EQUINOX

THE DARK BRIDGE

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WORKING WITH THE SHADOW.

AN INITIATION INTO THE WAYS OF TANTRA YOGA
& THE NATIVE SHAMANIC WISDOM OF INDIA.

SPRING EQUINOX

The Joining of Two Worlds

& the Dark Bridge between them

21 - 22 March

18H00 - 24H00 | Saturday & Sunday
"Il Giardino di Tara"
Loc. San Martino,
RIPARBELLA (PISA)

WHAT IS 'WORKING WITH THE SHADOW'?

A short interview with Boonath.

Kali is her dark face in the world below.
Gori her bright face in the world above.
The condition of our Heart is mirrored in our life and health.
When we take the healing way.. we are doing a great work for many spirits.
The healing way is one of taking great responsibility.
The further you go…
the deeper the Heart becomes..
the deeper the Heart ….
the deeper the great mystery and devotion to the Goddess of Life and Love.
The Tantrics call her Shakti or Kundalini Ma.

The Equinox is a powerful and magical time for healing, as the dark forces of the night and light forces of the day are equal to each other.
Times of balance between polarities are rare opportunities to make progress with that which hinders us… whether that is on physical, spiritual or relational levels of our being.
In Tantra philosophy the human is seen as a reflection of nature and there is a deep understanding of how – if we synchronise with the events of nature – we can assist in the healing  journey.

For two evenings we will gather for a Hatha/Tantra circle that will comprise of a physical ritualistic practice with Mantra and breathing exercises done in semi darkness.

The effects of these secret and rarely known methods is to arouse the sub-conscious forces and clear the deep wells of stored information so a state of release and healing can ensue. It is a work very much about connecting to the power behind our limitations and blocks and finding ways to bring that power into our lives.

The KALABANDH is the Tantric name that translates as Dark Bridge… hidden and unseen.
It is located in the area of the physical diaphragm the opening of which is the harmonising and balance of our being…
the Tantric cross the inner bridges which then become reflected outwardly in our life and relationships.

The Kalabandh is a psycho-physical intersection that bridges the world of instinct, sex, and abdominal chakras with the world of intellect, the chakras above – the heart, communication and head chakras… The Kalabandh joins the raw forces below to there conscious expression above.
In this weekend we will experientially study the intimate link between the instinctive and the conscious.. between the unconscious, impulsive and expression levels. 
The bridging of the worlds above and below the Kalabandh is the integration of the human… a journey of healing… deeply rooted issues that live in the unconscious and cast shadow upon our consciousness are brought to the Tantric alter for healing.

DAY ONE: The World Below.
Instinct and Power

We will practice Hatha-Tantra-Mantra and ritualistic techniques of working with and freeing the unconscious forces to begin build a Bridge of Power into our feeling Heart and our thought and expression.
We will focus on a particular practice of asan and mudra pertaining to the world of the base, sex and abdominal chakras.
Kali Ring

DAY TWO: The World Above
Embracing spiritual expression

We will practice mantra and Hatha-Tantra ritualistic techniques that reveal the reflection of the world above to the world below.
Day two will be of particular practice of asan and mudra pertaining to the world of the upper three chakras of heart, throat and head. Forces of feeling, thought and expression will be bridged to instinctive power.
Building a bridge of power into healing our lives.
Gori Ring.

Who is this work for?

The work is suitable to all types of participants: from advanced yoga students to the inexperienced.
Those who struggle with pain and health problems are welcomed.
The workshop will run in English with Italian translation.

Keep scrolling and read the sections below for more detailed information and background about the practice.

Prices

The workshop takes place over two days (Saturday & Sunday) in the evenings, from 18h until midnight (and possibly later).
This workshop is a two day journey. It will be possible to attend just the saturday if taking part in both dys should not be possible.

– Two day attendance (saturday & Sunday): €90
– One day attendance (Saturday only): €50

Please be aware that the price of the tickets will go up €10 if bought on the door. We suggest buying the tickets in advance through the button below (you will be redirected to the Eventbright site).

“It shifted my understanding of what Yoga actually is,
on a fundamental level”

Joe
Farmer & Activist | UK

ANCIENT & SACRED

On these 2-day workshops 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.

GENTLE

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

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.

UNBOUND

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, so please make sure to know how how to get home safely. There will be light snaks and a warm drink at the end of the practice and an opportunity to ask questions to Boonath and share your experience with other participants.

INCLUSIVE

The workshop 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

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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

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.

TICKETS / INQUIRE.

To buy tickets, click on the button below and you will be redirected to the Eventbright page
where you will be able to select the one-day-only or the both-days tickets.
Please be aware that the price of the tickets on the door will be €10 higher
than if buying the tickets ahead online.

If you have any questions:
T: +39 3298456532
E: info@healinginthewillows.com

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