Tantric Yoga and Massage Retreat for Gay and Bi Men
9th-14th 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 teachers Andy and Joao as they guide 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
11.00am tantric touch workshop
8pm tantric touch workshop
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.
Boutique furnished bedrooms (1 triple and the others are twins). 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.
£620 per person (based on three sharing)
£650 per person (based on two people sharing a twin room)
Two twin beds can be pushed together to make a King for couples.
Deposit of £300 to reserve your place and payment of outstanding balance by 1st April
Discount of 5% if booked and deposit payed by the 20th February.
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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.
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 14 years and taught for nearly 6. 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.
João’s journey in complementary therapy started 15 years ago and evolved along the years expanding to the realm of Tantra.
His background in teaching along with his training in different styles of massages, tantra, energy work, meditation and movement practice allows him to blend different techniques tailoring them to his clients’ needs.
Tantra has been a big passion in his life since Tantra practices are very diverse and allow the connection between sacred sexuality and spirituality in a path of expansion towards freedom, truth and unconditional love towards oneself and others around.
João is based in London where he offers workshops and private appointments. Moreover, he has taught workshops in festivals.
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