GODDESS OF DESIRE
WORKING WITH THE SHADOW.
AN INITIATION INTO THE WAYS OF TANTRA YOGA
& THE NATIVE SHAMANIC WISDOM OF INDIA.
ONLINE HEALING CIRCLE
22, 23 & 24 JUNE
From 20:oo to 23:oo | CEST
“This will be a three day ritual
WHAT IS 'WORKING WITH THE SHADOW'?
A short interview with Boonath.
Kamakhya is the Goddess of desire.
Kama means desire.
Puja means ritual and her ritual is celebrated for 3 days of the year following the Summer Solstice.
During this ancient Tantric festival she has her menstruation.
It is a ritual time for honouring the dark internal space of the womb, proceeding the solstice the nights start lengthening and nature starts to make her descent into the womb. This ritual day is a time for internalising and addressing all problems related to menstruation, the completion of a Kamakhya ritual ensures reproductive and sexual health on physical and karmic energetic levels.
Singing the Kamakhya mantra over the course of the ritual time favours childbirth to the childless and is meant to bring power to the powerless.
And so those who seek the Goddess Shakti do pilgrimage across landscapes both inner and outer to receive the blessing of Kamakhya.
Many reclusive yogis who usually live in states of samadhi only come out and on these 3 days each year to perform this ritual.
This highlights the central position of this ritual in Tantra.
It is indeed a fertility festival but much more. For the Tantrics it is a time of insight into the root of desire.
During the nights of Kamakhya by focus and listening within, one may observe in themselves the suspension of the object of desire and find that a strange and unfathomable spiritual longing arises and takes centre stage in the usually dominating forces of desire and the movements towards its fulfilling.
The suspension within is reflected in the suspension without.
There is a pause between the Light half of the year and the Dark half.
The darkening half of the year proceeding the solstice is the exhalation of nature.
On the solstice day, nature had reached the full extent of its inhalation. Which by the laws of polarity, must be followed by the exhalation.
Suspension and interludes are times of catching the great mystery that can evade us in the louder and brighter shades of life.
Having crossed this transition the poles of nature switch into the introverted state. It is for Tantrics, the time of addressing and empowering the Feminine as the Goddess of desire has her yearly menstruation.
Welcome to Kamakhya Puja.
The Kamakhya sequence of moves is an ancient Tantric formula and is most favourable for working with the sexual energy and womb centres.
Kamakhya practice relates to the menstrual cycle, sexual health on both psychic and physical levels. This particular branch of practice rules desire the area of creation in general.
Kamakhya mudras often involve intimate use of the hands upon sexual zones of energy in the body,
These mudras can sometimes be arousing and the main action and effect are that they create a movement of the Shakti energy from frozen states.
This is Healing on both physical and psychic levels.
Kamakhya practice is heating in nature.
The force of Desire that she is creates the Diamond and hence Kamakhya is the Diamond Woman.
A stone much desired and made by the force of the desire of the Earth.
The Heerchalana Mudras are strong yet simple forms of Mudra in motion and they represent physically and psychically the compressing of a diamond by the forces of the earth in its creation.
We shall engage in this important and usually secret Mudra which is one of the Gupt Mudras (hidden practices of initiation).
The positions that open the feet and toes bring the currents of sexual Shakti force into upward motion.
Work on the toes and moon positions like Chandra Namaskar open the channels so the Feminine currents can flow at the time of menstruation.
Chandra Namaskar is a central asan in Tantric practices and we will combine this asan with Kamakhya (Desire) and Heer (Diamond) Mudras for a powerful experience of profound healing.
WHERE & HOW: It’s all Online.
MUST REGISTER IN ADVANCE
The workshop takes place ONLINE, from 20h until 23h Central European Summer Time (CEST).
To find out how to register and what you will need to follow the practice online, click on the button below.
ANCIENT & SACRED
On these healing circles you will practice a form of Yoga that is rarely available and accessible even in India today. You will take part in a sacred Yogic tradition that roots itself in India’s native shamanic wisdom & Tantric lineage handed down orally between generations of Yogis, Babas, Sadhus and Fakirs.
You will be exposed to the old tantric ways of seeking profound healing and spiritual awakening, including practicing in darkly-lit spaces to quieten the mind and awaken the senses to the body’s subtle energy currents, holding simple postures for long periods of time, and engaging in powerful breath-work to open-up the body and take the mind into altered states of consciousness.
The practice draws on postures seldom used in modern styles of yoga, ancient sequences that honour the mother and the divine feminine, gently opening-up the body to its highest levels of flexibility through minimal effort.
Integral to this experience will be the exploration of sound-currents present in the body (Nada Yoga) – perhaps one of Yoga’s greatest secrets and one of the most powerful vehicles through which the karmic patterns stored in the chakras can be accessed and released in pursuit of profound healing.
