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COUPLES TANTRA RETREAT BALI

********MAY SPECIAL********

"Celebrating Sacred Love" ♥ 3rd - 9th September 2017

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?

Normally $3997 but for the month of May we are offering an amazing special at $3695 per couple. That is a $300 bonus off!

This is incredible value and a MUST for that once in a life time romantic getaway to rekindle your love, escape the cold, relax and unwind in the warmth and beautiful tropical weather of Bali and embrace the gift of Sacred Love.

This Retreat is being held at a Beautiful and Spectacular Resort which boasts absolutely stunning, spacious and secluded rooms that are nestled in the tranquil forest of central Ubud.

People are describing this Retreat as “just amazing and not to be missed”.

Your Couples Retreat Package Includes:

  • Six Night’s Premium Accommodation
    Airport Transfers
    Breakfasts, Morning Tea and Lunches each day 
    Welcome Dinner and Farewell Celebration Dinner
    Luxury Tantra Gift Pack valued at $150
    6 nights and 5 days of Intensive Couples Tantra group sessions personally facilitated by Catherine Wood

A Deposit of just $995 will secure your place.  Only limited places are available at this price.

BOOK NOW Places are filling quickly!

TESTIMONY

Dearest Cathy, 

Trying to express our time in Bali in words is a little tricky. 

I 'felt' it was an experience that has moved us both to a whole new level of compassion and love. 

We both feel we have transitioned our relationship yet again to a whole new level, this time with such ease and grace.

As humans we service our cars, homes and bodies regularly and relationships also need that time and attention. 

Spending quality time together with other couples who also want to brush up in the love department is really a booster for all involved. 

Servicing our relationship has become a must for us, vitally important individually, as a couple and companions raising a family- we all benefit, the kids included. What a great gift to give our children, happy loving parents!

For Greg the quality time spent with the men was a real highlight, sharing experiences and goals in a supportive atmosphere was really powerful. 

Setting some new relationship and personal goals is proving already to be a wonderful tool to staying on our own path. 

Having a refresher around self-care and daily practices reinforced the learning and embeds it deeper into my being. Realisations around self-care are always warmly welcomed. 

I cherish you, as a teacher, a friend and mentor, your kind open heart is a gift to all who cross your path. The wisdom you share is valuable beyond measure. The way you hold space for the group is ever-present. 

Play is the way of the heart, to find joy in the moments.

For anyone sitting on the fence wondering about taking this journey, I would say do it - do it for yourself do it for your family, do it for humanity cause really this world needs all the love it can get.

The safest most nurturing time for all involved. 

Thank you; see you again for the next tune up.

J & G (Couples Bali Retreat 2016)

NEW!!!! BOOK LAUNCH

I am delighted to announce that the book I am featured in, Extra Ordinary Businesswomen 2017 was launched yesterday at the International Women’s Day in Perth.

It was a day of recognizing, celebrating and remembering the many talents of and courageous stories of women from all over Australia along with myself and a wonderful friend and organizer of the Sanctuary's International Retreats, Crystal Howrie from Sanctuary Travel celebrated in style at Rambla on the Swan in South Perth along with Business Women Australia.

With Crystal Howrie and the amazing authors of Extra Ordinary Businesswomen 2017 Carmen Jenner and Clare McAlaney

Words cannot express how happy and honoured I feel to be able to share my journey of Tantra in this book and hopefully inspire every woman and every man to be the best authentic version of self-love that they can be.

Extra.Ordinary.Businesswomen shines the spotlight on Australian businesswomen. Extra.Ordinary Businesswomen follows the stories of 34 businesswomen around the country and beyond. At 240 pages, this meaty book is based around the themes of Vision, Leadership and Passion, as each chapter invites the reader to join each of these fabulous women on their journeys. 

Designed to be dipped into for nuggets of brilliance or collectively savoured as a celebration of some of Australia’s most poignant success stories, Extra.Ordinary Businesswomen will be fittingly launched on International Women’s Day on 8th March 2017 in Perth. 

Co-authored by writer Carmen Jenner and writer/publisher Clare McAlaney, and published by Creatavision Publishing, be inspired and learn what drives these businesswomen along their paths to success. Discover the difference between ordinary and extraordinary, is just that little bit extra.

