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Retreats, Tantra, Yoga

Tantric Yoga and Massage Retreat for Gay and Bi Men

20th-26th June, Portugal

Tantra is a rich map of teachings and practices that guide us home to the truth of who we are; beings of love and light. Tantra allows us to recognise, remember and rise to meet our full potential. It teaches us how to open our hearts, to welcome and honour all that we are and how to move into freedom from self-judgement, self-criticism and a lack of self-love. As the light of self-love and self-acceptance shines within us, so can we see it shine in another. And on and on this light grows, illuminating all that come into contact with it. 

Join experienced teacher Andy he guides you gently and skilfully into the remarkable world of Tantra against the stunning backdrop of the lush, green countryside of Portugal. Beneath the warm sun of early summer, feel your body and soul open joyfully to mindful movement, yoga*, breathwork, chanting, meditation, partner and group work and massage. Be nourished and rejuvenated on all levels and find deep connection with yourself and within a welcoming community of fellow bliss and truth seekers.

This retreat is for you if:

  • You are looking to integrate your sexuality and spirituality and open up to a deepening awareness of who you are
  • You love the idea of getting back to nature, feeling the sun on your naked skin, wild swimming, roaming through woodland, stargazing and sharing around the fire pit  
  • You want to hang out with like-minded, warm-hearted gay and bi men and experience the joy, connection and healing that arises in community 
  • You want to enjoy and celebrate your body through movement, touch and massage 
  • You are looking to expand your awareness of what your body, mind and spirit are capable of
  • You are ready for an adventure, to take risks, grow beyond your comfort zone and discover new ways of delighting in who you are

A typical day:

8am yoga* and meditation
9.30am breakfast
11.00am tantric touch workshop
1.30pm lunch
FREE TIME
6.00pm tantric touch workshop
8pm dinner
This schedule may change

*The yoga will be for active beginners and improvers so you will need to be relatively fit, healthy and active. Andy draws on his experience with hatha vinyasa yoga to instruct in a mindful, flowing practice that is both subtle and physical. 

Accommodation

Boutique furnished bedrooms (2 triple rooms and the others are twins). Rooms allocated on a first come, first served basis. All bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms, with shower, washbasin and toilet. 

Each room is individually styled with different colour schemes and have features such as wood panelled ceilings, wooden shutters, chandeliers and wood floors on the 1st floor.

Single beds can be joined to create a king size bed for couples.

Cost

Early Bird Price £950*
Full Price £1095

Prices are per person (based on two people sharing a twin room)
Two twin beds can be pushed together to make a King for couples.
Two rooms will be a triple room and rooms will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Deposit of £300 to reserve your place and payment of outstanding balance by 1st May.

Early Bird price is payable if the deposit is paid by the end of March.

The cancellation policy is considered and flexible in light of Covid.

To register, use the Contact form or email andybutterfield@icloud.com

Healthy Vegetarian and Vegan Food

The ‘made from scratch’ vegetarian and vegan food is tasty and nutritious and based on fresh, seasonal fruit and vegetables. The vegetables, fruits and herbs are either grown in their own organic garden or supplied by local greengrocers.

The afternoon cake is of course freshly made each day, served with tea infusions, many of which they grew themselves.

We will be nurturing our bodies in a way to complement and assist the healing yoga practices during the group activities. Food for thought and growth.

Transport

The venue is 1 hr 45 minutes away from Lisbon airport and 3 hrs from Porto airport so we recommend flying to Lisbon.

We can arrange a minibus to take the group to and from Lisbon airport (about 30 euros each way).

About your hosts

Andy has practiced tantra yoga for 15 years and taught for nearly 7. He’s also an experienced bodyworker and folds shiatsu, reiki and meditation into his teaching to help his students tap into the great intelligence, power and creativity of the body. Together, we cultivate an attitude of loving kindness, gratitude and wonder as we flow through a soulful and meaningful movement practice.

Partner work is central in his teaching of tantra yoga for gay and bi men. It allows us to experience that with assistance, support and encouragement we can all move more easily towards the goal of self knowledge and self love. Tantra teaches us how to witness the light and beauty in another and so reveal it in ourselves.

