19th– 24th November, 2018
We are really excited to announce the International Tantra Festival 2018 in India – the birthplace of Tantra! We have a full line up of tantra workshops more that will create a guided experience deeper into Tantra. We aim to provide a really held space that allows for vulnerability and authentic transformation as well as a lot of fun and pleasure.
Supporting all this will be afternoon Biodanza classes which help bring us together as well as tantra tools – specially designed workshops covering some of the most fundamental and important aspects of tantra to help you get the most out of the festival.
Other Attractions :
A host of international musicians will be providing transformation to the space in Living Tantra, while White Robe meditations, Rituals and Evening Performances and Dance Parties with selected DJs and a Talent Show fill our Evening Entertainment.
Other attractions will include daily Osho Active Meditations, The Love lounge, Family Sharing groups & Carnival plus 3 acres of beautiful village grounds. There is also a team of healers offering sessions in Breathwork, Inversion Therapy, Access Bars, Tantra Massage and more.
You will be supported and catered for in your growth regardless whether you are arriving as couple wanting to deepen your connection or single and wishing to interact more with other participants. Self-regulation and feedback are very much encouraged. What’s more, we are really excited to announce Living Tantra a now 2-day experiment in Tantric Community and co-creation, starting with the Cacao Ceremony and finishing with a Sannyas Celebration!
During this festival, there will be 4 tantra workshops per day with different levels of intimacy and depth to them. One large workshop facilitated by a male and female teacher and a smaller one held by one main teacher.
You will be supported and catered for in your growth regardless whether you are arriving as a couple wanting to deepen your connection or single and wishing to interact more with other participants. Self-regulation and feedback are very much encouraged.
Very often the word “tantra” conjures up a range of ideas and myths that can make one a little nervous (or even put one off entirely) until you actually try it.
Biodanza Workshops- “I” exist because “WE” exist :
We have some amazing Biodanza Sessions during the festival, here is a little bit about this system that has so much in common with Tantra:
Biodanza is an incredible system of human development and integration, which celebrates the identity and soul of beings encouraging it to shine forth through all the cultural conditioning into being and into expression.
At the heart is the dance process of ‘Vivencia’. As described by Rolando Toro (the creator of Biodanza), Vivencia refers to the ‘intense perception of being alive, here and now. It is the intuition of the living moment’. Vivencias (normally lasting up to two hours) become doors to access primal emotions that enable movements to emerge that are the most natural expression of your true self. Inhibition and rigidity brought about by our social conditioning is challenged and released slowly, as you progress entirely at your own speed.
Love Lounge- Exploring as Gods and Goddesses
We welcome you to the love lounge– a place where you can explore and discover yourself through all your senses as God and Goddess meeting inside and out. This held space will be open in the evenings and is a place to relax and hang out at the end of the day and also where you can meet others and enjoy the range of experiences that are available to you.
It will be divided into various sense experience zones, as well as having a more social tea station where you can relax and chat closer to the entrance. Dive in, enjoy!
Holding space for you in the love lounge will be Ruth Biddlecombe
Great Spirit guided her into the Queer Tantra community to receive soothing balm for the inevitable growing pains experienced whilst traversing psychotherapy training 9 years ago. She has long been fascinated people’s felt experience of relationships and internal worlds since starting on her personal quest for healing age 15. Blessed to have experienced transformation and training from a variety of Shamanic and Tantric practitioners: Dossie Easton with Sacred Pleasures, Barbara Carrellas of Urban Tantra, Betty Martin of the Wheel of Consent, Seani Love & Rebecca Lowrie of The School of Erotic Mysteries, Amanda Gay Love of Queer Hearted, Elaine Young: The Tantric Shaman, Janine McDonald of the Red Earth Temple and many other wondrous beings in her beloved ISTA tribe.