If anyone is interested in purchasing a copy of this book please email me at [email protected].  Limited copies are available at $35.00 incl postage and handling.

 

January Newsletter

Hi everyone and welcome to the start of another wonderful and fabulous New Year.

I trust you all had a lovely Christmas and for some a much needed break away and you are now ready to embrace this year with enthusiasm and joy.

As the start of 2017 commences keep a look out for the “spiritual opportunities” that will be presented to you this year.

The light provides spiritual opportunities for us all the time, it is like catching a train, when the train stops to pick up or drop off its passengers it will only stop for a few minutes. If we don’t see this or recognise this or scramble to take it, or if we let the opportunity go by we miss it completely so it is so important to listen to our soul and when the opportunity rises, step onto that train.

Unfortunately money, “lack of” and “self-sabotage” is all too common and is one of the main avenues for fear and limitations to grow. Many people hold onto their money for what they think are emergencies, or in case of a 'rainy day'. Money is crystallized prana so the more we use money for spiritual purposes, the more it manifests and flows.

So if your soul recognizes a spiritual opportunity being presented be that a self-empowerment workshop, new love, new job, new destination, if you get a really really strong urge or pull like a “knowing” PLEASE don’t put it off, ignore it, make excuses or procrastinate, instead trust that somehow, somewhere all will be provided for you for this opportunity to change your life, to expand your growth and wisdom because this is the absolute reality and expression of the path of self-realization. Manifestation is actually simple; all we have to do is learn to discern what is our soul force and what are the chains that bind us to that of our lower personality.

In other news, the Sanctuary is moving into its 11th year of business and with each passing year I am refining more and more of my passions, especially for Couples work and Practitioner Training. This will be an exciting year with lots of travel on the horizon including Practitioner trainings in NSW and BALI as well as a fabulous couples retreat in Ubud Bali on the 3rd September. I have also created a Mentorship Training Program this year which is open to anyone who has a desire to seek spiritual knowledge and walk a spiritual path. Full details are below.

Lastly, I wish you much love and joy in the year ahead, may you embrace all your spiritual opportunities with love and steadfastness.

OM Shanti

Catherine Wood - Founder of the Sanctuary of Ananda 

What’s New

I am really humbled and excited to share with you that I have been interviewed along with 30 other women from across Australia about my life journey with Tantra which will be published in a fantastic book called Extra Ordinary Businesswomen 2017 hosted by Business Women Australia. This event will be launched on International Day of Women in March just before my own book release "The little book of Tantra".

To be able to share my journey and what I believe Tantra to be is a great honor and my only hope is that my story dispels the fear and glamour held so long in the collective consciousness surrounding Tantra and instead raises awareness and understanding that tantra is not just about sex, but rather an incredible journey towards self-realization.  The goal of Tantra should be to always keep moving and growing upwards towards the soul and not to stay stagnant in just the lower pleasure centres.

Stay tuned for further details!

Special Events

Accredited Certificate in Tantra Practitioner Intensive Training (Module 1)

BALI UBUD 11th - 17th JUNE 2017

POA

The word “Tantra” has been used with much misunderstanding in society today that many have been misled by the glamour and perception that Tantra is just about physical pleasure based in the lower centres (chakras) when in actual fact the true path of Tantra is Sadhana, a journey of discarding the layers of the lower personality nature through a deep inner soul searching journey that goes way and beyond the confines of just the form (the body). 

This Internationally recognized and accredited training program is held in a highly professional, supportive and respectful space. So if you are ready to be challenged in a safe way, if you are ready to be awakened from the glamour's of the spiritual path and if you are willing to see your true self deeper than ever before then please join us on this phenomenal journey, a journey that is guaranteed to enhance and enrich your life on every level.

Find out more here

Celebrating Sacred Love Couples Retreat

BALI UBUD 3rd - 9th SEPTEMBER 2017

$3997 per couple

Our life changing Retreats are back for 2017!!!

Your relationship is one of the most important gifts in your life, so when was the last time you and your beloved really took quality time out to connect, communicate, share sacred moments and became mesmerized in each other's touch and presence?

Join us for six magical nights in the heart of beautiful Bali to awaken your hearts and minds to the fulfilling life changing journey of Sacred Love.