Andy is passionate about creating community and holding a safe, relaxed and meaningful space for gay and bi men to meet and explore intimacy, connection and joy.

He has taught many retreats and workshops around the world and is based in London and Brighton, UK.

To register, use the Contact form above or email andybutterfield@icloud.com 

A Winter Escape for Gay, Bi and Queer Men

Gay Men’s Retreats, Retreat, Retreats, Shiatsu, Workshops, Yoga, Yoga For Men

28th Feb – 4th March, Lanzarote, Canary Islands

In way more than a yoga holiday, find more joy and freedom in your body through yoga, massage and movement

Shorten your winter and come to the Canary Islands where you can move, open, stretch and come back to life in the beautiful warm sunlight.

As the light emerges and expands, there’s no better time to take some rest after the long winter, recharge and then look ahead to what you want to create next. Energy follows intention so let a few days of mindfulness, movement, rest, friendship and play lift your spirits, open your heart, and connect you to your power and creativity.

Experienced teacher Andy Butterfield pulls together a rich program of yoga, movement, meditation, games and massage to ground and uplift you. He has led 16 retreats, 15 for gay, bi and queer men and is passionate about creating safe, cohesive and meaningful spaces for men to come together to laugh, share, connect and heal.

GET INVOLVED IF:

  • You’re dreading a cold, lingering winter and delight at the thought of being able to wear shorts and flip flops again by the beginning of March
  • You want to hang out with like-minded, warm-hearted gay, bi and trans men and experience the joy, connection and healing that arises in community
  • You want to explore, enjoy and celebrate your body through movement
  • You like the sound of adventuring in your body through yoga, massage and movement
  • You haven’t been on a retreat before but love the idea of a nurturing, restorative, relaxing and fun break
  • You have been on retreat and know just how much good can come from taking some time out for yourself.

A typical day:

  • 8am yoga
  • 10am brunch
  • 11.30am workshop on Monday and/or Wednesday
  • 5pm yoga
  • 7pm dinner.

The schedule may change a bit.

LANZAROTE
Lanzarote, is an island of contrasting landscapes, from striking volcanic plains to lush green oases. Just 70 nautical miles from the Sahara, proximity to the Med and the hot tropics keeps summers bearable and winters warm. Clouds tend to go around the island rather than over it and in March, temperatures are really starting to warm up, and can reach the 20s.

VENUE & ACCOMMODATION
Villa Amatista is located at the tranquil heart of the island and is charged with the energy of awakening. Yoga, 5 rhythms, tai chi, breathwork, tantra, shamanic work all happen here and so there has been much healing and transformation within the space.

The accommodation is full of character and furnished with love and a simple elegance.

Triple £735*
Twin/Double £755*
Single occupancy (just two spaces available) £860*

Save £55 if you book by 1st December.

Secure your place with a £250 deposit. Contact Andy above or on 07968 846610.
The remaining balance must be paid by the 15th January.

SWIMMING POOL
There is an outdoor chlorine-free, salt water swimming pool and it is solar-heated so is available for relaxation year round.

FOOD
An extensive organic vegetable garden provides a variety of juicy nutrient rich vegetables and herbs. All food will be vegetarian and vegan and gluten/dairy free choices will be available. Two vegetarian meals a day will be served; a hearty brunch and healthy, substantial dinner. Each room has a kitchen or access to a kitchen should you want to prepare something for lunch. We will have dinner out one evening, the cost of which will be paid individually at the time.

THE GARDENS
A tranquil green, oasis, Amatista is surrounded by the vineyards and volcanoes of La Vegueta.

With swaying palms trees, endless varieties of cacti, aloe and other desert plants planted beside twisting pathways, hidden nooks and hilltop lookouts, the rambling gardens allow you to find your spot for meditation, reflection and creativity.

CAR HIRE
Should you want to make the most of your visit to Lanzarote in your free time, hiring a car is best option. It is likely that between us, we will have a couple of rental cars at our disposal. Taxis are of course, another option.