She is passionate about people finding senses of home in their selves and relationships and works to collapse linguistic and energetic polarities internally and between people through running emotional and erotic energy through the body to its release. She choose to be led by the wisdom of the body as she sensed that ritually doing so is how she is meant to be in service to the Goddess. She loves to go exploring for the gold in relationships, seeking the gifts offered by the universe within each meeting with another Devine soul. She looks forward to receiving the gift that is you.
The Healing Team- Take Time to Nourish Yourself
As well as all the workshops, concerts, parties and events we also have a dedicated Healing Temple. Here there will be a small team ready for emotional support each day who can help you with any strong emotions that have been stirred up, questions about what is happening or just a good hug and a cup of tea. In addition to this support, we have arranged for some incredible bodyworkers, healers and session givers who will be offering session slots throughout the festival. A full brochure of these will be available in the healing temple with more details and prices.
Baul Musicians- Tantra as a Path of Celebration
Osho Says “A Baul is a flowering. A Baul is a flowing energy. The Baul is not a seeker, the Baul is one who has found. The Baul is a SIDDHA: one who has looked into life and realized that all is available and there is no need to seek. One has just to participate in this mystery called life. He dances, he sings, he enjoys, he is blissful for no reason at all.”
Bauls are mystical musicians from Bengal. They sing from the Heart and pour out their feelings and emotions in their songs. Their music reflects bonds of the heart, subtly revealing the mystery of life, the laws of nature and the ultimate union with the divine. Baul is a mystic nomad dealing with human relations, emotions and spontaneously expressing their spiritual ideology through music & dance.
The music of the Bauls, Baul Sangeet, is a particular type of folk music. Its lyrics carry influences of the Hindu bhakti movements and the songs of Kabir. Their music represents a long heritage of preaching mysticism through songs in Bengali. Their lyrics intertwine a deep sense of mysticism, a longing for oneness with the divine. They seek the divinity in human beings. Metaphysical topics are dwelt upon in a humble fashion and in simple words. To them, we are all a gift of divine power and the body is a temple, music being the path to connect to that power.
Bauls use a number of musical instruments: the most common is the ektara, a one-stringed “plucked drum” drone instrument, carved from the epicarp of a gourd, and made of bamboo and goatskin. Others include the dotara, a long-necked fretless lute (while the name literally means “two stringed” it usually has four metal strings) made of the wood of a jackfruit or neem tree. Drums like the duggi, a small hand-held earthen drum, and khol; small cymbals called khartal and manjira, and the bamboo flute are also used. Ghungur and Nupur are anklets with bells that ring while the person wearing them dances.
There will be talk on Bauls in which Madhusudan will explain the Life of Bauls, their spirit, thinking and lifestyle. Baul music celebrates celestial love, Madhusudan will explain the value of music in their lives and how it is an easy source of meditation and devotion for them. We will learn the aim and object of their lives, how Yoga forms an important aspect of their daily lives and facts about their master-disciple heritage. Madhusudan will give tips on recognizing the transcendental quality in people and methods to control the desiring mind. He will explain briefly about the tantric practices used amongst Bauls, but will not be able to divulge the details, as these secrets are allowed to be transmitted only in a close communion between Master & Disciple. The talk will be followed by a question & answer session.
The songs will highlight the essence of Tantra in many ways. They will have a dialogue with the six psychic centers in the subtle body to the primal memories of the soul wandering in the mother’s womb. One song will communicate the dormant state of cosmic energy-The kundalini and another will portray the immortality of the soul by analogies.
Musica Medicina – A Tribal Meditative Concert
The concert is a Tribal meditative experience bringing together folk traditions from around the world and presenting them in a contemporary form. The music is created in and for the moment with organic, raw and harmonious sounds.
Stringed instruments from the Middle East and China and percussions from Indonesia with our voices inspired by tribal and intuitive cultures; Mongolian throat songs, diaphonic songs, Inuit songs, Indonesian tribal sounds. Amazonian lullabies
Living Tantra (Relax in the afterglow, 25-26th November)
What is Living Tantra? The living tantra movement is to continue the tantric field and connections in between festivals and workshops and to integrate them into our lives. In this teachers step down from being the guides and facilitators as everyone now has a chance to practise what we have learned as a community. Some teachers will be available for sessions, however (as is true before the festival starts).
