John Hawken

Workshops:

1. TANTRA MASSAGE ( with John Hawken and Freya Wolna)
2. DARK EROS: TANTRIC TRANSFORMATION OF FEAR, GUILT, SHAME AND ANGER
3. TANTRA AND THEATRE ( with John Hawken and Freya Wolna)
4. TANTRIC INITIATIONS. THE TANTRIC PATH

John Hawken has been a tantra teacher in Europe for more than 20 years. After being trained by the recognised tantric teacher Margo Anand, he created his own approach to tantra. He works with the oneness we feel when we experience ourselves as beings of physical as well as energy bodies. In his approach, tantra brings us back to a deep acceptance of our most original existence; it is based on integrating our light as well as our darkness, earth and heaven, spirit and soul and thus finding our wholeness.

Workshops


1. TANTRA MASSAGE

The workshop will provide a taste of how to use tantric massage to create and receive an initiation into tantric energy. We use the massage of the physical body to experience and cultivate our energy body and to realize our expandedness. We will explore pleasure which is not based on contraction and muscular tension and release, but is based on shifting our awareness of ourselves from the physical to the energetic. The energy body gives us the experience of being in our body rather than doing with our energy, which is the key to tantric sexuality and fulfilled living.

What makes a massage tantric?

It is not only a sensually pleasing setting, but more importantly an attitude: of respect, of honouring; to work with energy and consciousness, to touch the spirit through the body.

We created the experience that the body is the temple of the spirit, discovering and honouring the god in each man, the goddess within each woman. We manifest spirit on earth through the physical body experiencing itself as a vehicle for the energy body. Tantra massage works with the energy body and is an initiation into our nature as energy beings, divine beings of fire and light. This initiation or revelation is the true purpose of our sexual energy, the longing to merge with something bigger and more beautiful than our egos.


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2. DARK EROS: TANTRIC TRANSFORMATION OF FEAR, GUILT, SHAME AND ANGER

The workshop will focus on the way in which the ability to transgress against the shoulds and shouldn’ts of society is an essential part of our individuation. We will create the safety to experience being ourselves and expressing our aliveness and spontaneity instead of being frozen by fear and shame. We will explore the concept of punishment not as repression but as an affirmation of our individuality. We will also experience the excitement for our inner child of being naughty and following our inner impulses thus liberating ourselves from imprinted shoulds and shouldn’ts to experience the joy of being ourselves, especially when we are different.

Dark Eros is about transforming our shadow into light. This is an essential process for anyone struggling with guilt, shame and fear in their lives.

Dark Eros is a term to describe sexuality which is connected with our first chakra rather than with the second; that arises from existential issues rather than from pure pleasure, love and contact. The existential themes, whether they are about power (over or under), about anger and revenge, about guilt and shame, or carry issues of self worth and empowerment, colour the sexual energy with this touch of darkness, as the issues are usually unconscious, perhaps obsessive, or have an energy that threatens to break out of our conscious control. This is not the element of ego, of performance or narcissism, but more the dark visceral movements of energy deep in our gut. The major theme of the first chakra is that of transgression. The child experiences its self, its individuality, by opposing authority, by breaking the rules or saying no. This is the anal phase of sexuality, when the energy moves from the mouth and the desire for merging and symbiosis to the base of the spine and the desire to be cheeky and naughty.

These existential issues can be healed and transformed through Tantric techniques of consciousness, heartfullness and an affirmation of the life-expressing energy of pleasure.

The existential issues arise out of the repression of our sexual energy during the pre-genital stages, oral and anal, of our sexual development. When rejected, our excitement and pleasure become collapse and resignation, when controlled become guilt, fear and the unconscious linking of excitement with power, suffering and punishment.

John Hawken introduces a practical and theoretical approach to transform these existential issues back into pure pleasure and life energy with powerful healing and liberating effect.


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3. TANTRA AND THEATRE ( with John Hawken and Freya Wolna)

John began his journey of spiritual growth at Grotowski’s Theatre Laboratory in Wroclaw. Grotowski’s work with his actors explored how to drop the masks and simply embody our essential humanity. How to meet in the truth of our being without concepts of how we should be. In this workshop John shares some of the realizations of his journey from experimental theatre to tantra. How to find our spontaneity, be conscious with our energy and express it with intent rather than control and censor it. We will explore the similarity between Grotowski’s concept of holy theatre and tantric ritual and sacred space.

Our vehicle will be the lovers masks, the shamanic fire medicine wheel of our eight expressions of sexuality. The workshop will take you into fun and laughter, high seriousness and moments of being deeply touched, and to your edge as we move beyond the limitations of fear and shame.

Freya has been trained in drama at George Brown College in Toronto (Canada). In 2012 she she has co-founded Teatr Praktyczny, an NGO, where she has been practicing applied drama in performing and creating interactive plays in various social and business projects. She has been training and cooperating with John for several years. During this workshop she will share her passion for drama and improvisational experiences combined with her passion for Tantra.


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4. TANTRIC INITIATIONS. THE TANTRIC PATH

Tantra is the path for anyone who wants to open to life more and who is interested in developing their own personality in the area of energy, consciousness, creativity and sexuality. The Tantric Path heals the separation between the heart, spirit and sex and allows us to feel the sacredness inside of us again.

The energy of love, sexual excitement and pleasure strengthens us in the process of liberating our energy. It is a path, which teaches us a direct perception of our energy body, and so enables us to, for example, experience deep orgasms.

Tantra teaches that reality is created through the unity of energy and consciousness and through the unity of the divine female principle of shakti and the divine male principle of shiva. The connection of energy and consciousness in our hearts, sex and spirits creates a magical force which we can use to invite ourselves into creative, loving and blissful reality.

During the workshop we will give Tantric  answers to the following questions:

  • What are the fundamental principles of the tantric approach?
  • How can we heal our sense of isolation? And find more connection?
  • How can I let life really touch me, and be more and more present?
  • What am I under all the learned social layers?
  • How do I create my reality, and so how can I transform it?
  • John´s structured and intelligent approach to tantra gives us practical tools to transform our lives, and an opportunity to follow the voice of our heart and the path into our soul.
  • Our sexuality is our life force energy. Denying, hiding, or not expressing it is blocking the most creative aspects of ourselves. Flow and creativity in our lives are fundamentally connected with experiencing and expressing our sexuality.
  • Do you really want to know yourself and your sexuality? Your hidden hopes and dreams? Do you feel longing for intensity in your sexual experiences?
  • If so, come to this journey of discovering your true sexuality.

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