PAST Tantra Basics 3/28/17

Tantra Basics
~Presented by Ritual~

Tuesday, March 28th 7-10pm
East Bay Community Space
507 55th St. Oakland
Purchase tickets: https://goo.gl/wi3q7H

DESCRIPTION
Tantra is the spiritual path of awakening and becoming whole through the practice of bringing awareness into your body and embracing all that life has to offer. Through this practice, tune into the energy of your body and your partner and channel it for awakening and healing. As a Tantrika, you will learn to harness your bliss as fuel for spiritual growth.

During this workshop you will:
– Learn the basic history, theory, and practice of Tantra
– Experience Tantrik meditation and breath-work
– Connect to your chakras and tune into to your subtle energy
– Through the practice of Transfiguration, see the divine in yourself and your partner
– Embody the Divine Masculine and Feminine
– Explore partner exercises to share conscious touch, cultivate intimacy, and share energy

This is a fully clothed event, perfect for beginners. You are welcome to participate at exactly the level that feels right for you. Open to singles, couples, triads, etc… and people of all genders.

Facilitated by:
Leslie Grace www.lesliegracetantra.com
Matt Sturm awakeningbliss.net

$25 Tickets: https://goo.gl/wi3q7H

PAST Ecstatic Heart Puja 3/22/17

Ecstatic Heart Puja

~Presented by Ritual~

Wednesday, March 22nd, 7-10pm
The Center SF Teahouse, 548 Fillmore St, SF
Purchase Tickets: https://goo.gl/7aS2kT

Description
A Puja is a Tantric Ritual of worship where we gather to share connection, celebrate life, and tap into our own divine life-force energy. At this Ecstatic Heart Puja, we will be creating a safe space to call in the sacred, open our hearts and tap into our juicy sensuality and sublime presence. It’s a celebration of love through a series of heart-opening partnered experiences. You’ll be guided into your senses through sacred poetry – connecting with your own body through movement and breath and to others through eye-gazing and healing touch.

This Puja is based on the poetry of the Radiance Sutras, a modern interpretation of the Vijñāna Bhairava Tantra, an ancient Tantrik text. Through an series of meditations, Shiva offers his consort, Devi, practices that lead into “joyous union with the life of the universe.”

This is a fully clothed event. You are welcome to participate at exactly the level that feels right for you.
Open to singles, couples, triads, etc… and people of all genders.

“I feel like before Tantra, I was able to clearly see the Divine in others and through Tantra I’m now able to see my own.” ~M.S.

About Ritual
Ritual is a Bay Area community of spiritual practitioners who facilitate access to primary spiritual experience through the conscious use of meditation, yoga, and Ritual.

Facilitated by:
Leslie Grace lesliegracetantra.com
Matt Sturm awakeningbliss.net

ritualtantra.com

$25 Tickets: https://goo.gl/7aS2kT

PAST Divine Mother as the Ultimate Tantric Consort 3/13/17

Divine Mother as the Ultimate Tantric Consort

~Presented by Ritual~

Monday March 13th, 7:00-10:00pm
East Bay Community Space, 507 55th St. Oakland
$25 Tickets

Divine Mother is the ultimate expression of the divine feminine and is being asked to awaken within each of us individually and more broadly in the collective consciousness in these times of great change we are living in. The tantric consort relationship at its essence is a relationship that evokes all the barriers to love within you. These barriers are held within the body as physical tension, hiding trauma pockets, unconscious beliefs, and other trapped emotions. The consort becomes such a powerfully evocative mirror, that it makes healing more readily available to these barriers to love within our body. In this workshop we will connect deeply to the lived experience of Divine Mother’s unconditionally loving, fierce and gentle energy within your body. This very human and very divine experience will invite you to let go of deeply held resentments, self-hatred, and experience a depth of “ok-ness” and implicit forgiveness of self and others.

