BlissDance is a profound Tantric Movement Practice of Awakening: awakening in us our universal desire for Truth, Presence, Love, Connection, Beauty, Freedom, and Pleasure!
BlissDance, like Tantra, supports the powerful integration of all seeming polarities such as the sacred, profane and the sexual; the light and the shadow; and the masculine and the feminine.
One of the first principles of BlissDance, as a Tantric movement practice, is Presence – being present in the here and now, in our bodies, in our senses. Another is the connection between our desire, our sexuality and our hearts. As this happens, we get to experience and confront some of the unconscious patterns keeping us from being intimate with life, for example:
We hold our bodies rigid in an attempt to protect ourselves from feeling too much
– or feeling what we have been suppressing.
Sometimes it’s laughter or ecstasy, sometimes sadness, fear or anger.
All these states are welcome in BlissDance.
Over a lifetime of suppressions, we have built up meaning through associations.
When someone touches us, what does it mean?
When we enjoy or dislike the touch, what fears come up?
Do they relate to past experiences or future projections?
In BlissDance, these subconscious processes become conscious.
In embodied awareness lies liberation
One of the keys of BlissDance is its invitation to break out of our habits and stuck ways.
We enact some of the dramas of everyday life – like having to put down a healthy boundary
– but dance this drama in a conscious way, as a celebration of the body, and as an act of liberation.
In experiencing it consciously, something gives way, more space is created, and we celebrate our expansion.
Something opens up; I taste only sacredness
The moment softens, our hearts soften, and our bodies melt. We get to feel everything intimately.
We welcome what is, we no longer resist, and in that we can meet the beloved
- in the dance and in the moment.
In the first place, the beloved is our very own being.
Then we can meet him/her in the other, the group, our lives, and in existence.
In BlissDance we get to practice embodying
our Awakening, and our Desire
To live our lives as blissful sovereign beings able to manifest our deepest desires, we must first get out of our busy minds and feel and move everything from the past too painful to process at the time of it happening - and so was put away to feel for later. We need to de-armour ourselves physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually.
BlissDance supports soul reclamation, helping us to heal:
↠ Cultural and religious conditioning
↠ Unconscious patterns and habits of focus
↠ Self-limiting beliefs, identifications and narrow filters that no longer serve us
Most patriarchal religions shame the body and sexuality. We need to reclaim our beautiful bliss bodies and sacred sexuality. So much contemporary spiritual teaching is conceptual, which keeps us in our busy monkey minds.
Other spiritual traditions encourage disembodied transcendence, which is a kind of spiritual bypassing or dissociation. Very few integrate and balance polarity / duality into a total and direct embodiment practice.
BlissDance is both embodied and transcendent, masculine and feminine, dark and light, and critically, engages the shadow aspects of our sexuality and unconscious, bringing all into the loving light of compassionate consciousness and blissful integration.
Please note: there are 3 parts to this application process.
You do not need to complete the parts in order, but please ensure that you do complete all 3 parts for your application in order to be enrolled successfully.
Space is limited to 50 students.
Complete the application form.
Book your Discovery Call with Kali Satyagraha Widd.
* Please ensure that you have filled in the application form at least 48 hours before booking your call.
Secure your spot by completing your payment for this course.
[EARLY BIRD] until midnight PT 31 March 2023
Onetime Payment: $3,495
12 x monthly: $335 per month
ZAR Onetime: ZAR 41,600
ZAR 12 x monthly: ZAR 3,985 per month
* For ZAR payments, email: email@example.com
[REGULAR] until midnight PT on Sunday 7 May 2023
12 x monthly: $385 per month
ZAR Onetime Payment: ZAR 47,820
ZAR 12 x monthly: ZAR 4,585 per month
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YEAR 1 - LEVEL 1
BlissDance Foundation Training
Our BlissDance Level 1 Foundation Training has been thoughtfully and carefully designed to meet you where you are + guide you on this journey.
As soon as you join us, you’ll receive an email with all the pertinent details: links, login information, downloads, and more.
Each month, you’ll receive a pdf and audio download of the month’s theoretical module, together with associated video links and assignments, as well as recordings after the 2 x 2-hour live teaching sessions held on Zoom.
There are 2 teaching classes each month, 1 masterclass each semester + 1 study hall each semester.
