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Over the course of this six days tantra, yoga retreat for men you will work intensively with secret Tantra techniques of an ancient & rare line of Yoga
to travel to the very heart of the male essence. You will learn how to work with your sexual energy and address the psycho-physical dynamics of your relationship with gender, sex, and sexuality. It will be a profoundly healing and revelatory experience.
During this retreat, you will be staying at Castello Ginori di Querceto, the beautifully renovated historical homes in the heart of the hamlet. You can choose whether you want to stay in single, double, twin rooms or rent a private one-bedroom apartment. Most rooms come with en-suite bathrooms.
This will be a Tantra Yoga voyage into the secrets that burn in the Hearts of Men.
A yogic, ritualistic healing gathering that will offer you the opportunity to work alchemically with the forces of destruction and creation that live in the Male Soul and Groin.
Tantra is often mistakenly associated in the West with sexual practices, but nothing could be further from the truth.
Tantra is an ancient esoteric system of initiatic self-study that seeks liberation from anything that stands as an obstacle to self-realisation.
It does so by fuelling alchemical transformations of reality through the elevation and redirection of the infinite source of energy, which is the sexual/creative power latent in each one of us: the Kundalini-Shakti.
Its ultimate objective being healing.
This line of Tantra Yoga offers many tools and techniques for accessing and working with our sexual energy so that you may find your seat of power from where you can consciously redefine a relationship to your sex and sexuality.
Accessing your sexual energy and learning to work with it is no simple task. Sexual energy is an immense source of power that we can be cut off from in various ways, one might live within frozen codes and taboos that stifle the life force. Then again some may fall prey to the wild tides of sexuality and ride (or be ridden) by obsessions, perversions and addictions without knowledge of how to navigate and concentrate the essential power of life.
Both approaches to the sexual force play out as opposite expressions of the same imbalance. Tantric science steps-up very comprehensively and practically to the task of harnessing and balancing the life force that finds it’s an expression in the dynamics of our sexual universe.
‘Tantricizing’ the sexual life force within the male microcosm will be our concern in this six days residential retreat. Healing in the Willows will address themes of sexuality with Ritual and Hatha-Tantra Yoga practices that can potentially redefine your relationship to sexuality… and to life more generally.
The way you deal with sexual energy is mirrored in the fabric of your lives, by working with its essence you can weave or un-weave the patterns of your reality.
In the course of this 6-day tantra gathering for men you will address energy imbalances both psychic & physical:
… are condition that can be effectively addressed within this practice and find a powerful source of healing through the myriad of tools available within this tantric system.
These ancient yoga practices and techniques have proven to be radically effective in helping conditions that cause the body and psyche to suffer, while equally assisting us with connecting to your latent male potential in a very personal expression that is unique to yourselves, undefined by socio-normative standards.
When your sexual energy is unchained from the obsessions or the repressions it can unleash in us an incredible source of power that can transform our lives. Suddenly energy is freed-up for you to redirect your focus towards other aspects of your lives, bringing you closer to self-realisation.
On this all-male retreat, you will engage in secret tantric rituals, like the Kamakya Puja, to meet with your sexual desire or lack of, and you will work with the more mystical aspects of Tantra, such as calling on the energy of power-animals (vahaannh). You will work in particular with the energy of the naagas (snakes) and of the ellh (eagles) as you journey through the astral planes to untie the knots (granthis) blocking or warping the flow of sexual energy in your lives.
In a welcoming, safe, supportive, and non-judgemental environment you will come to stand face to face with your Shadows and, by journeying through our subconscious, meet parts of yourselves you may not have met before or turned your backs on until now.
This Tantric line has a rich array of techniques and tools for safely accessing our subconscious without the use of intoxicants and for working with our sexual energy without engaging in sexual practices.
On these six days of intense Hatha-Tantra, Asana-Kumbhaka, Mantra-Nada Yoga you will undertake an inward journey across your inner landscapes, a journey that may redefine entirely your relationship to sex, sexual energy and sexuality.
Sexuality, however, expressed, is a creature of vast potential and not a hideous form that you need to reform, spiritualize, chastise and repress. As your inner definitions are released, a fluidity of both body and spirit comes into play with your lives. Such a fluid unfolding affects deep within the area of relationship to life and others – in the sense of helping to heal the past and bring the present possibilities to out fingertips. It is within such a context of exploration and acceptance that you will come together in ritual.
This retreat will take place over the Autumn Equinox, a very favourable time for seeking balance for it is the day when light and darkness are of equal length.
