Workshops and Personal Retreats
Pelvic Heart Integration offers a comprehensive system for understanding and harmonizing the inner and outer worlds of the whole person. Its scope increases our awareness of and gives us tools for healing everything from our ancestral lineage and the developmental issues of childhood to the physical, emotional, interpersonal and sexual issues confronting us as evolving men and women. This Level 1 Training, provides experiential and informational windows into this work suitable for experienced practitioners as well as students who wish to expand their professional skills and personal authenticity.
This unique and powerful synthesis of neo-Reichian breathwork, body work, energy work, psychodrama, trauma work, body reading and Tantra was developed by pioneering bodyworker Dr. Jack Painter as a way for people to experience how their bodies hold both masculine and feminine energy and discover how to harmonize both sides. By focusing our attention on the dynamics of the core duality of male and female within our own bodies, we give ourselves leverage to find unity much more effectively than when we blame others and try to change them. We also discover how to release the characteristic breathing patterns, thoughts, emotions, and body amour that block the free flow of our life force and inhibit our capacity for sensual pleasure and orgasmic release.
We begin by looking at masculine and feminine as an expression of the breath. The masculine and feminine energies in the body also have a directional flow and a cycle of movement. When the masculine and the feminine forces merge and come into contact, whether within one's own body or with another, sexual excitement results, eventually culminating in full body orgasm if the natural flow is unimpeded. But this inner flow, as well as the circuit formed when two individuals come together, loses its integrity when a person's internal connection between heart and the genitals is severed. By working simultaneously on many levels, we increase our ability to free ourselves and hence, each other. The weekend is limited to 12 people so reserve your place NOW!
For more about Pelvic Heart Integration, view the video at
and see What is Pelvic Heart Integration
If you have questions about whether this training is suitable for you,
email Deborah Anapol.
Cancellation Policy: Full refund less $150 administrative fee is available on request up to two months prior to the workshop date. Refunds after this date are not possible but you may transfer your registration to a future training or to another qualified person in cases of personal or family emergencies. If you are traveling to attend a workshop, we strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance to cover your transportation and workshop costs.
June 8-12, Pelvic Heart Integration Level 1 Training
Ben Oret Kibbutz, Tel Aviv, Israel
Sponsored by Kalalove at Beit Oren resort,
on beautiful Carmel mountain overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.
Details and registration at http://eng.kabalove.org/events/pelvic-heart-integration
June 17-22, Pelvic Heart Integration Level 1 Training
near Salisbury, England
$900 USD (~ £540) before April 17, $990 USD after April 17
This group will be held in a beautiful, private, secluded 70 acre forest near Salisbury with a variety of accommodation options on site. There will be an additional charge for lodging and meals to be paid directly to the venue after you are accepted into the training. We start with dinner at 6 PM on June 17 and end by 5 PM on June 22. There will be a special Summer Solstice Ritual the evening of June 21 led by Robert and Marta of Celtic Tantra who will be assisting Deborah at the PHI training. We are only taking 12 people so reserve your place now!
July 11-13, 2014, Erotic Meditation Retreat
With Deborah Taj Anapol and Lyn Hunstad
Lake County, CA (near Harbin Hot Springs
“We are actually working when we touch one another – working to try out our hands not as agents of our will but as organs of perception. For this all their native sensitivity and flexibility must be gradually rediscovered.” --
This is a retreat for exploring the potent combination of erotic touch and mindfulness meditation. One intention of this practice is to enjoy strengthening the capacity to rest as the Awareness of All That Is. When we are neither trying to cling to or intensify a pleasurable sensation, nor push away an experience we don’t want, we discover freedom. Cultivating the Internal Observer irregardless of what is happening in your environment is one means of expanding awareness and finding deep inner stillness. Shifting your sense of identity from the individual ego to the vastness of the infinite is another. As we deepen into the internal stillness, we find ourselves embracing Oneness with all of life and possibly experiencing a complete awakening.
Becoming more skillful and conscious with our sensory awareness can enhance all spiritual practices and every aspect of our lives. Some of the immediate effects can include a greater openness in your entire energetic field, more integration of upper and lower chakras, and a greater sense of neutrality toward events or people who may have triggered a reaction in the past. This leads to a deeper sense of connectedness and the capacity to show up more fully with everyone you come into contact with. What better way to practice surrendering to what is than in the cauldron of erotic sensation!
