Cultivating Connection: Self, Other and the Elementals

Beloved women of Cape Town!

 

Come drop into your body and connect with the energetic currents within and without at our alchemical workshop intensive:

 

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Sister, if you are feeling overwhelmed with your endless to-do lists, with work and household demands, relationship stress, a dry romantic life and perhaps even health problems, you are not alone. In the modern-day era, women are in a  constant state of sympathetic nervous system hyper-arousal, where it becomes very difficult to stay present with one's own truth, with one's loved ones and connecting with one's sexual pleasure and manifesting one's sacred desires. In this workshop intensive, Dr Monet and Toby Maggs are teaming up with backgrounds in Toaist tantra and ancient Mystery schools, for you to experience and learn how to get the monkey mind to quiet down and bring yourself into your body, how to activate the parasympathetic nervous system (how to self-sooth), how to remove stagnant energy (energy blockages) in the body and how to bring balance to polar opposite currents, using your body and the elementals (the yin and yang, the in-breath and out-breath, the Earth and the Sky, fire and water). You will also receive tools to use in partnership (lover, partner, friend, child) to deeply connect with your beloved as well as tools used to liberate sexual energy into more refined "higher"spiritual energy.

 

The workshop will take place in the pristine Newlands forest, so as to "earth", to facilitate working with the elementals, as well as to activate the parasympathetic nervous system.  Brainwave "entrainment" is a concept describing how our brains' activity essentially begins to mirror and become that which we surround ourselves with and are focused upon. This phenomena can be witnessed in the collective angst of the fans of a losing sport's team leading to rioting and looting, or what happens when we spend time at a service in a church, or a classical concert. The best surrounding to entrain yourself to when wanting to sooth the nervous system is that of Mother Nature, as She functions on a much slower pace than us in city life: studies have shown that when our bodies are reminded of this pace, our breathing slows down and our physiology functions much better, with sustained (one week later) decreased cortisol levels, and increased Natural Killer cell activation.

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Schedule for the day:

  • A brief introduction to "White" tantra: how to  combat depression and anxiety and weave passion into your life.

  • Smudging with sage, and Shinto water and salt purification ritual.

  • Guided meditation.

  • Introducing different types of touch and experimenting with this on self and partners (hands and arms).

  • A Touch Connection practice (partner work).

  • An Eye gazing practice (partner work).

  • Break for lunch.

  • Guided womb meditation using shamanic principles and breathing techniques.

  • A brief introduction to the Tao and yoni eggs.

  • A stress-release shaking exercise

  • Womb/yoni yoga

  • A modified Taoist tantra practice (The Deer practice)

  • A simplified microcosmic orbit practice.

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  • Date: March 2020. 

  • Venue:  Newlands forest.

  • Investment: R1000 (includes an e-manual of all the rituals and practices). Please bring cash on the day for optional purchasing of yoni eggs.

  • Time: 10 am till 5 pm.

  • What to bring: Yoga mat, cushion to sit on, blanket,  water/tea and a healthy light lunch.  

  • This is a woman-only event and all practices are performed fully clothed.

  • To book your seat, RSVP for one of the two dates at monet.khandroma@outlook.com. A non-refundable deposit of R500 is required via electronic payment, upon booking.

🍎 Bio section:
 

About Dr Monet: Monet spent more than a decade in the world of the academia, where she obtained a doctorate in researching how childhood trauma/maltreatment and psychological illness manifest in the brain and the endocrine- and immune-systems. Alongside her studies, she pursued a persistent passion for the ancient traditions of yoga, Vedic philosophy, Taoist tantra, womb wisdom and Buddhist mindfulness practices. In addition, she explored many dance forms, where she most resonates with the feminine art of pelvic floor–rooted dancing, especially in tribal fusion belly dancing. Within the scope of Jungian depth psychology, in her own personal so-called descent to the underworld, she also extensively explored how the unconscious mind works and influences the way we perceive reality, our beliefs, the choices we make, and the way we behave. This level of understanding was obtained by investigating the roles of mythology, symbolism and specific archetypes in the psyche. With the aim of helping others to heal, based on Monet's own healing journey involving trauma, Monet completed a yoga teacher training course, and also trained in Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), a mindfulness-and-values-based cognitive behaviour therapy. By combining the modalities of ACT, Internal Family Systems, yoga, Jungian psychology and myth, she curated a 5-practice shadow work process whereby one’s unconscious limiting beliefs are systematically rewritten to create one’s reality from a place of love, awareness and power. Furthermore, aimed specifically at women, Monet also combined her knowledge of chronobiology (how every system in the body has its own rhythm) with preserved womb wisdom predating the Patriarchal system (i.e., more than 5000 years ago) and Taoist tantra, in coaching on hormone balancing, using diet, sacred self-care and life-style recommendations that are in accordance with the lunar and menstrual cycles.

