Tantra masseur Johan Raaimakers, together with Dru Yoga teacher and Tantric bodyworker Saarein Bodewes, take you on a journey into Tibetan Tantra massage. This week course takes place at the beautiful venue Le Moulin of the Sadhaka course center in the heart of France. Through the “Tantra Prana Flow Massage” and various other types of massage as the “5 Elements Massage” and the “Kama Marma Massage” you experience the power of prana. Through prana you can connect with yourself and others on a deep profound energetic level. Meet in an in-depth week where you explore your boundaries in a safe setting supported by dedicated and professional facilitators.
Living from our hearts … .. creation from our hearts … .. compassion from our hearts … .. loving from our hearts … .. kindness from our hearts … .. Transformation to a deeper consciousness and more intimate contact with life starts from experiential wisdom ( Cinta-mayã pañña). Our vision is easier said than done, therefore we invite you to start from your own hearts, because loving kindness and compassion always starts with yourself. In the chakra system, Anahata अनाहत (heart chakra) stands for unbroken, undamaged and is the fourth chakra. Anahata is situated at the heart area and forms the center of man. It is seen as the connection between the lower three chakras of the instincts with the upper three chakras of the higher, human consciousness. Physically Anahata chakra is connected to the lungs and breathing, a stable blood circulation, a strong heart and a healthy heart rhythm. A deep relaxed breathing indicates that the heart chakra is in balance. Emotionally, Anahata is the energetic center of love, compassion, humanity and security, which provides a loving and supportive connection with your surrounding and leads from the I-consciousness to the we-consciousness. Symbolically, Anahata is seen as the god Vayu, Isha and Kakini, and its vibration resonates with the element air, with the color green, with the animal antelope and the planet Jupiter.
Each lesson starts with an active or passive meditation, dance or yoga practice. The week program is very diverse and includes the following:
* Tibetan tantra massage, 5 elements massage, Kama Marma and Chakra massage. More info click here
* Playing with rope and shibari knotting techniques. More info click here
* Dru-Yoga or the yoga from the heart. More info click here
* Passive and active meditation
* Dance and move with, among other things, tantric dance.
* Breathing exercises including Sunrise of the soul meditation
* Sub rounds and Shiva and Shakti groups.
Teachings take up 5 to 6 hours a day. 8.45 optional sun salutation 10.00 – 12.30 Morning program followed by lunch and a break
15.00 – 18.00 Afternoon program followed by a warm evening meal and directly into the evening program: A Tibetan singing bowl meditation, a creative or musical activity, sauna.
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.
The week will be closed as a group on the final evening with Ecstatic dance. After breakfast the following morning it is time to say goodbye. Or stay a week longer and join the Tantra Festival!
Who is this training for?
The week is suitable for people with advanced experience in Tantra and those with a decent level of open-mindedness and some knowledge of how your emotional body works. You must be open and inquisitive, willing to examine what is required to surrender within yourself and be able to hold a container of loving safety for others in acceptance. You should feel comfortable to literally and figuratively expose yourself and a willingness to be open and vulnerable. Having a suitable partner or opportunity partner is nice but not necessary. We will strive for a balance in men and women, but you also need to be able to open for experiencing an exercise with someone of your own gender. Upon registration we ask you to fill out a form so we are prepared for your knowledge and experience and can support you where needed. For questions or ambiguities about participation please call Johan +31 (0) 629064111 or Saarein +31 (0) 624650037 or send an firstname.lastname@example.org. Due to the international participation, the official language in the course week will be English and Dutch.
6 person room (mixed company): € 765, –
6 person room (mixed company): € 765, –
4 person room (family room): € 795, –
3 person room (family room): € 840, –
Single room: € 1000, –
Own tent: € 795, –
Own caravan / camper : € 820, –
1 or 2 person furnished tent: € 840, –
1 or 2 person furnished caravan: € 890, –
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.
The venue for his event lies in the beautiful green heart of France www.sadhaka.nl easily reached by train in 2,5 hours from Paris airport.
Sadhaka is a small-scale course center for creative and spiritual holidays in France. The initiator is the couple Chandra Benjamins (art teacher) and Wim Molinello (yoga teacher). At their 5 hectare domain Le Moulin in the midds of nature they created a wonderful healing place where you feel easily welcome, safe and at home. Rest is absolutely assured here. The spacious house and cozy terraces offer relax area’s, private/shared rooms and bathrooms. Beyond the terrace and hammock corner the site opens out to a vast green area comprising of open meadow, orchard and camp field. Solar panels provide hot water and electricity at Le Moulin and the veggie, fruit and berry garden most of the conscious vegetarian food that is served. The water from the tap comes from a natural source, we bake our own bread, make flour and muesli from organic grain, provide fresh kefir drinks, home made peanutbutter, nutmilk, and have eggs from our own chickens,
The hammocks and art sculptures are at the site to enjoy. And YES we have a sauna! For a swim you just jump in the lake with clean swimming water or take a dip in the small river that surrounds the whole area.
