May 24-26, 2013
Fierce Love, Peaceful Awareness: Three Evening Workshops
6 Erskine Road, Primrose Hill
The Art of Tantric Meditation
Friday, 24 may 2013 7.30pm – 9.30pm
The tantric sages recognized that the physical and subtle bodies are hard-wired to give us the experience of spiritual awakening. The tantric approach to meditation specializes in brilliant and powerful ways of entering the inner body, working with the mind, and expanding the breath so that our body reveals its divine nature. This workshop unfolds practices from the Vijnana Bhairava, the core meditation manual of the Kashmiri Shaivite tradition, along with Sally’s uniquely subtle and practical wisdom about deepening meditation practice. Each class will explore a different way of turning the ordinary into the subtle, and is guaranteed to deepen and enliven your meditation practice.
Surfing Transformation: How to Navigate in Times of Inner + Outer Change
Saturday, 25 may 2013 3.00pm – 6.00pm
Most of us are living these days within a vortex of transformation. The experience of intense change can take different forms. For some, there’s a sense of awakening to deeper levels of reality, for others, a feeling of shedding old skins. Living situations, jobs, and people you’ve relied on may drop away, while new insights and opportunities demand to be lived. Each new phase of transformation has its own challenges, and asks us to move past limiting ideas and assumptions.In this workshop, Sally Kempton helps you chart a path through transformative experience, and offers practices, contemplations, and maps for surfing the currents of intense energy that is now moving through so many people’s lives. The workshop is based on the teachings of several different aspects of the yogic and tantric traditions, along with the wisdom of Sally’s years of personal transformative experience.
Dancing with the divine feminine: a class in tantric psychology
Sunday, 26 may 2013 2.00pm – 5.00pm
The tantric goddess traditions offer us a profoundly integral view of the divine feminine, both in women and in men. When we connect with the divine feminine, we come in tune with inner powers of self-actualization, divine love and liberating wisdom. We explore the goddess-energies as they manifest in the world, in ourselves, and as personified archetypes of wisdom and grace. Sally offers unique insights into both the dark and light sides of our relationship to the divine feminine. The workshop is layered with her powerful transmission of inner meditative states.
May 31 – June 2, 2013
Reggio Emilia, Italy
Playing Your Edge: The Tantric Path of Working with Emotions
More than ever, we’re all living at our own personal and collective edge. We’re being asked, each in our own way, to walk a line of evolutionary growth, navigating change on a level that we may never have before. And this brings up emotions: fear as well as excitement, grief as well as deeper opportunities to love.
This urban retreat is designed to help you explore that edge—to find a path to work with your own emotions, beliefs and thoughts as well as external situations, so that you can play the edge at this extraordinary time of transformative change. Based on the teachings of Kashmir Shaivism, and cutting edge transformative processes, it brings powerful tools to the table of your life.
- What it means to play the edge in your life
- Work with difficult feelings such as frustration and disappointment, in order to find their gifts
- Process opposing feelings
- Recognize your own growth edge in this and every moment
- Explore the difference between the movement of ego and the demands of your authentic self in change situations
June 16, 2013 • July 21, 2013
Berkeley & San Francisco, CA
Yogakula Berkeley (YKBK) & San Francisco (YKSF)
The Four Yogas and How They Change Your Life
3rd Class in Series: Raja Yoga
The Yoga of Meditation
June 16, 2013 • YKSF
4th Class in Series: Karma Yoga
The Yoga of Service
July 21, 2013 • YKBK
In this four part series, we’ll dive deeply into the four main yogas of Indian philosophy. Each of these yogas is a complete path in itself. Taken together, they create a true integration of body, mind, and spirit. Raja Yoga is the yoga of meditation. Bhakti Yoga offers practices for opening the heart to the divine through the different relationships of your life as well as through traditional practices like mantra kirtan, and deity meditation. In Jnana Yoga, we discover how to deconstruct our “stories” about reality, so that we naturally tune into the pure Awareness that is our true self. In Karma Yoga, we explore the secrets of enlightened action, service, and flow.
Each of these workshops, based on the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita and the Yoga Sutras, offers you the chance to explore and deepen your relationship with one of the yogas. Taken together, they’ll give you a map of where you are going on your journey, and of what you might need to do to bring your practice into full balance.