Unique to this tradition is its simultaneous employment of Asanas (postures), aerobic & anaerobic Pranayam (breathwork), Mudras (gestures), and Mantras (sacred sounds).
The synergy created by the employment of these various yogic tools will lead you into altered states of consciousness and dream-like experiences aimed at facilitating a greater openness to inward journeying and an easier access to your subconscious.
Because we are going to play with shamanic yogic traditions, the practice will take place outside of clearly time constraints. Generally, the practice will last about 6 hours, but if the group is ready to practice longer we might carry well into the night.
The Circle is open to those interested in the healing path.
Tantra and Yoga practitioners, and those seeking healing, practitioners of the mystic arts. Both advanced and beginners will find a place in this circle.
If you have had or are having psychosis please get in touch directly with us as this is important to know about in this work. The same goes for those with strong mobility issues. Drug and alcohol users also need to inform us of their condition. Thank you.
The practie usually takes place in the dark or darkly-lit spaces.
The pictures below were taken in daylight to capture the flow of a practice.
BOONATH was born into a life of yoga. He grew up between Europe and India and was introduced as a child to yoga through his grandparents who were on both sides yoga practitioners.
His grandparents took him on his first Himalayan pilgrimage when he was just seven years old and he has been exposed to the world of yogis ever since.
Boonath has taken initiation into the left hand path (that’s the path of the heart) and specialises in the branch of Chandra Parampara, that is a secret style of Moon practice that works with the night forces. It is a style of tantra that goes very deep into the subconscious roots It is first and foremostly a Healing System. Most of his family still lives in India and he has been travelling there regularly throughout his life in pursuit of yoga. He has worked closely in apprenticeship with elders in the line of Siddha systems of healing and holds much knowledge in the use of rituals, mantras and body/spirit healing methods among other things.
Boonath has been working in this line and helping people with the implementation of these techniques for over 25 years to successfully overcome mental and physical problems, from chronic pain to addiction.
Boonath’s healing and yoga work sees him travelling across the whole of Europe to give workshops and healing sessions. His travels and yoga workshops continue to benefit people in deprived circumstances.
In recent years Boonath has been living and teaching yoga in Germany where he has a network of students. It was in Berlin that Boonath met Kim, with whom Boonath co-founded Working with the Shadow in 2014.
Formal studies and encounters have all left their impression on Boonath, but his teachings are deeply rooted in the Shamanic traditions of the mystical Babas and Fakirs of India, with whom Boonath has been studying closely since childhood to the present day.
KIM is an Eco-Activist turned Yogi and the founder of Healing in the Willows, the retreat company hosting Working with the Shadow, which he developed in 2014 in collaboration with Boonath, who he assists with the teaching on the retreat. Kim discovered Yoga in 2005, following a burn-out at work that brought him onto a spiritual path. Kim had spent over 10 years coordinating international environmental campaigns in Brussels, Amsterdam and Berlin for major environmental NGOs, including Greenpeace, WWF, Friends of the Earth, ActionAid, and many others.
Kim practiced Yoga with many teachers from several modern styles of Yoga (including Iyengar, Astanga, Vinasa, Bikram, Sivananda, Scaravelli, Kundalini) all over Europe, India and further afield. In 2011 Kim set up a first yoga collective in Berlin, which he then expanded to a new location in 2013, in one of the economically deprived areas of town that was undergoing gentrification. The collective brought together a variety of local teachers to promote yoga on a donation basis within the surrounding community unable to afford the increasing cost of living. It was there that Kim met Boonath and, through Boonath, that his understanding of what Yoga is and what Yoga can do shifted entirely. Boonath’s rare and ancient Tantric lineage revolutionised Kim’s understanding of Yoga and initiated him into a mystical healing journey that impacted strongly also on Kim’s activist work.
Since then Kim has been collaborating with Boonath on developing Working with the Shadow through the retreats they run in a remote forest in Tuscany, where Kim lives, and the workshops they run across Europe.
To book a place on the workshops all you need to do is:
1 ) Make the payment
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2) Send a proof of payment
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We will then:
a) Send you a confirmation email confirming your registration.
b) Three days before the event, we will send you an email containing:
– all the technical details to connect to the class online,
– suggestions on how best to prepare for the practice (foods and drinks to avoid),
– how to set-up your room for the practice,
– props you might need during the practice (blankets, cushions, etc).
FEES VARY ACCORDING TO INCOME
Please choose which even amount suits your current economic situation – please remember that we depend entirely on peoples fees for the carrying out of this work:
One Evening Only
All Three Evenings
Account holder: Kim Bizzarri
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ON THE DAY OF THE EVENT
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