Tantric Arts Retreat
LOVE | LIBERATION | AWAKENING
September 12th - 19th
A 7-day immersion into the art of tantra
The path of Liberation, Awakening and Ecstasy
What is it to be truly intimate with life...
...To know yourself beyond your limited ego?
How do we learn to be present with all that life gifts to us, and awaken to the aliveness pulsating through this earth in each and every moment?
Join us for a deep dive into tantric arts as we guide you on a mystical journey designed to arouse your senses, awaken your body, and liberate your life as we walk the Tantric path of awakening to let go of layers of shame and fear, to live with devotion and surrender to the bliss of deep love with all of life, with the intention of realising embodied liberation and awakening in this very lifetime.
Are you ready to awaken to the deepest layers of yourself, to transform your relationship to life, to your body and to the unknown?
This is not your typical modern Tantra retreat...
The Tantric Arts Retreat is for those who want to experience a deeper intimacy with life itself, becoming passionately in love with the moment, with the divine and with this beautiful earth we call home.
During this 7-day immersion, we will explore the intersection of traditional Non-dual Kaula Tantric Yoga and modern embodiment and somatic work, for a powerful and potent transformational exploration.
With somatic practices designed to help you reconnect with your body, cultivate self-love, and release tension or trauma stored within, you will learn to listen deeply to your body's wisdom and unlock the secrets of your inner being.
What to expect...
One of the key aspects of the Tantric Arts Retreat is embodiment as we believe that when you fully inhabit your body, you become more present, grounded, and empowered in all areas of your life. In Tantra, we embrace the body as an expression of the divine and recognises all elements of life as a portal to awakening.
Tantra invites the awakening of Kundalini energy, which transforms our inner and outer world. Through this awakening, we can discover our full potential and love without limits while learning to trust life and ourselves. You'll learn about Kundalini and work with some practices to awaken, honour and access the power within you.
Another cornerstone of the Tantric Arts Retreat is Non-Dual Meditation, meaning that we allow our individual awareness to merge into “all that is”, like a raindrop dissolving into the ocean, as we believe that through deep presence, stillness and silence, we can access our divine nature and increase our capacity to be present with life, ourselves and each other.
During the retreat, we will experience being in a spiritual community together, known as 'kula'. You will have the chance to explore powerful practices and topics alongside others who share your mindset, allowing yourself to be seen and acknowledged for your true self, revealing your vulnerabilities and removing your masks. This is an opportunity to form new connections and friendships with other seekers, to be supported and reflected by their presence.
Awakening and Liberation
The Tantric Arts Retreat invites you to walk the path of Tantra, a spiritual path that aims to awaken us into our divine nature through the body. Unlike other spiritual paths, Tantra has roots and connections to modern Yoga, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Taoism and with the use of intentionality, mindfulness, ritual, and embodiment tools, Tantra teaches practical ways to lead a heart-based life. This means living from a place of truth, compassion, and connection, rather than separation, fear, and self-protection.
Through Tantric Yoga, we learn to let go of our stories, conditioning, and shame, which keeps us separated from the universal love that is within every breath. We learn to come into the heart and express our truth moment by moment. We also discover deep power in our vulnerability and spiritual connection through surrender to what is.Read more about Tantra
"Somehow I always had resistance towards Tantra as I used to perceive it as hedonistic and kinda only pleasure-seeking kinda practice, what I lived during the retreat is something completely else- Diving into deep and triggering topic as death, power, shame, desire, communication and connection with self and others while being guided and supported by a cast of really skilful, loving and dedicated facilitators.
You can feel that their words and guidance is filled with experience and love, they also are on the path and keep diving into it as well.
The tools and experiences I gathered during those few days are still part of me and really impacted my everyday life as well my own practices. I will definitely join for another dive when I can."
The journey together...
All of you is Welcome
As you arrive you will connect to the sacred space we will be gathered in, start to get to know your fellow seekers and be welcomed with a ritual to set your 'Sankalpa' (intention) for the week.
