Come Ignite Your Sexuality and Deepen Your Capacity to Hold Sacred Space!
The Body Awakening Retreat is a 5-day immersion into Neo-Tantra where you will learn the Ananda Body tantric massage practice and awaken into your body’s full radiance and bliss.
Ananda Body is an offering of presence and devotion where we worship and delight in the sensual mystery of the body and its innate wisdom. So much more than massage, this holistic Neo-Tantric practice calls you to awaken your senses, empower your voice, and inhabit your divine pleasure in service of healing and growth.
Our community of conscious souls is creating a new paradigm of consent and intimacy where your authentic sexual expression can flourish. For singles and couples. Queer-Friendly! Come join us!
♡ Hold sacred space as an intimate healer
♡ Practice somatic attunement to create safety and healing
♡ Understand the Neo-Tantric connection between our hearts and sexuality
♡ Ignite the sensual pleasures and vitality of our bodies
♡ Learn White-Tantra Yoga for energetic awakening
Our bodies have the innate capacity to feel pleasure far beyond what most even dream is possible. Ananda – bliss – is not a high to seek out. Rather it is a state of being in which we stay present in our hearts – feeling the joy, grief, pleasure, pain and ecstasy of being alive.
Inspired by Neo-Tantra, Ananda Body is a bodywork modality for healing and awakening that connects us with the primal joy of life. This non-goal-oriented practice celebrates our whole being – mind, body, sex and spirit – to uncover our wild, loving, radiant essence!
Our practice begins by opening a container of safety and embodied attunement. With presence and devotion, the giver creates a sacred space to welcome the innate wisdom the receiver’s body. In this modality we harness our sexual life-force (prana-shakti) to release trauma and shame. We connect deeply to our hearts to allow our wounded parts to be alchemized by love. And we expand our awareness to the natural state of embodied bliss and divine pleasure that is our birthright.
Ananda Body has been developed by Caity and Matt for the next generation of sacred intimacy. We’ve studied with Neo-Tantra teachers around the globe and combined those practices with somatic therapy tools for trauma release, nervous system regulation, and secure attachment. Through our years of dedication to this work, we’ve added our special magic around connecting spiritually, energetically, and most importantly staying present in the heart.
What to Expect
In this 5-day retreat you will awaken your body’s life-force, explore Neo-Tantric sacred sexuality, and learn the practice of Ananda Body. We’ll be staying at the private Glenbrook Lodge at Mandala Springs Retreat Center with our own house, exclusive hot tub, secluded stretch of creek, and with catered organic vegetarian meals.
Each day will begin with White Tantra Yoga, an energetic form of asana designed to open your energy channels and awaken your vitality.
Monday you’ll learn somatic tools to cultivate intimacy and how to work with Attachment styles through the nervous system. We’ll explore Desire as a form of vitality, with practices to connect with our authentic desires and a framework to express and receive desires without feeling like an asshole. You’ll experience the four flavors of sexual desire mapped through the chakras and take a dance journey through your own expression of desire. Monday night will be the Radiant Heart Puja – a ceremony of intimacy and abandon based on the Radiance Sutras.
Tuesday will begin with a deep dive into consent and boundaries for safe, clean interactions. You’ll receive a primer on how to support trauma as it’s released through the body. With these foundations, we’ll begin to explore somatic touch, touching the body with love, and touching through the elements. Tuesday evening will have a special body-awakening ceremony!
Wednesday we’ll explore how to honor the male body and worship the masculine. One participant from the group will volunteer to receive an Ananda Body lingam massage live demo with Caity. During the demo the group will hold a loving and respectful ceremonial container. Witnessing this kind of session is considered an energetic transmission of the teachings, and will empower you to create that same healing space for others. We will debrief and answer any questions that may arise during the demo. We’ll have a powerful matching ceremony for singles. The couples and paired singles will have the opportunity to practice an Ananda Body session in the space.
Thursday will focus on honoring the female body and devotion to the feminine. Another volunteer will receive an Ananda Body yoni massage live demo with Matt. Again pairs in the group will have the opportunity to practice an Ananda Body session in the space.
Over the course of the retreat, each participant will have the invitation to both give and receive an Ananda Body session. These sessions only progress to the level of comfort for the receiver – there are many levels this modality can operate on, including the receiver remaining fully clothed or without touch.
Friday morning is the closing puja ceremony where we’ll celebrate our group and all of the growth and intimacy from our retreat. You’ll meet and connect with others who would like to continue practicing these skills, and learn about the path to eventually offering this healing as a professional.
This retreat is sober, trauma-informed, queer-friendly, participatory, consensual and fun!
Skills You Will Learn
♡ Ananda Body’s Neo-Tantric bodywork practice
♡ Communicating desires and boundaries
♡ Non-goal-oriented presence and devotion
♡ Touch for arousal, grounding, healing, and awakening
♡ Safeporting the receiver through emotional and energetic releases
♡ Techniques to cultivate safety, intimacy, and pleasure
♡ White Tantra Yoga
And Experiences You Will Have
♡ 2 Live Demos from Caity and Matt
♡ The invitation to give an Ananda Body session
♡ The invitation to receive an Ananda Body session
♡ 2 Sacred Intimacy Pujas plus more Neo-Tantric rituals and ceremonies
♡ Countless practical exercises to learn these skills
♡ Belonging with a community of embodied souls!
Is this for me?
No prior experience is necessary – just an open mind and an excitement to explore with us! We create a strong container where you are safe, resourced, and secure. We’ll give you the opportunity to go deep into your experience while following what feels just right for you. You’ll be invited to share touch with other participants, though by no means will be required to do so. Open to singles, couples, triads, etc… and people of all genders and orientations.
A note on the nature of this training
This retreat will include the opportunity to learn and receive hands-on pelvic floor work and there will be nudity in the space. While we will be teaching the skills of Neo-Tantric massage, you are invited to participate at exactly the level that is right for you. You are not required to participate in giving or receiving pelvic floor bodywork. It is entirely possible and incredibly powerful to receive an Ananda Body session fully clothed and without receiving hands on touch! We are committed to this being a safe space for everyone and encourage you to find your authentic YES and NO.
Caity Flanagan – Co-Founder of Embodied Erotic. Caity is a somatic sex & intimacy coach, embodiment educator and Tantric practitioner dedicated to supporting other on the journey of radical embodiment, sensual awakening, and coming home to the Heart. She is passionate about supporting others to heal and alchemize their sexual trauma and is dedicated to birthing a new paradigm of integrative and holistic sexuality. Caity studied Tantric meditation under Lorin Roche and draws on the Triple Shakti Model as taught by Lorin, for honoring and working with the innate wisdom of the body and Prana-Shakti. She also has studied deeply in the realms of somatic trauma healing.
Matt Sturm – is a leader of transformational experiences and the co-founder of Embodied Erotic, a community for sacred sexuality workshops and ceremonies. Matt studied Sacred Spot Massage with Charles Muir, one of the originators of Neo-Tantric massage; and has been offering healing sessions for over 5 years. Matt is trained in the Hakomi method of psychotherapy – a body-based therapy centered around mindfulness. Matt is a Hatha yoga teacher and plant medicine guide.
“Over the last 20 years I’ve participated in numerous tantra workshops, including in-depth training with Margot Anand herself. Matt and Caity have created a fresh, raw, open, deep, inspiring space for authentic vulnerability and connection that greatly impressed me. I highly recommend Embodied Erotic to anyone who wants to discover themselves better, explore their own sensuality, and connect with a community of others doing the same in an authentic, safe space.”