Discover Tantra, then Explore Yourself.
- International Congress Article
Thank you Martin and Maria for a wonderful session. The energy awakened several days ago stays with us and we continue to reflect on how we can pursue Tantra more fully in our lives. At this time we continue to aspire to being teachers. Couple from Ireland.
Eva, I want to thank you from my heart for a wonderful and really beautiful time that we spent together. I have never spent such an intensely intimate time with another person. I hope that I will get an opportunity to spend more time with you in the future and to go deeper into tantra with you. I wish you lots of love and joy in your spiritual journey. You are a beautiful person and I hope you will find everything that you are looking for in your spiritual quest.
D from Delhi.
Eva - thank u for being a lovely humble host and guide. Your touch still tantalizes me! Look forward to seeing u again :-) P from Bangalore
I personally find that tantra therapy has been and is most beneficial. Since my first session with you I have had a totally different outlook on life - a very positive one which has helped me successfully get through some rough recent health issues. Tantra gives me a very noticeable great calming balance in life. A from Ireland
It was a real pleasure and an enriching experience for me meeting you. I feel enlightened about my life force and about the difference between my life force and my sexual energy. I now think that my confusion was the reason for most of my inhibitions. I will continue to learn more from you and thank you for your help. ( M from Turkey )
Maria. Just wanted to thank you for the wonderful experience , and please let me know when you will be back in Dublin again and I will try to book in again with you for a session or lesson. (C in Dublin )
I joined the“Congress” (which, in my view, was essentially a “residential workshop”) with a mixture of excitement and apprehension. I was excited because I was looking fora group experience with enough depth, playfulness and direct personal involvement to justify the effort of travelling from London to Malaga. I was apprehensive because I feared that the event could attract disturbed people with serious psychological issues or could become a disguised form of orgy orgroup sex (to which I do not feel personally attracted).
My partner could not come with me because of work commitments. I felt sad that she could not come because we were perhaps missing an interesting experience we could otherwise live together. But I also felt relieved because I did not want to expose her to anything that could be disturbing or destructive for our relationship.
My experience of being there from Sunday afternoon to Thursday morning was rewarding and did not confirm my fears. The workshop was led by Martin and later by Maya in a tactful and competent style. There was a lot of group playfulness and Tantra was presented in a way that participants could internally process without jumping unprepared into stormy waters. There was some nudity and physical contact among participants but it all felt natural and contained within certain boundaries.
Even if I had participated in some Tantra workshops previously and read many books on the subject, I know that the word “Tantra” is used liberally by many. This lends itself to misconceptions. However, in this workshop there was an atmosphere of safety and sanity. Of course, as it happens with any other human being, some people talked about unresolved personal issues, but I could not see any sign of deep psychological disturbance in anyone. There was an ambiance of trust,mutual nurturing, sensual aliveness, humour, meditation and loving support.
I was the oldest member of the group but I am very clear that age has two dimensions. One is chronological age, from which there is no escape. The other is age as a subjective mental state. In this group I felt young and alive.
I did not come to the group because I need to improve my sexual life. Fortunately my partner and I have a very good sexual life. I did not come to the group because I needed to resolve some personal issue. I have had many years of personal therapy and I incontact with my own feelings and inner conflicts. I came because I am always interested in personal development and search for wisdom. I was not disappointed. (MM from London)
Thank you for the massages I have received. The main thing for me is that Maria has changed my outlook on life in so many ways. I have been interested in Tantra because of her and how she has taught me about myself and how to let go. I will always be thankful for that. ( N from Gibraltar )
I want to thank you for the Tantra workshop. I really enjoyed it and found it a most enlightening experience. I´m finding lots of stuff coming out now, long after the workshop. I really enjoyed it and think everyone should do it. I´ve sold it to a few already, who say they´d really like to give Tantra a go. I hope we get to meet again soon. (M in Marbella)
Maria, I just wanted to say tank you very much for the Tantric massage session. it was great to finally meet somebody who has mastered the art of Tantra. The massage itself was amazing and a very spiritual experience for me. I came away for the session with a new focus and a very strong sense of emotional balance.
Again thank you for the experience, let me know the next time you are in town as I would very much like to meet you again. B from Ireland
First International Congress on Sacred Sexuality, Spirituality and Touch. June 2008. Details of the 2009 Event Coming soon.....
Wow. What an amazing experience this workshop turned out to be! I had been invited to cover the International Congress of Sacred Sexuality from June 1 – 8 on the Costa del Sol, for la Chispa magazine. For a few days leading up to the workshop and especially on the journey there, I was getting increasingly nervous about what this workshop was going to involve. I was going to have to do. (The things I do for the Chispa magazine). I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised and am continuing to be surprised, daily, long after I embarked on this new adventure.
The first day of this week-long congress turned out to be completely different to anything I expected. We remained fully clothed for a start, phew. After meeting everyone in the group and finding them all to be perfectly normal, lovely people, we spent the morning doing an interesting question/answer exercise with a psycologist, looking into the relationship between our childhood, relationship with our parents and spouses as children. I was surprised to find that I have issues that I never thought I had, which appeared to relate to events and relationships when I was young.
After lunch, we did some Tantric breathing exercises, deep breathing into the stomach. First alone and then with a partner, one breathing in as the other breathed out. That became easy quite quickly and had a nice calming effect. Breathing with a partner also felt really comfortable and safe. The strangest exercise we did on that first day, called ´bonding´, was deep breathing while your partner laid on top of you, with most of their weight on you. It was surprisingly easy to take their weight as you are breathing through it the whole time. We did this for about 10 minutes each.
On the second day, I was a little less nervous. There were a few others at the workshop who hadn’t been there the previous day, they were all really nice and it was easy to feel comfortable with them. The workshop was a week long, so some of the participants had stayed over night and were well into the days exercises when I arrived.
The first thing we did, was the ‘bonding’ (with your partner laid on top of you) for about half hour each. I was on top first and had a very relaxing time, my partners breathing was really calming and I felt I was in a kind of meditation. Then I was underneath and after a while, there wasn’t really any discomfort from the weight of being laid upon and soon, it was as though the two of us had somehow merged into one being. After a time, I had an amazing spiritual experience where my soul and physical body became one. It was beautiful, it just didn’t last as long as I would have liked. When my partner was asked to slowly move away, it felt as though part of my own body was moving away from me. I was left with such a feeling of ´Wow, beautiful´.
The ‘bonding’ wasn’t just between you and your partner, but bonding with yourself too, which was incredibly profound, for me at least. After each exercise throughout the day, we all sat in a circle to discuss what we had just experienced, a really important and interesting part of the course.
Next, the bit I had been dreading and thought I’d got away with, we were asked to take our clothes off. It was a lot easier and more natural than I could have imagined it to be. I felt strangely comfortable with these people I’d only met a few hours before. They all seemed comfortable with it, so why shouldn’t I? We learned some Tantric massage, which teaches you to be sensual rather than sexual with a partner. It was all very pure and natural and very spiritual. And actually, quite pleasant! Since the workshop, I’ve had so many revelations about myself, a lot of stuff was unblocked and all sorts of different emotions have been releasing themselves daily. With two short days of learning from a great teacher, Martin, and a few days for my brain to process it all, I’m a changed woman. I feel more love towards myself and my friends and feel so much more connected to the rest of humanity and the earth. I feel softer somehow and calmer. I would love to do more with the Tantra and would recommend it to anyone, couples or singles, it will change your life for the better.
So if you’ve thought about it and felt nervous, or not even considered it because of a particular impression you may have, lose your inhibitions and give it a go. You may be pleasantly surprised too.