#itsnotallaboutsex

I’m one of those people who always felt uncomfortable when things weren’t being talked about, like I could sense the elephant in the room… And seeing as lots of people’s ‘elephants’ are connected with their relationship with sexuality, I’ve had a need to create a life where shame melts, taboos bust, and elephants stomp their feet!  I feel more peace when secrets can be spoken and the energy they held in the body and mind can flow into our lives.

However much sexuality is liberated on this tantric journey, this doesn’t stop the fact that tantra isn’t all about sex – It’s about consciousness and expanded awareness, married with the fundamental belief that we are meant to enjoy our lives.

I wrote this small blog for Shakti Tantra the other day, as I flew back home from America.  Considering how much people think tantra is all about sex, I thought this moment captured much of what I’ve learnt over the 13+ years I’ve been travelling on this tantric path.  It makes me chuckle too, as it’s so not what the average person on the street thinks when they think about living a tantric life!

This is what I look like after three hours sleep on a wobbly plane by the way! 

 

 

A Beltane retreat in North Wales

I was one of the facilitators at this recent retreat, celebrating the Celtic festival of Beltane at Cae Mabon, the stunning eco-retreat venue in North Wales.  I’ve been visiting the centre since 1999; the place, the people, the memories, stories, songs, the teachers I’ve worked with there, the living breathing land, all of this has helped create the me I am today and do what I call ‘rewire the indigenous soul’… in other words, it’s one of my most favourite places in the world!

I also love the alchemy of groups; the perfect combination of people are always there <3 … and this Beltane retreat group was no exception.  Co-creating and working with Eric Madden and Angharad Wynne from Cae Mabon was effortless and together we put great ingredients into our metaphorical ‘retreat cauldron’!

It was an honour to run my part of the retreat which supported the group to drop deeper into connection on the first day of the retreat by facilitating some beautiful simple tantric exercises that brought us into our bodies and out from our heads.   When trust is established we can soften and be truer, braver, more vulnerable and authentic versions of ourselves.  We did that, and the rest of the weekend that followed had mythic magic proportions.  Humans in our highest can create such beauty.

But enough of my words, here’s a wee blog that Angharad wrote about the event.  I highly recommend the amazing work that happens here.  Take a look at their website and scour their calendar for upcoming events…

 

Sexual Freedom Awards – November 2014

Sexual Freedom Awards Logo

November – 2014 – Annabel had the honour and joy to have been nominated for a Sexual Freedom Award in recognition for her tantra and conscious sexuality practitioner work.  She was very surprised and shocked, when the winner was announced, to hear her name – a nomination really was enough.  These awards have been running for twenty years now and celebrate the pioneering work of people from all different professional fields who support and and create a more sex positive and informed culture in Britain, and indeed throughout the world.  Everyone from politicians, writers, erotic performers, campaigners, teachers, sex-workers and therapists have been presented with these awards over these last two decades.  The awards are also a major annual fundraiser for The Outsiders Trust, which supports disabled people to gain confidence and find parters.  Outsiders, and also runs the TLC Trust for people with disabilities to access responsible sexual services.

Sexual Freedom Awards.

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