The Dance of Shiva and Shakti
"Life has created a form by which it may know itself, and that form is you" - The Recognition Sutras
On the first full day of the retreat, we will delve into the concepts of Shiva and Shakti - consciousness and power/energy.
Shiva represents the principle of consciousness, which is the infinite and empty space that witnesses everything we experience. While Shakti embodies all manifest reality, including energy, nature, the body, the breath, and everything that can be perceived.
In Tantric practice, we strive to balance both Shiva and Shakti practices to experience both our infinite nature and our full aliveness. Shiva practices include meditation, awareness cultivation, philosophy, and awakening. On the other hand, Shakti practices involve yogic practice, movement, breathwork, sensuality, and ritual.
We will also explore Tantric philosophy, non-dual meditation, and the journey of awakening through embodied yogic practices from Tantric texts such as the Vijñāna Bhairava Tantra, the Recognition Sutras, and the Tantrasara.
Tantric Shadow Alchemy
Next we journey into the shadow...
Shadow Work is the process of bringing our unconscious thoughts and feelings to our conscious awareness. In Tantric psychology, it is understood that our personal stories (vikalpas) and emotional imprints (samskaras) shape how we see the world and interact with others.
Tantric traditions have a deep understanding of the mind and the way our "shadows" show up in our personal and collective lives. Tantra offers various methods for exploring and integrating our shadow aspects, such as the light and shadow aspects of the Deities, the understanding of the realms of suffering, and working with the ego. By doing this, we can gain a clearer perspective on life and overcome our conditioned perspectives and filters.
On this day, we will explore different processes, including inquiry, psychodrama, and working with our emotions, to help us better understand and integrate our shadow aspects.
Eros and the Body
"Your sensuality is the gateway to your divinity"
On this day, we will focus on exploring our relationship with our bodies, passion and intimacy. Tantrikas recognize that powerful forces like Eros can be both enjoyable and destructive, and that having a healthy relationship with this energy can be a catalyst for awakening.
Unfortunately, many people today have a distorted relationship with Eros, either full of cravings and addictions or avoidance and repression. So, how can we achieve freedom of expression without falling into compulsive behaviours that cause more suffering for ourselves? What is the "right relationship" with this energy on the spiritual path?
During this retreat, we approach this topic from the perspective of liberation and awakening to investigate how we can free ourselves from our conditioning and distortions, and how intimacy brings us closer to the divine, while examining our relationship with our bodies and how shame and rejection of the body can impede the flow of life force within us.
"Only through knowing death can we truly be alive"
The Tantric path emphasises working on our relationship with death and impermanence. When we fear and resist death, we limit our freedom. However, by accepting and honouring the inevitability of death, we can appreciate our lives and embrace each moment. On this day, we will explore the transformational quality of death, the preciousness of life, and connect with what is true, important, and valuable through meditative contemplation, ritual, and practice.
Power and Devotion
On the final day of the retreat, we will dive into the topic of power and surrender. What does it mean to be truly empowered in a way that aligns with life, rather than the societal norms of power that have been imposed on us? Together we'll explore the power of devotion and its connection to surrender and trust, leading us to a deep appreciation and celebration of life, love, and the beauty of existence.
ॐ Expert facilitation from experienced teachers and space holders
ॐ Beautiful Balinese location on the beach
ॐ A balance of embodiment practices, meditations, rituals and play for a mind/body/soul approach
ॐ Nurturing and rejuvenating time away from your daily grind to experience transformation, exploration and upgrades
ॐ Exploring and connect with a beautiful community of heart-centred people
ॐ Delicious food, ceremonies and treats
ॐ Space to learn, and grow as well as unwind and integrate
ॐ Massage included for every guest at the wellness center
Your Facilitators for this Journey
Sensual Artistry and the Sensual Arts School ( www.sensualarts.school )
Originally from Australia, though a word-travelling nomad, Luna is a Tantrika, facilitator and guide with a passion for the path of liberation.