In this we allow co-creation to emerge where people are drawn to where their skills and passions lie in inviting ongoing projects and connections. For this event there is a loose idea to bring our “Inner Beloved” out to meet others and share in the tantric energy – the baul mystics will be wandering, playing and teaching through this space. How this happens is up to us together and we look forward the magic that unfolds.
This 2-day experiment will be from the 25th – 26th November. There is no fee for it as we all create it together. However, accommodation and food are still charged by the centre – this can be arranged on a daily basis directly with the centre (if you know you are interested in advance then please tick when booking)
A sacred cacao ceremony will be held on the morning of the 25th to empower our intentions and there will be a sannyas celebration on the evening of the 26th for whoever wants to attend (please wear white).
On-going support for this movement will be provided with some form on-line presence where connections and ideas can be continued.
Sacred Cacao Ceremony
In this ceremony, there is a chance to re-connect to your heart’s wisdom to set intentions of letting go and also of bringing in new ways of being. In this warm space you are held and nurtured and will experience a heightened sense of connectedness to everyone else around you, others in your life who are not present and to the sacredness of all that surrounds you.
Each year we do this ceremony the morning after the festival finishes and around the themes of the festival it has become a high point where many of the experiences and intimacies of the past 6 days crack open and our beings in their highest truths shine through the gaps. This year it will be a Sacred Cacao Ceremony accessing our divine nature.
The drink used in our ceremony is made from 100% raw ceremonial grade cacao. It contains a blend of spices and superfoods and is suitable for vegans.
The ceremony itself lasts for around 3 hours but the effects stay around in a more subtle way for a few hours after this and you can tune into the wisdom by reconnecting to a quiet space.
Some lethargy and emotional movement may occur later that day as we integrate and rest from the experience, this is a good time to allow all old emotions to just pass through like a breeze as deep patterns are released.
This event will be held on Sunday the 25th November around 11 am to start us off in the Living Tantra phase. The exchange for the drink and ceremony is 30 Euros (20 Euros if booked and paid in advance). NOTE: Places will be limited for this ceremony so it is advisable to book in advance.
Sannyas Ceremony – Ready to take a jump?
The Living Tantra will include on the evening of Monday the 26th November with a special Sannyas Ceremony where Sarita and team will help initiate those who are making the jump to be Osho Neo Sannyasin’s. This is a high energy ceremony that touches everyone who is present. Sannyas has a very special fragrance as per Osho’s descriptions – it is not to become part of a religion or cult but a declaration of a deep intimacy between yourself and existence.
Ma Ananda Sarita
Ma Ananda Sarita is a world-renowned Tantra Teacher and founder of Tantra Essence. She met Osho in India in 1973 and remained in his community for 26 years, receiving much personal guidance from him on the subject of Meditation and Tantra. She has been teaching Tantra and Holistic Healing since 1990.
Sarita is the author of two books on Tantra, which are translated into many languages. She teaches a wide range of groups and trainings, including an Empowered Woman’s Training, a 7 level training for couples, The Tantra Teachers Training, The Tantra Meditation Retreat (working with the 112 methods from the Vigyan Bhairav Tantra), and the Mystic Tantra Massage Training. Sarita also teaches maximizing spirituality through sexual pleasure, using Tachyonized Tantra tools. www.tantra-essence.com
James’s passion is to help call forth our human potential and our soul. His weave brings together more than 19 years experience in techniques, practices and information from the cutting edge of Neuroscience, Tantra, Biodanza, Shamanic & Energy Work, Integral theory and Taoist practices to create a spirituality that is rooted in the body. His evolutionary approach is to work on all lines, levels, states and parts of ourselves in bringing forth our fullest potential.
