Accredited Certificate in Tantra Practitioner Intensive Training (Module’s 1, 2 & 3)
Tantra PRACTITIONER TRAINING PERTH
Modules 1 and 2 Intensive – 24th to the 28th February 2018
Modules 1 and 2 held over two weekends – 3rd and 4th March and the 9th, 10th, and 11th March 2018
Module 3 Intensive (Accredited Certificate) – 18th – 23rd May 2018
The Sanctuary is absolutely delighted to be bringing to Perth for the first time Jane Bennett who will be presenting two very important and powerful workshops for women.
What you will learn at this Workshop:
The day will also include time in the beautiful and womanly art form of circle: sharing, telling stories, connecting, learning, laughing and may include a healing cry too.
What you will learn in this Workshop:
The day will also include time in the beautiful and womanly art form of circle: sharing, telling stories, learning, connecting, laughing and may include a healing cry too.
TRADITIONAL REIKI Shoden Level 1
Reiki is Spiritual Energy, a technique for activating, restoring and balancing of natural energy from within, a self-help technique for personal growth and transformation, a non-intrusive technique, simple, easy, safe and harmless, energises your body and mind.
TRADITIONAL REIKI Okuden Level 2
Okuden is the second level to the system of Reiki. The Traditional System of Reiki "Usui Reiki Ryoho" has three levels.
Okuden level increases ones spiritual and mental connection to Source as well as introducing four mantra and symbols which are taught along with their description and uses. Okuden also teaches traditional healing techniques and meditation.
Divinity Within is an Advanced Workshop and a follow-on from The Way of the Heart created for women to continue on their path of self-realisation and the empowerment of Divinity.
THE WHITE TIGRESS
Famous for their red lips and nails, the Secrets of the White Tigress for achieving eternal youth and immortality is an extraordinary philosophy in itself, let alone to the Western World. It is a practice that utilises sacred techniques for breast care, womb care and/or sexual cultivation for the purpose of achieving youthfulness and spiritual attainment.
The interesting concept of the Tigress is that they believe for example, that when a single woman is out in public and sees a man she desires, and would like to meet him, the female usually thinks in terms of “is he Mr Right”. Women have a very strong bonding hormone and so they usually think in terms of marriage, commitment, raising a family and the materialism of the relationship. Rarely does a woman think purely in sexual terms when meeting a man. Men think purely in terms of sexual activity when meeting a woman. Hence, the energy a female normally gives off in such situations is that of his responsibilities. Of course this is a generalised statement however what is fascinating about the Tigress is their ability to be able to reach the discipline required in the cultivation of their sexual energy, especially through oral techniques and their awareness of needy attachment in emotional relationships.
It is a practice that is controversial to say the least, however one that is very interesting to ponder on. If anyone is curious about the ancient practice of the White Tigress, please check out the details by clicking here.
Facilitators: Catherine Wood - Kale Wood - Jacquelyn Hooper
Shanti means peace, which is a reflection of our true nature, the soul. Stillness is a quality of the mind. They are both brought about by an inner study of oneself and a deep understanding of all things in manifestation. It is this duality of mental-astral, mind-emotion, stillness-peace which will be the keynote to this retreat. This will create a better all-round development and balance of one’s personality, which will lead any individual further along their life’s journey.
By practicing daily meditation, without any focus on the desires of man’s personality, we seek to help cultivate stillness in the mind and peace in our astral body (emotional body). The outcomes can be many; however will not be engrossed in one weekend. Yet foundations can be established, awareness can be changed and the opportunity for spiritual growth can proceed.
Shanti is a unique 3 day, 2 night retreat at the stunning located in the pristine forests of Mornington Mills just on the outskirts of Harvey Western Australia. Starting Friday afternoon on the 20th of October and finishing Sunday afternoon on the 22nd of October 2017.
The cost of this retreat is just $397 per person making it viable for all to attend (18 and over) which includes accommodation and food and we cater for all vegetarian and gluten free upon request. All books for taking notes will be provided as well as hand outs regarding certain topics, or activities which may be covered.
