Womens' Tantra Events by Shakti

Thursday, 27 August 2009

Women's Tantra Retreat images and reflections

Images and reflections from participants in last year's Uncoiling the Snake Women's Retreat at nau ma

" Still words of gratitude and deep thanks come oozing out... the
weekend with you and the other goddesses in N"auma has truly been a
transformative one, in deep still untold ways. "

This year:

Uncoiling the Snake Women's Tantra Retreat
22 - 26 October 2009
Nau Ma, Little Karoo
Uncoiling the snake
A women's retreat by Shakti Malan
22 - 26 October 2009
n!au ma farm, Little Karoo

On female sexual energy

Sexual energy is a tremendous source of vitality and life force. When we own and live our sexual energy, we incarnate – we come to embody the goddess within. We wake up to the moment. Through our sexual flow as women, the worlds are birthed. And yet this potential lies dormant in so many of us. The snake, the kundalini, the origin of our embodied vitality, is there, at the base of the spine, but it slumbers, and it rarely gets touched.Until the wild woman in us wakes up to who she really is.

Uncoiling the snake

In my work with Tantra, an ancient eastern tradition that follows sexual energy as a doorway to consciousness, I have learnt that sexual awakening is linked to the opening of the chakras or "energy wheels" (represented by the spirals on the front page image). When the opening of the chakras happens in the body, it literally feels like an energy snake that uncoils at the base of the body and rises up through the crown of the head. For me personally, this rising brings a soft ecstasy that ripples onto the farthest shores of my life… It also brings a deep contentment with existence.

Sexual energy becomes illuminated when the repressions that block us at each of the chakras or energy points in the body are lifted. These repressions are the result of our conditioning, our patterning and the scars that are left by our life experiences. I believe that it is possible to bring our repressions to awareness and release them by working in a sacred circle of women.

What happens on the retreat

My focus is on the awakening of consciousness, not on teaching technique or improving performance (though these things follow of their own accord). I use the following methods to evoke awareness:

  • We process body memories through acting and embodiment.
  • We deepen awareness of female sexuality through breath work and other Tantric techniques.
  • We reflect on our stories and vision our "this-here-now" realities through creating with the earth and writing.
  • We meditate and do guided visualizations to deepen our awareness of essence flowing through us.
  • We use sound, chanting, movements and dancing focused on a particular expression of our sexual energy to awaken the body to its inherent knowing.
  • We have strong interactions with nature and the elements to reconnect us to our being-of-the-earth, the origin of our sexual energy.

The facilitator, Shakti Malan

I have been running retreats and courses on the Sacred Feminine for many years. I have a Ph.D. (UCT) in social anthropology. For more on me, see shakti.co.za and totalitytherapy.com

The venue

The farm n'au !ma, which is run in deep respect for nature as a place of retreat and ceremony, is situated between Montague and Ladysmith, at the foot of the Anysberg. Accommodation is provided in beautiful Karoo style houses with broad verandas, fireplaces, gas stoves and fridges. There is an exquisite kloof on the farm, and some delicious dams. The night sky of the Karoo is something to experience. The farm is about 4 – 5 hours from Cape Town, and 3 hours from George.

Bookings, costs and times

My facilitation fee is R1 600pp. Accommodation fees are by donation; the suggested fee is R160 per night. A deposit of R1 000 is required to secure your place and full payment is due by 14 October. The retreat will be limited to 12 women. Banking details:

Dr S.Malan
Standard Bank current account
Merriman Square branch (02-11-09-00)
Account number: 073152811

Meals will be arranged amongst us.
I will assist with coordinating travel where possible.
For enquiries contact Shakti at 0833010399 or Shakti@shakti.co.za

The retreat will start Thursday 6pm and end Monday lunchtime.

"Some day, after we have mastered the winds, the waves, the tides, and gravity, we will harness for God the energies of love; and then for the second time in the history of the world, humanity will have discovered fire!" – Theilard de Chardin

Third chakra women's workshops

Tantric Practice for Women
A Continuous Course

Third/ solar plexus chakra
The continuous course

I am running a series of courses for women on themes related to the main chakras or energy centers in the body along which sexual energy travels. Each theme is covered in a three hour workshop; you are welcome to attend any individual workshop as they are presented as loose standing experiences.

Third/solar plexus chakra

The third or solar plexus chakra is the center of our personal power. It is from here that we radiate our unique energy into the world. This center is dominated by the masculine energy flow through the chakras. It is the chakra that has been developing in the world over the last 2000 years - our individuation from the tribal mind, the development of reason, intellectual discernment, definition and duality. All women who have achieved in their own right have had to develop this center strongly - in many, if not most cases, to the detriment of our femininity. Often this development in us has been forced and not authentic; we have tried to be like men, and so deep down still struggle to embrace who we are and let our light shine powerfully in the world. It is essential for our evolution and our awakening that this chakra gets strong and alive in us as women. Sexually, a strong solar plexus chakra gives us the ability to choose our partners from a place of personal affinity rather than social conditioning or unconscious programming.


29 August: Personal power, and what blocks it

1 - 4pm Jing An Studio De Smit St Green Point

In this workshop, we will use breathwork, sound, movement and visualization to connect with our personal power located in the third chakra. We will explore ways of engaging anger and frustration that can block the flow of energy in the third chakra. Our discussion will focus on sexual and relationship power dynamics, and ways of bringing more awareness into these.

19 September: Men
10am - 1pm The Outer Robe Long Street

A central direction of Tantra is the integration of masculine and feminine in each of us. The third chakra is masculine dominant, and thus a good place to explore our relationship as women with men and the masculine inside ourselves. This morning will be an exploration of
  • men, male sexuality and relationships with men and
  • ways of meeting and developing a relationship with our inner masculine.
My colleague Stephen Tredrea (see stephentredrea.com) will join us for this workshop.

3 October: Love and Affinity
10am - 1pm The Outer Robe Long Street

Love and sexual attraction as experienced in the third chakra goes beyond our tribal impulse. If we respond from the third chakra, our romantic and sexual decisions are no longer dominated by the need to find acceptance. We choose from our own affinity and liking. This is an essential step on the spiritual journey. In this workshop, we wil work on your ability and willingness to choose pure enjoyment and to trust your liking.

17 October: Sexuality, discernment and duality
10am - 1pm The Outer Robe Long Street

The third chakra is the home of our analytical, defining and discerning abilities. While the world tends to place too much emphasis on these abilities, it is paradoxically also true that these skills are not clearly developed in most of us. The reason is that our discernment is clouded by unconscious processes and dualities. In this workshop, I will teach you techniques for developing crystal clear discernment and ways of integrating unconscious dualities.


Please note that only the first workshop is held in Jing An Studio - from September we are back in the lovely Outer Robe venue in Long Street.

Please note that only the first workshop is from 1pm to 4pm; from September workshops will be from 10am - 1pm again.


Please contact me on this address to book for a workshop and to receive directions.

The cost of each workshop is R350.