This Retreat will teach you how to:

  • *Enhance: Deeper and Closer Intimacy
  • *Embody: Trust, Communication and Connection
  • *Embrace: Sexuality with Spirituality
  • *Experience: The Joy of Sacred Love

Intimate Setting - Places are limited. Luxury Resort Bali

BONUS OFFER: Book and pay your deposit by the 15th February 2017 and receive a beautiful complimentary Spa Package for two (1.5 Hours) and the Sacred Love Guided Couples Meditation Audio CD.

Find out more here

   

 

New Training

Mentorship Training Program – Perth

Open to anyone who has a desire for learning and growing

Commencing Saturday the 4th MARCH 2017

10am to 4pm $399 for six months training (Easy no fuss Payment Plans with Pay Smart are available upon request)

The need to constantly learn and grow is essential on our path towards self-realization and the journey to achieve 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 realization that it is extremely important to be able to utilize 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 Practitioner Tantra Training or clients past and present who are serious and committed to walking a deeper path towards self-knowledge, self-realization and self-love.

This Mentorship Training offers:

  • Six full training days held over six months in a sacred study group atmosphere (one day per month)
  • Learning assistance and advice in Esoteric and Tantric Practices
  • Personalized tuition and weekly support in aspects of your own personal journey
  • How to create a routine structure for regular study and practice 

Find out more here 

Module 2 Practitioner Training

Saturday 19th AUGUST 2017 (Five Consecutive Days) 9am to 5pm Perth

$1495 

Module 2 is a second training that can be undertaken six to twelve months after Module 1. 

Module 2 consists of: 

  • Traditional White Tigress An Mo Massage
  • Facilitation and Structure of group work and Workshops
  • Colour Therapy
  • Advanced Tantra
  • Sacred Sexuality Ritual – Maithuna Vidhi
  • Esoteric Study
  • Inner Bliss – Subtle Energy Yoga

Find out more here  

Introducing Smart Pay

If you have always wanted to do a Sanctuary Workshop or attend our Training Programs or perhaps a Retreat but could not afford the upfront cost, we are now pleased to introduce to our clients SMART PAY. Smart Pay is an easy way to make affordable repayments that suits your budget and this makes your goals and dreams that much easier to achieve. No stress, hassle free. Find out how Smart Pay can work for you today

To enquire please email [email protected]

Benefits when using direct debit billing services:

  • Convenience: once customers complete the paperwork for their regular payments, they can set it and forget it, taking away the stress of remembering to pay their bills.
  • Flexibility: we know customers want convenience and flexibility—direct debit billing allows them to chip away at a fee rather than paying it in a lump sum up front.
  • Support: customers receive free support from our Australian-based Customer Service Centre experts should they ever need it.
  • Security: customers can rest assured their data is safe with PaySmart—we’re a leader in ensuring the highest standards of data security with a Level 1 (Version 2) PCI-DSS Compliance rating, plus all of our data is stored in Australia.

 

Workshops 

Couples Tantra Massage Workshop - 28th January

The Secrets of the White Tigress and Jade Egg - 5th February

Reiki 1 and Reiki 2 Workshop - 26th February

The Way of the Heart Workshop for Women - 18th March

Accredited Certificate in Tantric An Mo Massage - 28th April

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Festive Greetings from the Sanctuary

As 2016 comes to a close, I have been reflecting back on some of the highlights of the past year at the Sanctuary. One that comes to mind is the Bali Couples Retreat that was held in Ubud in September and what a fantastic and awe inspiring journey this was for all the couples who attended. Many treasured and sacred memories will be forever ingrained and cherished on many levels. Another one was my surprise engagement and last but not least all the beautiful people that I have had the joy and pleasure of meeting and teaching the path of Tantra to. You continue to inspire me with your inspiration and journey to search for the path of self-realization, discovering more of who you are and creating a loving consciousness within all of humanity. As the saying goes "the first changes start with YOU!".

I am now taking some much needed time off for the festive break and will resume back at the Sanctuary on the 8th January 2017. If you have anything urgent that needs attending too please email [email protected] and I will endeavor to reply asap. If not urgent I will reply to all emails, text messages and face book messages upon my return.

Many thanks to all the wonderful people that have supported the Sanctuary this year, including my friends and family, our Clients, our Practitioners Jackie, Becka and David and all of our Practitioner Training Students and Volunteers. To my Administration Manager Donna, my son Kale, my web builder Claire Botman and Kecci and Crystal from Sanctuary Travel and my crazy dog Zeus, thank you for being part of the journey.