We will have ongoing discussions where you can post your contemplations around the homework assignments and receive feedback and reflections from the facilitators in our private Mighty Network group.
Custodian & Lead Teacher
To rehabilitate her knee, Kali trained in Biodanza (completing the 18 months Personal Development course) with Marcelo Toro - the grandson of the dance movement’s founder - and then deepened her conscious dance training with Shakti Malan, who had developed BlissDance, a Tantric Movement Practice of Awakening.
Over the past 10 years, she has held weekly BlissDance classes in Cape Town for 3 years, together with closed groups, workshops and retreats throughout Southern Africa, the UK, and the Netherlands.
The key differentiator of BlissDance is its lineage, steeped as it is in Totality Tantra and the invitation to constantly stalk our shadows and bring them lovingly into the light of healing, together with the substantial gifts they deliver to individuals and the collective. BlissDance also has the capacity to de-armour the body-mind while ensuring the development of clear discernment and setting of healthy boundaries from moment to moment. BlissDance invites us to meditate consciously on what we really, really want, and develops our capacity for authentic intimacy with Self and with life as the Beloved.
Kali became renowned for the depth to which she could invite dancers to drop within a safe, sacred container - and for her superb music curation, which in turn organically led to her being invited to deejay at private events and festivals.
Together with Shakti Shiva Academy, Kali is delighted to announce the launch of a substantial 3-year BlissDance Teacher Training Certification: the exciting manifestation of Shakti’s dream to bring this exquisite movement practice to the world!
Read more about Kali here:
"When I first danced BlissDance with Shakti I was able to face the discomfort of the stigma I had created. It was a safe container in which to do that and doing so dissolved the stigma.
I stepped through fears and limiting self beliefs to express myself in ways I had never previously imagined. Through the guidance of BlissDance I became more present and my self confidence blossomed."
Read more about Stephen here:
One of the first principles of BlissDance, as a Tantric movement practice, is Presence – being present in the here and now, in our bodies, in our senses.
I live in Granada, Spain, where I direct the Rolando Toro System of Biodanza, founded in 2010. Third Generation of Biodanza Facilitators.
In 2000 I received a Biodanza Facilitator at the School of Buenos Aires with Raúl Terren and Verónica Toro.
In 2002 I received as a Didact with my grandfather Rolando Toro (Creator of the Biodanza System).
From 2002 to 2010 I live successively in Argentina, Brazil, Dominican Republic and Spain teaching Biodanza.
From 2010 to 2013 Director of the School of Biodanza SRT of Granada Spain.
From 2013 to 2017 Director of the School of Biodanza SRT of Cape Town South Africa.
In 2015 I go around the world with Biodanza on 12 consecutive weekends with the Hermes Project.
In 2015 I develop Biocentric Steps, a program for biodance schools and their students.
In 2017, with the collaboration of 12 Biodanza Schools, I made “Around the world in 80 days with Biodanza”.
In 2017 I am invited to participate in the training team of future Didactics in South America.
In 2018 with the collaboration of Viviana Canalis We inaugurated the new cycle of the School of Biodanza SRT: Granada!
Tandava is the yoga of mystical union with the vast emptiness of pure space. A very slow and spontaneous dance that leads to the perception of the Cosmic Body and attunement to our infinitely Empty Nature. It is our Majestic Magnificence making love to the Unknown.
In this bonus masterclass Valentina will share this traditional practice with the intention of catalysing the experience of spiritual arousal in the awakening of your Beautiful Breathing Body…
He supports people to become more aware of the unconscious beliefs and behaviours of relationships, sexuality, and social disempowerment, how this can affect our ability to love without fear, and lower the vibrational frequency of the body. He shows how we can use our sexual energy as a spiritual platform for creating bliss states for healing, raising consciousness, and creating abundance/prosperity
Be held in an Ecstatic Intuitive Dance container to purify stagnant energy that’s been blocking the free flow of your creative life force energy. Embody breath, sound and movement practices that will cultivate ecstatic energy flow in your body/mind and support you to open energy pathways and expand higher consciousness.
Move beyond the confines of your egoic self and tap into your higher evolutionary creative potential. Be supported to experience your relationships, love, creativity, vocation and sexuality in new and inspirational ways.
