Voice Power Workshop
Our voice carries the signature of who we are and how we feel about ourselves. Many people may have the knowledge, but lack a sense of natural confidence and authority that projects naturally from an embodied voice.
This workshop have two focuses:
1) To provide you with the tools and experience to come to a place of fully embodied voice.
2) To experience the power of chanting and mantra for meditation and self-healing.
Tarot And Spirit Workshop
The Tarot cards can be a useful (and fun) tool for connecting with our subconscious mind with the purpose of self-reflection, meditation and decision making.
In this workshop, we will discuss ways of understanding the symbolism and the methods of interpreting the cards for ourselves or others.
Participants are encouraged to bring their own deck, but it’s not mandatory.
To know what you are, find out what you are not. Zen meditation (Zazen) is considered the heart of Japanese Soto Zen Buddhist practice. The aim of zazen is just sitting, that is, suspending all judgmental thinking and letting words, ideas, images and thoughts pass by without getting involved in them. The session involves Kinhin (walking meditation), a short tea ceremony and ends with Satsang – questions and sharing about the meditation, life and the spiritual path.
Shakyamuni Buddha was a masterful and eminently practical teacher. He addressed his teaching to all the possible different levels of understanding, character and commitment, therefore eventually giving rise to all the different schools of Buddhism.
The teachings encompass the monastic, householder, mystical and religious realms. From Tibetan, to Zen or Chan, to the traditions of Thailand, Burma and Sri Lanka, the Tradition has endless variations, colours and techniques. Buddhism has the ability to blend with and embrace the living traditions that it meets in each place (such as Bonn in Tibet or Taoism in China), and transform accordingly.
The wisdom of the Buddhist teaching is only now being supported and confirmed by modern science, in the fields of neurology and quantum physics. The Buddha realised the deepest level of Reality purely by going deep within, and with all the technology available nowadays, we are barely touching upon this knowledge.
The symbolism and techniques of Buddhism are profound and practical. It is said that one of his first statements on record is: "I teach about suffering and the way to end it”… very simple and unmystical!, but the fundamental foundation stone upon which to build our path of evolution into, hopefully, a higher state of Being than the current sad state of our human race and the immensely destructive impact we are having on our beautiful Mother Earth.
As a teacher, I don’t have a set “program”. I share my wide experience and the wonderful teachings I have received and practiced, according to the particular character and interest of the group or event, time duration, and approach (meditation, theory, philosophy, symbology, psychology, etc.)
The word Tantra has been so used and misused in modern times that there is a lot of confusion about what it is exactly. Most people in the “West” equate this word with sexual practices, which is extremely inaccurate. In the Hindu Tradition there is definitely a sexual element in certain branches, but in context it is safe to say that they are a very small part of the whole. In other branches the actual sexual element is non existent. In the Tibetan Buddhist teachings I received from my teachers Lama Zopa and Lama Yeshe, plus a brief but amazing time with the Dalai Lama, the word sex never came up :-) (which doesn’t mean there are no practices involving sex, but again, they are a very minor, and very advanced, part of the tradition)
I fully support the idea of bringing sacredness and awareness to the sexual act, as long as we are conscious that most of the modern teachings and practices out there have little or nothing to do with the Tradition of Tantra, and I do feel it is a pity to use that label in such ignorant and disrespectful way.
Basically, the realisation of Tantra comes down to Real-izing that this Uni-verse is one Whole organism, and that it is Conscious. We are part of that organism and we contain, like a hologram, all the information and power present in it. If we accept, and ideally, fully live, this premise, then the whole of existence, every living and non living thing, every breath we take, becomes sacred. The idea that certain places and practices are sacred and separate, and that certain activities (such as sex) are evil, plunges us in a duality that is not sustainable even on a logical base. Either the whole of creation is sacred, or it isn’t… our experience will be a projection of our state of mind. Religions have strongly conditioned us in this sacred/evil duality, and the consequences are still sadly the opposite of what the Masters have taught, i.e. separation, hatred, violence, fanaticism and deep ignorance.
The most important element of the Tantric path is to eliminate this dualism in our own minds, and bring the Shiva/Shakti, Yin/Yang elements into harmony within ourselves. Sex can be an aid in this Work but is not a necessary part of it.
My interest in using the energy of sex for, let’s say, a higher purpose than simple carnal pleasure, have led me mostly to the teachings of Taoism, which are extensive, deep, and very practical. Some of the techniques from Yoga can also tremendously enhance, elevate and inform our sexual experience.
When I was requested to teach Tantra in a retreat situation, I ended up doing what I mostly do, which is to simply share those techniques, ideas and realisations that are part of my personal experience, rather than a product of scholarly learning (even though I am an avid reader). My experience involves elements of all these traditions, and the workshops I can provide may or may not involve a sexual element, depending on the context.
HINDUISM and MYTHOLOGY
The Hindu Tradition is endlessly rich, deep and colourful. We can see it as an exotic religion, but just as well (and maybe more accurately) as a profound psychological tool for transformation.
The main energies of Brahma (the creative energy), Vishnu (the preserving, loving energy) and Shiva (the transforming, often misperceived as destructive energy) encompass, in a symbolic way, the whole of our human experience.
The mythology and stories that come from this Tradition, similarly to the Greek Tradition, teach us in an archetypal way about our full potential as human beings.
The Devas and Devis (divine or light beings) in the Hindu pantheon, combined with the power of Mantra and Yantra, become a powerful object of meditation that help us embody higher frequencies and more fully realise our potential as channels of service and positive transformation in this world.
As a teacher, I don’t have a set “program”. I share my wide experience and the wonderful teachings I have received and practiced, according to the particular framework and interest of the group or event, time duration, and approach (meditation, mantra, chakra work, philosophy, symbology, psychology, etc.)
I am teaching privately and large groups in festivals, workshops and retreats.