His work in meditation and tantra work draws on many different traditions and paths he has studied from Kashmir Shaivism, Baul mysticism, Advaita Vedanta, Vajrayana Buddhism, Integral systems and Neo-tantra. He was very much influenced by the enlightened master Osho and enjoyed spending time in Pune and the Humaniversity where he became an AUM meditation leader.
His shamanic work includes being Vision Quest rites of passage guide, holding Sweatlodge Ceremonies as well as Sacred Cacao Rituals. He is also part of the International School of Temple Arts faculty and the Regional Organizer for Asia. He has been dancing Biodanza since 2003 and now works as a teacher and a didactic teacher (qualified to teach other teachers in Biodanza Schools). He also leads ecstatic dance sessions, and ran the popular Awaken conscious night club in Edinburgh for many years. www.awakenaslove.com
Astiko shares truth as a Tantra master since 1993 mainly in Spain but also in India, Venezuela, Mexico, Germany, and other countries. She teaches in Tantra groups, Ericksonian Hypnotherapy for meditation groups, Breathwork, Emotional and sexual awareness groups. Her purpose is to bring meditation to all areas of human existence in everyday life, a relaxed presence in every moment opens the heart and expands your consciousness to who you truly are!
Her work is dedicated to Osho whose presence and vision has initiated and guided her to realization of truth in the body. Papaji, Barry Long and Diana Richardson and many others have also been masters and inspirations on her path. tantrawithastiko.com
Hariprem & Kaulika
Hariprem is Osho sannyasin since 36 years. He is teaching Tai Chi and Chi Kung (the path of Tao) for more than 20 years. In 1999 he founded the Osho Leela LoveMysterySchool, to share the experience and wisdom of their Tantric Transformation, with his partner Gitama. Since 2010 he entered in a space of aloneness, a space of contentment and gratitude; a space of freedom. A new quality opened up, where he opened his wings to the Divine.
In his teaching, he brings his experience on the path of Tao and the path of Tantra together. Both paths meet in the Heart, which is the place where the transformation of the human energy into the Divine becomes possible. At the Indian Osho Tantra, he met his shakti Kaulika who was travelling with the Baul Mystics, and have been falling in love ever since. They went into a deep journey and stopped teaching for some time to honour that together. They are now ready to share the fruits of that experience teaching together.
The Divine is to be found inside one’s own being, and the Heart is the meeting point of the material and spiritual dimensions. Only through the Heart transcendence becomes possible, transcendence of all dualities, transcendence of life and death, transcendence of yin and yang, transcendence of Shiva and Shakti… In the Heart, we are all one…..
Shashi teaches many aspects of Tantra and is specialized in the Taoist Sexual Arts and Multi-Orgasmic Practices. This is about surrendering oneself into the flow of universal life force energy, and when this happens sexual energy may be experienced as ecstasy, bliss or prayer.
Shashi lived two and a half years in Pune, and for one and a half years with Master Mantak Chia. She delivers Taoist practices in a Sannyasin style. www.shashisolluna.com
Monique Darling, author of ‘Beyond Cuddle Party’ and workshop facilitator extraordinaire has led over 1500 workshops in the past 8 years. She is the founder of Juicy Enlightenment an organization dedicated to empowering people who are questioning the assumptions of how their life should be and to offer tools for self-expression that create trust, inner knowing and wisdom to enjoy the life they have. Monique has taught at colleges across the US including Yale.
She has been featured on TLC and The Dr’s as well as various radio shows, podcasts and magazines across the globe. She specializes in helping others reclaim their power and natural sensuality by transmuting fear and repression into courage, self-love and freedom. Her primary purpose is helping folks bring out their vulnerability, energetic embodiment and fearless relating. Learn more about Monique by going to www.juicyenlightenment.com or track her whereabouts at www.whereintheworldismoniquedarling.com
His unique fiery presence is a crystallization of 15 years of spiritual journey. After diving deep into Vipassana, Zen, Sufi and Tao, he has found Tantra to be his soul calling. Received his tantric transmission from Tantra Master Ma Ananda Sarita.