FEB/MARCH WEATHER
Daytimes are fine for beach wear, shorts, t shirts and flip flops. You shouldn’t need anything more for the daytime, but in the evenings you might want a light fleece or cardigan.
The temperature in Lanzarote definitely starts to increase during March, and we typically see daytime temperatures of 21 to 26 degrees, falling to 16 to 18 at night.


ANDY Butterfield has journeyed through various styles of yoga and folds elements of these, along with his shiatsu bodywork experience into a mindful, breath-led flow practice. His objective is to help you inhabit your body more fully, relaxing into it with deeper compassion, appreciation and contentment.
Sometimes his classes focus on the creation of space, softening what is stuck and restoring and resourcing us from the inside. Other times, we work hard with strengthening and empowering practices to burn off what isn’t serving us and feel the joy in offering more than we thought we could.
Partner work is also woven in, allowing us to experience that with assistance, support and encouragement, we can move more easily towards the goal of yoga – self knowledge and self love.

Healing Eros – A transformative retreat for Gay, Bi and Queer Men

Yoga

19th to 25th September, Garraf, Catalonia

Join Andy Butterfield and Marc Peridis for a 6-night escape in a luxury masia (villa) in a wild and magical nature reserve. This exclusive retreat will support you in developing new abilities for healing, empowerment, transformation, and for experiencing deeper sexual pleasure and fulfilment.

It will be a potent container to deepen connection with yourself and a group of sacred brothers through somatic movement practices, tantra, yoga, partner touch, energy work and spiritual enquiry.
You will also receive attunements in Reiki I, enabling you to channel reiki energy for your benefit and that of others. Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing, self-regulation and self-care.
You will also learn the fundamentals of Orgasmic Shamanism, a practice that unites somatic movement, energy work and sexual energy, to harness the power of the orgasm for transformation.
As a central theme of this week, you will learn how to integrate the potency of your erotic energy so that it might serve you, like never before, in supporting your wellbeing, health, relationships and the meeting of your potential. 

For more information and to book, please visit: https://orgasmicshaman.com/healing-eros-retreat/

Tantra Yoga and Orgasmic Shamanism for Gay, Bi and Queer Men

Yoga

Tantra Yoga teacher Andy Butterfield and the Orgasmic Shaman Marc Peridis are facilitating a weekend of in-person events in London on 23rd-25th October.

A transformative weekend packed with tantra, shiatsu, energy work, orgasmic shamanism, yoga and partner touch will help you to achieve new realms in your orgasmic potential. 🙂

You can book the whole weekend, or individual workshops.
Spaces are limited to 10 per event so book fast to avoid disappointment!

Tantra Yoga & Shiatsu with Andy, Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th October,
10am to 1pm

Liberate
On Saturday morning, in Liberate – we will integrate shiatsu bodywork with a playful and flowing tantra yoga practice. This will provide an opportunity to release tension and patterns that hold us tight in our bodies. We will explore creativity, individuality and freedom in our movement to prime us for orgasmic embodiment through shamanism with Marc in the afternoon session.

Thrive
On Sunday morning in Thrive – yoga, movement and acupressure will merge with a calm and uplifting heart chakra yoga practice to activate the Light Body for Marc’s orgasmic shamanism session in the afternoon.

Please bring a yoga mat, towel and bottle of water.

Orgasmic Shamanism with Marc, Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th October,
2pm to 6pm

Achieving the full body orgasm
On Saturday afternoon, learn to achieve ecstatic pleasure, experiencing your entire body as one integrated erogenous zone.

Achieving the light body orgasm
On Sunday afternoon, learn to awaken higher energetic frequencies and achieve multi-dimensional pleasure with the orgasm.

Due to government guidelines around Covid – numbers are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

A FULL WEEKEND TICKET with access to all four workshops is available for £190. Click HERE.

Marc is also offering an additional workshop on Friday night 23rd October:
Becoming Multiorgasmic

Rise. Shine.

Gay Men’s Retreats, Retreats, Self-Development, Self-Empowerment, Shiatsu, Spain, Tantra, Yoga, Yoga For Men

Naked Tantra Yoga : Shamanism : Massage : Reiki – 22nd to 27th September 2020

‘You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop.’ Rumi


Join Andy Butterfield and Robert Van Ravens on this retreat for gay-bi-queer men and immerse yourself in embodied practices that awaken our raw, potent life-force energy and expand it through the body. 

