Basic Sexual Shadow Work
A 7-week mini course
The next live offering of this course is scheduled to start in October 2021
EXPLORING THE "CRAZY WISDOM" OF YOUR EROTIC BODY ~~~ESTIMATED TO START OCTOBER 2021~~~
“Our sexual response is one of the most complex and misunderstood dimensions of human relating. This is because it is so profoundly connected to our individual and collective unconscious. On the collective level, our culture and the political, religious and economic systems that control the culture have succeeded in demonizing and/or commercializing our sexuality in a myriad of ways. On the personal level, everything in our human experience that has not been fully felt and embraced gets suppressed into the unconscious. The body always attempts to show us what we haven't fully felt - and particularly the sexual body.”
- Shakti Malan, founder of the Shakti Shiva Academy
We are delighted to offer this 7-week mini course, Basic Sexual Shadow Work, as a primer for the upcoming 9-month deep dive course called Sexual Shadow Work and Integration (the next live offering of this course is scheduled to start April 2022). We've also designed Basic Sexual Shadow Work to have enough content and depth to be a stand alone course in its own right for those who do not continue with the 9-month intensive.
This mini-course is based on the Basic Sexual Shadow Work book written by Shakti Malan, the founder of the Shakti Shiva Academy. Through this course you will be empowered to awaken and access the true power of your sexuality. Together we will delve into the dimensions of our sexuality that express themselves from our unconscious, or what Jung referred to as our shadow.
The body always attempts to show us what we haven't fully felt - and particularly the sexual body.
As we progress, we will get to see that conscious, loving and playful engagement with what we have not allowed ourselves to fully see, feel or experience in our sexuality not only relieves us of much shaming and guilt, but more importantly, it gives us access to aspects of our psyches and selves that have been calling for our attention, usually from the shadow.
The shadow integrates when we bring it into the light of consciousness with our awareness.
Greco-Roman mythology portrays an epic love-affair between Eros - the son of Aphrodite (the Goddess of Love) and Ares (the God of War) - and his Beloved, Psyche (the deification of the human soul). Psyche literally means "soul, spirit, breath, life or animating force”. Out of their union Voluptas, the embodiment of physical pleasure and bliss is born. This myth points to the truth that Eros will only be fully ignited as physical pleasure or bliss if Psyche is honoured - if we listen to the messages that our psyche brings us in regards to sexuality and intimacy. Usually, this listening takes us to places that we haven’t yet explored or honoured in our psyches, such as:
- suppressed anger or fear
- our relationship with power (Power over/power under dynamics)
- unconscious ancestral dynamics at play
- shocks and traumas from infancy and childhood
In short, the sexual shadow takes us deep into the shadow of our unconscious.
Each of the modules in this mini course will reveal to you an enormous amount about yourself and about how to navigate the murky terrain of personal and collective sexual shadow themes - whilst holding all ideas and sensations with love, clarity and acceptance.
During our 7 weeks together we will explore the following themes and objectives:
SESSION 1: WHAT IS SEXUAL SHADOW?
May 14, 2020
- Traverse your unconscious mind and witness how it shapes your experiences
- Discover how your sexuality speaks from and for your unconscious
- Learn how to meet and embrace your sexual shadow
SESSION 2: EROS RUNNING AMOK
May 21, 2020
- Discover the polarities that comprise your compulsive sexual fantasies
- Learn how to bring presence and integration to your unconscious polarities and projections
- Learn the art of slowing the whole show down
SESSION 3: OPENING TO DESIRE ~ EXPLORING YOUR INNER EROTIC LANDSCAPE
May 28, 2020
- Learn about desire and how to relate to your desire from the subject position
- What is referred desire and how does it open the doors to the unconscious
- Uncover what your deepest desires are
SESSION 4: FACING YOUR FEARS
June 4, 2020
- learn about fears and how they impact your eroticism
- identify and learn to “face the tiger” of your biggest fears
- discover how your biggest desires are linked to your biggest fears
SESSION 5: BREAKING FREE FROM THE VICTIM-RESCUER-PERSECUTOR TRIANGLE
June 11, 2020
- Learn about the victim-rescuer-persecutor drama triangle and its impact in your life
- Identify your familiar roles and how you take or give away power
- Break free from habitual patterns and learn who you are without your story
SESSION 6: FROZEN IN THE ACT
June 18, 2020
- Examine trauma’s role in why erotic response can become frustratingly frozen
- Understand the role and wisdom of the nervous system in this response
- Explore simple strategies for thawing the freeze and recovering the life force within you the longs to express as your integrated sexuality
SESSION 7: THE WISE EROTIC BODY
June 25, 2020
- How to understand and make friends with your body’s subtle and overt wisdom
- Learn about the impact of neurochemistry on your choices
- How to move from sexual habituation to sexual integration in your personal sexual expression
Upon completion of the mini-course, you'll be invited to participate in Sexual Shadow Work & Integration: a 9-month deeper dive into the sexual shadow theme. The longer time frame and more in-depth format will help you take what you've learned in this 7-week mini course and apply it with more depth and care into your own life. You can read more about the SSW&I course HERE.