If you are ready to let go of what you think you know and if you are ready to experience something different, then we warmly welcome you to journey with us into Shanti.
Only a few places left - Please click here to book online. Deposit is essential to secure your place.
Last time to be held in Perth DON'T MISS OUT as this empowering workshop is a MUST for all men!
Faciliated by Simon Boylan who currently resides in Japan
12th August 2017 - 10am to 5pm at the Sanctuary PERTH
$297 all inclusive, lunch and handouts
Learn Ancient Chinese Sexual Secrets for Men
Kept secret from the public for centuries and exclusively reserved for the Emperor of China and his royal court - learn these powerful sexual secrets now and transform your sex life!
Taoist priests and Buddhist monks have studied and experimented with the potent sexual energy that we all have running through our bodies for over a thousand years. Through their wisdom and experimentation they have discovered ways to harness, cultivate and transform sexual energy to promote health, longevity and spiritual enlightenment - as well as increasing sexual pleasure and performance.
The techniques covered in this workshop will include:
About Simon Boylan
Simon Boylan has studied and practiced Qigong for over 15 years, including Sexual Qigong, Buddhist and Taoist Medical Qigong, and Health and Longevity Qigong. He is highly skilled in Qigong practices with lineages going back centuries to the Buddhist monks of the Shaolin Temple and Taoist priests of the Wu Dang mountains. He has graduated from Monash University with Honours in Philosophy and is well versed in Taoist and Buddhist Philosophy. He has also studied Traditional Chinese Medicine at RMIT University and holds a comprehensive understanding of the theory behind the experience of Qigong.
Facilitated by Simon Boylan who currently resides in Japan
13th August 2017 - 10am to 5pm at the Sanctuary PERTH
$247 all inclusive, lunch and handouts
Discover how you can bring energy, balance and peace into your life through the science of Qigong.
Qigong is an ancient set of practices based on the theories of traditional Chinese Medicine. These exercises have been used for centuries in China by millions of people to help promote health and longevity.
Restoring and maintaining the natural energy flows of the body can be particularly helpful to women in dealing with symptoms arising from menstruation and menopause. Western medicine often struggles to deal with the complex symptoms that women can have in the different stages of their lives.
Qigong is a form of active self care, where you perform gentle exercises that nourish your Qi(energy), your blood, your organs and your body, so you can help to support your own health.
By gently moving and cultivating Qi and blood in your body, you can create your own optimal state of health, whatever stage of life you may be in.
This Workshop will teach you:
People of all ages and fitness levels can benefit from the simple Qigong exercises you will learn at the seminar.
26th August 2017 - 10am to 4pm at The Sanctuary PERTH
$297 all inclusive (4 Study Days)
The need to constantly learn and grow is essential on our path towards self-realisation and the journey to achieve and experience 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 realisation that it is extremely important to be able to utilise 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 Module 1 or Module 2 Practitioner Tantra Training and who are serious and committed to walking a deeper path towards self-knowledge, self-realisation and self-love.
This Mentorship Study Program Offers:
This article was written by my teacher and I wanted to share it with those that it will resonates with in the learning of unconditional love.
This article will not likely be met with a friendly response, but given the grotesque level of ignorance in the Western World regarding the subject of Kundalini, it has been deemed wise to break the present silence to offer a word of caution. Among the many emotional and unbalanced individuals who are blithely applying a trendy Eastern word to their overstimulated experiences and pretending these to be “spiritual”, are a small number of genuine seekers who are being harmfully misled by “teachers” who are Not qualified to teach. It is for the discerning and intuitive few that this post is offered.
To be clear, Kundalini is not being taught in easily-accessed mainstream circles, nor will it ever be. It is only taught one-to-one in personal instruction by a Teacher of the Mysteries, and only after the student has studied, trained, and disciplined themselves for a certain span of years, and proved themselves ready. It must be understood that Kundalini is not a fashionable “awakening” or trendy “experience”, as it is often portrayed to be. Kundalini is a Force of Nature, harnessed and controlled only by initiates of a certain standing, and those who read these words who consider themselves to be among this number are overestimating themselves drastically. This divine Power is used by the world servers for divine ends only, and never for personal pleasure, blissful experiences, or bragging rights.
