Beltane is a magical time. The veil between the worlds is as thin as on Samhain night, but we are celebrating the return of the light rather than darkness. The Earth is blooming and it is a time of fertility, creativity and a little danger – the crops are still tender and a late frost or heavy rain could destroy our food for the year. Without this risk there would be no magic. It is the perfect time to launch the very first Planetary Tantra Retreat and to celebrate bringing in the May.
Planetary Tantra is:
“Rapturous immersion through desire and imagination in the dreaming power of the earth. It is the most intimate way of bonding with the planetary animal mother, Gaia.” John Lash
The practices are deceptively simple and drawn from the Terma of Gaia Awakening. You do not need to have any special skills or go on a three-year course to learn Planetary Tantra. There are no secret rituals and it is freely open and available to anyone who feels called to what is essentially experimental mysticism or interactive magic with Gaia, Gaian ecosorcery if you prefer. This is the only practice, that I am aware of, that is grounded in the Sophianic mythos. We are focused on recovering the indigenous shamanic senses of our European ancestors, telestic shamanism, and learning the practical skills that we need in order to be able to take care of ourselves and each other.
However, not everyone will choose this practice; it is simple, but also rigorous. There are two self-determined conditions for entry into the practice. The first is that you hold an “ardent wish to experience love for the earth as deeply as you love your own body”. The second is to know your Highest Desire. This is extremely challenging because most of us are unable to define and articulate our Highest Desire. Nonetheless, “You cannot proceed to interactivity with [the Gaian Dakinis] unless you know what your highest desire is.”
These retreats are intended for people who want to explore and develop Planetary Tantra as a group in a beautiful, natural setting. The way out of our collective nightmare is through our individual awakening within Gaia’s lucid dream.
The Planetary Tantra Beltane Retreat runs from the evening of 1st May to the morning of 8th May and John Lash will be joining us for many of the sessions throughout the week. Price €500 pp including all meals and pick-up and drop off at our local station.
Fully booked – you can find out more and the dates of our other retreats for 2015 here.
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