Medicine Tantra Weekend Retreat
Self Love and the Seven Chakras
New Forest Sanctuary Retreat Center
Kwazulu-Natal Midlands, 4 - 8 March 2019
Exploring the power of the heart in calling back your spirit and re-establishing your authentic self in the world; in your relationships, your health, vitality and sexuality.
This weekend intensive is aimed at providing you with the experience and the tools to manage your energy centers. Your energy or life force or chi, is needed for the health of your organs and intestines, the harmony of your moods, mental states, and for the journey of enlightenment. Many of our spiritual traditions focus on only the higher centers. The path of integration works with all seven, and we will be calling back lost power, re-negotiating contracts and agreements, and freeing up the energy of each chakra for creativity, health and healing and manifesting your true purpose.
A short introduction to the Vajrayana of Tibetan Buddhism and the Shivait Tantric tradition of Hinduism will be given. There will also be a discussion on different ways of cultivating sexual energy for health and longevity in the Toaist tradition. We will also discuss the archetypes of the collective consciousness of humanity and how we can engage with the changing paradigms of conscious relationships, sacred sexuality, and honoring the divine feminine and masculine principles within ourselves and each other.
This is a retreat for individuals, but there will be some (optional) partner work involved and couples are welcome to attend as a couple. Our program includes selected practices from yoga and chi gong to assist the cleansing of our energy meridians. We will also learn and practice Tibetan pulsing, also known as Hara Pulsing or Womb Pulsing. We will learn and practice some pressure/trigger point massage techniques to release mental, emotional and sexual energy blockages, but most of the work will be a personal journey of healing and activation, and practical tantric exercises to balance and harmonize your own energy. The fundamentals of exploring conscious touch and working with a partner includes communicating very clear consent and boundaries. We will discover and exercise a strong "no", to discover what an authentic "yes" is.
There will be some self study and an exploration of how we lost and how to regain our personal power and activate the personal will in alignment with the higher self.
The guided meditations of this weekend will include:
- the inner child and relationships
- a shamanic journey into working with animal and nature spirit medicine
- simulated dream states to search for and find hidden treasures in the psyche.
This is a “white tantra” retreat, and all exercises are clothed and all the exercises can be performed without needing to be physically intimate with anybody. We will explore the health and energetics of our own system primarily, and practice being completely centered within while we engage in the dance between individuality and oneness. The all is in the one.
Venue: The New Forest Sanctuary, Kwazulu-Natal Midlands
Cost includes all the meals and accommodation.
Shared room: R5000 per person
Private Room: R6500
Early bird discounts: R1000 off for bookings before 8 January.
R500 off for bookings before 8 Feruary.
Hosted and facilitated by Hendrik van der Merwe
Hendrik (Zendrik) has over 30 years experience as a bodywork therapist, energy healer and yogi. He started his formal training in Buddhist philosophy and meditation and hatha yoga at the age of 21 and attended his first course in Tibetan massage, “Taming The Tiger”, at the age of 22. He continued his studies and practice in esoteric healing, applied kinesiology, Thai Massage, Chi Nei Tsang and Reiki over the following decades. He trained with two Zen Masters and received transmissions from Namkai Norbu, a Tibetan Lama of the Dzogchen school.
Trained as a Sivananda Yoga teacher he has been teaching yoga for 16 years.
Zendrik has always had in interest in sacred sexuality and Tantra. He received his formative training while in a two-year relationship with a tantrika yogini from Nepal. Renowned international Tantra teacher Shakti Malan was a close personal friend and fellow practitioner.
Zendrik has been teaching Tantra Workshops for Couples and individuals for 7 years. He approaches Tantra, sexuality and relationships from the point of view of a healer. Medicine Tantra is about removing the veils that obscure our true nature, and releasing the energetic blockages in our physical, emotional and mental bodies. Working with a partner is about recognizing your projections and making conscious your shadow and hidden dramas and merging with the all through union with your partner.
Come by yourself, or bring a friend. New couples can create a conscious foundation for a new relationship and long time partners can recreate that moment when you first fell in love. Even working with a complete stranger in some of our exercises like eye gazing can help us to meet the "transcendental other", and recognize the unity of all of life.
Zendrik is the founder of the Ananda Healing Center in San Marcos La Laguna, Lake Atitlan in Guatemala where he teaches yoga, Tantric Healing seminars and courses in Thai Massage, Chi Nei Tsang (Taoist Abdominal Massage), Reiki and Esoteric Healing. He is a also professional musician, sound healer, and DJ, and accompanies his guided meditations with the African N'goni harp.