Anahata is traveling around the globe giving transformative courses on Tantra for singles, couples and Men. He is trained in bodywork such as Lomi Lomi, Tibetan Acupressure, Kashmiri and Taoist Tantric Massage. He is a healer in Colorlight, Reiki and Transomatic Hypnosis. His simple yet profound methods have a blend of Eastern mysticism and Western therapy that makes them holistic and unique.
Niraj leads the Dorset School of Biodanza and is skilled at opening people to many aspects of Tantra such as sensitivity, sensuality, touch, affection and transcendence. Using the medium of Biodanza, a series of dance, movements and exercises that create space for a deep experience within oneself and with others. Each workshop is led as a vivencia, a space in which words are dropped and the deep wisdom of the body is entered.
Niraj has been into Biodanza since 1997, leads the teacher training program, and is also trained in the Osho Humaniversity training.
Peter Petersen, has been teaching Qigong for 16 years and has been a certified Sheng Zhen Qigong instructor for the last 14 years, where he has been facilitating in health clubs, hospitals, retirement villas, Yale University and several different wellness/spa resorts in Mexico and the United States, such as Rancho La Puerta, Mayacamas Ranch, and Present Moment Retreat.
Peter is also a body/energy worker. This energy work Peter does, helps release stuck mental/emotional energy that can cause illness and disease. Once this stagnates energy can be released, a rejuvenation of mind and body can occur to increase your vitality tremendously. www.awakenbodyandsoul.com
Dharmaraj is a Tantra teacher with Tantra Essence, and ‘Elite Certified Tantra Educator’ (ECTE) with Source School of Tantra Yoga, holistic healer, transformational facilitator, and intimacy coach. A Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD), Dharmaraj left his career as a medical professional in the US to follow his soul calling of becoming an international Tantra teacher and healer.
Dharmaraj’s dexterity with a myriad of healing modalities contributes to his proficiency in providing comprehensive holistic healing based on the clients’ individualized needs. He offers sessions, coaching, and groups in Europe, Asia, and the USA.
Ashwin Bharti became a disciple of Osho in 1977 and is an ambassador of Osho’s vision. From being a successful businessman, he became a philanthropist and started helping himself & others in their spiritual journey. Being a channel for Osho’s energy, Ashwin created Zorba the Buddha, one of the world’s largest open faith spiritual centre and cultural hub.
Over the years, he has received transmissions from various teachers in Sufism, Tantra, Zen, Shamanism, Pulsing, Osho therapies & meditations, bodywork, biodanza, contact improvisation, art and music. Today, Ashwin continues to live his vision of bringing people to meditation as well as celebration and has been facilitating Osho meditations for more than a decade.
Ticket fee: £226
There is a separate price for food & accommodation at the centre during the course of the festival.
Deluxe Double (Shared between two persons) – INR 16,800 (about £205)
Duplex (Shared between three persons) – INR 15,000 (about £185)
Shared Room (Shared between 3/4 persons with shared bathrooms) – INR 13,800 (about £170)
Dormitory (Shared between 25 persons) – INR 12,600 (about £155)
Tented Dormitory (Shared between two persons) – INR 11,400 (about £141)
*Note: All prices are for 6 nights from the 19th – 24th November 2018 and are fully inclusive of 3 meals a day plus teas and coffees. Payment for this is direct to the centre who accept a range of currencies and will convert the local price to the exchange rate of the day. There is normally a 5% processing fee for this.
For shared rooms, we will match you with others of the same gender if you have not specified specific people you plan to share with. For those joining in with the Living Tantra then the only the daily price for accommodation and food applies and there are no event fees for this.
3 Meals a day are inclusive of the accommodation price and fully vegetarian although we do consume dairy products and eggs. While the food served is primarily Indian, we also prepare Continental, Chinese, Italian and Mexican cuisines. We use organic vegetables, pulses/legumes, grains and oils as often as possible. If you have special dietary needs then please mention this in the additional information area of the booking form so we can accommodate your needs as best as possible.
This festival will be conducted in English.
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