From there we will learn to receive others via relational exercises from this place of unconditional love that requires no “doing” or “trying” from your ego self. Ironically, when we can learn to allow the love of Divine Mother to come through us, we receive tremendous healing as well as become a conduit for healing for others. Touching this depth of love and union with the divine feminine, will also deepen our capacity to remain present and open when our own or other’s emotional triggers get activated. By seeing the process of getting triggered for what it is, Divine Mother inviting us into more and more love for what is, we can stop taking our own or other’s triggers personally, and allow emotional energy to release out of our system with greater ease. Eventually we will see our life circumstances that include and are not limited to our tantric partner(s), as a consort that is constantly inviting us to heal, release, and be the embodiment of unconditional love through our human experience.

BIO

Michael Brabant is trained in both academic and clinical psychology settings as well as studied with shamans, mystics, and healers. He integrates the most potent approaches towards healing and awakening to support embodied transformation in a teaching called Divine Humanity.

Through Divine Humanity, we can begin to see that each moment we experience, is an expression of life’s sacred intelligence helping us to heal and embody our fullest expression in every moment.

He holds transformative workshops and retreats and works with people individually. He is devoted to becoming the fullest expression of humanity possible and doing so with great levity, ease, and fierce gentleness. You can learn more about his work at livingdivinehumanity.com

PAST Subtle Energy 2/28/17

Subtle Energy

~Presented by Ritual~
Tuesday Feb 28th, 7:00-10:00pm
The Center SF Tea House
548 Fillmore St., San Francisco
Purchase Tickets: https://goo.gl/Qg63WG

DESCRIPTION:
Our body’s life-force energy can be harnesses as fuel for spiritual growth. This practice requires us to raise our awareness of subtle energy and develop the ability to control and channel it. Also known as Chi or Prana, subtle energy is our vital essence. By tuning into the flow of our energy we come to better understand our bodies and how to weave it with those around us for healing and awakening.

In this interactive workshop you will learn tools to master your energy and connect with each other’s. It’s a low-woo, try it yourself and see how it feels approach that’s full of fun, playful exercises. We create a safe container so you’re free to explore and be your full self.

You will learn:
* How to feel subtle energy for yourself
* How to open your body so energy can flow freely
* Techniques for connecting your energy with others
* Practices to harness this energy for intimacy and spiritual growth

Is this for me?
Whether you’re curious about energy or a long-time practitioner, this workshop is an accessible, fun exploration of our mystical bodies. Our workshop is safe and supportive for people with all levels of experience. We’ll have the option to drop-in with each other through group, solo, and partner exercises. Beautiful souls of all genders and relationship status are welcome. Bring an open mind and an open heart.

About Ritual
Ritual is a Bay Area community of spiritual practitioners who facilitate access to primary spiritual experience through the conscious use of meditation, yoga, and Ritual.

Facilitated by:
Leslie Grace
Matt Sturm

$25 Tickets: https://goo.gl/Qg63WG

PAST Embracing the Beloved – Cacao Ceremony & Puja for Singles 2/14/17


Embracing the Beloved – Cacao Ceremony & Puja for Singles

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Valentine’s Day – Tues, Feb 14th – 7pm-11pm
Oakland Hills Private Venue
$40 Tickets

Beloveds
This Valentine’s Day, join us for for an evening of conscious connection with our yummy community of Tantrikas, opening to the Beloved residing in each of us. In this ceremony, we’ll be calling Eros to work through us, stirring our sensual energies and opening together into a field of sacred loving. Using Tantrik practices to embody your sexuality while remaining aligned with the heart, we’re inviting awakened singles to come celebrate our nature as sexual beings, initiating one another into a higher octave of authentic expression. This evening promises to be a safe space for you to connect and explore your own energies and desires, and a powerful opportunity to cast a love spell into the universe, calling your own sacred Beloved into your life.

Cacao
Our ceremonial medicine will be raw cacao, which opens and activates the heart, inviting us into deeper intimacy. Cacao has been used ceremonially by the Mayan, Aztec, and Olmec people for millennia, and today our cacao is grown by their indigenous descendants in Southern Belize. Drinking cacao directly into our heart space creates an alchemy for powerful intimacy to emerge.

Puja
Puja is the Sanskrit word for Worship. Drawing on Tantrik practice, we will enter into a Ritual of divine play between the masculine and the feminine. Anointing each other and calling forth our highest selves, we will embody Shiva and Shakti in their infinite dance of love and attraction. Our Puja will guide you to open your heart to receive the Beloved in us all, and to be witnessed in your heartfelt desire to call that precious being into your life.

