“My inner fire is burning strongly now, after a long, cold winter . . . had so much fun. . . You both hold the space so beautifully every time, and I am so glad to have found you and Celtic Tantra. . . such an important part of my life, a heartbeat through my year. . . Thank you to you both for the courage and energy you have put into building the strength of our community ”
“I regard my time with you and your teaching as being one of the most critical things I have done. It has opened doors I did not even have much idea of the existence of. Particularly over the past year I have come to some understanding of just how profoundly ‘revolutionary’ all this is. It is as if I am heading now into a very different world…It is to do with having shifted the point of perspective. . . Having absorbed aspects of Celtic Tantra into my life, I am now seeing the very real consequences. . . I sometimes wonder if you realize the very profound changes your teaching enables in your participants! ”
To live in sympathetic harmony with the rhythms of the natural world that sustains them is the common concern of all indigenous cultures. The eight Gateways in the Celtic year are turning points at which Celtic peoples shifted the focus of their human activity in alignment with the changing seasons. In Celtic Tantra, the invitation is to explore the relationship between Inner and Outer in each Gateway. The “Celtic” element in our workshops lies in the way they follow the Celtic calendar, and embrace the seasonal, social and human issues linked with each Gateway. The “Tantric” element is equally fundamental. Tantra invites us to explore the dance between masculine and feminine, self and other, as a dance between mirrors. Our workshops use Tantric structures and meditations both to awaken us to the inner world of our own energy flow, and to align us with the energy flow of the natural world that contains and surrounds us, measuring the yearly round of day and night, month and season. What we celebrate is simply what is present — individually and collectively. The experience is both deeply personal, and communal — and is unique to this group, at this time, in this space.
As W.B. Yeats puts it:
O chestnut tree, great-rooted blossomer,
Are you the leaf, the blossom or the bole?
O body swayed to music, O brightening glance,
How can we know the dancer from the dance?
— W.B. Yeats, Among Schoolchildren