Lastly, I would like to wish everyone a peaceful Christmas filled with the unity of love and the gift of giving. May 2017 be a cherished year that brings you much joy, prosperity, challenges that push you to grow and the discovery of Santi, the joy of knowing inner peace.

Cathy Wood


Founder of the Sanctuary of Ananda
2006-2016

Latest News

Hello everyone, 

I have a client who was booked into my May 2017 Certificate in Tantra Practitioner Training Program in Perth and has now unexpectantly having to relocate over East and as such has requested an individualized training with me. After much consideration I have agreed and I will be facilitating this training in Perth at the Sanctuary of Ananda the week of the 12th December. If anyone is interested in joining my client, please let me know as it will be a very small and intimate setting. Ideal for concentrated and individual learning. 

Please email [email protected] for further details.

OM Shanti

 

Cathy Wood

Upcoming Training for 2017

 ACCREDITED CERTIFICATE IN Module 1 TANTRA PRACTITIONER TRAINING 

 

  • KANGAROO VALLEY NSW 1st April (5 Day, 6 Nights Foundation Training)
  • PERTH 20th May (5 Day Foundation Training)
  • BALI UBUD 11th June 2017 (5 Days, 6 Nights Foundation Training) 

The Sanctuary of Ananda, established since 2006, is a Platinum Approved Training Provider with IICT (International Institute for Complementary Therapists). 

The word “Tantra” has been used with much misunderstanding in society today that many have been misled by the glamour and perception that Tantra is just about physical pleasure based in the lower centres (chakras) when in actual fact the true path of Tantra is Sadhana, a journey of discarding the layers of the lower personality nature through a deep inner soul searching journey that goes way and beyond the confines of just the form (the body). 

Tantra is a science of unlocking and decoding life’s many mysteries and discovering the mystery of self, self-realization, self-knowledge and self-love. When self-love is awakened, we recognize this as unconditional love in others, our community, humanity, and the Monad. 

This Practitioner training provides a unique opportunity for the serious seeker who wishes to embark on this devoted path, shedding away the layers of the personality nature known as “glamour” to discover the true path of Santi that which is Buddhi Consciousness and Unity of the heart. The three paths of traditional Tantra; Kaula, Mishra and elements of Samaya including Meditations from the Yoga Sutra’s and Raja Yoga will be taught during this training as well as how to facilitate and teach Tantra Sessions for men, women and couples. 

The intent to do this training could be to further one's knowledge and insight into authentic Tantra, to gain a deeper insight into self, to understand the principle teachings of Buddhi Consciousness (soul) or to add and utilize skills for a new or existing holistic business. 

This training course is held in a highly professional, supportive and respectful space. So if you are ready to be challenged in a safe way, if you are ready to be awakened from the glamour’s of the spiritual path and if you are willing to see your true self deeper than ever before then join us on this phenomenal journey that is guaranteed to enhance and enrich your life. 

Whats New! 

MENTORSHIP TRAINING PROGRAM - PERTH 

Commencing Saturday the 4th March 2017 (One Day Per Month) 

10am to 4pm P.O.A. 

The need to constantly learn and grow is essential on our path towards self-realization and the journey to achieve 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 realization that it is extremely important to be able to utilize 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 Practitioner Tantra Training or clients past and present who are serious and committed to walking a deeper path towards self-knowledge, self-realization and self-love. 

This Mentorship Training offers: 

  • Six full training days held over six months in a sacred study group atmosphere (one day per month)
  • Learning assistance and advice in Esoteric and Tantric Practices
  • Personalized tuition and weekly support in aspects of your own personal journey
  • How to create a routine structure for regular study and practice 

Limited to ten places. 

If you are interesting in this training, please feel free to contact me to discuss joining this program via email [email protected]

Christmas Gift Packs 

ITS CHRISTMAS TIME FOR THE GODDESS

For a limited time only, we are offering amazing value Gift Packs for the Goddess to enjoy and indulge her sensual self! 

Choose from either the Moon Goddess or Pleasure Goddess  Gift Packs and spoil the Goddess inside you today!!!! 