Luna has studied and practised Yoga, Tantra, Meditation, Breathwork and a variety of spiritual and somatic healing modalities over the years, getting certified as a Yoga, meditation and pranayama instructor in 2016 and graduating as a Tantric Sexuality and relationship coach from the Tantric Institute of Integrated Sexuality in 2020, as well as completing a Transformational Facilitator training, Tantric breathwork training (Osho style and VITA style), Somatic practitioner certification with Embodied Philosophy and countless years of workshops, retreats and courses on these subjects. She also passionately studies all things related to relationships, trauma and healing, spirituality and sexuality.
Luna has studied and practiced traditional Nondual Shaiva Tantra (Kaula lineages) with Christopher Wallis at the Tantrika Institute/Tantra Illuminated since 2020, as well as studying nondual philosophy, spirituality, psychology and the path awakening with teachers from around the world to get a varied and holistic perspective. She's influenced by teachers such as Adyashanti, Jeff Foster, Sally Kempton, Sam Harris and Lama Tsultrim Allione, and has been mentored by Harshada Wagner. While Luna is not formally initiated into any particular lineage, she is inspired by teachings and texts from left-path Tantra, has formed a personal connection with the lineages through her teachers and is passionate about sharing the fruits of these teachings.
Luna also has completed a Trauma Awareness for Facilitators course and has a passion for shadow work, Integrated and holistic healing modalities and mystery school teachings.
She now runs facilitator trainings with the Sensual Arts School for others passionate about teaching integrated and grounded approaches to sacred sexuality.
Jessica Bliss, PhD, is an MIT-trained organic chemist, founder of Bliss Science, and your Tantric Scientist. After a successful 10-year career as an academic researcher in organic chemistry & neuroscience, she broke free of lab life to pursue experiments in consciousness & sacred relating (a different kind of ‘chemistry,’ you might say).
As a scientist, Jessica was stuck in her head and cut off from her body, emotions, and intuition. She tried to 'logic' her way through relationships and life - which resulted in chronic fatigue, anxiety, and an inability to savour life.
After years of numbing herself through overwork and drinking, she left her career and went on a journey to say 'yes' to what scared her. Discovering tantra for the first time brought her an embodied spiritual awakening. She spent 4+ years in tantric communities in full-time study and practice, where she finally stopped overthinking everything by connecting with her body, welcoming the truth of her experience, and relaxing into her feminine power.
Jessica’s passion for classical tantra comes from her studies with Christopher ‘Hareesh’ Wallis and her current teacher Paul Muller-Ortega, years of reading the old ‘Tantras’ translated from Sanskrit and scholarly works, as well as embodied sadhana with the Mahavidyas - Tantric Wisdom Goddesses. She has studied conscious relating with John Wineland and Kendra Cunov, trauma healing and shadow integration with 5 different teachers, and a multi-year course on classical Kundalini, in addition to countless hours in meditation retreats and leading rituals.
Her methodology comes from: parts work, sacred theater, narrative therapy, process work, meditation, breathwork, non-duality, neo- and classical tantra, attachment theory, trauma, and hatha yoga.
Her professional credentials include certification by the International Coaching Federation at the PCC level, Layla Martin's Sex, Love, and Relationship coaching (VITA), and Process-Oriented Psychology with David Bedrick.
Co-facilitator and Assistant
Triss discovered the bliss of tantra a few years ago and has been exploring its depths solo and with partners ever since. He has spent many days in containers practicing tantric arts which have given him an abundant appreciation for the vast pleasure, deep connection and lasting peace that it can bring.
He has now co-facilitated multiple Sensual Arts events and teacher trainings, so is well versed in the practices and guiding workshops in this field.
Triss brings plenty of exuberance, lots of care and tonnes of love with him wherever he goes and is excited to share it with you on this journey together.
Assistant and care team support
Blossom is a certified Love, Sex and Relationship Coach and Sensual Arts Facilitator devoted to the practices of radical self-love, erotic embodiment and eco-sensuality.
Through her workshops, events and 1:1 coaching support, Blossom serves the awakening process through teaching and guiding individuals to liberate their erotic life-force energy and cultivate a deeply intimate and reciprocal relationship with life itself.