Healing in the Willows has especially selected this date as it is an important junction in the yogic calendar that can further help fine-tune and balance both the active and passive qualities of Manhood.
The retreat will be rich in symbology and carry you into a magical world of Tantric myth where you will learn to work with magical symbols in search of balance.
Within the Tantric pantheon, the Centaur God is known as Hayagriva – the half-human and half horse creature – is a powerful symbol representing the balance between the raw animal instinct and the refined human intellect.
When in balance your sexual/creative energy can become the engine for fuelling a rich and fulfilling life without overbearing us or jeopardising your chances for love, work and health.
Please note that this is a men-only healing tantra yoga retreat – open to all sexual persuasions and levels of health and yogic experience. The practices are carried out clothed and the retreat does not involve sexual partner work.
The retreat will follow a yoga detox diet made up predominantly of a traditional yogic mono diet of detoxifying foods, like Kitcheri, used also as a healing food for thinning the veil between the spirit and the physical worlds. Foods that help bring sexual energy under control, be it a softening or activation of the Kundalini-Shakti, will be the key nourishment on this retreat. As in all Healing in the Willows retreats, meals will be prepared collectively and learn about the tantric way of using food for healing.
Boonath was born into a life of yoga. He grew up between Europe and India & was introduced as a child to yoga through his grandparents. He has worked closely in apprenticeship with two elders in the line of Siddha & Ayurvedic systems of healing and holds much knowledge in the use of herbs, astrology, rituals, mantras & bodywork. Boonath has also undertaken a deep study of more Modern systems of yoga with celebrity teachers. Boonath’s teachings are deeply rooted in the more Shamanic traditions of the mystical Babas & Fakirs of India with whom Boonath has been closely studying for over 30 years.
Kim is a queer eco-activist & yogi and the founder of Healing in the Willows, the retreats company hosting Working with the Shadow, which he developed in 2014 in collaboration with Boonath, who he assists with the organization and teachings on the retreat. Kim has practiced yoga for over 15 years with many teachers from many different modern styles of yoga, including Iyengar, Astanga, Vinyasa, Bikram, Sivananda, Scaravelli, Kundalini, all over Europe, India and further afield. But since meeting Boonath in 2014, Kim has been focusing on the teachings of this rare tantric form of yoga.
You will have a magical time in the beautiful 1000 years old medieval hamlet of Querceto, perched on the edge of Tuscany’s largest national park and laying on the stunning Etruscan coast. Surrounded by wild woods, olive groves and vineyards, this place offers the perfect setting for journeying within and reconnecting deeply with nature.
There are many paths through the woods for those wanting to walk in the wilderness and a relaxing infinity pool amongst the olive trees overlooking the valley. The area is famous for its archaeological sites and historical towns and villages.
Querceto dates back to the 11th century and unlike many other nearby hamlets, Querceto does not feature on the tourist map, making it a rare jewel of its kind and a perfect place to retreat in meditation. Preserved as a living hamlet by its owner, the Marquis of Ginori, Querceto is home to 35 permanent residents, an eclectic collection of farmers, writers, athletes, musicians, and yogis.
Querceto also lays just 20 kilometers away from secluded beaches on the Mediterranean sea, making it an ideal location both for mountain fans and beach lovers. Querceto can be reached from the airports in Pisa and Florence. The closest town is Cecina, with direct train connections to Rome and Pisa whilst Florence can be reached through a connecting train in Pisa.
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The retreat will follow a yoga detox diet made up predominantly of a traditional yogic mono diet of detoxifying foods, like Kitcheri, used also as a healing food for thinning the veil between the spirit and the physical worlds. Foods that help bring sexual energy under control, be it a softening or activation of the Kundalini-Shakti, will be the key nourishment on this retreat. As in all Healing in the Willows's retreats, meals will be prepared collectively and learn about the tantric way of using food for healing.
Pisa International Airport
Transfer available for additional US$176 per person
The nearby airports are Florence Airport (FLR) and Pisa International Airport (PSA). Both RyanAir and EasyJet fly to Pisa International Airport (PSA), but because of the route's popularity flights tend to become expensive, it is advisable to book the flights as early as possible.
From Pisa International Airport (PSA), you will need to take the shuttle bus to Pisa train station for eight minutes ride. Then, you can take the train to arrive at Cecina train station. A representative from Healing in the Willows can pick you up at Cecina train station. This service is not included in the price.
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