Upcoming Events

Aug
26
Fri
2022
Into the Labyrinth – The Five Paths of Transformation @ North Wales
Aug 26 @ 17:00 BST – Aug 31 @ 15:00 BST
Into the Labyrinth - The Five Paths of Transformation @ North Wales | England | United Kingdom

We are delighted to bring together, for the first time in the UK, the collective wisdom and experience of four teachers of John Hawken’s Paths of Transformation to offer a unique ‘sampling menu’ of the various paths. This will be a five-day retreat set in the beautiful surroundings of Snowdonia National Park and ten minutes’ walk from the sea.

During this retreat we will take you on a journey of discovery using a fusion of exercises and teachings from Tantra, Bio-Energetics, Shamanism and Dark Eros. The scenery along the various routes to self-realisation may differ but the end destination is the same – to live a life of authenticity, spontaneity and freedom, rewriting old limiting belief systems and stepping into the field of pure potential. The combination of these modalities offers a rare opportunity for a true integration of body, mind, heart and spirit at every level as well as to experience some flavours that might be, as yet, unfamiliar.

The intention of the week is to provide a space that is both nourishing and playful… there will be plenty of opportunities to try something new with like-minded others, held in a container of safety and curiosity (everything we offer is invitational). There will also be time for self-reflection and receiving inspiration from the beautiful and magical landscape.

This venue and time-slot over the August bank holiday weekend has been chosen to provide a welcome respite from the difficult times that many of us have been living through over the last couple of years and give some space for breath and a change of direction. There will also be an opportunity to extend the stay by one day to take a ceremonial shamanic walk in the National Park.

This retreat is for you if you feel like you need to ‘find your spark’… either for the first time or because you somehow feel that your flame has become subdued as a result of events in the external world. The world needs your flame to be burning brightly as never before!

In addition to the teaching fee being paid, participants will also need to allocate around £350 for the week for full board and accommodation.

Early bird: £525 + booking fee (first 5 people)
Full Price: £625 + booking fee

Alternatively if you want to avoid booking fees then select bank transfer on the payment options and follow the directions.

 

Sep
28
Wed
2022
The Fundamentals of Tantra Massage @ The Pathways Studio near MediaCityUK
Sep 28 @ 13:00 BST – Oct 2 @ 16:00 BST
The Fundamentals of Tantra Massage @ The Pathways Studio near MediaCityUK

The words “tantra massage” have been often misappropriated to sell sexual services.  In addition, even the best-intentioned tantric massages often over- emphasize the sexual aspect of tantra*, an ancient practice that opens the door to an experience of ourselves as beings of energy and consciousness.

These five days invite you to explore the basic principles of tantra and how they form the foundation to authentic tantra massage.  This block can be done stand-alone and is also the first block of The Paths of Transformation, Transformational Tantra Massage Training which can take one on one’s own transformational journey and ultimately to a professional qualification to support other people’s journey.

During the five days, you will be invited to learn:

  • The basic principles of Tantra
  • Tantric Rituals and their importance particularly in a massage setting
  • To improve communication skills around consent and boundaries
  • How to connect with energy in different ways and how your energy can affect others
  • Where energy may be held in the body and how to release it
  • Specific massages that release tension
  • Finding more aliveness in oneself and how to support others to do so
  • Basic hygiene protocols

This training is experiential and is based on your personal experience, both in receiving and supporting others to have their own personal experience.  In doing this you will have the opportunity to explore some of your personal story through embodiment. This event is not suitable for healing deep personal trauma.

At the end of the training, you will have been given the opportunity to take away:

  • An experience of what tantra is
  • Tools for communicating consent and boundaries
  • Massages that support people to find their energetic flow and zest for life
  • Rituals you can practice
  • Insights into your own personal patterns of response
  • Methods for finding relaxation in both routine and more difficult situation
  • More awareness of your body
  • Getting the right support for the work you do

*  Tantra is an ancient wisdom and integral in its wisdom is that it’s non prescriptive and allows everyone to find their own truth.

This workshop is open to all who are over 18 and wish to explore, one or all of the following: Personal self-development, want to learn massages for friends and partners and active and aspiring practitioners.