About Toby Maggs: With over 20 years in spiritual studies, from Shaolin Kung Fu, Tai Chi, to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Western esoteric sciences, including Kabbalah, and having a curiosity as too what is at the forefront of human development, Toby mixed aspects of Western science and psychology with the Eastern healing arts to create a system that helps people live a different lifestyle - one that is more harmonious and healing and in alignment with oneself . When one's energy is aligned and one is focused with a clear goal, it ultimately helps one achieve one's highest potential: living the life that you dream of. This system of white tantra is a mix of spirituality and sacred sexuality, focusing on simple and practical techniques that help one unlock one's mind to living in a state of what the Buddhists call "Nirvana" or "Heavenly Place". It is a place of peace and calm for the mind . With this system, the aim is to transform your life into one with a positive and unblocked flow of energy, by getting to know yourself on all levels and sending energy to where you might have not done so before, so as to unlock your fullest potential.

 

🍎 May we be loved, nourished and supported by ourselves, Nature and our sisters, and teach our bodies to open up to healing and to pleasure!

 

A R500 non-refundable deposit will secure your booking: 

Banking details:
Monet Viljoen
Standard Bank
Account number: 07-225-221-9
Branch code: 051001
Reference: YOUR NAME & WORKSHOP
Email proof of payment to monet.khandroma@outlook.com
 

Past recurring events:

Sunday sisterhood circles:

If you are you interested in:

• strengthening the pelvic floor, preventing pelvic organ prolapse and loss of bladder control;

• preparing for, or recovering from childbirth;

• balancing hormones and reducing symptoms of PMS;

• healing from sexual or other trauma;

• increasing creativity, passion, libido, as well as yoni lubrication;

• increasing the scope of orgasm for both partners;

• cultivating womb awareness and the embodiment of sexual/sensual sovereignty, where sexuality becomes Soul Custodianship in the reclamation of your female sexuality.

 

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Western mind/body split: In the words of Eric Yudelove: “Western psychology looks almost exclusively at the brain as the control center of our emotions. The Taoists have known for thousands of years that our internal organs play a key role as well” …. Fortunately, in the last 70 years, due to advances made in quantum physics and holistic health research, the limited view of the mind and body as being separate, is changing!

Scientific research playing catch-up: We know form quantum physics that at the subatomic level, matter and energy/spirit are two side of the same coin, where matter is the densest form of spirit, and essentially lies on one end of the mind/body continuum, and spirit on the other. In “Women's bodies women's wisdom”, Dr Christiane Northrup shares the following: “The mind and the body are intimately linked via the immune, endocrine, and central nervous systems. Today, mind/body research is confirming what ancient healing traditions have always known: that the body and the mind are a unity. There is no disease that is not mental and emotional as well as physical. “This holistic view of mind/matter is extending to sexuality/spirituality: Dr. Gina Ogden, a researcher who conducted the ISIS (Integrating Sexuality and Spirituality) survey of over 3800 people, concluded that there exists a link between sexuality and spirituality (as a measure of, for example, love, oneness and transcendence). The experience of sexuality as being transcendental, is also available to all of us. In one of Dr Jenny Wade’s studies of nearly 100 participants’ spontaneous spiritual awakenings through transcendent sex, results showed that transcendent sexual states were achieved by novice (untrained in meditation or sexual techniques such as Tantric, Taoist and Native American sexual practices) participants which led them to experience transformation on physical, psychological and spiritual levels, and they could use the sexual experience as a means for connecting with the spiritual. Taoist tantra consists of a system of practices based on the understanding that sexual energy is a resource for developing spiritual energy.

