Back to the Garden: Reclaiming Erotic Innocence

Date/Time
Date(s) - 30th September - 7th October
All Day

Location
Glastonbury, Somerset

Categories


Back to the Garden

How does the garden of your erotic life grow? Is it abundant with the blooming of joyful connection and sensual delight? Or has it become choked with the weeds of societal scripts and stories that limit aliveness?

One of the most unhelpful myths around sexuality is that “sex is just natural” and we should all know how to do it. Yet over the course of our upbringing, we inherit and ingest many messages around sex, sexuality and our bodies through society and culture. These messages are often conflicting and contradictory, creating conditions where authentic Eros is stifled rather than celebrated.

Our world has become numbed out and deadened to the true potential of humanity. It’s time to wake up.

What if we could enter a magical space together, dropping the stories and scripts, and collectively discover the potency of Eros?

Reclaiming Erotic Innocence

Gayatri hold the most beautiful, safe and sacred temple space to explore and integrate our sensuality and sexuality with our love and spirituality which feels to be the perfect antidote to the dysfunction most of us have experienced in ‘normal’ society

The exploration is based on four key principles…

Curiosity
We tend to assume that we know what sex is and how we should sex. Yet how true is that really? Often these assumptions are based on societal conditioning, old paradigm patterns and skewed perceptions. When we drop the script and start getting curious about the unfolding mystery of the moment, a whole new world of erotic aliveness opens up.

Playfulness
Sex is a serious business. Or is it? If erotic experience is approached without warmth and humour, it can make for painful and disappointing encounters. Connecting with a sense of playfulness and innocence brings more pleasure and enjoyment – whatever is happening.

Attunement
Beyond the conversation of boundaries and consent, there is a subtle communication happening through the body. This requires us to slow down, cultivate sensitivity and open to the subtle streams of life moving through. Bringing us into harmony with ourselves and one another.

Reverence
Devotion is a lost art. In our individualistic Western culture, the emphasis on “me me me” has eroded our capacity to be in intimate connection with one another and life. Reverence supports us in returning to the Sacred. To hold dear and honour what is worthy of our regard. To cherish ourselves and others. To bow down in humility to the wisdom of the body and our Sacred Earth.

 

The Experience

The week-long immersive experience will follow a journey arc of arriving/resourcing, exploration, expansion, celebration and integration.

Practices that may form part of the journey include, yet are not limited to:

  • Communication, boundaries, consent and attunement
  • Touch / massage / bodywork
  • Embodied practices and games
  • Breathwork
  • Ritual and ceremony space
  • Sharing pods and circle
  • Being in nature
  • Integration and relaxation

You are invited to engage at the level that feels good, right and true for you. In our workshop space no-one is made to do anything to which they are not feeling aligned. This is part of creating new culture where we emphasise enjoyment over endurance.

 

The Retreat

This seven day experiential retreat offers the possibility of completely immersing yourself in a new way of living and being. Something magical happens when we spend time together in community. Away from the distractions and busyness of life, your potential for transformation is exponentially increased and more deeply integrated.

The experiential retreat take place at Earth Spirit in Somerset. Just five miles from Glastonbury, Earth Spirit lies within the ‘temenos’ (sacred enclosure) of Avalon. The centre is situated in a beautiful landscape next to two nature reserves. The atmosphere is one of seclusion, timelessness, and magic.

Journey into the mysteries with a heart-centred group of fellow travellers; expertly guided and lovingly held by Gayatri and the Tantra Massage Training Team.

Gayatri and her team hold a safe and sacred space with unconditional love, devotion, pure awareness, authenticity, integrity and clarity creating a perfect environment in which to learn and explore.

 

 

Practicalities

Venue

Earth Spirit is a well-known and much-loved retreat centre for Tantric workshops and events. In 2018 they created a new purpose-built facility for small groups, aptly named “Little Earth”. Our Tantra Massage Training in 2018 had the honour of being among the first groups to use the space and we are delighted to be back now for our sixth Residential Intensive. Little Earth comprises of a workshop room with underfloor heating, plus dining area and private accommodation. The venue is light, bright, and welcoming.
You can see photographs and find out more about Earth Spirit, including travel information, via their website – http://www.earthspirit-centre.co.uk

Accommodation

Little Earth has five en-suite rooms with two (twin or double) or three beds. More basic accommodation is available in adjacent quarters and these have shared bathroom facilities (accessed by going outdoors).