Times: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Cost: $295 for all four workshops • $75 week in advance, $85 thereafter for each individual workshop
August 3-4, 2013
East Hampton, NY
The Wellness Center at The Ross School
Bldg. 5, 20 Goodfriend Drive
Enlightened awareness is not just a one-time awakening. It’s a shift in perspective that changes the way you experience yourself, your family and work, and the flow of your life. In this workshop, meditation master Sally Kempton offers an approach to enlightenment that we can practice—and embody—in the midst of our life. Using voice dialogue processes as well as meditation, partner work, and self-inquiry, we’ll discover how to walk through the doorways into enlightened awareness—again and again. You’ll learn:
- Myths and realities about enlightened states
- Heart-Based Awakening: A Practice for 21st Century Enlightenment
- 3 keys to enlightened awareness: Accessing the voices of your awakened self
- Practices and attitudes for an awakened life
- Self-acceptance and transformation: How do they work together?
- How to practice with emotions
- Practical Shadow Work: Integrating your dark and light sides
Times: August 3: 10am-1pm & 3-5pm) / August 4: 10am-1pm
Registration info coming soon.
August 9-11, 2013
Dancing with the Divine Feminine: A Tantric Psychology Experience
Berkshires of Western Massachusetts
For all levels; no prior meditation experience required.
The tantric goddess traditions offer us a powerfully transformative vision of the Divine Feminine as she appears in both women and men. When we connect with the Divine Feminine, we attune to self-actualization, divine love, and liberating wisdom. In this workshop, Sally Kempton offers unique insights into the dark and light sides of our relationship to the Divine Feminine, layered with her powerful transmission of inner meditative states.
Sally approaches the mystery of the Divine Feminine as
- Shakti, the creative power that animates our bodies and guides our liberation
- The archetypal goddesses and yoginis of the wisdom traditions, particularly Kali, Laksmi, Saraswati, Mary, and Kuan Yin
- The protective power that guards the life of the planet itself.
Working with meditation, contemplative practices, psychological processes, mantra, myth, and self-inquiry, we look at how goddess energies are expressed through our personal and emotional energies, and how we can connect to the Divine Feminine in her protective and liberating forms.
September 6-8, 2013
True Wealth, Real Power, and Ultimate Wisdom: A Meeting with the Goddesses Lakshmi, Kali, and Saraswati
3902 Woodland Park Ave N
This transformational workshop explores the energy embodied in three different Hindu goddesses: Kali; Lakshmi; and Saraswati. Explore powerful practices to discover how these energies work in your spiritual life, your psyche and in our culture.
September 15-20, 2013
Big Sur, CA
A Meditation Retreat: Awakening Shakti: Meditation, Kundalini and the Inner Feminine
This powerful practice workshop–for men and women–unfolds an approach to meditation that harnesses the subtle inner energy called Kundalini Shakti. In five days of intense, heart-based practice, we’ll connect to our own meditative energy, open the core channels in the body, and explore how to invoke the sacred feminine within the body and mind. Working with images from the tantric goddess traditions, as well as breath, inner body exploration, yoga, and deep inquiry into our own inner desires and aspirations, this workshop carries a profound transmission. The result is more depth in your meditation practice, greater clarity about your goals, and a new understanding of your own unique path.
October 18-20, 2013
Big Sur, CA
Loving Your Way to Enlightenment with Sally Kempton & Marc Gafni
A dynamic blending of Sally’s yogic heart-wisdom with Marc’s insight and capacity for kindling excitement and change, these annual fall workshops unfold a thoroughly contemporary approach to devotional practice. Expect the unexpected—along with some deep meditation and chant practices.
SAVE THE DATE
December 22-23, 2013
California (Location TBA)
Winter Solstice Retreat with Sally Kempton & Sianna Sherman
On the shortest days of the year, we have an unparalleled opportunity to turn inside and find the light that shines in darkness. Sally joins yogini Sianna Sherman for a celebratory practice retreat incorporating traditional practices from the non-dual Tantras, mythic flow yoga, storytelling, and practices for shedding the karmas of the old year and preparing for the new.
More details to come.
April 27 – May 2, 2014
Living the Path of the Awakened Heart: A Guided Meditation Retreat with Sally Kempton & Elizabeth Rossa
During this intensive retreat, based on core teachings and practices of Kashmir Shaivism, we’ll deeply explore what it means to practice with Shakti, the energy at the heart of life. Using two texts, The Spanda Karikas and the Vijnana Bhairava: Sutras of Fierce Wisdom as our guides, the retreat will offer a profoundly effective path to transforming your own mind, body, and heart by recognizing and partnering with the energies that create both suffering and inner freedom. Through Sally’s talks, meditation, contemplation, yoga with Elizabeth Rossa, and many forms of individual and group inquiry, you’ll enter into a deepened awareness of the transformative power within you, and how that power can guide you at every moment in life.