Taoist tantra: 6000 years ago, in ancient China, the Yellow Emperor wished for longevity and to extend the length of his rule. Accordingly, after extensive training and education form three female Taoist sages, the Emperor wrote the Shu Nu Ching text (The Tao of Sex Wisdom), drawing on the wisdom of the feminine to attain great health and harmony through cultivating sexuality. Modern Toaist teachers have translated this text into systems that are more conducive to the needs of today, one of which was created by Taoist Master Mantak Chia. One of these practices for women is that of the yoni egg, which used to be a secret known only to royalty and the highest classes of society in ancient China.  With the yoni egg practice, the Empress, wives and concubines were able to connect fully with their sensual energy and experience full orgasmic bliss during sex – and ensure the same for their partners.  It also ensured that they remained youthful, radiant and vital as well as powerfully sexually-active well into old age. Now, is available to you too!

🍎 In the sisterhood gathering of 27 October, Dr Monet will be gifting you with a yoni egg, which she will be guiding you to infuse with reverence and to insert, while being covered with a blanket. You will be in a safe space, surrounded by sisters, going on the same initiatory journey. If you already have a yoni egg, you can bring it along and save the gifted egg as a present for a friend. Dr Monet will also be introducing the yoni egg practice within the context of the Tao, along with simple and fun practices you will be doing together as a group, which you can continue doing in your solo practice at home. With these practices, you will be able to feel juicy and delicious in your body, call in more sensuality, pleasure, and creativity and hone the craft of manifestation of your sacred desires. 

Smudging, ceremony, and vulnerable yet supported sharing is part of every event. 

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  • Date: Once a month, on a Sunday, starting 4 August, ending 1 December. Current date: 27 October

  • Venue:  To be announced to those who book.

  • Investment: R200 (this inculdes the yoni egg).

  • Time: 11am till 2pm.

  • What to bring: Yoga mat, cushion to sit on, blanket, socks, your favourate yoni lubrication such as organic coconut oil, and healthy snacks to share.  Tea and spring water will be provided.

  • This is a woman-only event.

  • Please wear a skirt or dress, or bring a sarong with for easy access to your lovely lady bits. 

  • To book your seat, RSVP at monet.khandroma@outlook.com

🍎 Bio section:
 

About Dr Monet: Monet spent more than a decade in the world of the academia, where she obtained a doctorate in researching how childhood trauma/maltreatment and psychological illness manifest in the brain and the endocrine- and immune-systems. Alongside her studies, she pursued a persistent passion for the ancient traditions of yoga, Vedic philosophy, Taoist tantra, womb wisdom and Buddhist mindfulness practices. In addition, she explored many dance forms, where she most resonates with the feminine art of pelvic floor–rooted dancing, especially in tribal fusion belly dancing. Within the scope of Jungian depth psychology, in her own personal so-called descent to the underworld, she also extensively explored how the unconscious mind works and influences the way we perceive reality, our beliefs, the choices we make, and the way we behave. This level of understanding was obtained by investigating the roles of mythology, symbolism and specific archetypes in the psyche. With the aim of helping others to heal, based on Monet's own healing journey involving trauma, Monet completed a yoga teacher training course, and also trained in Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), a mindfulness-and-values-based cognitive behaviour therapy. By combining the modalities of ACT, Internal Family Systems, yoga, Jungian psychology and myth, she curated a 5-practice shadow work process whereby one’s unconscious limiting beliefs are systematically rewritten to create one’s reality from a place of love, awareness and power. Furthermore, aimed specifically at women, Monet also combined her knowledge of chronobiology (how every system in the body has its own rhythm) with preserved womb wisdom predating the Patriarchal system (i.e., more than 5000 years ago) and Taoist tantra, in coaching on hormone balancing, using diet, sacred self-care and life-style recommendations that are in accordance with the lunar and menstrual cycles.

 

🍎 May we be loved, nourished and supported by ourselves and our sisters, and teach our bodies to open up to healing and to pleasure!

 

Full payment will secure your booking, cash on the day or eft. 