MOON GODDESS

  • 2017 Moon Cycle Calendar
  • 2017 Moon Diary and Goddess Bookmark
  • Women's Sacred Tantra Practices for Beauty and Vitality Audio Double Disk CD
  • Jade Egg
  • Chocolates and Rose Geranium Olive Oil Soap

A Huge Saving at just $69.99 + Postage and Handling within Aus (Valued at $124.99)

Celebrating Sacred Love - Couples Double Disk Audio Program $29.99 (FREE postage and handling) 

Please visit our Shop to see more Gift Packs 

2017 WORKSHOPS, TRAINING and RETREATS  

  • Couples Level 1 Workshop PERTH 8th January Click here
  • Couples Massage Workshop PERTH 28th January Click here
  • White Tigress/Jade Egg Workshop PERTH 5th February Click here
  • Couples Retreat PERTH (March - dates to be advised)
  • Celebrating Sacred Love Couples Retreat PERTH 17th, 18th and 19th March Click here
  • Valentine’s Day Workshop Reuniting Sacred Love WILLOW POND PERTH 12th February Click here
  • Reiki Okuden Workshop Level 2 PERTH 26th February Click here
  • Mentorship Training Program PERTH 4th March Click here
  • Accredited Certificate in Tantra Practitioner Training NSW KANGAROO VALLEY 1st April Click here
  • An Mo Tantric Massage Course BYRON BAY 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th April Click here
  • The Way of the Heart Women’s Empowerment Workshop BYRON BAY 14th May Click here
  • The Way of the Heart Women’s Empowerment Workshop PERTH 14th May Click here
  • Accredited Certificate in Tantra Practitioner Training PERTH 21st May Click here
  • Accredited Certificate in Tantra Practitioner Training BALI UBUD 11th June Click here

Launch of NEW Audio Program for Couples

CELEBRATING SACRED LOVE 

Guided Tantra Meditations for Couples to embrace the Gift of Sacred Love

I am so excited to launch the release of our fifth audio CD program and our first for Couples just in time for Christmas.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank and extend my gratitude to my son Kale Wood for creating two beautiful songs that accompany this CD, to Bryan and Ros for being a special of this project, Mark Whitehouse from Procopy for producing this audio program and to all the couples I have met on this inspiring journey.  

The Sanctuary of Ananda is a Platinum Approved Training Provider with IICT International Institute of Complementary Therapists and was foundered in 2006 through my vision and passion to guide and assist couples in the art of Sacred Love. The Sanskrit word for Ananda is “Ecstasy of Love” and the practice of Tantra brings you back into the heart of living life to its fullest.

Your relationship with your partner is and should be one of the most important and cherished priorities in your life and when honoured with dedication and commitment, everything flourishes with abundant growth, harmony, contentment and love which then creates prosperity into every area of your life.

The exercises and meditations on this audio program are designed for you to do in the comfort of your own home.   The practices are simple, yet powerful and will create routine and discipline into your relationship

By making the conscious and committed time and effort together to sit and just BE in each other’s company, energy and sacred space will definitely help enhance more passion, love and joy into your Unity and let’s face it, that is something every single person who is in a relationship is looking for. The focus is not about sex, it’s about connection and intimacy, loving and embracing each other in the Art of Sacred Love.

Enjoy the journey and much love,

Cathy Wood

DOUBLE DISK BONUS - Total Running Time 99 minutes

$29.95 plus postage and handling

Disk One

  1. Introduction to Sacred Love
  2. Correct Breathing for Relaxation
  3. Grounding for Focus and Clarity - Cultivating Sexual Energy
  4. Creating Sacred Space
  5. Free as the Birds

Disk Two

  1. What I love about you - What I forgive myself for
  2. Yoni Lingam Breathing 
  3. Shakti Dance and Yab Yum
  4. Pure as the Snow 

To listen to a free sample from this CD and to purchase online please visit our SHOP here

The Sanctuary's Newsletter

Hello and welcome to our Newsletter. 

Well Spring is here once again and like every year that seems to race by so quickly, this one is no exception.  Winter has been much needed but I am, as I am sure you are, so looking forward to enjoying some warmer weather and sun filled blue summer skies.  

Last month I was blessed to be in beautiful Bali where I facilitated my first International Couple’s Retreat in Ubud.  Couple’s who attended this Retreat came from all over the world and it was an honour to teach and share from a tantric perspective the journey of Sacred Love.  

