"Tantra is a secret hidden in plain sight"
Welcome to Sacred Light Tantra, Manchester’s growing tantric community. We offer high caliber realistically priced workshops. We also run the only accredited trainings in Tantra and Tantra Massage by John Hawken’s The Paths of Transformation in the North of England.
We are passionate about Tantra. Whether you are drawn to tantra to enhance your sex life, enrich your relationship, heal old wounds or discover a new you, Tantra has riches to offer.
We have our own sex positive, body, fully accessible, premises in Salford near MediaCityUK and run non-residential day, evening and weekend workshops. We pride ourselves in creating an accepting, friendly and ethical environment.
As well teaching as our own work we host guest facilitators whose work is complementary to our own. This year we are delighted to be hosting Betty Martin, who is making a rare appearance in the UK with her Wheel of Consent work.
In June we celebrate our second birthday. Come and celebrate with us at the Manchester Tantra Festival, weekend 29th-30th June.
All adults are welcome to attend our workshops, irrespective of gender status, sexual orientation or relationship configuration.
The Pathways Studio
Our newly refurbished centre is also available for hire. There is a large studio suitable for dance and mat work and a smaller space for more intimate personal work and therapy sessions. The centre has ample free parking and is close to public transport links.
What is Tantra?
Tantra and sex are synonymous in many people’s minds. This association with sex is what attracts some yet repels others. The link is an unfortunate simplification, being both true and not true at the same time. Tantra is indeed a wonderful tool to help increase your sexual prowess and pleasure, but that’s just the start of it.
Many realise when they learn about Tantra that what they thought of as sex was a rather narrow experience largely confined to their genitals. Expectations and judgements of what sex should be and also how they should be sexual, hamper the full potential of their experience. During their journey they discover for themselves something much more pleasurable, rewarding and creative.
In our culture sexuality is closely tied up with being in a relationship. So it will be no surprise to find that Tantra is a wonderful gift to bring to your relationship. It enhances the joy that loving, juicy, openness of being with another creates. It has the power to enrich, heal, even transform your intimate connections. There is so much joy, pleasure and creativity to be experienced here, whether you are currently in an intimate relationship or looking to find one.Tantra is a kind and enjoyable way to overcome personal hang ups or trauma around body image or your sexuality. Tantra has a refreshing approach that allows what is present simply to be experienced with needing to judge or fix it. This is a rare thing to find in our society and is both liberating and healing.
Tantra has the potential to restore joy and magic to your life and show you new ways to embrace the disappointments and challenges that we inevitably meet. It opens you up to a new way of experiencing spiritually, one grounded in the experience of being alive and deeply engaged with your world. It creates a place to be that is free from dogma and moral judgement.
Once you open yourself to the tantric path all sorts of transformations can occur. Tantra allows you to be who you really are beyond your society and family conditioning. It gives you the courage to make bold choices that reflect your deepest desires and most precious dreams. It brings a wisdom that helps put the problems of the world into new, more positive frameworks.
Combined with more traditional psychological approaches, it can be very helpful for those seeking to move beyond trauma or abusive situations, though we would need to know about such issues before you book on a session.
Of course, it’s not for everyone, but you owe it to yourself to give it a try.,
What Happens in A Session
This is a little hard to describe. Each of our workshops has a different focus and draws on different practices but they do have things in common
Our work is largely experiential. So there is relatively little talking, more doing and experiencing. You will find this makes it easier to drop your everyday concerns and enter the spirit of the workshop
Most of our sessions make use the sense of touch in some way, though this is always by consent and optional. You will find our massage work differs from that at a spa or similar. You need no massage experience to attend.
Any removal of any clothing is optional at all times. Many, if not all our massages can be received fully clothed if you prefer. We shall make it clear here. None of our sessions, whether group or individual, include sexual services.
Active or conscious breathing is another recurrent theme. Though the techniques we us may differ from ways you may have previously experienced, such as in yoga or chi gung. Breath is an important element in much of our work.
We also use movement and dance practices, again these might be unfamiliar to you, and all these are optional.
We are trained in the use of psychological tools such as Gestalt and Reichian and Bioenergetics and also shamanic practice. All these methods align with tantric principles and are especially helpful in bridging the gap between our personal life experiences and the new practices of Tantra.
We use ritual and ceremony in creative and fun ways, rather different from most people’s experience of ritual. The effects of these beautiful experiences can be profound, even life changing. Again participating is optional.
In all our work we are seeking a path that honours both those who value traditional sexual roles and those who choose to step out of them.
Tantra has been taught in a binary way for many years, with men being labelled “Shiva” (male) and women, “shakti” (female). We feel this is an outdated approach. We are committed to find a new way of presenting our work without referring to Shiva and Shakti in this way. In our workshops we teach without talking about Shiva and Shakti or men and women. On our trainings we teach in a way so that you can choose to step into whichever role best suits you at the time. We value your patience with this as it is new territory in Tantra.