Sign up and register
This can be done as an (occasional) couple or as a single via the link of Sadhaka
After registration you will receive a message from Chandra of Sadhaka with further information and down payment. One week too short? Extend your stay with a full board stay, or an in depht week course.
Who are we
Johan Raaimakers www.tantra-atma.nl
Since 2010 I have followed several intensive massage courses that have led to the knowledge and experience of today. My main training is the training for tantra masseur at Tantra Lotus in Breda. This is a Tibetan Buddhist training from the Kum Nye tradition, where much attention is paid to practice (massage), theory (Dharma), yoga and meditation (vipassana and tenang). I have learned and experienced about the profound effect that a massage can have on physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. Massage techniques such as Sveda-, Vedic and prana flow, and the integration of duo yoga techniques and meditative techniques in a treatment provide a stable basis for giving tantric sessions. I have gained ample experience in giving massages and coaching and although all people, wishes and bodies are different my intention is always the same: bringing balance. I still follow courses and immerse myself in Eastern and Tibetan traditions and visions. I have gained experience at the Rasayana Tantra Academy in Rotterdam. I followed various training courses from national and international teachers in various tantra disciplines. I am also active outside the Netherlands and Europe. I regularly work as a guest body-worker at various events and I work closely with a colleague from Munich at various courses and trainings where “De Shift” is an annual highlight. Since 2016 I also give practical lessons in Tibetan tantra massage supplemented with the necessary theory. My goal in these lessons is to let people experience what tantra and the philosophy behind it is and how that feels. The Tibetan tantra massage trilogy “Prana & Connection” and “The playground of prana” and the “Tantra & Shibari” workshops are good examples of this.
Saarein Bodewes www.serenepraktijken.nl
In 2005 I started with Hatha and Astanga yoga. At that moment I liked to do it, I just could not find myself in the Yoga philosophy because I encounter too many dogmas in it. A few years later I discover Tantra and I come home. Tantra is a flow from the heart for me. It supports you to integrate the physical and the spiritual into daily life. The challenge at Tantra is that everything that happens to you can be complete. Tantra does not shy away from anything and therefore it can be a challenge to follow this fair path. In 2009 I am going to India for the first time, that is where my great love for the country begins. I hate it, the filth, the poverty and all the me-too experiences that you get there, yet I decide in 2011 to stay there for a longer period of time. I immerse myself in Yoga, Tantra and Ayurveda. I visit several swamis and gurus and do my first Yoga teacher training in Indore at Paramanand Yoga; therapeutic yoga. In India I get the impression that Yoga is made for and by men and that these tight movements tend to fix my body rather than open it. In the field of self-care, by that I mean that you are nice to yourself, softer yoga should serve me better. In addition, I like to dance and also want to give expression and space to everything that happens inside.
In 2014 I start with the Dru Yoga training in Arnhem after I see a video of an Energy blockage release.These are movement sequences that clear the body of blockages at all levels, I am sold immediately! I believe that with a cleansed body you are an instrument of the Divine through which you can spread your love. These flowing movements bring me the flexibility and grounding I am looking for; soft and firm. At the same time, I am starting at Wielwerk, a study that trains people to become alternative psychotherapists from a shamanistic point of view. Now all pieces of the puzzle fall together, everything I do ever learned has come together in the wheel, the life wheel that is passed on from many ancient cultures. Besides helping to clean up old ballast, it also gives me practical tools on how you develop in accordance with nature.
Shamanism takes me to other states of consciousness, partly through meditation. It makes me aware of the space that we can take to get out of our small limited self. Tantra helps me to walk that path to full purity, authenticity and also balance between work, spiritual practice, relaxation and pleasure. Shamanism and Tantra are my biggest source of inspiration and the connecting factor in Serene Practices. I write my final thesis for Wielwerk about Tantra, with the following research question: How can you, as a therapist, work from a tantric approach? I apply that with all my love in my practice and life. I like to contribute my bit to a more beautiful world and I have been conscious for at least 15 years experience with development processes. I’m all ready to guide you in this exciting journey. I am aware of my own limitations and processes. This ensures that I am open and loving to you can be.
See you in France,
Johan & Saarein
Wim & Chandra
In addition to the Tibetan Tantra massage week, will be given this year also a Tantra & Shibari course. Johan Raaimakers Tantra-Atma and Silvia Elisa Natural-Bliss will take care of this unique combination from 18 to 25 August 2019. Binding and being bound from a tantric vision guided by the prana energy is a unique quest for surrender and trust.
Shibari is a Japanese bondage technique that is combined with Tantra in this vision and workshops. In this combination of tantra & shibari, a clean and reliable contact between the giver and the receiver is necessary. A tantric contact is based on 4 essential pillars: 1) Confidence 2) Surrender 3) Equivalence 4) Aimlessness
For more information behind the vision of tantra & shibari and the course week click here.