The Resort where we stayed was state of the art, some would say pure indulgence and luxury at its finest with excellent service and delicious food as well as pampering visits at Indonesia’s most prestigious Day Spa. 

One thing was for sure, our couple’s certainly were lavished with style, comfort and lots of love and we had a lot of fun, lots of great laughs and smiles were shared by all.

Thank you so much to everyone who attended this special week including my wonderful co-assistants Jackie and Beck and my partner and family as well as the amazing ladies from SANCTUARY TRAVEL who are the back bone of all of the hard work that goes on behind the scenes looking after the couple’s bookings, accommodation, meals and flight details.  Thank you to you all for your love and support in ensuring this Retreat ran so smoothly and professionally.

A Couple share their story: 

Hi Cathy 

Well we made it, at the end of the holiday and we are in love more so today than ever. Awesome, amazing, fantastic and very loved up. Pete had some minor moments and I just imagined being a lighthouse on a rock. Spoke less, listened more and just held space, and that seemed to work. We made beautiful love from the pool to the bedroom. Pete rode her own scooter to swim in the middle of the ocean. She conquered some fears, and she can swim. Our love just grew and grew. To know we're we were, or where my head space has been, yet you could always see the bigger picture. Thank you thank you soooo much again for all your support over the last 6 odd months. I really could not have done it with out your support, love and compassion. I feel different. Looking forward to talking soon, hopefully not from the village but from the temple.

Jim

Now for some really exciting news!!!  Due to the sell out success of the 2016 Couple’s Retreat, the Sanctuary is organising two more fabulous Couple’s Retreats for 2017.  One will be in Perth and the other held in Ubud Bali. 

So if you are a couple in love or a couple that are looking or needing to re-ignite the passion and connection back into your relationship as well as enjoying a wonderful relaxing holiday and getaway from life's day to day routine, then these retreats are definitely for you.   

If you are interested in attending our future Retreats then please register your interest via email to [email protected] as places will fill out fast.  We like to aim for an intimate setting because the energy flows more powerfully in a sacred bond.

Next year is shaping up to be a very busy year with some new Workshops in BYRON BAY and a new Practitioner Training in NSW and UBUD BALI.

 We are pleased to announce our 2017 Itinerary so far: 

  • February 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th – An Mo Accredited Tantric Massage Course PERTH
  • February 5th - White Tigress Jade Egg - PERTH
  • March – Couple’s Retreat PERTH (Details coming soon)
  • April 1st to the 5th – Certificate in Tantric Practitioner Module 1 NSW KANGAROO VALLEY
  • April 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th – An Mo Accredited Tantric Massage Course BYRON BAY
  • April 15th and 16th – Women’s Workshop ‘The Way of the Heart’ BYRON BAY
  • May 14th – The Way of the Heart Women’s Empowerment Course PERTH
  • May 21st - Certificate in Accredited Tantric Practitioner Module 1 - PERTH
  • June – Certificate in Accredited Tantric Practitioner Module 1 – BALI UBUD (Details coming soon).

 

In other news, we are about to launch a brand new product to add to our range of Tantra DVD’s and CD’s with the fabulous crew from PROCOPY.  “Celebrating Sacred Love” Meditation Audio CD for Couple’s is a fabulous CD created by the Sanctuary for Couple’s to embrace the practices of Tantra in the privacy of their own home. It is always fantastic to learn the practices of Tantra at a session, workshop or retreat but more often than not, the daily routine of life takes over and the practices are either forgotten or no time is put into them.  Tantra is a life long commitment as well as a dedication to self and our beloved so making the time to sit together and BE in Sacred Space is a MUST for any relationship to flourish.  By listening to this audio CD program regularly, it will enhance your intimacy and love creating an abundance of joy, passion and harmony.  Something I am sure every couple on the planet is striving for.   

This is a very special project for me as my awesome 19 year old son Kale Wood has written and composed four of the sound tracks (on his guitar) that will accompany the meditations in this Audio CD program and I can’t wait to share this experience together. 

