OUR FACULTY

OUR FACULTY

Over the years, thousands of students have worked through our courses and programs. Many of them, under the personal tutelage of our founder Shakti Malan, have become teachers and practitioners in their own right. We are blessed to have some of these experienced facilitators as members of our faculty team. Below you will find info on our senior facilitators, guest teachers, and affiliates - who are all sharing their unique wisdom and guidance on the various on-line offerings and in-person events available through the Academy.

CO-DIRECTORS AND SENIOR FACULTY

CLAIRE RUMORE

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Based in the San Francisco Bay Area of California, Claire has been on a multi-decade journey of reclaiming connection to her feminine essence, which she cut herself off from at a young age, favouring her perception of the privilege and power of masculinity over the seeming weakness of the feminine. Meeting Shakti Malan in 2010 fortified this reclamation and empowered Claire in ways she could have never anticipated.   Now a decade later Claire is a skillful guide for individuals and couples into understanding their sexuality, gender, identity, and relationship through a Tantric lens.

She’s a particularly helpful resource for other women who rejected or never were in touch with their feminine sides.

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RHIANNE VAN DER LINDE

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Rhianne walked alongside Shakti managing all of her in-person workshops and retreats from 2010 until her death in 2017. Being in Shakti’s flight path has been one of the greatest gifts in my life. As co-director and senior faculty at the academy, I remain totally in-service to the co-creation of intimate online and retreat spaces for vulnerable and embodied sharing. An avid alchemist and a dedicated dreamer with a depth of knowledge and experience of transforming the mundane into the magical, my personal explorations have led me into working with dreams, as a companion to those busy with their journey of dying, exploring the breath as a thread connecting us directly to source. & processing and ritual with groups in wild nature.

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SENIOR FACULTY

MARCIA BACZYNSKI

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Marcia Baczynski is an internationally-recognized speaker, writer, coach and expert on sexual communication, relationships and women’s empowerment. Her primary mission is to help women and the people who love them to overcome shame and get in touch with what they truly want — romantically, sexually and relationally — even if it’s off the beaten path.

As co-founder of Cuddle Party, Marcia has helped tens of thousands of people to speak up for the kind of touch they want, say No unapologetically, and foster more connected, affectionate relationships. Her popular virtual course, “The Good Girl Recovery Program,” helps women to break out of the roles that keep them small and unsatisfied, and move into being more of who they are in all areas of their lives. Marcia brings wisdom, humor, and creativity to all aspects of her work.

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LISA GRACE

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Based in the Bay Area, California, Lisa has spent the last two decades gathering tools to support humans in being fully embodied, expressed, and able to stay present with the truth of What Is.
With a degree in Performing Arts and Psychology, she has since traversed BDSM (bondage/discipline, dominance /submission, sadism/masochism otherwise known as "kink"), the extreme non-violence of mindfulness based Hakomi TherapyAdvait Tantra.
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KALI SATYAGRAHA WIDD

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Kali is a highly skilled, deeply experienced facilitator & practitioner of BlissDance, Cuddle Parties™, CosmoForm Meditation, & Advait Tantra, whilst also being renowned for the sacred space she holds for the support of women’s sexual & spiritual awakening through Red Tents (The RED Retreat, AfrikaBurn, SpiritFest, Learning Man, Retreat Yourself), as well as for spinning hot tunes DJ-ing organic world & downtempo dance music at private & public events.
Her deepest love is supporting Lovers of Truth into the discovery of their essential nature - and how to live beautifully with ourselves & others.
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TIFFANY STONE

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Based in South Africa, Tiffany managed The Academy since its inception and worked side-by-side with Shakti since she took her work into the online world in 2013 and until after her passing until 2020. She focuses on deep shadow work and internal and external relationship dynamics. Tiffany has a passion for psychological processes and shadow work integration. She is relentless about “getting to the bottom of things” and figuring out how something works so that she can resolve whatever challenge being faced. This can show up like troubleshooting a technological glitch or diving deep into the underlying motivations of the human mind in order to figure out why certain behaviours or patterns are showing up.

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STEPHEN TREDREA

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Based currently in Auckland, New Zealand, Stephen has been on an ongoing exploration of self, sexuality and relationship since his quarter-life crisis, questioning and exploding the normative conditioned narratives of his upbringing.  This has primarily been through a broad lens of Tantra, or sexual awakening, with an intention of being: consciously aware, embodied and participating in life. He worked with Shakti Malan over many years, both as student and co-facilitator, as well as benefiting from the work of many other teachers over his path of unravelling.
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GUEST TEACHERS

PAUL ABRAMOWITZ (ABRO)

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Growing up in a home where his father was a sex therapist, Obs and Gynae, from an early age Paul developed an open curiosity and respect for the gravitas of sex and its vibrant intersection with pleasure, intimacy, consciousness, spirit and human potential.

Author, artist, songwriter, dental specialist and a perennial and curious student of life and what it means to thrive in a body and relate consciously, Paul realised early on that the potency and currency of our exploration into this vibrant intersection has (at least in the West) been wholly underestimated. That when we begin to investigate, celebrate and harvest from the rich landscape of our own private “sex intersection” of pleasure, intimacy and consciousness outside of the old inherited cultural artefacts, all aspects of our lives are elevated to the extraordinary, and a new vitality and luminosity begin to abound.