The effects that people are claiming as Kundalini are in fact highly dangerous. Uncontrolled convulsions, trance seizures, random orgasmic spasms, “waves of energy”, and similar epileptic symptoms are Not Kundalini, nor are they even spiritual. And the wailing and howling that often accompany these degenerate practices paint a picture that would not be out of place in an insane asylum, which, tragically enough, is where many of these practices eventually lead, if carried forward over a number of years. True spiritual development does not include violent trembling, uncontrolled outbursts of emotion, screaming and thrashing, or the passive or collective trance states that rob their followers of their divine will and their sovereign strength and intellect. These techniques merely amplify the lower animal nature, and lead the hapless aspirants further from the Path, rather than closer to it. When one pictures an enlightened being, such as a Buddha or a Christ, does one picture a screaming or convulsing wreck, held in thrall either to passion or to trauma? I rather think not. Interesting, then, that so many aspirants follow “teachers” who lead them thus.
What, you might ask, is actually occurring in these apoplectic fits, and these hypnotic convulsions? The aspirant, in a suggestable state, is permitting the energy of a group, or of the personal aura of the teacher (including their own impurities), or even of certain astral entities to flow and surge through them, without boundaries or defences or any awareness of the nature of these energies. In a trance or semi-hypnotic state, they abandon their senses to either the sexual forces of the body (or group of bodies), or to the uncontrolled astral (emotional) energy of their present, their past, the group around them, or certain sub-planes of the astral world that stimulate sensations through the lower three chakras. It is often a combination of all these things, leading to a frenzied and animalistic fit, sometimes pleasurable because it also flows through the nerves such as the sex organs, and sometimes traumatic because it triggers unresolved issues or attunes the individual to the pain of the wider human condition. It can sometimes feel like bliss, and appear wonderful or even divine instead, but this is due to a surge of higher astral energy through the solar plexus and maybe the heart chakra, which brings wonderful feelings, but is itself a beautiful lie on account of it being only astral, not divine, and because it happens in an uncontrolled state which means it can neither be understood properly nor used at will. This process, in All cases listed here, makes a person dangerously prone to trance and weakness, prone to surges of disorienting astral energy at any time of day, it continually destabilises or unbalances their emotional states and their hormones, and gradually destroys the protective etheric webbing over the chakras that constitute a defence against planar energy which most of humanity is unable to handle. Prolonged practice therefore leads either to serious illness or various forms of insanity.
The question may arise – does Kundalini ever actually manifest in certain cases, rather than the above explanation of negative symptoms? The answer is Rarely, but Yes, and for those few who are spiritually gifted enough to begin to raise the Kundalini Fire without knowing precisely what they are doing, the situation is much more dire than that written above, and a thousand times more dangerous. Ordinary humans, without significant training, are no more capable of enduring Kundalini than they are capable of standing next to a nuclear reactor without harmful effect. I met one of my own students under these circumstances, and she was not only experiencing excruciating pain in the lower spine, but was psychologically unravelling also, as astral and manasic impressions flooded her consciousness and made her question herself and all of reality. It took us four months to stabilise and subsequently reverse the condition, and had she ended up in either a hospital or the mental health system instead, she would have been lost for this lifetime. She is doing well now, but she is Not using Kundalini force.
Watch carefully your reaction to these words. Do you feel recognition and truth? Hostility and defensiveness? Do you believe you know this subject already, or are you open to learn? As to what you should do in relation to any teachings you have access to at present, there is only one primary necessity – Use Your Discernment. Question yourself. Do you know what you are doing? Does just sensing an energy surging through you mean you also know what it is, from which plane it emanated, and to what purpose it should serve? Question the “teachers” too, because if they cannot explain their position, it is not to be trusted. And if their techniques do not lead to clarity, insight, healing or growth, they are not worthy of loyalty. Certain of these “schools” are doing great harm to people in need, and they should know that they are now being watched.