Do you value
• Truth over what you want and how you want it?
• Deepening your practice of any type of meditation or self inquiry
• Passion, aliveness, sensual exploration
• Cultivating your capacity to surrender to the Divine
Then you may want to join us for our maiden voyage! This retreat is intended for those who are prepared to take a deep dive into erotic sensation and presence without the need for support in processing their experience. A background in some form of meditation and comfort with nudity and genital touch are required. While this practice may be very useful in healing past trauma, we recommend you consider private sessions if you are seeking healing work. This is a small, intimate group with a very limited number of spaces available. Please register with a partner or friend of any gender with whom you are open to sharing meditative, erotic, non-penetrative touch. If you come alone you are agreeing to work with whomever you are paired up with. We will begin with a light dinner on Friday at 6 PM and end by 1 PM on Sunday.
Location: We will meet at a private retreat adjacent to a large wilderness preserve with opportunities for kayaking, swimming, hiking, and bird watching. You may wish to visit nearby Harbin Hot Springs before or after our weekend together.
It is possible to stay after or to combine this retreat with a private retreat or guided journeywork. If you are interested in this contact Lyn for more information.
Lyn Hunstad is a therapist, coach and guide who has a deep love and passion for supporting the growth process in others. He brings a spiritual presence and perspective to his work based on his lifelong daily meditation and yoga practice. He’s a Certified Tantra Educator through the Source School of Tantra, a SkyDancing Tantra Facilitator, and a Certified Breema Practioner. Lyn also incorporates Hakomi, somatic, humanistic & transpersonal psychology, Breema, urban shamanism, astrology, and the Bach flower remedies in his work. He offers private sessions, workshops, and guided shamanic journey work.
For more information he can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 707-245-3974.
Cost: $495 per person includes accommodation and vegan meals.
To register send the registration fee via PayPal or check to: Lyn Hunstad, PO Box 1008, Lower Lake, CA 95457 or email@example.com. Once your payment is received you will get a confirmation email with a list of the sleeping options to choose from. There are some private rooms available so register early!
July 23-28, Pelvic Heart Integration Level 1 Training
Asheville, North Carolina
This training will be held at a beautiful riverside retreat center in the hills thirty minutes southeast of Asheville with its own waterfalls, forest, and meadows. If the weather is favorable we will have the option of holding some sessions on the large deck overlooking the river. Also, in order to take advantage of the beautiful natural environment, we will take a longer lunch break at midday and do some evening sessions. We begin at 7:30 PM on July 23 and end by 5 PM on July 28. Meals and lodging are available at an additional fee to paid after you are accepted into the training which is limited to 12 participants. There are 3 double occupancy rooms onsite, available on a first come, first serve basis. We will assign a roommate if you are coming alone. Indoor or outdoor camping (bring your own tent and bedding) is also an option. This is my only East Coast PHI training in 2014 so reserve your place now!
Cost: $900 before May 23, $990 after May 23
August 13-18, 2014 PHI Training
San Francisco Bay Area, Sebastopol, CA
$900 USD until June 13, then $990 USD for August 13-18 Training
There is an additional charge of approximately $325 for lodging and meals to be paid after you are accepted into the training. The training will be held at a lovely private retreat space, about 2 hours north of San Francisco or Oakland Airport. We start with dinner at 6 PM on August 13 and end by 5 PM on August 18. Accommodations are indoor camping or outdoor camping (bring your own tent). Limited private rooms may be available at additional cost. We are only taking 12 people so reserve your place now!
November 6-10 Pelvic Heart Integration Level 1 Training
Gold Coast, Australia
There is an additional charge for lodging and meals for those coming from out of town, to be paid after you are accepted into the training. The training will be held at a private home in the Ecovillage at Currumbin (http://theecovillage.com.au/) which is an award winning sustainable community located in southeast Queensland, Australia. The 270 acre site is set in the hinterland, 7 minutes from beautiful Currumbin Beach on the Gold Coast and 15 minutes from Coolangata Airport. We start at 9:30 AM on Nov 6 and end by 5 PM on Nov 10 so if you are coming from a distance, you should plan to arrive the previous day. There are two rooms available onsite at $95/night including breakfast and dinner which can each accommodate two people. Additional rooms are available in the Ecovillage at similar rates or we can try to arrange couch surfing with local participants. We are only taking 12 people and it’s first come, first served on the lodging, so reserve your space now!
