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Tantra CoHort 2024
You’re being invited to participate in a playground–a container in which to play, learn, embody, and expand into sacred transformational practices, intimacy with self and others, and radical community building.
Our 2023 Cohort was life-changing for us. We are building on that structure to make an even better offering. The invitation is for a tantric community of folks to share presence, wisdom, learning, and embodied eroticism through this eight month journey together. The core components of the container include (but are not limited to) Tantra teachings (from various instructors), community building, mentoring and peer support, collaborative offerings, and ongoing experimentation.
If you’re on this page you’ve likely been invited directly by our team by email. We invite you to read all the sections thoroughly to get a sense of the invitation.
The potency of these teachings and practices in a group context is very high. It really matters who is in the room.
We are calling in folks who have skills, interest, experience, and Tantric interest who want to pursue a deeper path of embodied intimacy with self and others.
The group will likely include tantrikas, healers, teachers, sacred intimates, cultural creatives, artists, and more.
If there’s someone you’d like to invite, please be sure they have some or all of the prerequisites and send them this webpage.
Folks of every gender, orientation, and relationship style are welcomed and celebrated.
Joining this event requires a combination of self-selecting (you decide upon reviewing this material if the event is right for you) as well as a team vetting component (see next steps).
The size of the group is likely around 25.
If you received an email from us then you’re on our email list and are being actively invited to the Fall 2023 Tasters. If you found yourself here another way or if you’d like to refer a friend, please give us the contact information so we can reach out to them. Due to the invite only nature of this cohort, we will speak to them first before extending an invitation to the Taster.
These are some of the criteria we’re using to assess the folks stepping in. We are looking out for some or all of the following…..
Folks who possess:
An innate desire for:
We’re looking for folks who are comfortable stretching, both internally and externally. There’s no need to meet all these requirements. We need to feel an affinity to ride the wave of both Eros and shadow.
The serpent we learn to ride in Tantra holds untold benefits. As she teaches us to expand and engage our Eros, she also touches all of our shadows – to be revealed and healed.
Therefore…..this cohort is a wild ride.
The reason she is dangerous is that she takes us to the underworld in equal measure as she takes us to ecstasy.
We don’t get one without the other.
Be prepared to face your edges and sit in the fire of your own transformation. Because of this group you will likely go through profound changes, internally and externally. Not all of it will be easy.
And also, because of this group, you will have significant support – in the form of community, deep friendships, mentorship, and shared reality. Everyone, including the facilitators, will be transforming!
Erotic Eldering: In addition to facing your edges, we request that each participant contribute to the safety, resilience, flexibility, and integrity of the container. We are calling for the Elders in all of us – regardless of age – moving towards refinement.
Disclaimer: It’s worth overstating the point here. This is not a “therapeutic” environment. It is spiritual community. It is trauma informed and held by folks with lots of experience. To be clear, this is not a guaranteed safe environment. We’re playing with these energies in order to be safe and not safe.
The teachings come from a long lineage of bowing to the mystery within and without. They also come from the wisdom and brilliance inside each one of us. And the transformational field that is formed when all of us come together.
It matters who is in the room. The neural network we create is in part dependent on the artful guidance of the leaders. Leadership is important. Ultimately the group becomes it’s own being and we are all humble explorers along for the ride.
We are honored and humbled to host. We hold the intention, and structure, and logistics. We guide the process until the process takes over. As the months go on leadership from within the group will emerge. It will emerge wholly different over time.
Lee Warren is devoted to personal and collective liberation through reclaiming the wisdom woven into every cell of our beings. Her approach to this liberation is to romance the brilliance inherent in each one of us through cultivating a profound intimacy with self, others, and the mystery. Her focus is on education in three main areas: Sex, Death, & Community. The synthesis of this is the study and practice of TANTRA and mysticism. Her mission is to offer her leadership, learning, and insight in pleasurable service to the whole. Her vision is where folks are co-creating sane, pleasurable, integrated, cohesive, connected, and blissful lives. Within and without.
David’s tantric journey has taken him from leading transformational workshops for Landmark Education in 2005-2011, coaching private clients since 2008, being a master bodywork and energywork professional for 25 years, and studying Sri Vidya tantra with Swami Ravi, including a 3 year intensive tantra teachers training. David has facilitated tantra workshops in the US and Mexico. He loves integrating classic tantra with neo-tantra, exploring transformative community dynamics, and conjuring alchemy through music, theater, and eroticism. More at davidsalih.com
Damon Sean Dickinson a decades-long practitioner of breathwork, open-heart meditation, zen, shamanism, plant medicine, and 12 step recovery. As a 6/2 Projector in Human Design, he holds a specific and unique role as a mentor, guide, and support for others to embrace their authentic self and uncover their true essence. Damon Sean works with a variety of modalities such as Sedona Method, Flower Essences, NLP, Internal Family Systems, Tantra, and the simple yet profound art of letting go. Equally at home in the physical and metaphysical worlds, Damon Sean is a true Renaissance soul – weaving his life experience into his psycho spiritual integration coaching and his ongoing experimentation as a dad, partner, friend, and community member.