Ticket Prices and Booking are HERE

You can pay by bank transfer to avoid the booking fee. Please contact us at info@transformationaltantramassage.co.uk for more information.

This is a standalone journey of self-discovery however it also forms the foundation for our Transformational Tantra Massage Programme, for when you understand yourself more you are in a better place to be of service to others. Subsequent blocks enable you to dive deeper for self-insights. Then, if you choose, you can ultimately become a professional tantric massage practitioner to facilitate others journey’s discovery, using the medium of touch.

More details of how this standalone training sits within the Transformational Tantra Massage Programme can be found at www.transformationaltantramassage.co.uk. You are welcome to email us at info@transformationaltantramassage.co.uk with any questions or to request a full brochure. If you wish to see the pricing for the whole Programme then please click HERE.

Our events are open to individuals, couples, triads and other constellations and expressions of all genders, sexualities and body types.

It is possible that, for this training, Coronavirus measures may be in place to limit the possibility of transmission of infection. Please contact us if you want further details, otherwise you will be informed of these in the joining instructions.

Mar
1
Wed
2023
Bioenergetics – Block 1 @ The Pathways Studio near MediaCityUK
Mar 1 @ 13:00 GMT – Mar 4 @ 15:30 GMT
Bioenergetics - Block 1 @ The Pathways Studio near MediaCityUK | England | United Kingdom

We (Jon and Elara) are delighted to bring this one-of-a-kind Bio-Energetics Year Long Training for The Paths of Transformation for the first time to the UK. This is one of less than five yearlong Bioenergetics trainings worldwide.

The Path of Energy – Bioenergetics

How we embody and express our energy makes our psyche and our patterns of reactions to life visible. We hold in our bodies the energy we dared not express when we were vulnerable children, both as a tension in the muscles and as a charge of energy in the organs and connective tissue. This fixed form of expression and defence is called our character. It is our social, adapted self, and blocks and represses our spontaneous flow of life energy, our wildness, including large amounts of our sexuality and creativity.

***What is Bioenergetics?***

Bioenergetics is not to be confused with the body of work that comes from biochemistry but comes from Wilhelm Reich and the therapy developed by his students.  This body of work not only includes bioenergetics but also Bioenergetic Analysis (Alexander Lowen), Biodynamic Psychology and Massage (Gerda Boyesen) Ron Kurtz (Hakomi) and Biosynthesis (David Boadella), Radix Therapy (Charles Kelly), Stanley Keleman (Formative Psychology) and also draws on the work of Leonard Orr, Arthur Janov and Stan Grof.

This training will cover both theoretical and practical grounding in the work of Reich and his followers.

Bioenergetics in general seeks to release old trauma, habits, and unconscious defensive attitudes and to liberate our life energy for aliveness, pleasure, and for self-actualization. It seeks to change the base of our existence from an attitude based on fear and unconsciousness to a mindfulness of our choices and an ability to express ourselves from our heart, our sex and our spirit. It includes an analysis of our own character and patterns, which we respect as a necessity for survival, an understanding of the biographical causes of our stuckness and limitations, and strategies for healing our trauma and our fears, and to find freedom of expression and creativity as an autonomous human being.

More specifically Bioenergetics is a self-exploration through becoming aware of tensions in your body. The tensions create your character, the person you became under the influence of your parents and your society. The tensions are created by the energies of past formative experience imprinted on your body. By becoming aware of the tensions in the muscles and the energetic charge or emptiness in the soft tissues of the body, we can release the imprint, any accompanying emotion and energetic charge, freeing up our energy to flow freely and take forms chosen by our consciousness appropriate to being an adult and to the response we consciously choose to life in each moment. We liberate ourselves from our reactive patterns, and not only release the energy locked into the old reaction, but also the energy used to repress and control our natural selves and to adapt to the image demanded of us by society. This frees up a huge amount of energy for our aliveness, our creativity, our pleasure and joy in life.

So as we become free to be our true selves, flowing with life and with the energy to create our conscious path and fulfil our dreams.