$900 USD until June 20, then $990 USD for August 20-25 Training
Pelvic Heart Integration with Deborah Taj Anapol was deeply healing for me. I have been journeying deeply for 10 yrs now yet found this workshop had much to offer. It turned my inner masculine/feminine from a lived concept to an inner union that is bringing me to a divine new level of wholeness, with less struggle and more moments of clarity and ease. Long term enmeshment triggers in my relationship are dissolving like never before, allowing more freedom AND connection. I have found myself again, or rather found new layers of myself that I (and those around me) am really loving. A reminder that spirituality can be found through the body rather than separate from it. Taj's facilitation is gently profound, affirming, nurturing yet deepening and all from a place of such ease...including the rare but defining quality of personal vulnerability, many thanks Taj for being who you are!
—Annette Baulch, Oztantra, Australia
Nothing is the same after PHI, the mind is more still, and it allows me to go deeper…
This profound opening of my Heart is new and exciting and I have started to work deeper on my attachments and let the love flow in. Before, sometimes anger would fill the void, not now, so for that I am truly thankful.
Wow. What an incredible journey. I feel so touched by each of you in the group and so grateful to you Taj, for what you've given us.
Throughout the week my connection with my partner continued to deepen in ways that we've never experienced before. But on the Monday, I had such an incredible breakthrough. We were dancing to this beautiful spiritual music and as we danced I could feel this very subtle, deep belief (one I saw and mentioned in the workshop) that he was just seducing me. And as I caught it I thought that maybe, for once, I could put that aside and see what happened if I didn't believe that. And there, in that shift of perspective, I felt this energy, this love, move through me. Through my body. Through my heart. And I just started crying and crying. For the first time, ever, I really felt his love for me. I could receive his love. He has said it so many times and to a degree I've felt it, but there has always been this suspicion, at an unconscious level, that I couldn't really trust it. And it was there. All this time. But I have never been able to really let it in.
And then we lay down and as he held me I cried and cried, deep tears of gratitude, realizing that all this time it's been me ... not being able to let all love in. From all my relationships. From life. All this holding in my body. All this contraction, this tension, these core beliefs ... have been stopping the love from moving through me. Separating me from life. From love. From feeling whole. I felt all these energetic bursts as life moved through all of me, through parts of my being that have never been able to feel anything before.
It's been incredible.
And for days I could hardly move. All the tension that I've been holding throughout my life, my being, just dissolved. And to get up and do, felt like I would have to brace, like I've been doing for so long ... and I just couldn't be bothered. It was fantastic!!!!
And we made love in ways that I've never experienced before ... so deeply, with such love, with such ecstatic bliss, with such surrender. Without shame. Without fear. With such connection.
So ... THANK YOU ... to you Taj ... for holding what I wasn't able to see or receive. For your patience and trust. For having walked this path before us and being willing to stand there, with all our projections, and trust our own unfolding … I am so deeply grateful to you for an experience that I won't forget and one that has opened my eyes to Tantra in a way that I had never understood before. And so many teachings that I have resonated with so deeply, suddenly make sense to me in a way that I hadn't been able to hear.
—With all my love & gratitude
Lorella, Somatic Therapist, Australia
For more about Pelvic Heart Integration, see What is Pelvic Heart Integration.
The Sacred Union of Opposites:
A Weekend Retreat with Dr. Deborah Taj Anapol
near Sydney Australia
October 10-12, 2014
Duality, polarity, pairs of opposites are what makes the world go ‘round. When masculine and feminine energies magnetically attract it’s magical, when they’re at war, we suffer.
The mysterious alchemy of our sexual, life force energies often confuses, overwhelms, or eludes us until we turn our attention to harmonizing the opposites within as well as without.
This weekend is an invitation to dive deeply into surmounting the obstacles to harmony, union, and aliveness on many different levels – mental, emotional, energetic, and physical.
We will use maps and methods drawn from Pelvic Heart Integration including breath, conscious touch, and role play, as well as ancient yogic practices.
Partners and singles are both welcome. The workshop is clothing optional and includes intimate touch but there is no sexual activity as commonly understood.