Through tantra yoga, breathwork, shamanic practice, ritual and ceremony, massage and reiki, this life-force vibrates and trembles with more and more pleasure and vitality and our perception of what the body is capable of widens. We begin to access more of what’s available to us and our inner resources emerge, we can stand in deeper, richer, higher consciousness. We receive much more of the gift that is our Self. 

‘You are the one you have sought for so long.’ Jeff Foster

Relationship and brotherhood is a key part of the retreat experience. We all become each other’s mirrors, teachers, guides and gifts. Energised by lifeforce, the heart opens and can truly know itself as boundless in its capacity for compassion, generosity and love. We light the way and lead each other home.  

This retreat is for you if:

  • You are looking to integrate your sexuality and spirituality and open up to a deepening awareness of who you are
  • You love the idea of getting back to nature, feeling the sun on your naked skin, roaming through woodland and mountains, stargazing and sharing around the fire pit  
  • You want more intimacy with like-minded, warm-hearted gay and bi men and to experience the joy, connection and healing that arises in community 
  • You want to enjoy and celebrate your body through movement and energy work 
  • You are looking to expand your awareness of what your body, mind and spirit are capable of
  • You are working on healing from negative experiences regarding your sexuality and/or you are interested in better sex, with yourself and with others
  • You are ready for an adventure, to take risks, grow beyond your comfort zone and discover new ways of delighting in who you are

A typical day:

8am* functional fitness, movement and yoga
9.30am breakfast
11.30am reiki attunements on Wednesday 
1.30pm lunch
5pm shamanic work
7pm dinner

The schedule may be subject to change.

*The yoga and functional movement and fitness will be for active beginners and improvers so you will need to be relatively fit, healthy and active. Andy and Robert draw on their experience with functional exercise and hatha vinyasa yoga to instruct in a mindful, flowing practice that is both subtle and physical.

THE VENUE

Cortijo El Cachete is a stunning new venue for retreats and gatherings.  Nestled in the olive groves of the Andalusian countryside, yet only 50 minutes from Malaga airport, it is a perfect secluded hideaway for our work. You’ll enjoy

  • A huge 20m long swimming pool
  • Ensuite bedrooms
  • Beautiful gardens and intimate courtyards where you can relax in the sunshine
  • Hearty, delicious and nourishing plant-based cooking by a wonderful Chef
  • A rich programme of learning and practice but also plenty of time to rest, relax and reconnect 

INVESTMENT

Most rooms are single occupancy and have a double bed. Some have single beds and will be allocated last. 

£1395

Beautiful Master Bedroom with terrace:
£1495

Twin room based on two sharing:
£1195

Secure your place with a non-refundable £300 deposit. See further information in the COVID CONSIDERATIONS section below. Contact Andy at andybutterfield@icloud.com or on +44 7968 846610.

INCLUDED
– 2 yoga and tantra classes per day 
– Reiki level I
– Three delicious and nutritious vegetarian meals a day, afternoon snack and herbal teas and water
– A transfer from the airport to the retreat centre is also included in our stay

REIKI

Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing, self-regulation and self-care. 

Through reiki, we receive the lifeforce energy around us, the energy that flows through all living things, the energy from the sun and the cosmos, the oceans and the earth. This balances and strengthens our own lifeforce. 

Our is lifeforce is responsive to thoughts and feelings. It becomes disrupted by negative thoughts or feelings we hold about ourselves. These negative thoughts and feelings attach themselves to the energy field and cause a disruption in the flow of life force. This diminishes the vital function of the organs and cells of the physical body. 

Reiki heals by flowing through the affected parts of the energy field and charging them with positive energy. It raises the vibratory level of the energy field in and around the physical body where the negative thoughts and feelings are attached. This causes the negative energy to break apart and fall away. In so doing, Reiki clears, straightens and heals the energy pathways, thus allowing the life force to flow in a healthy and natural way. Reiki is extremely helpful in working with Tantric Energy and supports the expansion and growth that comes with it.

