25th of July to 1st of August 2020

Johan Raaimakers from Tantra-Atma Massages and Silvia Elisa from Natural Bliss facilitate this special week course at Sadhaka in France. Binding and being bound, making knots, massaging, experiencing, exploring boundaries, playful, dancing and meditating are the ingredients that, together with the beautiful location, conviviality, a good bed, good food and drinks, provide an unforgettable and long lasting experience.

Being connected

Tantra or liberation / extension is aimed at spiritual expansion and emotional liberation. In the Tantra the emphasis is on the development of human strength and consciousness. This can be done through meditation as well as through the direct confrontation with difficult circumstances by overcoming fears and weaknesses. Shibari or Kinbaku is a Japanese form of bondage where you are bound in an artistic and erotic way. The binding itself is an important part of the game in Shibari. The binding is tied to aesthetic rules whereby trust, surrender, equality and aimlessness are important pillars.

Tantra & Shibari is therefore the unique combination of liberation by binding and being bound. The possibilities are endless and there is a lot to discover in the field of Shibari technique and playing with polarities, coming into your power and leading the other in surrender. No complicated knots are needed to make a deep connection. The recipient will be able to sink deeper if they feel that you know what you are doing. Control of techniques, knowing where you can attach the ropes softer and where harder or how you can lead a body well, ensures that the other person can go into a deeper relaxation in confidence. 
 

Program

In addition to the technique of binding and the Tantric Prana Flow massage, attention is paid to the game of surrender and guidance and how we can use our body and all our senses. In addition, we will integrate playful what we learn. But dance and meditation will also be parts of the Shibari experience.

 

The vision of Tantra & Shibari

Shibari is a Japanese bondage technique that is combined with Tantra. The course is aimed at experiencing your boundaries as both giver and receiver. A clean and reliable contact between the giver and the receiver is required. A Tantric contact is based on 4 essential pillars: trust, surrender, equality and aimlessness. If these pillars rest on a firm bed of Prana (life energy) then you can carefully remove one pillar, in the case of Shibari that is the pillar of equality. By being bound you experience very directly and consciously the curtailment of your physical freedom. Done in a safe environment from Prana it gives you space for a conscious investigation into your own limits. Boundaries are searched for and shifted in order to create even more freedom in your own existence. What consequences does this have for you on an emotional, mental and spiritual level? The Tantra & Shibari course offers a safe setting and the tools to join this research with a partner. For an uninhibited experience it is important that there is already a degree of trust and surrender in your relationship.
 

The philosophy behind the course Tantra & Shibari

Shibari is a time-honoured Japanese bondage technique and was created in the time that there were more prisoners than prisons in Japan. They tied the prisoners in such a way that escape was not possible. This way of bondage has later become an art in which the beauty of knotting was important. Besides the artistic side, Shibari also has a different quality, namely pushing boundaries in a soft and controlled way. By being bound but also by binding you come across limits on physical and / or emotional areas. Shibari can go from playful to emotionally liberating, to total surrender and being present. It is always different and surprising. It can be about pure passion, but also emotional release. Everything is allowed, in a safe and playful setting.
 

Prana, the fusion of Shiva and Parvati

The guiding principle in Tantra for all actions in the moment is Prana - our neutral and free life energy - and the Prana will therefore also be the guideline for this course week. Through practical techniques supported by the theory about the nature of Prana, you learn to generate and polarize the male energy (Shiva) and the feminine energy (Parvati) and to polarize (to mix) which creates Prana energy.

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Daily schedule

10.00 - 12.30 Tantra & Shibari experience (6 mornings)
14.30 - 17.30 Tantra & Shibari experience (5 afternoons)
21.00 evening program such as play party, love temple, mantra chanting, ecstatic dance...

The week starts with an opening ritual on the first evening. Halfway through the week there is a free afternoon to fill in by yourself; go for a walk in the beautiful surroundings, lose yourself in a book from our library, swim in our lake, sweat it out in the sauna, or simply lounge in a hammock and daydream about life.

Importantly, there is time and space to process whatever you have experienced throughout the day. Questions are never too much, and can be asked to Chandra or Wim.

The week will be closed as a group on the final evening. After breakfast the following morning it is time to say goodbye. You can extend your stay with the Tantra Festival which takes place prior to the course.

 

   

Who is the course for?

Some theoretical basic knowledge of Tantra and Shibari is a plus. You do not have to have a lot of experience within Tantra, but you do have an open attitude to nudity, playfulness, surrender and spirituality.
You are willing to examine the surrender in yourself as a recipient and to offer loving safety as a giver. If being naked or exposing yourself literally and figuratively is not yet comfortable for you, it may be better to follow the Prana & Connection workshop in the Netherlands. Here you learn step by step to set up Prana energy and then use it correctly.

In this course week, teachers Johan and Silvia accompany you on a sturdy bed of loving space and security. The best way to deepen yourself is to come together with an (occasional) partner (M / F, M / M, F / F). The depths are safer and more fun to experience together than alone ...... But you are also welcome without a partner and the week is built up so that you can also sink more and more in confidence and surrender. We strive for a balance in men and women. There is also the nice challenge to change as a couple from partner ... not necessarily, but it offers a great experience.

A metaphor: if you are going to dive in an unknown area it is better to first learn to swim, to gather the necessary knowledge, to gain some experience and then go deep sea diving with a trusted partner. Having a suitable partner or opportunity partner is therefore important. Trust is the first and the most important pillar of the four whereby one follows the other; without trust there can never be surrender and therefore no equality or aimlessness. Not that you should now have the ideal partner, but the pillars in the philosophy of the workshop are important for the depth you can achieve with your partner. With a good dose of trust in yourself and in the other you can also go deep.

Due to the international interest in this course week, it is possible that the language of instruction is in English and Dutch.


  

Some references from participants who followed the course

The combination tantra & shibari is logical and the course a success. The Tantra gets a solid face, the Shibari shows her playful and sweet side and they grow towards each other. An even more important common denominator is surrender. For the active partner the ability to invite and seduce, and create a safe, intimate atmosphere. For the passive partner the ability to get out of the head, open the heart and put the trust in the other. (Jeroen)

I completely lost the sense of time and space, which is wonderful! (Jolanda)

I am always hit on another layer of my being. (Monique)

The effect on myself afterwards was a feeling of fulfilment, a calm, joyful base in myself, complete, free, a sense of completeness. (Mieke) 

 

Teachers

The course is delivered by Johan Raaimakers, Tantric masseur in the Tibetan Buddhist movement Kum Nye and Silvia Elisa, Shibari healer, coach and Tantric masseur.

For more information about tantra massages and Johan’s practice at home, go to: www.tantra-atma.nl
For more information about the course you can email Johan directly: johanraaimakers@gmail.com
Silvia's website can be visited at: www.naturalbliss.nl

 

Data

Saturday, July 25 to August 1, 2020
You can extend your stay with the Tantra Festival which takes place prior to the course.

Prices

6 person room (mixed male-female): € 815, -
3 person room (family room): € 910.-
2 person room (couples): € 970, -
1 person room: € 1070, -
Bring your own tent: € 865, -
Bring your own caravan/camper: € 890, -
1 or 2 person ready-made tent: € 910, -
1 or 2 person ready-made caravan: € 960, -

Prices are p.p. all in, including course, 7 nights, meals, drinks with meals, fruit, coffee and tea, and evening activities. Alcoholic drinks for a small fee.



Video impression of a week course at Sadhaka