Banking details:
Monet Viljoen
Standard Bank
Account number: 07-225-221-9
Branch code: 051001
Reference: YOUR NAME & SISTERHOOD
Email proof of payment to monet.khandroma@outlook.com
 

Womb Care and Moon Cycle Attunement Workshop (Cape Town):

 

Women of the 21st century are experiencing more gynaecological issues than ever before. For example, just twenty years ago, only three in 100 pregnancies in the U.S. had complications. When there are pregnancy complications, it suggests that both mom and/or child is at significant increased risk of serious health issues further down their lives. Presently, twenty-five percent pregnancies in the U.S. are having some kind of serious problem. Scientists and physicians are recognizing that these issues are caused by exposures to hormone-altering chemicals.

Not to mention the present-day, high incidence of women's health issues ranging from polycystic ovarian syndrome, fibroids, endometriosis, difficult periods and thyroid and adrenal issues, to premature aging, weight problems, difficult menopause, infertility and low libido. Then there is the ever rising occurrence of depression and anxiety in women, and an overall lack of passion for life we have come to view as ‘normal’. The conventional Western method of treating these conditions mainly focuses on administration of hormones and anti-depressants, which, in essence, just act as bandaids to mask the underlying causes of dis-ease.

Unlike our earth-wise ancestors of many hundreds of years ago, women of today a) live under enormous amounts of stress, driven by the need to perform/achieve (with an unbalanced masculine energy), b) are exposed to artificial light (not moon and fire light) as well as hormone-disruptive cosmetics, water and household products, and c) consider the menstrual cycle, especially menstruation, as a curse, as we have no knowledge of the ancient mysteries of the womb. However, the divine feminine is stronger than this: we CAN take charge of our own bodies, emotions and lives, even under Patriarchal influence.

With this 4-hour long workshop gathering, you will: 

1) Receive practical guidance to hormone balancing and how to work with the four phases of the physical moon cycle, in relation to your own cycle, by means of diet, herbs, and lifestyle
2) Be introduced to natural and non-hormonal contraception and alternative menstrual products
3) Be shown how to take loving care of your yoni (the Sanskrit term for the female genitalia, including the vulva, vagina, womb and ovaries)
4) Be introduced to practices that can be weaved into your busy life to establish a connection with your womb and its feminine creative force, and,
5) Receive keys on how to release trauma from the womb

Let us heal and reclaim our sacred womb spaces and get intuitively in touch with the feminine wisdom contained in our wombs. Even within the confines of a fast-paced modern life, this illuminated way of being and living, and these practices, support the cultivation of heightened creative energy and restores wellness on a very deep and intimate level. By remembering how to practice and embody supreme self-love, you are opening the doors for creating the life that you desire.

Investment: R500 including a comprehensive womb care manual with practical dietary, lifestyle and self-care recommendations, specific to the four phases of the menstrual/lunar cycle.
 

Bookings: monet.khandroma@outlook.com

Full payment will secure your booking, cash or eft. No refunds.

Banking details:
Monet Viljoen
Standard Bank
Account number: 07-225-221-9
Branch code: 051001
Reference: YOUR NAME 
Email proof of payment to monet.khandroma@outlook.com

Please bring a picnic basket to share and a blanket or meditation cushion of choice. Coffee and tea will be provided. Participants have the opportunity to purchase yoni eggs and wands and herbal medicine for the womb – please bring cash along.

Sisterhood circle:

Monthly gatherings in homes and Mother Nature in Cape Town:

 

 

Studies have shown that unlike our male counterparts, women's cortisol (stress hormone) levels are regulated by being in the presence of other women. In ancient times, women were always in the company of other women, gathering food, washing clothes, tending to the small and the sick, cooking and meeting in "Red Tent" fashion during moon time. In modern-day Western context however, this daily immersion of female companionship is amiss to most of us. By gathering in regular sisterhood circles, this gap of not being able to receive and give nurturing feminine energy in the company of a number of women, can be bridged to a large extend. 

 

Therefore, once a month, I am facilitating circle gathering for sisters in Cape Town, which includes: singing sacred songs, invocation, altar building, sharing intimate experiences according to the current monthly theme, guided belly dance and free dance, womb meditation, and journaling.

These gatherings are donation-based: any financial or non monetary contributions are welcome, serving as energy to fill my cup so that I may hold space and prepare content from a saturated place.

 

Please inbox me if you would like to join the circle at : monet.khandroma@outlook.com

Om Parashaktyai Namah!

(“I bow to the Goddess of Immortality")