BONUS CALL with Guest Teacher Lisa Grace
Tuesday 9 June @ 10am PDT / 6pm BST / 7pm SAST
Having plunged into the San Francisco Bay Area kink scene in 2005 and then becoming a devoted student of Shakti Malan’s in 2010, Lisa has been straddling the worlds of BDSM and Tantra for the last decade. Superficially believed to be mutually exclusive practices, you’ll notice in the Basic Sexual Shadow Work mini-course that BDSM is mentioned as a way to process fantasy and move towards the real of relating. In this bonus call, Lisa will share some of her story of discovery and explore how these energetic arts actually do serve each other. An opportunity to bring your judgments, bring your fears, and bring your questions.
WHAT YOU'LL RECEIVE
Weekly teaching sessions (live 90-minute teaching + Q/A call every Thursday @ 10am PDT / 6pm BST / 7pm SAST) and written pdf of the module
Homework assignments and supplementary materials with reflection questions
A copy of Shakti Malan's ebook: Basic Sexual Shadow Work
Bonus Recording: Conscious BDSM - A Tantra Talk by Shakti Malan
Supplementary bonus teachings with guest teachers and experts in the field
Access to a course website to retrieve all materials and a Facebook group to share and explore with fellow participants
A Student WhatsApp Group for support and sharing (optional participation)
** All live calls will take place on Thursdays at 10am PT (6pm UK, 7pm SA) and will last approximately 90 minutes. Calls will be recorded and uploaded to course website for those who are not able to attend the live sessions.
MEET YOUR FACILITATORS
Bringing over 15 year’s worth of experience with sexual and somatic education alongside shamanic and Tantric training, Claire works as a coach, counselor, mentor, confidant, and teacher of sexuality and spirituality. She has formal training in life coaching from San Francisco State University as well as somatic psychotherapy through the Hakomi Institute of California, and is a certified Soul Coach trained by internationally renowned teacher Denise Linn. She is also a certified sex educator through the San Francisco Sex Information initiative, a long time student and mentee of the late Shakti Malan, a Reiki Master, a touch work professional, and a student of Paganism and practical magic. Learn more about her work at www.YourSensualWisdom.com
Rhianne van der Linde
Rhianne is an avid alchemist and a dedicated dreamer with a depth of knowledge and experience of transforming the mundane into the magical. Her knowing that embodiment is rooted in relaxation and that every breath is an opportunity for us to wake-up to the bliss that is our birthright, inspires her to co-create intimate in-person and online spaces for vulnerable exploration and sharing in Truth. Truth as emptiness and Truth as embodiment – as consciousness expressing in form, in beautiful bodies of love…it is this language of the heart, this feminine language of embodiment & feeling that Rhianne is most interested in learning and sharing.
TESTIMONIALS AND PRAISE
“A pioneer in the field of Human consciousness and awakening – Shakti marries her deep knowledge of Anthropology and Human Sexuality towards insights and teachings into the human condition which are forward thinking, innovative and inspiring. Shakti’s teachings have allowed me to come home to a place I always knew existed but lacked the capacity to reach on my own. A Re–Pairing on the deepest level. The teachings and subtle body work practices have set in motion the expanding of a felt sense reality for me – towards a rich and tapestried life of intimacy and love making that I could not have imagined before.”
Totality Therapy Practitioner & Dentist, Cape Town
“This course created a safe and sacred space for me to know myself more deeply. Within the mystery and magic of the container that Shakti set, I had insights that profoundly impacted my soul journey… Through the exercises and Shakti's expert facilitation, I was able to re-integrate and love the disowned parts of myself, which made me more whole and more truly who I am.”