Evolution is created through raising vibration and increasing vitality. The essential ingredients are breath practices, joyousness, dance, play, togetherness, authenticity, nutrition, ceremony, sensuality, sexuality, living in the now, music, and exploring wisdom pragmatically.
* Additional to base investment
There are two intensives for Level 1 Foundation Training.
The first will be in South Africa and the second one will be in Spain.
You will be required to attend one of these two retreats.
Dates: Friday 18 - Friday 25 August 2023
Investment: from ZAR 12950 to ZAR 17850*
*depending on type of accommodation selected.
- travel expenses excluded -
Dates: TBC Apr - May 2024
Investment: from ZAR20 000 to ZAR22 000
*depending on type of accommodation selected.
- travel expenses excluded -
“I have touched many places in BlissDance with you, becoming more of me, experiencing a fuller range of emotions, gold and shadow, and feeling safe and held to express them freely and through my body. How liberating and effective. Embodiment through BlissDance has shifted many things for me and brought me to closer intimacy with myself and others, and allowed some of my boundaries to shift, and to become more open and trusting. Your themes and choice of music have been spot-on and powerful, providing me with what I needed right then and there (without always knowing it). Your skill and holding Kali, and intuitive sense of theme and music, are magical.”
“I have noticed something a little different but I'm a patient person so will be taking things slowly. The most important thing the dancing helped me with was just accepting the emotions as they come and go. I have spent many years denying or favouring others’ feelings, and I'm now more ready to accept myself for who I am (the light and dark in me).”
“I've been experiencing major shifts, so much so that my children remarked that I’m a different person to who I was before began the 8 weeks closed BlissDance group for women. What I learned in that sacred circle, the opening of my throat chakra to express myself for one, as well as so many things that continue evolving... but I especially learned compassion and unity and that has brought me right into the fullness of my being. I will always remember your words, when in doubt or despair, remember your truth. Thank you, Kali.”
Together, let’s Bring on the Bliss!
Does the programme require specific knowledge or experience?
No. In fact, sometimes the less you know, the better it is – this opens you to beginner’s mind and enables you to meet the materials in a fresh way. What is important however, is that you are hungry and committed to this work.
What about confidentiality?
Your journey remains completely confidential. If you wish to share on the Mighty Network Community Platform, there is a confidentiality agreement in place.
Do I need good internet or internet skills to do this programme?
Only for downloading and interaction in the Q&A aspect of the live coaching calls. We will give you all the support we can – and you’ll see that, once you’re in the flow, it’s really easy.
Do I need to be a dancer and do I need to be musical in order to do this course?
Anybody in a body can move. We dance to express not impress so, you do not need to be a dancer or have any previous dance experience. Furthermore, this course will teach you the fundamentals of music selection and curation.
What if I need more support, are you available for sessions?
If you find you require additional support aside from the group coaching sessions provided with this program, then you are welcome to approach either of the facilitators and book private sessions. These sessions are booked and paid separately and negotiated between you and the facilitator in their private capacity.
Do you provide refunds?
Unless you cancel your registration timeously, the Shakti Shiva Academy does not offer a refund for any other reason.
During the first month of the course, that is up to and including 31 May 2023,
you can de-register from the course by writing an email to email@example.com
If you selected the monthly payment plan when registering, we will cancel your future payments,
however, please take note that no refunds will be provided.
If you selected to pay in full upfront when registering, we will refund 80% of your payment.
After 31 May 2023 you can no longer de-register from the course.
Did you know?
It took approximately 50 years for yoga to reach a global tipping point after migrating from the East?
Conscious Dance hasn’t reached its tipping point yet!
Kali – a top global brand & marketing strategist for 30 years – predicts when Conscious Dance tips in approximately 5 years from now, the movement will be exponentially larger than yoga. Yoga requires a certain level of strength and flexibility-building, which in turn requires regular class attendance and a particular innate athleticism - whereas anybody in a body can move!
Training in a Conscious Dance modality today is an opportunity to set yourself up as an in-demand teacher for the future – one who can hold classes and retreats anywhere in the world – from Bali to Costa Rica and from Ibiza to Cape Town. You can enjoy a richly rewarding path on every level, as your own mistress or master, and confidently know you’re contributing to the creation of a more grounded and blissful new world.
Enjoy this gift of our December 2022 BlissDance Journey, "Freedom & The Nervous System"