A Tantric approach to Life Counselling and Relationship Harmony
Established in 2006
Hello and welcome to our latest Newsletter.
There have been so many delights to the start of this fabulous year; firstly I have had the pleasure of visiting the lovely town of Esperance in Western Australia teaching my workshops and private sessions for six days. A favourite highlight was teaching a workshop to a group of young ladies aged 18 – 21 to help them become empowered in every facet of being a woman. I also had a small window of opportunity to explore some sightseeing and visited Lucky Bay, Hellfire Bay and Frenchmans Peak and the scenery was absolutely spectacular. Crystal clear waters and pure white beach sand that squeaked under your feet and I also got to witness a magnificent lightning storm across the ocean.
Secondly, the first Module 1 and 2 training for the year has recently finished and a big Congratulations to the students who have just completed their training. I am so proud of you all for stepping into this journey and I look forward to doing it all again with you in a few months’ time in the Module 3 Practitioner Training. In the meantime, just take your time to process and integrate all of the information and as I always say "it is only when knowledge is integrated that it becomes wisdom". Thank you to Diana and Inca for assisting me, Donna for taking care of the Administration side of things and to my son Kale for teaching Mindfulness and Meditation.
And last but not least in some exciting news at hand, my new book is going to print next week so an update will be posted when it is due for release.
Until next time stay well and safe,
FOUR WEEK MEDITATION COURSE
This course is introductory, it aims to enable students to understand the differing nature between astral (emotional and relaxation) and mental meditations. In a small connotation;
Astral meditation refers to all those meditations that are based upon and promote feeling whether that feeling is one of relaxation or love. In reality they are emotional meditations.
Mental meditation refers to those meditations based upon the use of the mind, the process of thought which does not discriminate through emotions. It is the way in which individuals can understand divinity rather than just feel it.
Why do we focus on two differing types? Because everything you do should be your own choice and not by the influence of teachers or those you surround yourself with. It is why we feel we’re in a unique position to offer this introductory course. Kale and Catherine teach very differently at times, the energy we use to teach is different due to the ray types we are governed by, and along with the many other differing attributes, put us in a unique position to offer more than one perspective on meditation. Those perspectives being astral and mental. This is what every aspiring student should look for, the opportunity to see two sides of the coin simultaneously so they themselves can decide their own way forward.
This course will enable you to actually choose the direction you want your meditation work to proceed and therefore the direction you as an individual want to grow towards. This is much more important than just taking meditations home to practice, meditation is much more than this. Meditation can and should be incorporated into every moment and thought in your life, it is why we outline in the course the nature of man, the vehicle’s he is made up of, the planes we work in and the location of the soul. Then the true importance of meditation can be understood and is one of the key elements of this course.
INTERNATIONALLY ACCREDITED TRAINING
NSW - 21st April ***BOOKED OUT***
UBUD BALI – 6th June (7 Day Intensive) FOUR PLACES LEFT! Click here for all the info
PERTH Module 1 and 2 – 14th July (5 Day Intensive) click here for all the info
PERTH Module 3 – 13th October (5 Day Intensive) click here for all the info
PERTH Module 4 – 24th November (5 Day Intensive)
Menstruation – 11th August click here to book online
Menopause – 12th August click here to book online
Reiki 1 Shoden – 2nd June click here to book online
Reiki 2 Okuden – 8th July click here to book online
Couples Workshop (Celebrating Sacred Love) – 30th June click here to book online
Couples Retreat – Bunker Bay Dunsborough – 21st – 23rd September ONLY TWO PLACES LEFT! click here to book online
"Couples Retreat Pullman's Bunker Bay Resort Dunsborough 21st - 23rd September 2018"
What is Divine Feminine ENERGY?
So much has been written on subjects related to the Divine Feminine but what exactly does if refer to in esoteric teachings.
The feminine can be explored in a few different concepts:
Firstly, Feminine Energy on the Physical Plane: Includes the female form (body), breasts, the yoni (genitals) and menstruation.
Secondly, Feminine Energy on the Astral Plane: Includes passive cycles, emotionality, hormonal, the ability to share the openness of unity. Women are instinctively inclined to unity because they are receptive by nature.
The Qualities of Masculine and Feminine Energy:
So what is Divine Feminine Energy?
The Divine Feminine is Absolute Reality; it is the Duality of Masculine/Feminine in a Divine Manifestation. Matter or Form is Feminine and Spirit is Masculine.
True Masculine energy supports, protects, gives and is active and doesn’t need anything in return. True Feminine energy is passive, receptive, and gentle, absorbs light and beautifies the world.
So because we are talking about energy it is really important to understand that feminine energy is not necessarily that of a woman’s form, (body) as some women will have more masculine traits and some women will have more feminine traits. No one is 100% masculine or 100% feminine, we are a blend of these energies and some women can be more dominant in their masculine energy just like some men can be more dominant in their feminine energy and again I am not referring to a man or a woman in physical form, but the traits of the energy themselves.
People should know how masculine or feminine they are but they should also know how masculine or feminine they should be but remember either is ok, more masculine is ok, more feminine is ok because they are BOTH considered divine, either way it is about embodying THEIR own unique energy. It is so important in this new age to be what you are, not what people say you should be.
There is a trend of female empowerment or girl power; both of these are energetically masculine. The problem with the Western World is that girly girls are encouraged to not be girly, women have to be seen as strong women, career women etc. however the truth is women (or men for that matter) should have the right to be what they want to be and allow this flow of manifestation to be a natural expression of their Divine Self.
(Copyright The Sanctuary of Ananda 2018)
They say that all good things come to those that wait and finally that time is just about here. I am so happy to share and also super excited to announce that one of my books is a week away from publication. After so many years of teaching in the field of Tantra I am nearly a published author
I would like to acknowledge and thank Clare McAlaney and Carmen Jenner from Creatavision Publishing, especially Clare for all of her time and expertise in helping my book come alive. It has been particularly profound having an amazing female publisher that actually gets you and the work you do. Many thanks to Stef King for the awesome pic and Tamzan for the makeup, lastly to all the amazing women in my life who have helped, loved and supported me along the way (yes you are all mentioned in the book). It has been one of my biggest projects to date and what did I learn the most from it? Patience and Gratitude.
I will be sending out details as soon as the book is finalized with details where and how to purchase.
What you will learn at this Workshop:
(16 years and over)
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.
Jane Bennett is a social worker with over 36 years experience as a facilitator, counsellor and educator. Jane created A Celebration Day for Girls , Cool on the Inside and Fathers Celebrating Daughters and now trains facilitators Internationally to present these popular programs. She was also featured in the movie "The Moon Inside You" which focuses on Global Menstruation for Women.
Jane is one of the co-founders of Mense-Ed an exceptional training program which provides practical and engaging menstrual education workshops for teachers and school staff to support the creation of a positive menstrual culture in their school.
Jane co-created The Rite Journey girls' year 9 program and continues her long-standing educational role with Natural Fertility Management. She is the author of A Blessing Not a Curse and Girltopia: a world of real conversations for real girls, and co-author of The Natural Fertility Management Kits for Contraception and Conception and The Pill: Are You Sure It's For You?
For all enquiries please email [email protected] or Phone: 6311 2804.
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.