Founder of Wisdom Women, San Francisco, USA
"I have experienced intense healing and insight from my sessions working with Claire. She has facilitated the work with the highest levels of care, respect, and commitment. Claire is a wise, intuitive mentor and each session with her has felt like a small journey into a larger one. She is an amazing woman with a rich range of knowledge, and working with her has been a healing and empowering experience that has helped me change old patterns and remember my way home. Thank you so much Claire for holding me with so much compassion during our sessions. It`s really been transformative!"
"OMG, you taught me so much! I was mesmerised by your stillness and deep presence. You embody pleasure, delight and depth. Your body is a holy instrument. You are the object of desire. You have an amazing mind and yet you let the intelligence of your body speak the loudest. I so appreciated your deep understanding of non-duality and how you welcome and make space for everything. I felt deeply held and seen by you. You embodied the masculine and the feminine for me. You met my whore and my virgin and gave me the keys to my own shadow. You were the most awesome facilitator."
Coach & Facilitator, London, UK
"Since taking this course, things have shifted so much that I am now even willing to consider myself a sexual being and I am no longer ashamed to speak of sexuality. I can speak into this area with my patients and I have written blogs now that speak into this area which I never would have been able to do previously."
Acupuncturist, Maryland, USA
"Rhianne is a masterful teacher and guide. I would not hesitate to do pretty much anything that she leads. Her tenderness and integrity are deep and meaningful, and her inquiry into the human being thought provoking and transformative. She holds a calm, wise and safe space in which it is easy to take responsibility for oneself, and through that, grow."
Scarborough, Cape Town
"Amazing journey into the depths of the unconscious, a beautiful way to become more of who we truly are, integrating shadows and dancing with Eros."
Business and Medicine Woman, Poland
REGISTRATION FOR THIS MINI-COURSE IS NOW CLOSED THIS MINI-COURSE IS SUITABLE FOR ALL SINCERE SEEKERS OF TRUTH, OF ANY GENDER OR ORIENTATION, SINGLE OR PARTNERED
Register now for our reduced Covid-19 price of 50% off (reg. $395)!
$197 one time payment, or
$110 x 2 monthly payments, or
$80 x 3 monthly payments
A currency related price of ZAR2500 (for one-time payment) is available for South Africans paying by EFT.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do I need a partner to do this work?
No, this course is designed to be a personal journey, tapping into your own personal desires, fantasies and inner discoveries. For those who are in partnerships, you may find that this will bring a greater dimension to your relating and intimacy with one another.
I can't attend the coaching sessions live - what now?
Not a problem – sessions are recorded and will be available within 24 hours so you can download and listen to them at your own convenience.
What about confidentiality?
Your journey will remain confidential. If you wish to share on the course website or private Facebook group, there are confidentiality agreements in place there. Nevertheless, please only share to the level you are comfortable to share.
What if I need more support?
If you find you require additional support aside from the group coaching sessions provided with this course, then you are welcome to approach any 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 I have to finish the course in a certain time period?
No. Because you are able to download all the materials, you can work through them at your own pace. You will have access to the community website for one full year so that you can continue to interact and learn with the course participants even after you have completed your sessions.
Does the course 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 to meeting the material in a fresh way.
Do you provide refunds?
Withdrawal from the course is only possible during the first week of Module 1. Should you decide to withdraw, your future payments will be cancelled however no refunds will be provided. After 21 May 2020, de-registration is no longer permitted. If you find yourself unable to keep up with the course then no problem: You will have access to the course for one full year and can also retake the course in the future - for free! - as many times as you like. All materials are also downloadable for you to work through at your own pace.
JOIN US FOR THE 9-MONTH SEXUAL SHADOW WORK & INTEGRATION COURSE BEGINNING JULY 2020
After the Basic Sexual Shadow Work 7-week mini-course ends, the Shakti Shiva Academy will be offering a 9-month course called Sexual Shadow Work and Integration (starting July 2020) that will provide a deeper dive into the same themes as well as introducing some new themes.
You can read more about the Sexual Shadow Work and Integration 9-month course HERE.
As a student of the Basic Sexual Shadow Work mini-course, if you sign up for the 9 month Sexual Shadow Work and Integration Intensive course, you will automatically receive a coupon code qualifying you for a discount of $197 (the cost of the mini-course) off the course fees.
~~~We look forward to sharing this journey into the Shadow with you soon!~~~