Robyn Lynn is a Tantra educator, Somatic Coach, group facilitator, feminine mystic, and a guide for those who want to deepen their sense of intimacy, connection and presence in an embodied way. A lifelong student of the unified field, she sees this as the source of meaningful healing, renewal, and inspiration. She has over a decade of experience supporting men, women, couples, and groups. She’s a certified Sexological Bodyworker & Somatic Sexologist with the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality, San Francisco and has done graduate Study in Mental Health Counseling at Antioch University, Seattle and has a B.A. in Psychology, Macalester College, St. Paul MN. More at: robynlynn.net
The transmission is in the co-creation.
More specifically we find ourselves moving away from the top down and out front teaching style. The days of the great guru’s are coming to an end. What’s emerging for us is a dynamic and more fluid container where we see ourselves as servant leaders, space holders, and guides. Everyone in the group has brilliance and we want it all to shine forth. In that vein we will be leaning towards group participatory structure of curriculum and a collaborative approach.
Evalena has walked the path of Tantra for 35 years, founding “LoveJourney: Tantra of the Heart” in 1997. Her collaborative leadership often involved 1-3 facilitators and a trained assistant team of 3-7 for groups of 25-40. Being largely experiential and supported by this heart-centered village of practitioners, the work is more easily embodied. She brings a unique breadth to the work having been a MetaTherapist 44 years, a mystic who does multi-dimensional healing, and a channel of Ascended Masters, especially Babaji and his Tantra lineage. Her business coaching of entrepreneurs has spanned decades, she led visioning and business planning weekends for 27 years, and mentors people and groups in their soul’s work. Youtube channel.
Swami Ravi Rudra Bharati, formerly known as Dr. Rudolph Ballentine draws on more than 40 years of study, medical practice, and research, as he presents a comprehensive, practical system of dynamic healing that helps us expand our self-awareness and guides us toward transformation and radical healing. He is committed to the integration of Eastern thought, particularly yoga and tantra, and permaculture. In 2004, he moved to Earthaven Ecovillage and developed the Dancing Shiva Tantric Monastery.
We can guarantee this…..
You will be supported by us and each other.
You will be challenged by us and each other.
Location of the Opening & Closing Retreats: These three day events that start and end our time together will be held at Dancing Shiva, a queer tantra monastery at Earthaven Ecovillage, about 50 minutes outside of Asheville, NC. It’s both rural and rustic. If you want to read up on Earthaven Ecovillage.
Lodging at Dancing Shiva: There is camping and indoor lodging at Dancing Shiva. Here’s the scoop:
Location of the Saturday Immersions & Thursday Labs: These events will be held in North Asheville at the home of Evalena Rose. The Tasters will be held at this location so all participants will have a chance to experience the site. The address will be given to registrants in the confirmation email closer to the event.
Food: Food (Lunch & Dinner & Snacks on all the full days together as well as Breakfast the mornings of our overnights) will be prepared by Anne Knoflicek, a local nourishing foods chef. Having high quality and homemade food provided for us allows us to drop into the container more deeply and be nourished as part of our journey together. We use high quality ingredients, whole foods, and can accommodate most diets.
Money Ethics: It is really important to us that all the money for this course stays in our community. From the facilitators to the venues to the support staff to the food, our goal is to nourish and strengthen our people in our region. Unlike outside programs that come into town and take money out, we are long-term stewards of this place. Lee & Sean have both been living in and contributing to WNC for more than 25 years each. We all plan on being here for the long term.
Scholarships: We have allocated one full registration price $3,333 (as long as we meet our attendance requirement) to the scholarship fund. This allows six people to get a discount of $555.55 off their tuition. This may allow some folks to attend who might not be otherwise able.
Time Commitment: As with anything in life, you get out of this what you put into it. There will be life changes and illness and extenuating circumstances – that’s a certainty. Aside from that we request that you be present for as much of the program as possible.