All accommodation is shared with one or two others. Unfortunately it is not possible to offer private accommodation.

Food & Drink

Meals are catered by Earth Spirit’s in-house chefs providing healthy vegetarian meals. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all included in the cost. Special diets (vegan, gluten free) and allergy free requirements can be accommodated at an additional cost. Hot drinks and light snacks are always available and included in the package.

Arrival & Departure

Arrive from 6pm on the first day. The training commences in the evening after dinner and completes at lunchtime on the final day.

This course changed my life, for the better! I knew it would be intense and deep, but had no idea just how thoroughly it would impact my life and my self. I enjoyed it, was challenged by it, feeling held and stretched, supported and guided throughout. The team were excellent and Gayatri an unassumingly adept facilitator. The venue is great with wonderful food and fab facilities. I would love to revisit this experience as one of the most profound of my life.

Who is this for?

This experiential retreat is a deep dive into Sacred Sexuality. Therefore, it is essential that you are ready for the journey.

Applications are welcome from those who have previously trained with Tantra Massage Training or have a good level of prior experience in Tantra / Sacred Sexuality (such as Jan Day’s Living Tantra or ISTA).

The group will be a minimum of 10 and maximum of 18 participants.

We welcome people of all gender-identification and sexual orientation to the training.

If you wish to come with a partner you can work together exclusively, or mix with the group as you prefer.

All places are by application and then interview. We may request that you come for a private session also. The more information you can provide in your application, the better we can understand your level of experience.

Who is this NOT for?

  • If you are new to the world of Sacred Sexuality or Tantra then this training is not for you. We recommend that you first undertake a more foundational exploration of yourself and your sexuality. In particular, we recommend learning about boundaries and consent as a starter.
  • If you have a significant amount of trauma that you are currently working through, or that is yet to be processed. This work is inevitably healing but the retreat is not intended as a therapeutic space. It is important to be in humility to the scope of what can be held in a week-long programme.

If you’re curious about whether this is the right next step for you, complete the online application form and we will be in touch to arrange a Zoom call to discuss.

 

Fees

As a new offering and experimental space, we are providing this retreat at a significantly reduced rate from our usual residential trainings. For full transparency around costs and income, we have decided to share a detailed account of outgoings and incomings for running such an event.

We offer three levels of financial contribution and encourage you to choose the one that feels right for you. We acknowledge that these are strange and uncertain times and that finance may be a stretch. At the same time, it is important for this work to bring sustainability to the team at Tantra Massage Training.

Heart Rate – £1,695
This is the standard rate.
Payment plan – £430 over four months or £287 over six months

Crown Rate – £1,895
If you are more financially abundant, we invite you to consider this rate in order to support others in accessing this work by contributing a donation to our bursary fund.
Payment plan – £480 over four months or £320 over six months

Root Rate – £1,295
There are two Root places available for people who might otherwise be unable to access this work, such as people on lower income and within marginalized groups. Please mention that you wish to be considered for this rate when you apply.
Payment plan to be discussed.

Payment plans are available at to spread out the cost with a small additional fee (1.4% & 20p) to cover payment processing only. We do not charge extra for personal gain or profit from limited access to resources.

 

What’s included?

  • Zoom call before the retreat to connect the group
  • Seven days of embodied education and experience
  • All meals, refreshments, and accommodation from the evening of arrival until the afternoon of departure
  • Zoom call afterwards to support integration

Zoom calls are optional. Usually offered two weeks on either side of the retreat.

What’s NOT included?

  • Travel to and from the venue
  • If you concerned about cancellation, we recommend that you take out insurance for the event (as you would for a holiday). Please see our terms and conditions for our cancellation and refund policy.