Finally, another project that is being launched within the next few months (in time for the Christmas stocking) is the launch of my first publication called “The Little Book of Tantra” which is a documented journey of my thirty years experience in Tantra.  I cannot begin to convey the life changes that occur when studying and learning Eastern Tantra and I will be forever grateful that I found this path and that it found me.  My passion, mission and purpose in life as a “Server or Service” is to show others this journey from a safe, beautiful and loving space just like my teachers shared with me.  Tantra and the Principles of Esoteric Spirituality changes lives, one at a time and when you are ready and when you have experience the “awakening” you will know in your heart Santi, that which is inner spiritual joy. 

Until next time, take care and bye for now.

 

Love and Blessings,

Cathy Wood

 

WHAT'S NEW

Reuniting Sacred Love Workshop for Couple's

The Sanctuary of Ananda is proud to present to you a brand new event just for Couples who have previously attended a private session, workshop and/or retreat at the Sanctuary.  

This refresher course is for Couples that have already learnt some of the practices of Couple’s Tantra and now feel the need to re-immerse themselves in the ongoing journey as well as integrating and learning some new skills and practices to further enhance their intimacy, connection and Sacred Love.  

Your relationship is and should be one of the most important and cherished priorities in your life and when honoured with dedication and commitment, everything flourishes with abundant growth, harmony, contentment and love which then creates prosperity into every area of your life. 

This is a three step program commencing with a guided Tantra workshop facilitated by Cathy Wood which will be held in the stunning atmosphere and tranquillity of Willow Pond in Canning Vale. 

Followed by this is a lavish three course dinner at the award winning Ramon's Restaurant and to finish the night off romancing on the dance floor, chatting with likeminded Couples or just enjoying the intimate company of your beloved. 

This Event is incredible value at just $297 per couple all inclusive.  Places are booking out quickly so don't delay book your place and Reunite your Sacred Love. Intimate Setting.  Click here to book online

THE SANCTUARY OF ANANDA

www.sanctuaryofananda.com.au [email protected]

 

Tantra - The Inside Story

The word “Tantra” has often been used with much misunderstanding in society today that many have been misled by the glamour and perception that Tantra is just about physical pleasure, when in actual fact the true path of Tantra is Sadhana, discarding the layers of the personality nature through a deep inner soul searching journey that goes way and beyond the confines of just the form (the body).

Traditional Tantra follows three paths. The first path is called Kaula Tantra which focuses primarily on sexual practices, sexual pleasure, rituals and the awakening of the life force energy known as Kundalini. Kaula Tantra is more genitally based and is concentrated through the body known as the “form”. In western society, sex is likened to being on a roller coaster. It’s all go, go, go until orgasm is reached. Tantric sex is the opposite; it is likened to being on the most beautiful wave in an ocean of crystal clear water. The sensation and the pleasure is endless – there is no outcome, no agenda, time stops and every fibre of your being is totally submersed in the moment and every one of your senses reaches heightened states of pleasure and ecstasy.

The second path is Mishra Tantra and focuses on the devotional aspects of love through the heart. It is a journey of discovering self-love first, and then love of family, love of a partner, love of community, love of humanity and eventually the unconditional love of Divinity.

This path is explored through practices of meditations through the heart and its aim is to lift the sexual impulse away from the sex centre (genital area) and transmuted into the heart for unconditional love. The final path is Samaya and is referred to as “cosmos of mind”. This is the final and most highly advanced path to the journey of self-realisation using meditations and yoga asanas (positions) and discarding the layers of the ego self. There is no focus of sexual energy on this path and the practices are only offered and taught by a high Initiate Master, there is no known literature written on Samaya Tantra.

All three paths have an important role in the teachings of Tantra. It is like a building, you have to start with the foundation before you can add the walls then lastly the roof. It is unfortunate however that the West has become fixated on just the lower centres of pleasure and sexual gratification only, focusing on the form and what the body can provide including emotional and orgasmic pleasure and release. This type of Tantra offers no importance on “spiritual and mental knowledge” which is the most vital on the pathway to revelation. The body cannot heal the body by itself; the body can only heal through the plane of mind and the wisdom of the eternal spirit or soul force.

The word Tantra “Tan-tra” means to weave, expand consciousness, and in other words step outside the square. One analogy I use to describe Tantra is to imagine a snow cone, the little ornaments filled with water and glitter and the glitters looks like snow encapsulated inside the cone. This snow cone represents our life, the only life we know, what we believe, what has been “planted” and “doctrinated” into our belief pattern and experiences. Imagine then if you dropped the snow cone and it smashed apart and the glitter and water ran everywhere. This is the journey of Tantra, to be able to look outside the square, expand consciousness, lifting the veil of illusion of what you thought you were and what you thought you are. It is a powerful, challenging and one of the most life changing journeys you will ever embark on. Tantra is also one of the world’s oldest practices and all yoga systems are derived from some form of Tantric Tradition.