Snuggles
Following the Puja, we will have time for relaxation and snuggles, ensuring everyone gets fully loved up this Valentines Day! This will be a clothing-on event, with no direct sexual contact, but sexual energy is more than welcome between enthusiastically consenting participants. 🙂

Is this for me?
Embracing the Beloved is a ceremony for singles (or a poly couple) to invoke the sacred in intimate connection. We’re co-creating a safe container of like-minded souls for authentic union to blossom. This is a space where you can embody your full sensual radiance. It’s an invitation into deeper intimacy.

Logistics
Doors open at 6:45 and close at 7:15 sharp for opening circle.
Come dressed to evoke your inner beauty and sensual glory, in flowing fabrics, scarves, sparkles, whatever makes you feel both comfortable and delicious in your body!
We are asking you to bring an offering of fruit and sweets for after the Puja, or flowers to adorn our ritual space.
Arrive well hydrated and please bring a water bottle that closes tightly, as you’ll be asked to drink plenty of water while the cacao is working its magic.

Facilitated by:
Leslie Grace lesliegracetantra.com
Matt Sturm awakeningbliss.net

We are very much looking forward to awakening deeper love and sensuality with you, Beloved!

PAST Women’s Tantrik Practice 1/30/17

Women’s Tantrik Practice

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Monday, Jan 30th – 7pm-10pm
Guava Temple, 4210 Holden St, Emeryville
$25 Tickets

Tantra yoga is a path of discovering our own true nature. The approach is centered in direct experience through our bodies. And because our bodies are the teacher, we focus on raising our awareness through yoga, meditation, and sexual practice.

This workshop is an introduction to the aspects of Tantrik practice specific to women.

Part 1
The focus of the first section is in raising our awareness of how female bodies work. You will learn theory and techniques for:

* The seven types of female orgasms
* How to enhance awareness and sensation during sexual practice
* Tuning into the flow of sexual energy in our bodies
* Moving through sexual trauma


Part 2
The second half of the workshop is focused on embodying the feminine:

* The qualities of Shakti, the divine feminine
* Awakening our power as priestesses
* Unlocking the depth of surrender
* How the polarity of masculine and feminine creates lasting desire in relationships
* Animus – celebrating our inner masculine


Is this for me?
This workshop is great for anyone who identifies as female or anyone who enjoys sex with females. If you’re a woman looking to go deeper into conscious sexual practice; if you’re looking to awaken your sexual desire and step into your feminine power, this is for you. If you’re interested in supporting your goddess in her sexual growth, this is for you. All people welcome, inclusive of sex, gender, and orientation.


Facilitated by:
Leslie Grace www.lesliegracetantra.com
Matt Sturm awakeningbliss.net

PAST Men’s Tantrik Practice 1/11/17

Men’s Tantrik Practice

7:00-10:00pm, Wednesday, Jan 11th
The Center SF Tea House, 548 Fillmore St, SF
Purchase Tickets

Tantra yoga is a path of discovering our own true nature. The approach is centered in direct experience through our bodies. And because our bodies are the teacher, we focus on raising our awareness through yoga, meditation, and sexual practice.

This workshop is an introduction to the aspects of Tantrik practice specific to men.

Part 1
The first step is in raising our awareness of how male bodies work. You will learn theory and techniques for:

* How male bodies function sexually and how to maximize that performance
* Ejaculatory control: how to last longer and make coming a conscious choice
* Sex drive: tune in to your desire and connect with your potent energy
* How to have multiple, full-body orgasms

Part 2
The second half of the workshop is focused on embodying the masculine:

* The qualities of Shiva, the divine masculine
* How the polarity of masculine and feminine creates lasting desire in relationships
* Anima – celebrating our inner feminine

Is this for me?
This workshop is great for anyone with a male body or anyone who enjoys having sex with male bodies. If you’re a man looking to go deeper into conscious sexual practice, this is for you. If you’re interested in supporting your manly partner in his sexual growth, this is for you.

Facilitated by:
Matt Sturm awakeningbliss.net