THE ATTUNEMENT

The ability to channel Reiki energy is transferred to the student by a Reiki Master during an attunement process. 

By receiving an attunement you will gain a valuable tool for self-healing and self-regulation and also become part of a group of people who are using Reiki to share peace, love and expand universal consciousness with others and the Planet. It is a beautiful, relaxing and deeply nurturing experience and I am delighted to be able to share it with you.  

(With thanks to Miguel Chavez at www.reikimaya.com and his manual for Reiki 1 and 2, the Usui System of Healing). 

COVID CONSIDERATIONS

There is a great deal of space at the venue. Guests will have their own rooms, the yoga spaces are large and airy and it’s easy to spread out at meal times should you choose to.

Should a guest develop symptoms of any kind during the retreat, staff members are to be alerted. If covid is suspected, we will follow government guidelines as far as possible. Two trained nurses are part of our experienced team and we will support and take care of you should you become unwell.

Please do not travel if, during the 2 weeks before our retreat, you develop any of the following symptoms associated with covid-19:
-high temperature
-loss or change in your sense of smell and taste
-headache
-new, continuous cough

BIOs

Andy is a shiatsu therapist, tantra yoga teacher and Reiki master and folds these disciplines into his teaching to help his students tap into the great intelligence, power and creativity of the body. He is passionate about creating community and holding a safe, relaxed and meaningful space for gay and bi men to meet and explore intimacy, connection and joy.

He has taught many retreats and workshops around the world and is based in London and Brighton, UK.

Please contact Andy at andybutterfield@icloud.com or via the Contact page for more details

Robert has a rich and fascinating background in yoga, massage, breath and bodywork, healing, tantra and plant medicine. Drawing on his trainings with Body Electric, Authentic Eros, Sacred Intimacy and Ayahuasca, he has developed beautiful and profound practices for men to help them embody their sacred sexual spirits and to explore and share their healing capacities in a safe, collaborative and playful environment.

Find out more about Robert at www.respirotouch.nl

Into The Heart

Yoga

A residential summer retreat for gay, bi & queer men

12th – 14th June 2020

This is the fourth retreat we have run from this venue, Gayles Retreat as we all love it so much and keep coming back!

It’s nestled deep in the Sussex countryside, a haven of peace, calm and a much needed breathing space. Conveniently close to London/Brighton with excellent rail/bus links and plenty of parking should you wish to drive the 90 minutes from London to the Sea.

The weekend will be hosted by two experienced teachers, Andy Butterfield and Tom Cowan, who have been leading workshops and retreats offering Vajrasati & Hatha Flow Yoga, Shiatsu, Tantra, Meditation and Nature Connection Practices.  They regularly support events for Yoganu, Loving Men, Tantra for Gay Men and the Radical Faeries.

This event is for you if you want to explore:

  • daily yoga and meditation
  • authentic connection within ourselves and with each other
  • morning nature walks
  • therapeutic touch workshop with Shiatsu massage
  • free time to relax and unwind
  • being in the company of friendly gay, bi & queer men

Please come and join us for this immersive weekend of relaxing and restorative Shiatsu massage, playful deep and accessible yoga, fun games and nature based practices, meditation walks through the beautiful gardens and delicious home cooked vegetarian food, all against the backdrop of the stunning Seven Sisters coastline and the gentle ambience of Gayles Retreat atop the cliffs.

Prices include all costs, including your room, three delicious vegetarian meals a day and all refreshments, fruit, hot drinks etc.

Prices and accommodation

Large Dorm (11 beds, most bunks, 2 showers, two toilets) – £285

Camping in the Orchard (with showers and WC in the horsebox) – £285

Small Dorm (6 beds, no bunks, one toilet and one shower) – £299


Attic Double Bedroom Hideaway with En-Suite (only one available – for two people who will share a double bed) – £599

Quiet Single Room (only one available) – £365

Book your place at https://www.outsavvy.com/event/3959/into-the-heart-summer-retreat-for-gay-bi-and-queer-men-tickets

Food at the event is vegetarian and with sufficient notice it’s possible to provide vegan, dairy-free and wheat-free diets.