For Registration and logistics click this link: http://www.space.org.au/Oct14SUO
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Initiation, Rennes de Bain, France
With Deborah and Lynn Paterson
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Join Deborah Anapol and Lynn Paterson for a very special weekend in the South of France. We’ll gather in Rennes les Bains, a quaint village in the foothills of the Pyrenees which is legendary for its ancient hot springs and proximity to many sites said to have been frequented by Mary Magdalene, the mysterious companion of Christ. This will be a small, intimate group for up to eight people who long to immerse themselves in the energies of the undivided Divine Feminine.
Our theme for the weekend is “Initiation”. Our intention is to invite the serpent-light power of Kundalini to awaken. We will be the crucible for Gaia’s Fire and our instructor will be Gaia Herself. And this is the exploratory part… we don’t know precisely what She will bring forth!
We have two main components to offer into our crucible:
Lynn brings: Kundalini Reiki Attunement - a simple yet powerful transformational healing modality and a very safe way to awaken the Kundalini energy. It is a synergy of Universal and Earth energies connecting to higher consciousness and healing. It opens and strengthens the body’s healing channels in preparation for the awakening of Kundalini and the flow of Reiki energy through the body for self-healing and the healing of others. When people experience the purifying power of Kundalini rising, they become more heart centred and their evolution is quickened. Using this force intentionally enhances both the individual and the larger field.
Taj brings: Erotic Meditation - a potent combination of erotic touch and self-inquiry. One intention of this practice is to enjoy strengthening the capacity to rest as the Awareness of All That Is while fully embodied. When we are neither trying to cling to or intensify a pleasurable sensation, nor push away an experience we don’t want, we discover freedom. Some of the immediate effects can include a greater openness in your entire energetic field, more integration of upper and lower chakras, and a greater sense of neutrality toward events or people who may have triggered a reaction in the past. This leads to a deeper sense of connectedness and the capacity to show up more fully with everyone you come into contact with.
We will begin Friday evening at 7 and end by 1 in the afternoon on Sunday. If you wish to extend your stay in the land of Mary Magdalene, the Black Madonna, and Cathar Castles we are happy to suggest both organized tours and resources for your own exploration. What we are offering is an initiation and deepening into the energies of the Sacred Feminine, which you will carry with you wherever you choose to go afterwards.
COST: €295 per person, double occupancy room with delicious homemade breakfast and dinner €107 additional, so €402 total for the weekend. (That’s about $560 USD total and you can pay the workshop portion in USD if you prefer). Air and ground transport NOT included. Carcassonne is the closest airport and is serviced by Ryan Air. Toulouse International Airport is also nearby with flights on all major carriers. Registration is available online at http://www.onehearttantra.com/new-south-of-france-initiation-retreat-with-lynn--deborah-anapol.html
IMPORTANT! ACT NOW! You must make your room reservation with deposit of €54 Euro directly with our (English speaking) hostess in Rennes de Bain by May 10 as she will not hold rooms for us beyond this date. Her contact info will be provided as soon as we receive your registration fee of €295 for the group.
Lynn and Taj met in 2004 on the Big Island of Hawaii and immediately recognized each other. Last year we explored the magical temples of Gozo and Malta together and are looking forward to deepening our connection through co-creating this adventure.
Lynn Paterson is the creator of One Heart Tantra based in County Cork, Ireland and offers Tantra & Tantra Massage, Sacred Sexuality, Kundalini and Transformational Energy sessions, workshops, professional training and retreats in West Cork and internationally. A Reiki Master, she has undertaken training in many other energy & shamanic modalities. She is also an accredited teacher with the Diana Cooper School of Angels and Ascension. Lynn embraces the path of Sacred Feminine and is an on-going student of The Mysteries of Life.
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With Deborah Anapol
When does sexual intimacy with another contribute to self knowledge and when does it become an obstacle? How can we support our selves and our partners in developing our full potential as friends and lovers? What is the difference between conscious and unconscious sex, conscious and unconscious love? How can we honor diversity and respect individual choices while creating an alchemical container for transformation? Where is the balance between freedom and commitment in intimate relationship? What is the role of sex and love in healing and what is the role of healing in intimate relationship? How do we preserve the energies of mystery and the unknown in long term relationships? How can we create safety in our relationships without sacrificing freedom? What are the distinguishing features of tantric lovemaking? How can masculine and feminine energies be harmonized? If these questions resonate with you, this is an experiential retreat you won’t want to miss! We’ll use breath, movement, massage, meditation, and verbal communication to support you in:
- Becoming more aware of your own inner experience and learning how to stay present with your self and others when you venture outside your comfort zone
- Keeping erotic love alive, joyful, and satisfying by releasing old patterns and automatic behaviors which are not in harmony with your heartfelt desires.
