A Tantric approach to Life Counselling and Relationship Harmony
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Your relationship is one of the most important gifts in your life, so when was the last time you and your partner really took time out to connect, communicate, share sacred moments and become mesmerised in each other's touch?
This amazing life changing Retreat was created by the Sanctuary for Couples to Celebrate their Sacred Love, learning tools and techniques to embrace the teachings of Tantra as a holistic approach to life counselling.
Intimacy starts with knowing self first, then getting to know your partner integrating a beautiful, harmonious relationship that connects two people emotionally, physically and spiritually.
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.
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 or in other words we could look at it like emotional sex. When we learn skills and techniques that embody emotional sex, the domino effect is passionate and exhilarating physical sex. So to enjoy the icing you first have to make the cake which is what this Retreat is all about.
Whether we are aware of it or not, every human being is exposed in some form or another of sexual practice which can vary from desires, thoughts, celibacy to indulgence. Sexuality is indeed the most powerful force in human nature and most people will feel wonderful and confident and at their best when they learn to understand and honour their sexuality.
Intimacy, like anything in life has to be learned and what an exciting discovery to behold. After many years of studying and teaching in the field of Tantra that I teach, there are two major ingredients to the act of ‘good sex’ known in Tantric terminology as “Sacred Union” and that is emotional sex and physical sex.
When we concentrate and focus on the exploration of emotional sex first, we integrate all of the principles of friendship, trust, communication, joy, safety and love into our scared union, this builds the core foundation for intimacy. There is no greater liberation than allowing ourselves the freedom to surrender to the deepest abyss of the oceans of our emotions, from our light to our dark. To feel vulnerable present and safe with our beloved, allows our hearts to open and connect deeper into the heart of Sacred Love.
The practice of Tantra teaches us to become the witness, the observer of the play of life and the roles of the masculine/feminine at play. A woman embodied in her heart, her Shakti will know instinctively how to honour and appreciate her lover. For him, her femininity feeds him nourishment and love and becomes an insatiable thirst to let her go. A man embodied in his Shiva essence, the powerful wise and strong yet gentle and aware masculine will understand how to cherish his woman and saturate her with his love, he will know how to touch her, where to touch her, what to say, when to say it and when to walk away. This is one of the reasons throughout time men were known as “gentlemen”. They knew how to treat and respect a lady. It is only through his Shiva presence that a woman will feel safe, safe to surrender to the power of the flame and passion; she will know in that moment that she represents every woman in the Universe to her beloved.
When Sacred Space is celebrated in this joyous harmonious dance, we experience the union of duality, spirituality and love through the soul, physical ecstasy through the body and the senses and the spirit comes alive, fully conscious of the unconscious. This is the merging of emotional and physical sex called “Tantric Sacred Union” or Unity.
As you experience higher stages of orgasmic bliss and love, all boundaries dissolve, allowing you to merge with your higher self and spirit as well as the entire Universe as one. These states are indescribable. It is like an endless wave, there is no beginning, no end, a beautiful ocean of eternal bliss, the journey of Tantra.
The Sanctuary is renowned Australia wide for bringing couples together in a safe, professional and respectful environment. There is strictly no nudity involved at this Retreat and boundaries are to be adhered to at all times. Celebrating Sacred Love Retreats are a fun filled, dynamic and profound way to experience more love, joy and pleasure in your relationship and a deeper insight into the world of Sacred Love.
"We honour your relationship"
Hi, I'm Catherine Wood, the founder of the Sanctuary of Ananda. I am delighted to be facilitating my 10th International Couples Retreat "Celebrating Sacred Love" right in the heartland of beautiful Ubud Bali. I am extremely passionate about what I live, breathe and teach and have experienced first hand the amazing life changing gifts and benefits that Tantra brings.
I believe that 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 when in actual fact the true path of Tantra is Sadhana, a journey of 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). Tantra is a science of unlocking and decoding life’s many mysteries and discovering the mystery of self, self-realisation, self-knowledge and self-love.
Your partner is your "mirror", a mirror to show you more of who you are from your highest aspect to the lowest. Real intimacy starts with being able to see both dualities in each other and sharing with loving gentle kindness "the blind spots" that hold us bound to old patterns and imprints which can continue to sabotage growth and deeper connection. To merge together deeper is a surrender and willingness to shed away the glamour of what holds you back from being your true intimate self.
There is no such thing as the 'perfect' relationship because the dynamics of relationships contain many facets from communication all the way through to touch. Relationships have to be continually worked at, nourished with patience and devotion otherwise the years go by and before you know it stagnation and feelings of not being cherished, appreciated and honoured creep in.
The information and exercises that I teach at this Retreat will provide you with a set of tools to start creating a relationship that nourishes you to your very core. When our relationship with self and our beloved is flourishing, this expansion flows into all areas of our life.
I really look forward to meeting you and sharing this amazing journey, a journey that will change your life.
With Love and Blessings,
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 your self 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.
Jesse and Greg 2016
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 where 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 months. I really could not have done it without your support, love and compassion. I feel different. Looking forward to talking soon, hopefully not from the village but from the temple.