Arrivals from 1630 on Friday 12th for dinner at 1830.
Departures after lunch at 1500 on Sunday 14th.

All mats, blocks, blankets provided.

Whirl and Shine – shiatsu, movement and dance workshop for men

Yoga

In this extra special workshop experience, shiatsu therapist Andy Butterfield and international dance teacher Einat Ran join forces to take you on a joyful and healing journey that will enable you to feel your lifeforce energy flowing through your body, raising your vibration, dispelling stress and bringing you back home to your vital and alive self.

Einat has danced her way around the world and will share with us some of her favourite, most spirited and uplifting dances. These dances have been a means for people to express themselves and honour and celebrate life for many years. They allow us to connect with our passion, our freedom and our joy.

After immersing ourselves in fun and freeing movement to soulful music, we will flow into the relaxing, grounding and connecting experience of shiatsu. Stretches and massage will help release tension, stiffness and blockages so that your life-force energy can expand. You will work with different partners and share easy but effective techniques to help the neck, shoulders, back, hips, chest and breath.

No experience of dance or massage is necessary – just the willingness to try something new, let go a little bit and play!

£38 early bird (just 6 tickets at this price)
£47 thereafter
£55 on the door

https://www.outsavvy.com/event/3753/whirl-and-shine-tickets

Saturday, November 30th
2.00pm to 6.00pm
Edmund Kean Studio
RADA Studios
Chenies Street

Near Goodge Street station on the Northern Line


Shiatsu is a powerful form of therapeutic bodywork, originating in Japan. It uses a variety of techniques such as stretches, joint mobilisation, acupressure and holding to bring the body into a state of deep relaxation and support and balance vital life-force energy. In this space the body is able to better balance and heal itself. No previous experience is necessary but you will need to be able to sit and kneel in comfort. You do not need to bring a partner as you will work with different people in the class. You will remain fully clothed so please wear warm, loose, comfortable clothing.

Andy is a tantra yoga teacher and shiatsu therapist in London and Brighton. His approach is about finding more joy and wisdom in the body. He loves to hold safe, fun and meaningful spaces for gay, bi and queer men to come together in community and connect in friendship, intimacy, joy and healing. (www.andybutterfield.com)

Einat is a dance and yoga teacher from Israel and has guided hundreds of people to get in touch with the meaning of their lives and their hearts desires through listening to the wisdom within that arises through movement.“I’m thrilled to return to London and meet more people who are ready to open up for these inspiring teachings and reclaim their power and passion in life. I’m honoured to share what I’ve learned from rare and amazing teachers around the world.”

Transformational Tantra: the pathway of potential

Gay Men’s Retreats, Tantra, Yoga, Yoga For Men

In this one day workshop, tantra teachers Andy and Joao reveal a map to better health and wellbeing and give you tools to navigate it. 

Learn how to locate, access and utilise the seven power centres in the body so that you optimise your lifeforce energy and expand into your potential. 

Otherwise known as Chakras, these power centres are places in the body where lifeforce energy gathers and concentrates to power each part of the whole system.  Injury, trauma and stress can create blockages which prevent the chakras from functioning properly. This impacts all elements of our health, physically, emotionally, psychologically and means we don’t thrive as we are meant to. 

Tantra Yoga practices open, clear and balance the seven power centres so that lifeforce energy flows optimally and we become our most fearless, creative, confident, compassionate, truthful, insightful and integrated selves.

In the first part of the day we will work with grounding the energy to feel more present and connected to our bodies and the raw and vibrant lifeforce within. We will learn how to cultivate a sense of safety and security, exploring needs, desires, boundaries and consent. 

Once that container has been built we will work individually and in pairs and groups to expand lifeforce energy with tantric practices using movement, sound, breath and mindfulnes. The whole body becomes available as a source of pleasure and power and sensation becomes richer, deeper and stronger. You will also learn simple but effective touch and massage techniques to build this experience within yourself and your lovers and partners. 

Open up to more power, intimacy and pleasure. Become more connected to your ecstatic self.  

Sunday 17th November
10-5pm
Central London location. Details on booking. 