The ability to read the energy and character of others and know how to support their energy will be taught, as well as an understanding of energy movements such as contraction and expansion, penetration and enfolding, density and diffusion. As such it is an invaluable training both for oneself and as a professional resource for those working energetically with others.

Themes for this work are: 

  • Primal therapy, birth and intrauterine experiences and imprints that affect our lifetime patterns of energy.
  • Understanding the patterns and needs of one’s character type
  • Moving from dependency to independence
  • Being aware of your feelings and expressing them appropriately and communicatively
  • Knowing what you want and what you don’t want and communicating that safely and respectfully
  • Assertiveness
  • Raising your energy levels, being more alive, aware, sensitive to life.
  • Grounding and standing on your own feet
  • Increasing the flexibility of one’s attitudes
  • Flowing with life instead struggling against it
  • Opening to aliveness and pleasure
  • Being able to be present and to stay in contact

Further work for this training: 

  • An understanding of the phenomenon of resistance and how to use and work through it.
  • How to work energetically and physically with projection, both positive and negative.
  • The different kinds of touch, their intent and applications: holding, containing, focussing, making conscious, confronting, soothing, mothering and fathering, supporting, grounding.
  • Understanding the energy movements of expanded and contracted, dense and diffuse, penetrating and enveloping, ballooning and collapsing, and how to work consciously with them.
  • The emotional plague, repression and rebellion.
  • Armouring and core energetics, energy and character.
  • Imprints, memoire corporelle (cellular memory), regression, Janov and Grof.
  • The relationship between consciousness and energy, catharsis, demons, creative confrontation, witness consciousness.
  • The importance of breath, Reichian and other breathing techniques.
  • The orgasm reflex, the birth reflex.
  • Character analysis – the character types and their use in therapy.
  • Therapy and spirituality.
  • Techniques to raise energy, bioenergetic stress positions, Osho meditations.
  • Grounding and its importance, both through the feet and through the eyes.
  • The segments and their order of opening.
  • Bonding.
  • Reich‘s students and their contributions including: Kelly and the Radix Institute, Stanley Keleman and Alexander Lowen, Ron Kurtz and Hakomi, David Boadella and Biosynthesis, Gerda Boysen and family and Biodynamics.
  • Self-regulation, the inner wisdom and balance of the body

***Who is this Training For?***

It is open for people who wish to explore their own patterns of holding and be able to release this energy and live fuller and more expansive life.  Feeling more alive, creative and deepening their pleasure and joy in life..

It may also be useful for those who have some experience in verbal therapies and want to explore particular themes through body work, or who want to deepen their experience of themselves through the methods of bioenergetics.  It is also designed for therapists, therapeutic masseurs and counsellors who wish to include working with the physical body and the energy body in their repertoire of therapeutic methods and interventions.

THIS WORKSHOP IS OPEN TO INDIVIDUALS & COUPLES / TRIADS / OTHER CONSTELLATIONS OF ALL GENDERS, SEXUALITIES & BODY TYPES.

***Logistics***

The training occurs at The Pathways Studio, Manchester and is non-residential.

The cost included in the ticket is just for the teaching fee.  You will need to organise your own transport to get there and sort out your own accommodation and food.

The training starts at 13:00 on the Thursday and finishes at 17:00 on the Sunday for each block.

*** Dates ***

Block 1 – Thursday 3  to Sun 6 Nov  2022 (non-residential – Manchester)

YOU ARE WELCOME TO COME AND EXPERIENCE BLOCK1 BEFORE SIGNING-UP TO THE OTHER 3 BLOCKS AND WE HAVE PRICING TO REFLECT THIS (SEE BOOK TICKETS).

For those interested in the yearlong training or going further, the other blocks are as follows:
Block 2 – Thursday 16 to Sun 19 Feb 2023 (non-residential – Manchester)
Block 3 – Thursday 8 to Sun 11 Jun 2023 (non-residential – Manchester)
Block 4 – Thursday 5 to Sun 8 Oct 2023 (non-residential – Manchester)

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This is the calendar of upcoming events, tantra workshops, peer exchange groups and community shares with Sacred Light Tantra and our friends.

Most of the events are held at The Pathways Studio in Manchester.

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