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.
In the words of W.B. Yeats:
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