£75*-85
* Limited number of early bird tickets

https://www.outsavvy.com/event/3663/transformational-tantra-the-pathway-of-potential-tickets

PLEASE NOTE:
Exploring erotic energy is done within a safe, held, playful and respectful space. You are encouraged to take responsibility for your boundaries and to play within these. You are never required to share touch with someone you do not want to share touch with. 

No-one is refused entry due to financial reasons so please contact Andy or Joao if the early bird price is way beyond your financial means. 

Please arrive 15-20 minutes before the start and bring a flat sheet, towel, water bottle and something to share for lunch. 

The Power of Tantra: what you need to know

Gay Men’s Retreats, Tantra, Urban Retreats, Yoga, Yoga For Men


Tantra is Empowerment. Tantra is Healing. Tantra is Freedom. Tantra is Transformation. Tantra is Realising Potential. 


Let’s set about the business of becoming more available to the Life and Love within

Tantra invites us to grow, to unfold into the truth of what we are capable of as abundant and creative beings of love, light and life.  The practice of its teachings expands us into our potential. We can become our most fearless, creative, courageous, confident, loving, honest, wise selves and we realise we are in reach of everything we could ever need. It’s all inside.

‘You are the one you have sought for so long’ Jeff Foster

Tantra enables us to uncover this truth through the body and through the heart.

Using breath, movement, sound, touch and mindful awareness, we awaken our raw, potent lifeforce energy and expand it through the body. It vibrates and trembles with more and more pleasure and vitality and our perception of what the body is capable of widens. We begin to access more of what’s available to us and as our inner resources emerge, we can stand in deeper, richer, higher consciousness. We receive much more of our selves.

Tantra also brings us into relationship with others and we all become each other’s mirrors, teachers, guides and gifts. Energised by lifeforce, the heart opens and can truly know itself as boundless in its capacity for compassion, generosity and love. We light the way and lead each other home.

‘You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop.’ Rumi

In this workshop, Andy will guide you through movement, meditation, touch and massage practices to enable you to feel more with your body, open up your perspective, open your heart, raise your energy, lifeforce and power. We will work safely and mindfully with sexual and sensual energy, orientating it around the compassion and respect of the Heart.

This workshop is for you if:

  • You are curious about understanding more about the true essence of Tantra
  • You want to feel more connected to your body 
  • You are working on healing from past negative experiences regarding your sexuality
  • You want to become more mindful and more present
  • You are looking to break out of patterns that no longer serve you
  • You want more intimacy
  • You are interested in working with energy
  • You are interested in better sex with yourself and with others
  • You want to integrate sexuality with spirituality

https://www.outsavvy.com/event/3529/the-magic-of-tantra-what-you-need-to-know-tickets

Please note that as a group, we commit to holding a safe, boundaried and respectful space. We are working with sexual energy but we do not engage in sexual acts in the session. You need to be able to sit and kneel in comfort.

First 5 tickets £40
and then £45 thereafter

6.30am to 9.30pm in Covent Garden, Central London. Details after booking.

The Sound of Deep Relaxation – Shiatsu Massage and Mantra Workshop

Kirtan, Shiatsu, Workshops, Yoga, Yoga For Men

Due to the success and popularity of the first one, Andy Butterfield and Mark Bouzida take you on a blissful journey back home to the heart – firstly with shiatsu massage and then joyful kirtan, (the practice of singing together). 

You’ll realise the therapeutic power that’s available in your hands and how you can share that power with others. Andy will guide you to learn easy but effective shiatsu techniques to ease tension in the neck, shoulders, back, hips, legs and feet. 

In this opened, receptive and expanded state, the body is primed to receive healing vibrations of sound and song at a deeper, more profound level. Relax back and let the Kirtan lift you into the ecstatic space of the heart. Feel your stress melt away and your nervous system grow calm.    

You are warmly invited to participate in both portions of the workshop but you are also welcome to just take part in the shiatsu or the kirtan. 