There are many different types and varieties within the three traditional paths of Tantra that are practiced world-wide. To give you an example, there is Jain Tantra, Buddhist Tantra, Hindu Tantra, Tibetan Tantra, Tantra Mantra, Tantra Yantra, Tantra Yoga, Kama Sutra, The Way of the Geisha and the Tao (Chinese Philosophy).

There is no right or wrong path and no religion per say, only philosophies that have been guided, shared and passed down by the wise sages of centuries gone by.

Tantra is a science of unlocking and decoding life’s many mysteries and discovering the journey of self, self realisation, self-knowledge and self-love. It is the pathway of Duality to Unity, the polar opposites coming together to create unity, a oneness and completeness with all things.

Cathy Wood
Founder of the Sanctuary of Ananda
(Copyright 2006 -2016
 

Reuniting Sacred Love

The Sanctuary of Ananda is proud to present a brand new event just for Couples who have previously attended a private session, workshop and/or retreat at the Sanctuary. 

This refresher course is for Couples that have already done the hard work, and now feel the need to re-immerse themselves in the ongoing journey of Tantra as well as integrating and learning new skills and practices to further enhance their Relationship and Sacred Love. 

A three step program commencing with a guided Tantra session facilitated by Cathy Wood which will be held in the lovely atmosphere and tranquillity of Willow Pond in Canning Vale. Followed by this is a lavish three course dinner at the award winning Ramon's Restaurant and to finish the night off romancing on the dance floor, or just chatting with likeminded Couples.

It is expect this event will book out fast, as places are limited. Intimate Setting.

For further information and to book online please click here

Events Update from the Sanctuary

The Certificate in An Mo Tantric Massage Course scheduled for the 6th August is now FULLY BOOKED OUT. For those that missed out, we will be running another Course both in PERTH and also NSW and QLD in early 2017.

The Couple's Retreat Bali scheduled for the 11th September is now FULLY BOOKED OUT. Many thanks to Crystal and Kecci from Sanctuary Travel for assisting me in organizing this fantastic event. If you missed out on a place we have another Couple's Retreat planned for 2017.

Our Perth Practitioner Training scheduled for the 8th October has ONE PLACE LEFT so if anyone is interested please let me know ASAP. I am also planning for this training in BALI for 2017. https://www.sanctuaryofananda.com.au/diploma-in-tantric-training-intensive-module-1 

The Men's Sexual GiGong Workshop on the 14th August has ONE PLACE LEFT.  https://www.sanctuaryofananda.com.au/men-s-workshop

"Camping out under the stars" event is the 3rd and 4th September (Saturday evening). This event is now CONFIRMED, it is a FREE EVENT and will be held at private land in BINDOON PERTH. (Please see post below). If anyone is interested please contact me at [email protected] or please send me a private message on our Sanctuary of Ananda Face Book Page. The address of this venue will not be published publicly.

CAMPING OUT UNDER THE STARS PERTH

An open invitation for like minded people to gather and enjoy a camp out under the stars..

This event has been created for past, present or future clients of the Sanctuary who wish, need, want, some time out from the concrete jungle to get back to the beauty and healing stillness of nature as well as being immersed in like minded energies, so good for the soul!

So if your heart is calling you please join us for an evening of sound healing, meditations and the magnificent ambiance of an out door fire. There is no charge for this event. It is a FREE EVENT. Please bring your own swag, tent, musical instrument (if you have one) and your food/drinks. This is a strictly alcohol free event, partners are welcome, however due to the venue policy, this will not be suitable for children.

Lastly, we have created a brand new program for Couple's who have PREVIOUSLY experienced the Sanctuary called REUNITING SACRED LOVE. This beautiful event will be held at the incredible WILLOW POND, Canningvale Perth in November. Full details coming soon.

If anyone is interested in any of the events mentioned above please contact me at [email protected] or send me a private message on face book through the Ananda Page.

The Sanctuary of Ananda - Proud to be a Platinum Approved Training Provider with IICT.