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Foundations of Tantra Online Retreat September 2021

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THE PATH OF THE HEART.” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:center” google_fonts=”font_family:Josefin%20Sans%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C600%2C600italic%2C700%2C700italic|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal” css_animation=”fadeInUp” css=”.vc_custom_1629492182339{margin-bottom: 30px !important;}”][vc_single_image image=”6191″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” css_animation=”fadeIn” css=”.vc_custom_1629984283790{margin-top: -20px !important;}”][vc_custom_heading text=”03 – 05 SEPTEMBER” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:center|color:%23cc9933″ google_fonts=”font_family:Josefin%20Sans%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C600%2C600italic%2C700%2C700italic|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal” css_animation=”fadeInUp” css=”.vc_custom_1629984292283{margin-top: -20px !important;margin-bottom: 30px !important;}”][vc_custom_heading text=”ZOOM” font_container=”tag:h5|text_align:center” google_fonts=”font_family:Josefin%20Sans%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C600%2C600italic%2C700%2C700italic|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal” css_animation=”fadeInUp” css=”.vc_custom_1629492209202{margin-top: -30px !important;margin-bottom: 30px !important;}”][vc_separator color=”black” el_width=”10″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1611442836541{margin-top: -100px !important;}”][vc_column width=”1/6″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”4/6″][vc_column_text css_animation=”fadeInUp” css=”.vc_custom_1629990294116{margin-top: 20px !important;}”]

We welcome all to join us on a 3 day online retreat. This will be an immersion into the Tantric circle of healing where will travel across some of the key landmarks of the infamous Left Hand Path of Tantra. The path of the Heart. In true Tantric style there will be no set-schedule and the retreat will be co-created with the group, and moulded by the group’s energy, will and need. We shall venture together inwardly on a quest of a lifetime!

We shall agree on starting times and will practice for as long as Shakti remains with us. Sessions could go well into the night, as we collectively work together across great geographical distances in the magical Tantric journey of healing. The practices will be accessible to all levels of experience, ability and mobility. Suitable to seasoned practitioners and to those new to the sacred healing arts.

Tantra meets us where we are.
We align ourselves to Tantra
and Tantra aligns itself to us.
This relation is pivotal.

What to expect …
The unexpected!

We will practice in candle-light and on soft blankets and rugs, like the Tantric Yogins do, and we shall engage in a rich mixture of mythological story-telling, Asan practice, Pranayam, Mudra, Mantra and Yantra work, intricately intertwined to give you a full-on and authentic experience of this rare Indian Tantric lineage rooted in India’s native shamanic wisdom. We will work with the Moon and the stars and consider their relation to the human energy body. Specific themes of participants will be honoured and woven into this healing practice.

We will gently open up the body and attempt to melt the energy frozen in the Chakras – where our Karmic knots and imprints are stored – with a view of freeing ourselves from that which may be holding us back in life and death.  The Tantric sees life and death as equally important forces to be balanced and honoured in spiritual practices. Dark and light, Female and male, Moon and sun, will be addressed with a vision of that which lives in the twilight, between pairs of opposites.

As part of the practice we will gaze into our own shadow and recognise in it a long-lost friend, one who perhaps has been patiently waiting for us all our life to finally take this inner-journey of self-discovery and self-healing. Chaya Karana, that is ‘working with the shadow’, is a pivotal practice in the Tantric system, one that is rarely shared outside of initiation circles in India.

Techniques and principles will be shared with the group as to how and why the Tantric practitioner undertakes certain efforts, Tapasya as it is called, and how these can help one access levels of consciousness that can reveal that which was previously hidden to us. Hidden in the shadow.

There will be times of sharing and addressing a theme from technical questions to personal struggles on the path. We will work the vision of healing, at one calling us in the distance and standing behind us.
Somewhere a voice is calling us…

This will be a journey to the depths of the Soul. In times of such global chaos Tantra offers a compass to find our way back to the sacred temple of the Heart.


Who is this retreat for?

The retreat 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 on this retreat. No particular experience, knowledge or physical flexibility is required to partake. Rather, the precondition is the will to approach reality and magic with an open mind and be ready to let go of preconceptions and all sorts of principles and structures we may be holding onto. For Newcomers, this will be an opportunity to experience Tantra in its most authentic form and learn about its core elements and principles, thus developing a good foundation of this often misunderstood Eastern wisdom. For regular students, this will be the opportunity to go much deeper into the tantric process of ritualistic healing than is usually possible on the weekly classes. It will be an opportunity to expand one’s knowledge and understanding of Tantra, it’s principles and many of its key techniques.


Schedule.

The retreat will commence on Friday evening and end on Sunday night. It will comprise of three nights of ritual, two morning sharing circles, and individual/group exercises. An aftercare will also be shared in order to give the participants material with which to work and continue exploring the realm of Tantra in their own time.


Detox Diet.

Instructions will be given as how to prepare meals following a cleansing yogic mono-diet diet of pure kitchree. This will be of great help to aid the participant maintain focus and detox physically, mentally and emotionally. Kitchree has been used by yogins for eons as a means for thinning the veil between world and as a key to access the spirit realm. We might offer instructions into Tantra teachings of cooking and eating, learning how to infuse food with Shakti.
Since time immemorial, Tantrics have taken food as medicine.
The Tantric motto of ‘Not what you eat, but how you eat’ , will be unravelled.


Zoom.

The retreat will take place via Zoom. Although online, this will be a de facto retreat and participants will be expected to partake in all sessions and follow the retreat’s diet. Together, and through the art of ritual, we will turn our homes into temples and bring the sacred into our very own intimate and domestic space.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Because we are going to play with shamanic yogic traditions, the practice will take place outside of clearly time constraints. The practice could last as little as 3 hours or go on for 10 hours straight. It all depends on the group’s energy and needs.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. Kim discovered Yoga in 2005, following a burn-out at work that brought him onto the path of ‘Yog’. 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, workshops and online classes.

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

Joe
Farmer & Activist | UK

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TO BOOK A PLACE ON THE ONLINE SESSION…

STEP 1 | Make the payment
either via Paypal or bank transfer (see below).

STEP 2 | Send a proof of payment
(a screenshot will do) to info@healinginthewillows.com

We will then:

STEP 3 | Send you a confirmation email:`

– confirming your registration;
containing some information on how best to start preparing for the retreat
(this will include mainly dietary recommendations and some other suggestions
on how to set-up the space and props you may need).
– the Zoom link through which we will run the retreat.

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PANDEMIC-FRIENDLY PRICE

FEES VARY ACCORDING TO INCOME
Committed to making this lineage available
to the widest possible demographic,
we offer three price brackets to meet everyone’s financial means.

Standard price (€10,000 – €20,000 annual income): €250
High Income Earners (over €20,000 annual income) : €350 & above
Low Income (under €10,000 annual income) / Unemployed): €150

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PAYPAL

kim.bizzarri@gmail.com

BANK TRANSFER

Account holder: Kim Bizzarri
Iban: IT91A0200870691000003926096
Bic/Swift: UNCRITM1CEC
Bank: Unicredit

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REGISTRATION CLOSES ON

02 SEPTEMBER

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THE SESSION WILL HAPPEN ON ZOOM
We will send you the links and passwords necessary for joining the practice.
All your need your end is a computer / tablet with a camera (preferably, but not essential – it’s important that you can see us), a microphone (so that we can hear you, but it’s not essential) and good speakers / audio,
as it will be fundamental that you hear the instructions.

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IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS

T: +39 3298456532
@: info [at] healinginthewillows.com

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