DESIRE is a series of workshops for couples launched by Shakti Tantra in 2013. They are run by Sue Newsome and Martin Hellawell and they have been born out of the success of Shakti Tantra’s Women’s and Mixed programmes and Sue and Martin’s own experience of exploring tantra, sexuality and relationship.
DESIRE for Pleasure
Pleasure is our birthright yet we can easily allow the activity and challenges of our relationship to inhibit or stifle this fundamental desire. Pleasure gives satisfaction and joy but we often limit the time and effort we dedicate to fully exploring and experiencing our potential for pleasure with our beloved. During this residential workshop, Sue and Martin will create a safe space for you to identify what limits your pleasure and to explore the different forms of your pleasure. You will have the opportunity to define your pleasure without concerns about performance and to expand and heighten your enjoyment.
We welcome all couples who are looking to enhance and deepen their relationship, who want to improve their knowledge of the subtleties of male and female sexual pleasure, learn communication tools to support them asking for their pleasure and techniques for giving and receiving pleasure. Our approach weaves together tantric and shamanic teachings and practices with our own experiences of relationship.
DESIRE for Power
We will be continuing the threads of the DESIRE workshops in providing you opportunities to connect, to truly see & hear each other and to discover new delights in your togetherness. The specific theme for the DESIRE for Power workshop is looking at the dance of power in our relationships and we will spend some of the weekend exploring how we can be heartfelt and assertive in our power and expand it into the erotic.
DESIRE for Play
In this workshop we will offer a model that helps you break out of the patterns and routines that are so easy to fall into around sex and intimacy. It can be fear of rejection or judgement, shame, laziness or self consciousness that inhibits us from exploring the possibilities of pleasure within our couple. We will provide the opportunity for you to be creative, risqué, sacred, playful, lustful and downright naughty. There will be many ideas for you to take away, to assist you in keeping the flames of curiosity, excitement and desire alive in your relationship.
“We both agree that it was definitely the most (‘conscious’) fun we’ve ever had together. We’ve both been getting lots of flashbacks through the course of today and both feel really proud of the boundaries we’ve broken through and the places we went together.”
“We had a fantastic time on this workshop because Martin and Sue create an incredible non-judgemental atmosphere that allowed us to explore our relationship and expand the boundaries of how to enjoy our time together. I can’t remember ever feeling quite so free to try out all sorts of different ways of having playful power-related fun together. We had a great time and I have already noticed that I am using what I found out about power in relationships with my partner and with other people too.”
“If you allow it, this is a life changing experience, both as an individual and as a couple.”
“If you enjoy spending money on things you love, treat yourself to spending some time on your relationship.”