£40

https://www.outsavvy.com/event/3697/the-sound-of-deep-relaxation-a-shiatsu-massage-and-mantra-workshop-for-men-tickets

Shiatsu is a powerful form of therapeutic bodywork, originating in Japan. It uses a variety of techniques such as stretches, joint mobilisation, acupressure and holding to bring the body into a state of deep relaxation and support and balance vital life-force energy. In this space the body is able to better balance and heal itself. No previous experience is necessary but you will need to be able to sit and kneel in comfort. You do not need to bring a partner as you will work with different people in the class. You will remain fully clothed so please wear warm, loose, comfortable clothing.

Andy is a tantra yoga teacher and shiatsu therapist in London and Brighton. His approach is about finding more joy and wisdom in the body. He loves to hold safe, fun and meaningful spaces for gay, bi and queer men to come together in community and connect in friendship, intimacy, joy and healing. (www.andybutterfield.com)

Kirtan is the yoga of sound, a beautiful and high energy experience of chanting mantra as a group to connect our voices to our inner states of bliss, joy and oneness. It’s also a great party – a celebration of ourselves, our voices and our hearts. 

Mark first discovered Kirtan whilst travelling in India. It had an immediate and powerful effect and after returning to London, he was inspired to train with Nikki Slade in Kirtan Leadership. Mark has led Kirtan at The Southbank and leads Kirtan regularly at yoga studios across London and day urban retreats. ‘I know that sound can bring us into a place of deep inner peace. Through Kirtan, we come together, connect to our hearts and bring together mind, body and soul, leaving us uplifted and in joy.’

Into the heart in the city: LONDON

Yoga

Yoga, massage, connection and community for gay, bi and queer men with Andy Butterfield and Tom Cowan

Saturday 2.15-5.15pm
10th January 2020
14th March 2020

The Bridge
73-81 Southwark Bridge Road
London
SE1 0NQ

Together we’ll explore the therapeutic nature of Vajrasati yoga, healing Shiatsu touch, sharing and being listened to from the heart and how we can show up and be seen by our community.

In this afternoon workshop we’ll begin by checking in with each other, welcoming ourselves and the other men into the space.  Creating our circle of belonging and safety so that we can immerse ourselves into the practices that follow.

Tom will offer a Yoga Nidra, a relaxing meditation, exploring the space between waking and dreaming.  This is done lying down, in a comfortable position and it is more than enough to receive the practice and let your awareness integrate the experience.  

So often we think there is something we have to do to ‘relax’.  In this Nidra state we undo that tendency and trust ourselves to let go into the present moment.  Each person’s Yoga Nidra is unique to them and it is an opportunity to become more aware of deeper states of consciousness.

When we surface from this deep rest there is time to ground with sweet dates, dark chocolate and water before we move into a practice of Vajrasati Yoga.  Vajrasati is a yoga community based in Brighton that teaches authentic, traditional yoga practices as well as modern postural yoga (the kind of postures you might experience in a regular yoga class).

We start slowly, with long deep stretches, balances and restorative asanas so that our bodies begin to speak the language of spontaneity and intuitive movement; breathing, softening, listening.

We play with partner postures that help us move deeply into the heart,  deeply into the body & more deeply into the present moment.  These are also an opportunity for us to explore other bodies, taking care of each other as we move, breathe and open together.

There will be a short relaxation to ground after the yoga, preparing us for the Shiatsu massage guided by Andy.

Simple, effective and easy to follow techniques will be demonstrated that enable you to give and receive much needed healing touch in pairs. Working the energy lines/meridians of the body, restoring the nervous system to a restful, calm and connected state.

Often in the the city we can be easily distracted, our attention scattered and we may find ourselves in a vigilant, alert state of stress and anxiety.

This workshop will support your body and mind to find balance again, bringing you into the centre of your experience where you are more focused, aware and connected,  to yourself and the other men around you.

If you have any queries please contact us on yogawithandyandtom@gmail.com

Bookings are open now priced at £25/£35.

Tickets available here: https://www.outsavvy.com/event/2843/into-the-heart-yoga-shitasu-workshop-for-gay-bi-queer-men-tickets

Andy and Tom regularly work with organisations including Loving Men, Tantra for Gay Men, Radical Faeries and Queer Spirit Festival to name but a few.