Cohort Seva/Service Role: Each participant will have an opportunity for sacred service of the community. Roles will be defined and filled by the group and therefore everyone will have a voice and a choice. They will be carried out much like roles in a monastery, as part of the deepening and learning into the teachings. Some of the roles include: Temple Tending, Food Stewards, Music Maestros, Process Team, Content Team, Mentorship Assistants, Heart Tenders, Admin Support, and more.
We have the following recommended readings:
Sean is on a long road to self love and healing. He recommends:
Lee is in love with the mystics. She recommends ANYTHING by these folks:
The intention of the Cohort is to build a embodied erotic literacy with self and others. It is also about learning to integrate our dark and light, our Shiva and Shakti, and our yin and yang. It is also about building community. We do this through the study and practice of Tantra, which at it’s heart is truly indefinable but for a working definition means using breath, body, pleasure, creativity, and inquiry to explore our sacred incarnation.
Tantra is embodied intimacy.
Tantra is about being erotically alive in the midst of exactly what’s emerging in every moment.
Tantra is a study of the subtle energies.
Tantra is surrendering fully to the river of life.
Tantra is learning to trust pleasure.
Tantra is reclaiming sensuality and sexuality as our inherent, healthy, holistic, and beautiful birthright.
Tantra is a doorway to the divine inside of us and others.
Tantra teaches us to open our inner flutes to play the instrument of us as we were designed to be.
Tantra welcomes all of life. Tantra transforms all of life.
The Cohort structure, on our full days together, will look roughly like this:
Mornings, 11-12:30: Either a teaching module or a “dropping in” which means a facilitated Zegg forum style process or another creative group process.
Early Afternoons, 2-4: Teaching module, practice, or group process (depending on what was done in the morning.)
Late Afternoons, 4-6: Integration, rest, re-group, pods meet.
Early Evening, 7:45-9:30: Ritual
Late Evening, 9:30-11: Relax, Hot Tub, Cuddle, etc.
There will be an opportunity for the group to decide on much of the content during the initial weekend.
Here is A Tantric Vision by Sam Keen, a simple, straightforward understanding of this ancient practice through the lens of depth psychology.
There’s a color-coded system often used in Neo-Tantric spaces that implies the kind of practices employed.
Every participant is at choice about their level of participation at all times. Consent and personal responsibility are high values here. That being said, this Cohort will be focused on White and Pink Tantra and there will also be an opportunities for Red and Black options. The group will decide together on those content modules. Nudity is common and welcomed in this group.
The reason sliding scale rate ranges are so broad is so that even within the nature of the sliding scale the budget numbers can be met. See more below for understanding the sliding scale model.
Attending one or both of our Tasters in December 2023 is a requirement to be considered for the 2024 Tantra Cohort.
It’s where you get to assess us and we get to assess you!
These day-long Tasters to give folks the opportunity to experience the teachings, our facilitation styles, the process and format, the venue, and the other potential members of the cohort. They are an embodied glimpse to help inform participants whether the 8-month program is right for them.
And the leadership team gets to assess your fit for the Cohort.
Who: Lee Warren, Sean Dickinson, David Salih, and Robyn Lynn will facilitate and we’ll be joined by a group of invite-only friends. Each of these daylong Tasters will be a closed container. Please come only if you can come on time and stay until at least 7:45pm.
When: Happening twice. Come to 1 or both
Location: North Asheville at the home of Evalena Rose.
Outcome: These practices prepare us for more full embodiment in a pleasure-based life where we are guided by the heart. Connection of this sort is oxytocin rich and builds community. A big part of our motivation is in co-creating a village of heart-centered practitioners who love energy play and ecstasy in Asheville. We imagine it becomes a cauldron from which many teachings can emerge over the years.
Cost & RSVP: Cost for the day is between $180 and $90 including dinner.
Interested in this journey? Desire to explore more? Here are the next steps……
This workshop is offered with the spirit of community in mind. The minimum donation is $90.
You will be asked to choose a price to pay on a sliding scale.
Sliding Scale is a type of fee structure where people with fewer resources can pay a lower price and people with more resources can pay a higher price. In this system the participant determines the rate, no questions asked. There is an inherent trust, allowance, and collaboration in this system that honors both the time and experience of the facilitators as well as intuition, income, and ability of the participant.
That being said, PLEASE choose the highest level on the sliding scale that you can. A good rule of thumb: Pay at a price point that is a stretch but not a strain. Grassroots educators are akin to artists and farmers. We rely on receiving a livable wage to continue to offer high quality education at an affordable price. If all of our participants choose the lowest price point, these offerings become unsustainable.
There are no refunds or transfers for this event. Both Tasters will fill up and we don’t have wiggle room to move folks around. If you can’t make it please let us know so we can invite someone from the waitlist.