- Growing beyond conditioned gender roles and relationship models which have been passed down for generations but are not contributing to your happiness.
- Opening and connecting all your energy centers and harmonizing masculine and feminine aspects to allow more freedom, fun, and playfulness in your intimate relating
- Resolving core issues that limit your happiness and sabotage your inner peace
This retreat is open to singles, couples, and moresomes of any sexual or relationship orientation.
For more information or to book private sessions in Sydney, email firstname.lastname@example.org
In India a puja is a ceremony in which offerings are made at an altar to one of many Gods or Goddesses – it could be Shiva, Kali, Durga, Parvati, or Ganesha to mention a few favorites. Prayers of love, devotion, and respect are said, candles and incense are lit, and blessings are sought. In the West, another form of puja has evolved in which we engage in practices designed to shift our focus from our minds to our hearts and bodies and heighten our awareness of the divine spark in the human form. This journey into Love and Communion is a heart-opening and sensual experience undertaken within a safe container for honoring everyone’s boundaries. It is followed by a sharing circle which encourages speaking truthfully about all that’s transpired and addressing any questions which arise. In honor of the coming solar eclipse (June 1), the theme of this puja is Fire and Shadow, Light and Dark. This evening gathering is appropriate for singles or partners whatever your sexual or relational orientation. Couples will have the option to stay together throughout the puja circle. There will be no nudity or genital contact at this event.
Yoga is a Sanskrit word sometimes translated as “union.” The word itself is a combination of the Sanskrit words for Sun and Moon, implying the union of masculine and feminine energies. Traditional Hawaiian teachings recognize the harmonizing of masculine and feminine principles as the basis for direct connection to Source, and so it was in India as well. While hatha yoga is best known in the West, the Yoga of Love combines practices from hatha, raja, karma, bhakti, and jnana yoga as well as Reichian-based practices for increasing awareness of and harmony between masculine and feminine forces within the physical and subtle bodies. The result is a solid base from which you can create satisfying intimacy with others. Join us for a delightful experiential weekend at a lovely retreat center. This weekend is appropriate for both individuals and partners of any relationship orientation and utilizes breath, movement, massage, meditation, and verbal communication to support you in:
• Awakening the innocent and natural enjoyment of your entire body
• Cultivating your ability to create and nurture fulfilling erotic love
• Freeing yourself from old patterns and automatic behaviors which are not in harmony with your heartfelt desires and reduce your capacity for pleasure
• Growing beyond conditioned gender roles and relationship models which have been passed down for generations but are not contributing to your happiness.
• Allow more relaxation, fun, and playfulness in your intimate relating
• Resolving core issues that limit your happiness and sabotage your inner peace
Includes delicious meals and indoor or outdoor camping.
Double occupancy rooms available for additional fee
For more information phone (415) 507-1739 or email Deborah Anapol
I'm feeling the call to return to Mother India!
Want to tour sacred sites with a small group of kindred spirits?
Send an email and let us know what places, dates, and activities interest you!
An intensive experience to provide tools and support for rapid transformation or healing for individuals, couples, or small groups. Five 2 hour sessions spaced according to your personal needs over the course of a weekend. $1,200.00
Email for details.
Life is short! Maximize your opportunity for transformation and healing! A whole week of intensive practice in allowing yourself to shift in new directions with a focus on the integration of love, sex, and spirit. For individuals, couples, and small groups. $3,000.00
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"Deborah’s warmth, intuition and knowledge flow from her like a waterfall leaving me yearning to dive even deeper into my own inner work. She has the ability to hold a calm and safe container for the most transforming experiences.”
—Elizabeth, California, Homeopath and Bodyworker
"Deborah is way ahead of the curve in terms of helping us understand what love is, our relationship to it, and our ways of relating from within it. The Seven Natural Laws of Love came to me at a most auspicious time, in the midst of the most heinous and awful family upset that threw me into a deep sense of victimhood and self-pity. On one tear-soaked afternoon, I devoured the words of this book like they were the most divine nectar, and I felt like I was being comforted and returned to a state of grace and greater consciousness."
—Amy Storm, director/creator of The Goddess Retreat