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PATRICIA ALBERE

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Patricia Albere is at ground zero of an evolutionary stream of spiritual awakening. Just as meditation can be an opening to an individual awakening, Albere originated the Mutual Awakening Practice – a 21st century spiritual practice that empowers us to enter into new dimensions of relating and expanding consciousness together. One in which we learn to go beyond individual psychology and transformation into a new space of mutual awakening or ‘inter-being’ or ‘we-mysticism’.

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PRI BERTUCCI

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Originally from São Paulo, Brazil, Pri Bertucci (pronouns he/him, they/them) is a widely acclaimed non-binary social artist, author, lecturer and consultant known fondly as “The Queer Prophet.” Pri creates programs and resources that focus on diversity, equality, intersectionality and inclusion. Pri is the founder of the [SSEX BBOX] Institute of Social Justice, which has been operating in San Francisco, São Paulo, and many other international cities since 2011.

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FERNANDO CAVALHER

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Fernando Cavalher (or Cavalher for short) is a Consciousness Designer, Mind Hacker, Illusions Destroyer and Visionary Author who is passionate about helping humans transcend limits.  Originally from Brazil,now based in Europe, he spent the past 23 years mapping and optimizing the psychological reality (unconscious mind) and the pneumatic reality (unus mundus) of people and businesses in order to create realities and lives that make Sense.

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MASTER HINES

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BDSM Educator and Professional Dominant. Master Hines formally joined the BDSM community in 1992 in Atlanta, Georgia (USA) and moved to the California Bay Area in 2003. Core to Master Hines’ BDSM philosophy is spirituality through power exchange. His technique and approach to SM puts heavy emphasis on the spiritual connection between Top and bottom. His play ranges from sensual to sadistic, incorporating many styles, toys and fetishes.

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VALENTINA LEO AKA MRS LOVE

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Based in Cape Town, Valentina Leo (a.k.a. Mrslove) is an Artist, a Lover, a Mother and a Fool. A Tantric Practitioner, teacher of Enlightened Sexuality and an Explorer of the Tantric Realms for over 15 years. Initiated into the embodied wisdom of Human Sexuality by Shakti Malan, Valentina is a Dakini and devoted student of the Traditional Kaula-Tanra lineage of Kashmir Shivaism that recognises the body as Vibration, Space and a Celebration of Cosmic Divinity.

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SHARON LYON (SHAKARA)

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A native New Zealander currently based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Shakara is a psycho-spiritual counselor, transformational coach, and international workshop facilitator. Leading retreats and mentoring individuals around the world, she is an initiator of life-affirming change and the manifestation of one’s deepest desires—the perfect guide for those who are truly ready to transform their lives. Shakara combines more than 30 years of experience as a professional astrologer, past life regression therapist, and breathwork therapist with her life-long gift as an energy intuitive.

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BETTY MARTIN

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Betty has had her hands on people professionally for 40 years (some of it legal and some of it questionable). 30 years as a Chiropractor and then 15 years as a Body Electric School trained Sacred Intimate. Other goodies include Neuro-Emotional Integration, Educational Kinesiology, Sexological Bodywork, Taoist Erotic Massage, Kashmiri Tantric Massage, and good 'ol sex work. She describes her long career as basically Surrogacy with variations. She loves it. These days her passion is training other hands-on practitioners in consent skills and how to teach their clients empowered choice.

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MARC PERIDIS

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Based in a small coastal town outside of Barcelona, Marc is a Canadian-born facilitator who has been working with tantra and spirituality since 2010.He spends most of his time teaching his own practice, Orgasmic Shamanism, which uses energy work and spontaneous movement to harness the energy of the orgasm for spiritual growth and personal transformation.

His approach is often considered radical and his passion lies in transmuting our deep and most shameful shadows into our highest and most transformative power.

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SWAMI ADVAIT RAHASYA

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Swami Rahasya is as much a rascally trickster as he is a serious pundit of Tantric Spirituality. He uses tongue-and-cheek, irony, and colourful stories (personal, archetypal, and beyond) to share the high teachings of the Tantric adepts of old.

Rahasya has been a lifelong student of tantra. His worldly involvement has included the practicing of several professions, the learning of an unusual range of skills and the sexual learning available through several relationship styles, including 14 years of monogamy.

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KARIN RITCHIE

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Based in the Garden Route of South Africa, Karin is a lover of life, a gentle warrior woman, passionate about growth and well-being. Drawing on her journey of transformation from a traumatic life to one of grace, she seeks to create a conscious authentic life for herself and her clients. She embraces freedom from past patterns that no longer serve. Through gratitude, presence, curiosity and compassion, she witnesses and celebrates the miracles of healing. Karin is an Indian trained practicing Kundalini yoga teacher and a Trauma Healing Practitioner (SEP).

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SHEENA WITTER

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Wisdom and Compassion capture the essence of who Sheena is on a Soul level and the energy she embodies and facilitates in the world.

Over the years, this has taken many forms – teacher, mentor for at-risk youth, non-profit manager, entrepreneur, business development consultant, Mastermind facilitator, community manager, transformational coach.

In her heart, Sheena Witter is an alchemist

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IN PERSON RETREAT TEACHERS

COURTNEY WARD

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Partially based in Ponta Malongane, where it is said that heaven meets earth; Courtney guided Shakti Malan - founder of the Shakti Shiva Academy on her first life-changing encounter with the in-shore bottlenose dolphins of Malongane, Mozambique.

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