What are our events like?
Is this a variant of what has become commonly called a "puja" event?
Is this an Osho type of guided active meditation?
Do your events include workshop type activities?
Is there guided physical touch with others?
What proportion of the time is "unstructured?
Are these sessions mostly for couples? I am single, and was wondering if there have been many singles at your sessions.
Do you have any other social events?
How many people participate in these events?
What are your future plans?
We open and connect our hearts, finding harmony with ourselves and with others. We deepen our experience of trust as we expand into being all that we are expanding our abundant capacity to give and receive pleasure. We use active meditation and awareness techniques to dissolve the blocks to intimacy. We work and play together, letting go of the limitations of the mind and letting our heart guide us into connection with our own truth. We commune together, creating harmony while taking steps to build our loving Tantra Temple community in the Seattle area. Individuals and Couples of all sexual orientations welcome, although we ask you to leave your impact play toys outside the Tantra Temple.
Our Events include intimate conversation, connecting rituals to center, focus and build the experience of the participants, unstructured social and erotic play time, hot tubbing and massage, and closing ritual to bring the group back together
Yes, it is. Puja in current usage refers to a ceremonial form often using an inner and outer circle, where participants perform a different exercise or meditation of some type with each of the several new people they meet. At our events, we often use just one or two simple exercises, and have a chance for each person to go through them with every other person present. We feel this is an important part of connecting each person in the group present with every other person. Repeating the same exercise with every person allows us to experience their different responses, and our own varying reactions to the others response.
We may use a silent greeting, using various chakra connecting touches, or sometimes do verbal exercises, perhaps based on boundary work to explore our own limits and those of the divine one facing us, based in the workshop exercises of current Tantra teachers like David Deida.
We often base our warm up exercises on some of Oshos or Gabrielle Roths practices.
Starting an event with everybody up and dancing, waking up and shaking loose their bodies is a great way to begin. And oftentimes before we can open up to something new, we need to do some cathartic releasing work to make space for it.
Yes, we have been enjoying a regular schedule of workshop events, often with AnnMarie, a wonderful Tantra teacher based in Portland, who is really helping us build this community in the Seattle area. We post information on her events, and that of other Tantra teachers who are in the area doing workshops, on this web site. For example, this past spring, a number of us went to Byron Katies workshop, and several regular participants are actively involved in learning or teaching Non-violent, or Compassionate Communication. Developing ones capacity to fearlessly investigate what is true in ones own consciousness, and to communicate clearly without judgment, shame or blame, is an integral part of the practice of Tantra.
Yes, this is often a part of our group experience in the opening and closing rituals. An example of a closing ritual which includes this that people really enjoy is passing a kiss around the closing circle.
There is usually about an hour available in the middle of our time together for participants to BE in the culture we are creating together, so we can interact in a cultural microcosm of the world we want to create and live in. People play freely and consensually during this time: many people use the hot tub together during this time, dance or trade massage, and sometimes make music together.
Our sessions are NOT mainly for couples and we usually have a number of singles attending. (Also triples, quads and more, and we do offer a small discount on registration fees for those who register with friends.) Because we try to stay close to gender balance at our events, it is often easier for us to confirm in single straight men if they register with a woman friend who is interested in participating, tho you need not necessarily spend the whole evening together.
The first part of the evening, in our opening ritual, everybody gets a chance to interact with everyone else present in a structured format. During the unstructured part of the evening, all interactions are based on verbal dialogue and mutual consent of the participating people.
Yes, this spring and summer we have been hosting potluck barbecues about once a month before our Saturday evening Tantra Temple for All events These events are open to anyone who wants to come meet our growing community, and are a great time for participants to introduce new friends to us in a comfortable social setting, so that they may feel more comfortable with the group before signing up to participant in a Tantra Temple ritual event.
Space is limited to about 24 participants so we can keep each event small and intimate. You must register for the events ahead of time, and then receive a Confirmation Letter advising you of your successful registration for that event. We send out regular notices of our events is to our email list of several hundred people (Click to join our email list.) Our email list is used for no other purpose, and is kept confidential. As you might imagine, our events fill up quickly, and its a good idea to get your RSVP in soon after an announcement comes out on email if you want to join in the fun.
We intend to keep meeting at our current and possibly other private locations, until our planned large retreat facility on 70 woodland acres in Redmond across from the LongHouse is completed over the next year. Our facility will have room for workshops of many types, with a classroom for fifty participants planned, in addition to a spacious gathering place for our group rituals. We intend to construct a large yurt for almost outdoor gatherings in the meadow next to the wetlands there. The retreat center will offer some overnight accommodations, and access to the pristine acres of natural beauty surrounding it for nature hikes and study. We are building this refuge for the community, so please email us with questions about your potential use of this facility, or to offer your dreams and suggestions of what youd like to see included there..