From Saturday August 3 to Saturday August 10 “Tibetan Tantra Massage Course” in France

Information Tibetan Tantra and massage week France from Saturday August 3 to Saturday August 10 at Sadhaka holidays France (Nederlands klik hier)

Johan Raaimakers (Tantra-Atma), together with Saarein Bodewes (Serene-Practices), is organizing another Tibetan tantra massage week in the beautiful location of Sadhaka in France in the summer of 2019. In this week we will not only learn the “Tantra Prana Flow Massage” but various types of massage among others the “5 Elements Massage” and the “Kama Marma Massage”. With these massages we let you experience the power of prana and how prana you can connect with yourself and others. Together with Saarein Bodewes Dru-yoga teacher and tantric bodyworker / bodyworker, we will meet with you an in-depth week where we will explore our boundaries in a safe setting supported by and through each other.


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 contact with life starts from experiential wisdom ( Cinta-mayã pañña). That is easier said than done, therefore we always start from our own hearts because loving kindness and compassion always starts with you. In the chakra system, Anahata अनाहत (heart chakra) stands for unbroken, undamaged and is the fourth chakra. Anahata is at the heart and forms the center of man and 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 is connected to the lungs and breathing, a stable blood circulation, a strong heart, a healthy heart rhythm and a deep relaxed breathing indicate 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 contact with the other and leads from the I-consciousness to the we-consciousness. Symbolically, Anahata is seen as the god Vayu, Isha and Kakini, the element is air, color green, animal antelope and planet Jupiter.


Every day we start at 10.00 am to pl. min. 12.30, afternoon we start again at 15.00 and stop at 18.00. Every morning there is the sun salutation for breakfast where you can optionally take part. Every evening there is a diverse evening program provided by Sadhaka or guest teachers and in the evening the sauna is on. Wednesday afternoon is a free afternoon to rest or explore the area. Prior to each lesson there will in most cases be an active or passive meditation, dance or yoga exercise. This week’s program will be very diverse and broadly includes:

* Tibetan tantra massage, 5 elements massage, Kama Marma and chakra massage. More info click here

“When you are moving in your soul”

* Playing with rope and shibari knotting techniques. More info click here

“Any compromise on mere fundamentals is a surrender, for it is all give and no take”

* Dru-Yoga or the yoga from the heart. More info click here

“When you open your heart, when you open your heart you are free”

* Passive and active meditation

“For the wise human looks in space and he knows there is no limited dimensions”

* Dance and move with, among other things, tantric dance.

“Your heart knows the way. move in that direction ”

* Breathing exercises including Sunrise of the soul meditation

“There is a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free. Do not miss so many of them ”

* Sub rounds and Shiva and Shakti groups.

“Your naked soul should only be in love with your naked mind

For who is the course week intended

The week is suitable for advanced in tantra and anyone 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 the surrender within yourself and be able to offer loving safety. You have to feel comfortable to literally and figuratively expose yourself. Having a suitable partner or opportunity partner is fine but not necessary. We will strive for a balance in men and women, but you also need to be able to open an exercise with someone of your own sex. Upon registration, we ask you to fill out a form so that we are prepared for your knowledge and experience and can support you where necessary. For questions or ambiguities about participation please call Johan 0629064111 or Saarein +31 (0) 624650037 or send an email Due to the international interest, the official language in the course week may be English and Dutch.

Prices (* the early bird discount is valid until 31 March 2019)

Early booking price * / standard price

6 person room (mixed company): € 740, – / € 765, –

6 person room (mixed company): € 740, – / € 765, –

4 person room (family room): € 770, – / € 795, –

3 person room (family room): € 815, – / € 840, –

Double room (set): € 875, – / € 900, –

Single room: € 975, – / € 1000, –

Own tent: € 770, – / € 795, –

Own caravan / camper *: € 795, – / € 820, –

1 or 2 person furnished tent: € 815, – / € 840, –

1 or 2 person furnished caravan: € 865, – / € 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.

Sadhaka holidays

The Location in France

Sadhaka is a small-scale course organization with creative and spiritual holidays in France and the Netherlands.

The initiator is the couple Chandra Benjamins (visual teacher) and Wim Molinello (yoga teacher).

In 2004 we moved from the Netherlands to France. The first year we lived in a community in France and from there Sadhaka has grown to what it is today. In the months of July and August, we have been providing training in Middle France, among others, in Yogyakarta Consciousness, Tantra Yoga courses, Art Weeks and Combo weeks Yoga and Creative.

Sadhaka vakantiesAfter having rented a group accommodation for years for our summer courses, a dream came true in the autumn of 2012. With a team of volunteers, we have transformed a former water mill in the middle of France into Sadhaka’s new Center for Personal Growth and Consciousness. A new and definitive home, for us, and our Sadhaka guests.

In this place it is possible to realize our ideas about sustainable and natural living in complete freedom. In the meantime, the water from the tap comes from a natural source that is heated by solar panels, there is a sauna, a vegetable garden, we bake our own bread, we make flour and muesli from organic grain, we have eggs from our own chickens, there is a fruit orchard and berry garden landscaped and a swimming lake for a summer swim.

Sign up and register

This can be done as an (occasional) couple or as a single via this form or via the link from Sadhaka

After registration you will receive a message from Chandra van Sadhaka with the further information and down payment.

Who are we

Johan Raaimakers

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

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.

About Johan Raaimakers