Blossom’s methodology combines the practices of Sacred Sexuality and Vipassana Meditation, with the teachings of Non-Dual Shaiva Tantra and Erotic Ecology to dig out the root of human suffering and restore a sense of wholeness.
She believes that when we learn to trust and surrender to a higher power, knowing unshakeably that we are unconditionally loved, and loving, and once we recognise our innate wholeness and interconnectedness with the whole of existence, love and kindness for ourselves and all people, places and things becomes a natural and easeful way of being in the world.
The tantric arts retreat is for you if...
- You are single or a couple from any gender or orientation
- You have an an open and curious mind
- You are interested in exploring your relationship to life
- You're wanting to explore and deepen your relationship to your spirituality and divine nature in an embodied way
- You're ready to awaken to new realms of possibility in your life and relationships
- You have experience with spirituality, yoga and meditation already
- You've been on the path for some time and you're ready to go a layer deeper
All Sensual Artistry events are all queer-inclusive and we do not work with typical gender ideas. We do not pair people up according to gender and avoid using heteronormative terms.
As with most retreats, this is a sober event and drugs/alcohol are not allowed during the retreat. We will have some ceremonial Blue Lotus one of the evenings as a sacrament.
If you have special accessibility needs please let us know in your application and we will work to accommodate you.
Who this is not for:
- People who only want sexual practices or expect there to be 'tantra massage' or genital touch
- Anyone with an issue being paired in a practice with someone of the same gender
- Anyone who has issues being in a space with people outside the gender binary
- People who want to stay in their patterns of unhappiness, victimhood, boredom and complaints
- Those who are unable to speak fluent English or understand consent and communication
- People who have issues with crossing boundaries
- People who have severe active trauma, psychosis, narcissism or are medicated for mental health disorders (bipolar, BPD, PTSD etc)
the Blue Lotus Ceremony
The lotus is a sacred symbol of the Tantric spiritual path, and has mildly psychoactive, dreamy properties and was used in some parts of the world for meditation and activating lucid states and as an aphrodisiac.
The plant also has beautiful anti-anxiety properties and is often used in ceremonies as extensively as cacao as a medicine.
We will enjoy this beautiful sacred flower as a sacrament in one of our ritual evenings (participation is of course optional).
Safety and Trauma-Awareness
We continually strive to create a trauma-informed space, especially when diving deep into sensitive topics and group dynamics.
We invite you to check in with yourself before each practice, express your boundaries and always honour your 'No'. If you need to, you are welcome to watch a practice instead of participating, and we will not judge or shame you for going at your own pace.
We believe in a full "yes" or maybe an "edgy yes," but we will never force anyone to partner with someone they're uncomfortable with or participate in a practice that doesn't feel right.
Our aim is to provide a safe enough space for you to explore your desires, edges, and inner world. We have a dedicated care team with training in supporting people through spiritual and emotional struggles, supporting our participants whenever possible.
However, please note that this work isn't a replacement for therapy - it's a brave space for people ready to explore new things. This space may not be suitable for everyone, and attending an intensive retreat like this requires a level of self-holding. Therefore, we may not accept all applications if we don't feel a person is a fit for the work we'll be doing here.
If you're unsure, please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.
"The retreat was just what I needed at that moment in time.
It helped me to focus on myself, to bring awareness to my body and emotions during a difficult part of my life. It helped me to grow and to feel my strength. Thanks for that!
Most amazing was the broad variety of activities and topics, that got covered during these days. It felt a bit like an adventurous Journey, always discovering something new... about me, about others, about life."
The Venue is located right on a beach in beautiful Bali.
This beautiful location provides us with a beachside jungle sanctuary to dive into sacred practice together and enjoy the beauty of Bali.
Various rooms are available for different budgets and configurations.
EARLYBIRD PRICE From US$1450
FULL TICKET PRICE from US$1700
All attendees get instant access to our 'Sensual Ropes' or 'Deep Self Worship' online course so they can dive right in and continue their practice after the retreat.
Each course is worth over €200.
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